Karaoke for Really, Really Shy People

Usually, when you sing karaoke in Japan, you either sing it in a bar, or at a room at a karaoke parlor, or maybe somebody's house. But those ways involve other people. And what if you don't like other people? There's this. » 3/10/15 6:00am 3/10/15 6:00am

Capcom is releasing an arcade version of popular smartphone music game Cytus. Dubbed Cytus OMEGA, the game gets a fancy cabinet for its Japanese game center release, which you can see in this 4Gamer pic. » 2/16/15 5:00am 2/16/15 5:00am

No, Arcade Games Are Not Dead

Arcades (and arcade games themselves) may not be as relevant as they used to be, but just because you don't see them around as much these days doesn't mean there aren't new - and cool - arcade games being developed and released. » 1/18/15 8:30pm 1/18/15 8:30pm

33 Years Later, New Donkey Kong Secrets Are Being Found

Despite the fact the game was first released in arcades in 1981, has been ported to hell and back and picked apart on the big screen, Nintendo's original Donkey Kong is still giving up secrets, most recently in the form of "new" music and sound effects. » 10/20/14 7:30pm 10/20/14 7:30pm

Anime Posters Will Taunt You at This Japanese Arcade

The Wii U version of Smash Bros. will include a nice little homage to the 1979 arcade game Sheriff in the form of an assist trophy. This was Nintendo's first title that featured artwork by Shigeru Miyamoto. » 10/02/14 8:30am 10/02/14 8:30am

Police To Fight Gambling By Putting 'Black Boxes' in Arcade Machines

Gambling is illegal in China, super illegal, which is one of the many reasons Macao is now the gambling capital of the world. In China, gambling is often associated with video game arcades. To circumvent gambling in arcades, Shanghai authorities are now putting "black boxes" inside arcade machines. » 9/22/14 6:30am 9/22/14 6:30am

Sega Is Making a Sandbox Game with Actual Sand

It's rare these days for a game to make me go, "Woah, that's amazing." I'm jaded and mean! But I'll tell you what, this upcoming Sega arcade game looks incredibly cool. » 9/10/14 7:40am 9/10/14 7:40am

​Arcades In Movies Were Glorious

Ah yes...the old arcades of the 80s and 90s. You may not remember them, but they were wondrous things to behold. And they were even more glorious in the movies! » 9/02/14 3:00pm 9/02/14 3:00pm

Build Your Own Adorably Tiny Arcade Cabinet With This DIY Kit

If arcades were part of your childhood, you've probably yearned for a cabinet of your own for playing classics like Pac-Man or Galaga. The only downside is they're not exactly portable, here's a better solution. This arcade cabinet stands just eight inches tall, so you can carry it anywhere, and it uses a Raspberry Pi… » 8/26/14 9:30am 8/26/14 9:30am

300 Famous Characters, Redrawn in Pixels

Inspired by Bubble Bobble, pixel artist Paul Robertson took Taito's 1986 classic's style and redrawn a whole bunch of video game and pop culture characters. 300 of them to be exact. » 7/21/14 10:42am 7/21/14 10:42am

Japanese Young People Are Imitating That Crying Politician

Politician Ryutaro Nonomura made national news in Japan after he turned into a crying mess during a press conference. The incident spawned internet memes, the latest of which is Japanese youth posing as Nonomura for laughs. » 7/09/14 4:00am 7/09/14 4:00am

A Grandma Discovered This Untouched 1990s Arcade In Her New Building

Real estate is a fun adventure for many reasons, including the possibility that the building's former owner may have left something behind. That was the case recently when an elderly woman bought a building in Japan's Chiba prefecture, only to discover the perfectly preserved remnants of an old arcade on two floors. » 7/01/14 1:40pm 7/01/14 1:40pm

​Man Called 'Gundam' Allegedly Stole To Fund Arcade Habit

Forty-seven year-old Youji Nishikawa of Moriguchi City, Japan is accused of allegedly committing 31 counts of burglary, totaling the equivalent of US$25,500. What was all that money for? Gundam, apparently. » 5/30/14 6:30am 5/30/14 6:30am

Left 4 Dead's Arcade Game Actually Sounds Kind of Bad

This weekend, a location test for Left 4 Dead's arcade game kicked off in Tokyo. While the idea of a Left 4 Dead arcade game might sound great, the reality of one doesn't seem like it. » 5/26/14 6:00am 5/26/14 6:00am

Japan's Left 4 Dead Characters Include Schoolgirl, Bartender

Left 4 Dead is being released as an arcade game in Japan. None of the eight existing characters, however, are making the trip (despite featuring in the local releases of the console titles). Instead, publishers Taito have swapped in an all-new cast. » 5/22/14 8:11pm 5/22/14 8:11pm

1980's Newscasters Struggled To Explain How Pac-Man Works

Pac-Man turns 34 today. It's exciting to see that the little yellow guy has survived into middle age. But before the Pac became the dot-eating legend we know him as today, he had to do the same thing every celebrity does: make a name for himself. » 5/22/14 5:30pm 5/22/14 5:30pm