Mario & Sonic Heading To The Arcades

Arcades must be doing reasonably well in Japan as first we get Pokken Tournament and now we have learned that Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is destined for arcades. Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games isn’t scheduled to hit consoles until next year, but SEGA is debuting the game first in Japanese arcades. The Olympic related title staring Sonic and Mario will have location tests which take place from July 17th to July 20th at Club SEGA Akihabara and SEGA World Kasai. Let’s hope the arcade machine also makes its debut in the west, as I’m sure many of you would enjoy testing it out.

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Pokkén Tournament Japanese Release Date Revealed

Pokkén Tournament is every fan’s dream come true — a 3D, high-definition Pokemon fighting game. Controlling a Machamp with a full grappling move set like King from Tekken sounds like an early birthday present! Pokkén Tournament is due to be released in Japanese arcades in July of this year, while the exact date is still unknown. The game has not been announced for Wii U, nor has it been announced for release in North America or Europe. Yet.

Sadly to say, American and European details for the game are basically non-existent. Still, it would be a long stretch to believe that the Pokemon Company would consider keeping this game domestic. Think of all the fans around the world that would riot… It’s not a pretty thought!

There’s Going To Be An Arcade Version Of Luigi’s Mansion By Capcom

Yup, you read that headline right, Capcom is developing an arcade version of Luigi’s Mansion. The snazzy cabinets have been spotted at several test locations during the Halloween period. The location test ran from October 30th until November 3rd. What we aren’t sure about is whether this is a brand new Luigi’s Mansion game or simply a redesigned port of the GameCube or Nintendo 3DS versions. Either way, let’s hope that it eventually comes to the Wii U.

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Here’s Why Pokken Tournament Is Being Developed For The Arcades First

Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has spoken to Japanese publication 4Gamer regarding why Pokken Tournament is being developed for arcades first, rather than going straight to console. Harada explained that he likes to see how games do in the arcades before porting to consoles to judge how popular the game is.

“That’s something that got a big reaction, for better or worse [from the development staff],” Harada replies. “There are several reasons for this choice, one being that ‘if it were on arcades, it would be interesting to see fan reaction sooner’.”

“The other reason, which is something I always say, is that it’s important for fighting games to at least succeed in arcades once,” he continues. “With arcades charging 100 yen for a single play, if it’s a boring game, it will most certainly be dismissed. It’s really a harsh environment for [arcade games].”

“Pokémon definitely has a family-oriented image, but in addition to how we decided on developing [Pokkén] as a competitive game with depth, we must also be prepared to face such severe conditions,” says Harada.

“Once you have a title that can make it out of the lion’s den called arcades, it’s something you know you can be proud of for being the real deal. Additionally, there aren’t too many developers that take on these kind of challenges nowadays.”

Pokken Tournament Won’t Be Limited To Fighting Types

Game Director and Chief Producer of a number of acclaimed fighting games, Katsuhiro Harada, has confirmed via Twitter that Pokken Tournament won’t be limited to Fighting Type Pokemon. Harada wouldn’t reveal any more than that, but hopefully we will get more details about the arcade based title in the near future.

Pokemon: Battle Nine Coming To Japanese Arcades (Trailer)

Namco Bandai has announced that Pokemon: Battle Nine will be coming to Japanese arcades Pokemon: Battle Nine sees players capturing iconic Pokemon on a grid based system. The games concept seems as though it will be a sure-fire success in Japan, but there’s no word as to whether Pokemon: Battle Nine will come to the west.

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Nintendo And Namco Team Up For Mario Kart Arcade


Nintendo and Namco Bandai have announced that they have teamed up together to bring Mario Kart back to arcades in Japan. The new Mario Kart game is titled Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX, and is due for release in Japan sometime later this year. Mario Kart: Arcade GP DX appears to take inspiration from recent Mario Kart titles including Mario Kart 7, as it also includes gliders. Other modes listed by Namco Bandai include a single-player Grand Prix mode, two-player Co-op, “Clone Battle” mode and a competitive mode, which will support up to four players.

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