Train2Game News Pocket Arcade Classics

My Arcade, a leading manufacturer in licensed retro gaming collectables, announced today that its DIG DUG™ Pocket Player is now available for MSRP $34.99 at Amazon.com, MyArcadeGaming.com, and select retailers.

Additionally, pre-orders for BUBBLE BOBBLE™ Pocket Player and ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro Player are now available for MSRP $34.99 and slated to ship on August 5, 2019.

The officially licensed titles – DIG DUG and ROLLING THUNDER from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., and BUBBLE BOBBLE
from TAITO Corporation – continue My Arcade’s expansion of its
collectable retro gaming players, offering more classics for fans to
enjoy in tabletop and/or portable form.

Making its debut in the West on
the BUBBLE BOBBLE Pocket Player is RAINBOW ISLANDS™: THE STORY OF BUBBLE BOBBLE 2,
a highly sought classic in Japan.

Each Pocket Player features a 2.75”
backlit screen, 3.5mm headphone jack, and front-facing speakers, giving
retro-enthusiasts the ultimate on-the-go gameplay experience for these
iconic games.

DIG DUG™ Pocket Player [$34.99]:
Featuring 8-bit versions of the wildly popular DIG DUG™ and its sequel, DIG DUG™II, players will navigate underground tunnels to eliminate monsters. This Pocket Player also includes THE TOWER OF DRUAGA™ that has players navigating mazes to save a maiden from an evil demon.

BUBBLE BOBBLE™ Pocket Player [$34.99]:
The BUBBLE BOBBLE™ Pocket Player will include fully playable 8-bit versions of the fan-favourite BUBBLE BOBBLE™ as well as its hard-to-find sequel BUBBLE BOBBLE PART™ 2
that has players navigating the Cave of Monsters to defeat enemies. Now
for the first time, players in the United States can enjoy RAINBOW ISLANDS™: THE STORY OF BUBBLE BOBBLE 2 where they can travel to different lands and save the Rainbow Islands.

ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro Player [$34.99]:
The ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro Player is the same arcade cabinet that gamers know and love, scaled down to 6.75” for desktop play. The ROLLING THUNDER™ Micro
Player features artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinets as
well as a full colour, 2.75” screen with volume control and 3.5mm
headphone jack.

Train2Game News Affordable Home Arcade Cabinets

SAMBRO and TASTEMAKERS LLC are pleased to announce the first wave of Arcade1Up affordable arcade machines are available now across the UK.

Officially licenced and featuring the original artwork and styling of the classic cabinets from the Golden Age of Gaming, the machines are stocked with classic titles such as Space Invaders™, Asteroids®, Street Fighter™ II and Rampage.

The vision of US toy company Tastemakers, Arcade1Up started off as a passion project for CEO Scott Bachrach and his team. The vision was to replicate the feeling of playing in the arcades and pizza parlours of their youth… something they felt lacking on today’s console and handheld versions. Roll ahead to today, and the machines have met with critical acclaim, winning the prestigious TECH TOY OF THE YEAR AWARD at New York Toy Fair.

“Arcade1Up will transport you back to an era of button-mashing, neon lights and hours of addictive gaming fun,” said Scott Bachrach, CEO of Tastemakers, LLC. “It is a unique experience and truly brings back retro gaming the way it was meant to be played!”

Arcade1Up are ¾ scale replica copies of original arcade cabinets (full-size when used with an optional riser), complete with original artwork, authentic controls (including rotary sticks, rollerballs and joysticks). Each machine comes with multiple titles – the original-code versions of the games – complete with techniques and tactics to learn, hidden features to exploit. So, if you could master manoeuvres in Space Invaders, exploit using the edge of the screen in Asteroids or rack-up the extra lives in Defender back in the day… there’s nothing stopping you living that dream again!

The cabinets are priced at £349 each with the following titles:

Atari®️’s Asteroids®️ Cabinet:

Asteroids®️, Tempest®️, Major Havoc®️, Lunar Lander®️

Midway’s Rampage Cabinet:

Rampage, Defender, Joust, Gauntlet

Taito’s Space Invaders Cabinet:

Space Invaders™ Color, Space Invaders ™ Black and White

Capcom’s Street Fighter™ II Championship Cabinet:

Street Fighter™ II Championship Edition, Super Street Fighter™ II The New Challengers, Super Street Fighter™ II Turbo

For more information, visit:

Arcade1up.com

Train2Game News Relive The Arcade Prime

MY ARCADE, US Based Retro Gaming specialist, and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., have joined forces and are set to announce two new gaming devices filled with Classic NAMCO games at this year’s E3.

The new machines further expand the line of products borne out of the partnership, which already includes a set of Micro Player Arcades featuring classic titles such as PAC-MAN™, GALAGA™, and DIG DUG™.

The NAMCO Museum Mini Player will be packed with 20 classic titles and features a large vertical-oriented screen for authentic arcade gameplay. It also features dual front facing speakers for optimal sound, a detachable joystick, and back-lit marquee and coin trap. All of the titles included on the device are the original arcade versions of the games, unless there was no original arcade version available. The Namco Museum Mini Player™ is slated to release Holiday 2018.

The PAC-MAN Pocket Player is a brand new 16-bit handheld console designed by My Arcade that is compact, portable, ergonomically designed, and boasts a full color screen. The Pocket Player™ will include three classic PAC-MAN titles, including original arcade favorite PAC-MAN, along with PAC-PANIC™ and PAC-MANIA™. The Pocket Player will be available starting July 2018 at retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.

“BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment is synonymous with classic gaming, and has developed a huge library of classic games, loved by all” said Crystal Dugan, My Arcade’s Marketing Manager “We are so honored to work with them and so excited to share these titles with a new generation of gamers, in our own unique way.”

For more information on My Arcade® and its wide array of retro gaming products, check out myarcadegaming.com and facebook.com/MyArcadeRetro

Train2Game News London Arcade Tour

Bespoke Arcades, the premier name in quality, customisable arcade entertainment, announced today a London Arcade tour to kick off their Holiday celebrations in style and offer London gamers the chance to win an arcade machine of their own!
Taking up temporary residence at Harrods, London’s premier shopping destination, Bespoke Arcades will be welcoming gaming fans to the 3rd floor Gaming Dept for the entire weekend of November 26 and 27, armed with complimentary seasonal treats and free-play on their entire arcade range! 

Come enjoy a mince pie and take part in our ‘Season’s Beatings’ by taking on legendary Guinness World Record holding professional gamer Ryan Hart! 

Feared throughout the gaming world for his unbeatable skills, Ryan will be challenging those brave enough to face him in battle and gamers even have the chance of winning their very own arcade machine should their skills prove powerful enough!

Bespoke Arcades will also be participating in the prestigious Ideal Home Show at Christmas, taking place at Olympia, London from November 23 through to November 27. With their entire jaw-dropping range, including the infamous King-Pin Virtual Pinball Table on show to the public once again, no ideal home would be complete without a Bespoke Arcades cabinet. With exclusive show discounts on offer for a limited time only, gamers have the perfect excuse to treat themselves to what they really want for the holidays!

“This is the time of year for good times and great games and Bespoke Arcades is perfectly positioned to deliver just that! We’re coming to the end of a landmark year for the company, introducing many exciting innovations along with our new King-Pin table and we’re excited to meet the London gaming community as the party season gets into full swing,” said Ben Georget, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bespoke Arcades. “Ryan Hart is one of the world’s most respected gamers and a fan of Bespoke Arcades. We’re excited to have him join us at our Harrods weekend as we look to broaden our reach amongst gamers across the UK and beyond.”

For more information on Bespoke Arcades and the London Arcade tour, please visit http://www.bespoke-arcades.co.uk/

Train2Game News Seaside Arcade needs a boost

A new Arcade+Bar franchise needing help in the UK. 
First location to be set in a South East Seaside town, then spreading through to London and beyond, but it all depends on their Kickstarter campaign…

‘Ever since the Pier’s arcade burnt down in 2014, Eastbourne has been missing it’s fun side.’ This is how the KickStarter campaign for a new arcade in Eastbourne, a South East seaside town, named ‘Health Bar’ opens up, and it is so true!

The Pier may now have scattered arcade machines around it but it still doesn’t feel like an arcade, and still doesn’t fill that gap that the Pier’s original arcade filled in.

‘Health Bar’ wants to help Eastbourne out, with it’s original pitch and interesting ideas.

The idea is for this to be a split day arcade. In the day time it is to be an amusement cafe open to all, filled with 30+ machines, soft drinks, Nachos and, an Eastbourne exclusive, Crisp Sandwiches. In the evening the younger crowd are moved on, the adult drinks unveiled, and becomes a true “Barcade”.

The Highlights are to be…

·         30+ machines, on all day for your enjoyment

·         Console Corner – Old Retro Consoles for you to play

·         Cheap drinks and snacks while you play

·         Day and Night system for families to enjoy the arcade

·         Wednesday is Dice Night – Roll a 6 on our oversized dice and have your first drink free

·         Thursday is Competition Night – We choose a game every week that you can compete against each other on, winners win alcohol!

In the campaign ‘Health Bar’ go on to express the interest in reviving the arcade feel into Eastbourne, giving families, children and adults, a place to relax and hang out.

If you feel this would be an asset to Eastbourne you can help ‘Health Bar’ become a reality on there Kickstarter page..

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/healthbar/health-bar-arcade-bar-franchise-needing-you-to-pre

Train2Game News: Xbox at E3

Xbox OneE3 has begun and the first subject I will report on from the event is the Xbox E3 Conference which was on at 5:30pm GMT, yesterday.

The event began with an incredibly stunning trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain, featuring the voice of Kiefer Sutherland. The trailer displayed incredibly beautiful graphics using the Xbox One system and they are truly jaw dropping. The game play its self looks big, epic and is open world. This new adventure of snake uses interesting stealth mechanics and action to achieve your goals.

It was a beautiful start to the conference.

The rest of the conference was full of the new stunning games for the Xbox One for all audiences and fans.

There was another old favourite game returning to console market, Killer Instinct, the beat-em-up game published by Rare and Nintendo that was made popular in 1994, released as an Arcade machine, then later ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Killer instinct was displayed on stage by Double Helix Games, the creators of the reboot.

Games for the younger audience were also displayed. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition looked beautiful some how. I have no idea how the Xbox One has made simple blocks beautiful but they managed it!

One of the more interesting looking games and mechanics was that of Project Spark. You create the game world using the Kinect Voice Recognition, saying phrases such as “Woodland” and the land would be covered in Woodland. You can then go through and shape the world in a way you see fit and give inanimate objects intelligence to fill many roles. The possibilities are truly endless for the game.

Forza 5 was shown at the event and this was one of the most intelligent features I have ever seen in a game. With their feature known as “Drivatar” as you play the game, it will learn what you do and how you race, with what it learns, when you are not playing the game, your friends and people around the world can use your Drivatar to race against. In a way, there is no AI to race against, instead you race against people matched to your level so there is always a challenge through out the game. It is an incredible idea.

With it being an Xbox conference there was of course a few first person shooters.

Battlefield 4 was shown and looked absolutely beautiful, with incredible action and an exciting pace. They didn’t display any multiplayer game play however.

There was also a teaser trailer for the next Halo game that completely blew me away. As I sat there watching the trailer, trying to work out what I was seeing I was shocked and excited to see the Master Chief unveiled, that was one of the best moments of it for me.

There was several other games mentioned through the conference.

The Xbox it’s self was announced to be very heavily integrated with the Smartglass app. Using it from keeping an eye on other players stats to displaying the user interface.

The price was the biggest downfall of the console however. In the UK the console will be £429. A price many aren’t sure is worth it.