Newsbytes: Dancerush & DDR A20 replace; CAX2019; Moon-Themed Video games

It’s time for one more Newsbytes, the place the items of reports are fast, however all associated to arcades.

Dancerush Stardom Lands At Dave & Busters in San Diego

I noticed quite a lot of chatter on Twitter about this, however was not capable of get any further data from Dave & Busters themselves after reaching out to them, so right here’s the tweet that Toby handed alongside about it. For the reason that firm isn’t confirming something about it, I might enterprise to guess that that is only a take a look at for now, not a sign that each location is about to get one.

(picture under does have a profanity, as an alert)

Um OK so Dave n Busters San Diego acquired Dance Rush. This implies legit Bemani exterior of Round1. @Tedward618 @LMA05AM @adamaniax @stuart_foy @arcadeheroes @AceJayDX @arcadebelgium https://t.co/HpeQJ6AKv3

— Toby (@7Ten) July 15, 2019

DDR A20 Releasing On The 24th; Coming To All Cupboards?

Konami has introduced that the 20th anniversary celebration software program of Dance Dance Revolution, A20, will launch on the 24th (subsequent Wednesday). I don’t consider there will probably be any distinction as to how that is dealt with in distribution out West (nothing official, anybody has to get in on the particular group-buys). That mentioned, in response to a declare on Aminoapps.com, A20 may even be obtainable as a package that’s able to working with earlier DDR cupboards from DDR X (2008) on up; this consists of any of the Betson-made cupboards with e-Amuse readers. That is the one supply for this data although (I hadn’t heard of this , so we’ll have to attend and see.

Since we’re with reference to rhythm video games, take a look at this direct seize footage of a brand new title that launched in Japan this week by the identify of WACCA. It’s sort of like seeing Sega’s MaiMai and Atari’s Tempest (properly, extra a bonus spherical from Tempest 2000) merging collectively:

California Excessive 2019 Reveals Audio system & Panel Record

I received’t be headed to CAX this yr sadly, however seeing stuff like this makes it actually tempting to cancel the opposite plans (tempting, though I can’t). The group behind the present has unveiled the audio system and panel listing, which incorporates the blokes behind Killer Queen Arcade and Cosmotrons discussing indie video games & design; Steve Ritchie of pinball creation fame; Owen Rubin of Atari and Main Havoc fame and extra.

Right here’s a pic from one of many panels I attended final yr, the CEO of Exa-Arcadia, Eric Chung and his dialogue of the Japanese arcade market and why he was growing the Exa platform. I attended just a few different panels and so they have been all implausible. It’s simply onerous to peel your self away from the entire gaming goodness that goes on there 😛

The Final Starfighter Turns 35

I ought to have talked about this final Saturday, however didn’t notice that the anniversary had hit. On July 13th 1984, Common launched the cult traditional movie, The Final Starfighter to film theaters. There have been massive hopes for it on the time, but it surely was finally a flop, which was one purpose that precipitated Atari to cancel a few the associated TLS video games they’d been engaged on (an arcade model which might have price round $10,000 and a pc model).

There was discuss a sequel and even a TV sequence based mostly on TLS over time, but it surely’s a kind of ideas that’s been caught in growth hell (however, I think about it would nonetheless occur someday; it’s not like there’s a lot left that Hollywood hasn’t rebooted already and the dearth of creativity has led them to reboot the reboots just a few occasions). Given what number of reboots are dealt with, I can’t say that I would want to see this get such therapy; the unique nonetheless holds up wonderful for me, as do most originals. Certain, I’d go for a remaster that replaces the unique CGI with new age stuff, however there’s no want to interchange the appearing/story with one thing that desires to try to do it otherwise. I additionally need to throw on the market that Gunstar is the best identify for an area fighter craft ever devised (sorry Star Wars and Babylon 5). Right here’s the one scene that sticks with most online game & arcade followers; what a part of this film is your favourite?

VR Pac-Man Problem In Motion

This one was talked about beforehand on the weblog, and now you possibly can see the Oculus Quest powered Pac-Man Problem in motion. That is an official creation of Bandai Namco’s, however is presently solely obtainable on the Mazaria venue in Japan. It seems to be cool, though it does spotlight one purpose why I hold telling those that VR will not be the alternative for arcade machines – you possibly can’t precisely stuff this right into a small nook of a restaurant or fuel station (and it requires attendants) 😉

Joyful Moon Touchdown Day! Let’s Speak About Moon-Themed Arcade Video games

At this time is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown, so just a few individuals are citing associated arcade titles. Let’s do a fast dive into it (click on right here for epic house moon touchdown background music as you learn :P) as we cowl only a few of the moon-themed arcade video games on the market.

The one which primarily springs to thoughts is Atari’s first vector sport, Lunar Lander. It will get the highest spot since that sport is exactly about touchdown on the moon, and was the primary online game to take action. Granted, not one of the Apollo astronauts needed to navigate between sheer cliffs and jagged peaks, however this was one sport that basically captured each the problem and the thrill of the landings. I’m certain it might have carried out significantly better had it been launched whereas the Apollo missions have been nonetheless taking place although; As a troublesome sport, it didn’t do to properly and Asteroids would pull the rug out from beneath it a short while afterwards. For those who actually wish to get into the historical past of Lunar Lander(not simply the Atari sport, however lunar touchdown video games typically), click on right here.

As video video games weren’t actually a factor through the Apollo days, there have been just a few electromechanical video games that have been created to capitalize on the Moon Fever: Chicago Coin’s Apollo Moon Shot, Moon Shot pinball (’69) and Apollo 14 (’70);  in addition to Sega’s Lunar Rescue (’73) are some I can discover with a fast search. Lunar Lander precipitated just a few corporations to reply with their very own go-to-the-moon video games, corresponding to Taito’s Lunar Rescue and Nichibutsu’s Moon Shuttle (not about touchdown, however attending to the moon). And naturally who can neglect Irem’s implausible Moon Patrol, which used the lunar rovers for inspiration?

There hasn’t been a lot else to level to within the space of moon video games (the place that’s the most important theme) because the Golden Age, though we might make an exception for the indie made sport Rashlander (2018); that sport is coming to Steam subsequent week in case you’ve not had the fortune of coming throughout it within the arcade. Which moon-themed arcade sport is your favourite?

All proper, that’s all I might discover for this weekend. For those who’re hitting up the seaside, maybe you possibly can create your personal Skee-ball sand citadel!

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