January 13, 2020

Those of you who follow my blog should undoubtedly be aware of my unwavering support for the independent arcade game manufacturer. In an industry full of bland rail shooters and drivers from the same handful of companies over and over again, it’s a true breath of fresh air to see new talent emerge. Indie studios listen to the players, making the kind of “traditional” video game experiences we’ve been begging for for ages. Killer Queen, Cosmotrons, Tipsy Raccoons, and, yes, Skycurser...I love ‘em...

January 11, 2020

Arcade game manufacturer Andamiro recently announced their latest SpongeBob-themed whacker game—and it’s actually just their 2017 whacker game.

The “new” whacker, Krabby Patty Park, appears identical to previous whacker, Order Up, in literally all but name.

Now, I’m not saying Andamiro would have the gall to repackage a 3-year-old game and sell it back to you like it’s some kind of cutting edge product. What I’m really saying is that Andamiro has the gall to repackage a 3-year-old game and sell it...

January 9, 2020

Hello, good arcade gaming boys and girls of the internet, and welcome to my latest hodgepodge of headlines. Today, I have some excellent new to share regarding Exa-Arcadia launch title Aka & Blue and Rochester, Minnesota’s latest gaming destination. Shall we dive in?

Aka & Blue: Type-R is rolling out to arcades outside of Japan.

As we ride on the rollercoaster that is Exa-Arcadia’s eventual full release, we finally have more tangible information to keep our momentum going: Aka & Blue preorders are...

January 8, 2020

In September 2019, indie developer Coin Crew Games announced Battle Bowling, their second release following King of the Road.

Battle Bowling is simple but unique combination of bowling and racing. One to four players can jump in and commandeer their own bowling ball via trackball, rolling through speed bumps and jumps while avoiding obstacles. Whoever hits the pins at the end first is crowned victor.

The game outputs in 9:16 in an attractive and reasonably proportioned upright cabinet. The current...

January 6, 2020

Hoo-boy, am I bad at maintaining regular series on my blog.

            Yes, boys and girls, it’s true: the fabled Arcade Hype List has finally returned after just under two years of hiatus. Thank goodness I, goofy arcade man Dustin Wilcox, have finally resumed rattling off the upcoming arcade games I’m eagerly anticipating. What would you do without me?

            Probably lots of things. Bsut you sure as heck wouldn’t have this Arcade Hype...

December 30, 2019

Though it’s been a long, long time since my last “exA-Arcadia Preview,” I figured I’d throw my proverbial hat back in the ring with none other than Shikhondo: Soul Eater, making its arcade debut as “Shikhondo: Red Purgatory.”

Shikhondo is a danmaku shoot-em-up developed by Deer Farm available for purchase on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The title, set within the “bizarre and beautiful” world of Asian mythology, has players dispatching armies of “yokai” demons, freeing thei...

December 28, 2019

Gimmick! exAct☆MIX will be on location test from Friday, December 27, 2019 to Friday, January 3, 2020 at Takadanobaba Game Center Mikado in Japan.

Developed exclusively for exA-Arcadia by Team EXA AM1, Gimmick! exAct☆MIX is a full remake of Sunsoft’s obscure 1992 Famicom platformer.

This updated iteration will boast “an all-new arranged soundtrack by Manabu Namiki, all new artwork, native 1080p widescreen support, and all-new scoring systems,” according to a tweet released by exA-Arcadia.

Check out...

December 27, 2019

On December 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. CT, preorders opened for Spooky Pinball’s latest release, Rick & Morty. Machines were sold out within 4 hours, according to user reports.

The standard edition and limited “Blood Sucker” edition, both made available only to “Fang Club” members, are now listed as “Out of Stock” on the Spooky Pinball website.

According to the full reveal trailer, Rick & Morty pinball machines were limited to 750 units.

While I haven’t much followed Spooky’s releases in the past, even I’m...

December 23, 2019

Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune is one of the best racing game series to be oft-shafted by its developer outside of Japan.

Many of you reading are likely plenty aware of the franchise. Maximum Tune is absolutely stellar, with a dedicated fan base to boot.

So why, oh why does Bandai Namco treat it so poorly?

The series initially received pretty good U.S. support. The first game was released in 2004, followed by WMMT2 in 2005 and WMMT3 in 2007 (with 3DX+ upgrade coming in 2010).

Maximum Tune 4, on the ot...

December 18, 2019

Dave & Buster’s recently increased the price on its dance games across all stores, according to a Reddit post in the r/DaveAndBusters subreddit.

In a move that has garnered mixed player reception, the price for both Dance Dance Revolution and Pump It Up went up from approximately 6 chips per credit to approximately 9 chips per credit.

Some players took no issue with the increase in price, believing that the price of cabinets, online connectivity, and maintenance more than justified the change.

“I c...

November 25, 2019

Arcade games are pretty great. And though there may be ups and downs, I think that’s something we can all agree upon. So it should come as no surprise that so many not only enjoy the games but content about the games, too.

            While there are countless content creators covering the ticket redemption, pinball, and rhythm gaming scenes, I want to highlight those who create content about video arcade games in a general sense. I want to bring to light our community....

November 17, 2019

This year’s IAAPA—the biggest trade show in all of out-of-home amusements—begins tomorrow. In mere hours, we’ll finally be privy to the arcade industry’s hottest upcoming releases.

            To satiate our pulsating hype, I’m running through a handful of the titles I’m most excited for. A “hype list,” if you will.

Nitro Trucks

The secret is out. Raw Thrills/Play Mechanix's latest driver, Nitro Trucks, is an offroad battle racing game—not NASC...

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