Taito Hey, the wonderful Akihabara arcade, is getting an automatic foreign currency changing machine, Famitsu reports. You won’t need i.d. like a passport, and can easily change U.S. dollars, euros, Chinese yuan, Korean won, Taiwanese dollars, Hong Kong dollars, and Thai baht. That’s pretty cool!
To show how digital payments work on arcade games, the folks at Taito set up a teeny, temporary game center at Akihabara Station in Tokyo.
Arcade racing games were the shit in the 1990s. From Virtua Racer through to Daytona, a revolution in visuals and cabinet design made them the star attractions of arcades the world over. Until, that is, they got stale.
One of the rarest Sonic games of all time is Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car, an arcade game for kids that was released in 1991. If you weren’t in Japan that year (so...pretty much all of us), you’ve probably never played it, as it has never been released again, ever, in any format.
When Street Fighter IV was released in 2008, it hit arcades first. Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom told Kotaku that there are currently no plans for an arcade version for Street Fighter V. Even in Japan.
Why have one Pikachu in your Pokémon game when you can have two?
Back in the day, arcades were no stranger to all sort of bullshit myths about cabinets and the games they housed. In this internet tall tale, one of those myths is true—and it’s the stuff of nightmares.
Despite the community showing up, California’s popular Super Arcade had its new location turned down again. Founder Mike Watson is filing an appeal, but it won’t be heard until September. Read our previous story if you missed how the city of Azusa, California has made Super Arcade’s life difficult in recent months.
At Camp Fangamer later this month, there’ll be a very special arcade cabinet in attendance: a custom arcade version of Earthbound.
Konami just unveiled a new music game for arcades called Museca. Isn’t that exciting? Sure it is! But, as some folks claim, it might look familiar.
Arc System Works just announced Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, which is a beefed up and rebalanced version of Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign. It’s headed for arcades in Japan. A console version has not been announced yet.
Pixel artist Junkboy reimagined John Carpenter’s classic movie They Live as a cool beat ‘em up game from the early 90s. It’s got all the characteristics of side-scrolling arcade games, complete with breakable windows and smashable cars.
Mortal Kombat was the reason I’d beg my parents to drop me off at the arcade, and for good reason: my local hangouts were granted access to early versions of the bloody fighting game.