Every business has a starting point. For Japanese arcades, one of them was on department store rooftops.
You might remember last year we told you about a “raid” on an old ship that managed to save a bunch of classic arcade games. Now let’s see what happens when a raid doesn’t have such a happy ending.
Taito has unveiled a service called “Taito Online Crane” that allows people to play crane games via their smartphones or computers. Winners get their prizes delivered straight to their homes, free of charge.
“First you need to register,” the staffer at Club Sega tells me. “Then after you do that, you can put money on your IC card.” The lowest option is 1,000 yen ($9), and the highest one is 200,000 yen ($1,817). The staffer adds, “And this machine only accepts cash. But first, I need to take your fingerprints.”
Groom Kazuhiro and his bride Yukiko were married today at iconic Tokyo arcade Mikado. As the game center points out, the couple’s first matrimonial quarrel was Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion.
Here’s an interesting little series of interviews with a crew of Westerners who live in Tokyo and play Street Fighter III, an 18 year-old arcade game they don’t really have regular access to back home.
Fighting game matches can come in many forms, from quick blowouts to drawn-out bouts, but one Japanese arcade has introduced something quite unique, holding tournaments for the game Galaxy Fight in which the rounds last only two seconds each.
If you’ve ever wondered what a North Korean propaganda clip for arcade gaming looks like, well, it apparently looks like this.
The thrill of realizing you can play the classic arcade games you grew up with on your smartphone is immediately gone once you actually try to guide Pac-Man around a maze using touchscreen controls. It’s so frustrating that you might consider carrying around one of these incredibly tiny arcade machines in your…
No matter how upset you get, don’t punch arcade game machines. Please.
In many places, arcades seem to have nearly, if not completely, vanished. Yet, in Japan, they continue to hang on.
There are four common ways players sit at arcade cabinets in Japan. Here they are.
It’s been over twenty years since a Bomberman title has been released in Japanese arcades. So, I assume, Konami decided it was time for Bombergirl.
Meet “VR Sense.” This is a Koei Tecmo’s dedicated VR arcade cabinet. It won’t only have VR headsets, but is equipped to respond to all five senses, including smell and touch.
If you feel there’s something missing in the entryway of your McMansion with its towering ceiling, the world’s largest arcade cabinet might be exactly what you’re looking for. But if it ends up seeming out of place, that’s too bad, because at 14.4-feet tall there aer few other rooms in your house in which this…
Nibbler is a snake arcade game similar to Pac-Man where the player grows longer the more things they eat. In Nibbler, however, there aren’t any ghosts chasing you. Instead, the only thing the serpent has to fear is itself. If it makes contact with another part of its body while zig-zagging through mazes, the game…
As a kid, I remember the Chuck E. Cheese’s ball pit being fun. A new bar called Ball Pool Bar Dive in Osaka recreates that experience for boozy adults.
This week twenty-nine years ago, the first Street Fighter was released in arcades. There was Ken, Ryu, and some very different buttons.