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.
Don’t you miss instruction manuals? Or even just paper? I know I do. And these photos make me miss them even more.
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.
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.
At 69, Tomohiro Nishikado readily admits he's bad at video games. That's not unusual for a man his age, but he was bad at them when he was making them, specifically Space Invaders. "Had it been left up to me, Space Invaders would have been a far easier game," he told The New Yorker.
Two of the world's most addictive mobile games, Taito's Groove Coaster Zero and GungHo Online's Puzzles & Dragons, are crossing-over August 12-24. There'll be special Groove Coaster Zero-themed dungeons and creatures popping up in the puzzler, while a special P&D song pack will be available in the rhythm game for…
In the event that you have an extra $20,000 or so lying around, you probably wouldn't want to spend it on a watch. But on the off chance that you do, boy, have I got a treat for you.
Experimenting with new ways to make folks pay for their iOS games, Square Enix releases Groove Coaster Zero, injecting new songs and adapting a free-to-play model to Reisuke Ishida's original musical masterpiece.
This image is from Silent Dragon, a side-scroller Taito released in 1992. The blue dude on the left may look familiar to anyone who's seen Jackie Chan's awesome Big Brawl, because…
Mommy, where do video games come from? They come from factories, dear, factories like these, from the 1980s.
Instead of sitting in a restaurant waiting around for a waiter or waitress to make his or her way towards your table, you can press the call button, and your server will come…
Rayforce was first released in Japanese arcades in 1993—when I was fifteen. The game is now out on the iOS. For $11.99.
The 26th Prize Fair recently wrapped up, showing off prizes available in arcade redemption games during the first half of 2012. Companies including Taito, Banpresto, and Sega were on hand. Ditto for their prizes.
RayStorm, the classic 1990s shooting game, always felt like it got somewhat overlooked compared to the spate of shooters released that decade.
The 49th Amusement Machine show wrapped up recently in Japan. The show played host to new arcade games like Sega's Operation G.H.O.S.T., new medal games for Monster Hunter and Pokémon, and a bunch of prizes.
Fans of classic rock and fantasy art will no doubt be familiar with the name Roger Dean. The British artist is as synonymous with 1970's prog rock (especially the band Yes) as epic guitar tracks, and his bold, unique art style means you've probably seen and remembered his work, even if you've never remembered his name.
It's one of the defining works of modern popular culture, and features plenty of stylised, graphic action. So why is it nobody has ever made a good game out of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira?