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Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has Don-chan and a two player co-op tank mode

In case you haven't been to an arcade in a minute, Namco Bandai has been making arcade iterations of the Mario Kart series for quite a while, and they're pretty badass. For Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, the Taiko Drum Master...   more

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX has Don-chan and a two player co-op tank mode photo

This Japanese grandma accidentally bought a derelict arcade

In sunny Chiba, Japan, a woman purchased a building that actually ended up encasing a time capsule of arcade goodness straight out of the late '80s through '90s. Among the relics were almost fifty Sega Aero and Astro City cab...   more

This Japanese grandma accidentally bought a derelict arcade photo

Check out this 3-hour chunk of Primal Rage 2 gameplay

I don't know about you, but I have a very primal sort of rage about me when I dwell on the fact that I hadn't seen footage of Primal Rage 2 already. Luckily, there's a gaming mecca in Brookfield, Illinois that goes by the na...   more

Check out this 3-hour chunk of Primal Rage 2 gameplay  photo

Primal Rage 2 exists and it's playable in an arcade

I had no idea! There was a Primal Rage 2, but it was never finished. Still, there are at least a couple arcade boards in existence of a prototype version, and Brookfield, Illinois-based Galloping Ghost Arcade has acquired on...   more

Primal Rage 2 exists and it's playable in an arcade photo

Space shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to PS Vita, PS4 in July

Arcade shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe looked like a good time last we saw it and here's another, better trailer to go with news of its impending Cross-Buy release on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Developer MixedBag has announced ...   more

Space shooter Futuridium EP Deluxe coming to PS Vita, PS4 in July photo

Arcade Font Writer is exactly what it sounds like

Arcade Font Writer lets you type out anything you'd like using fonts from classic arcade games. Useful? Tough call. Fun? For sure. Simply type out your message, scroll through the fonts, and then hit save for a .PNG file export.  Everything in the Ninja Gaiden font looks great, but Hudson's Panic Bomber really speaks to me. But nothing can touch the Shinobi one. Nothing. Try it out here.   more

Arcade Font Writer is exactly what it sounds like photo

Meet the cast of Left 4 Dead's Japanese arcade version

Left 4 Dead: Survivors is shambling to test locations in Tokyo today, courtesy of Taito. The Japanese arcade release sports a number of subtle changes to the classic zombie-shooting formula, including a strange new controller...   more

Meet the cast of Left 4 Dead's Japanese arcade version photo

Left 4 Dead: Survivors gameplay trailer looks just like Left 4 Dead

Remember Taito's "Project Z" and how it was revealed to simply be an arcade version of Left 4 Dead? There's finally a gameplay trailer to accompany the big announcement. It's full of zombies, broken English, and Japanese tex...   more

Left 4 Dead: Survivors gameplay trailer looks just like Left 4 Dead photo

R-Type Dimensions finds new life on PS3 this month

R-Type Dimensions released several years ago on Xbox Live Arcade and hey, it's back in the news with a PlayStation Network version coming to PS3 later this month. Cool. This is a package combining R-Type and R-Type II with bo...   more

R-Type Dimensions finds new life on PS3 this month photo

Penarium wants you to try to survive a sadistic circus act

Though arcade-style action games seemed to disappear with arcades themselves (go figure), they have been making a bit of a comeback recently. Games like Super Crate Box or the upcoming Woah Dave! remind us that sometimes it ...   more

Penarium wants you to try to survive a sadistic circus act photo

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game

Left 4 Dead in Japanese arcades? It's more likely than you think. Actually, it's definitely going to happen. Taito's been teasing a "Project Z" for some time now for its Nesica arcade systems, but today the official site has...   more

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game photo

Japan

Okay. First, poor giraffe. Second, why am I not playing Animal Kaiser every day?   more

Japan photo

Punch frogs, get paid: New Curses 'N Chaos trailer

We got a brief look at the new Tribute Games joint, Curses 'N Chaos, at PAX East. It's a pared-down, arcade-like action game about two players cooperating to clear waves of foes before the timer hits zero. Super simple, but ...   more

Punch frogs, get paid: New Curses 'N Chaos trailer photo

Woah Dave scratches the manic arcade itch

One of the most common questions one gets asked when visiting a show like PAX East is, "what's the most fun game you've played this weekend." Woah Dave was my automatic response to any such query this past weekend. An a...   more

Woah Dave scratches the manic arcade itch photo

Tribute Games returns to pure arcade action in Curses 'N Chaos

In announcing that Mercenary Kings would hit PS Vita at PAX East, developer Tribute Games also briefly talked up Curses 'N Chaos, a game which sounded like a mighty good time based on the name alone. After watching this Jona...   more

Tribute Games returns to pure arcade action in Curses 'N Chaos photo

Kung-Fu Master lampooned in live-action skit

Maker of live-action videogame spoofs, El Gamer Cosplayer has released this video portraying old-school arcade game Kung-Fu Master. As they do in the game, bad guys fly across the screen, locked in the frozen moment of impac...   more

Kung-Fu Master lampooned in live-action skit photo

Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD

As an institution within the videogame racing genre, Mario Kart has always been an example of what arcade style racing is all about. Focusing on simple, pick up and play gameplay, while still offering high level skill based ...   more

Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo


Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo
Mario Kart 8 is stunning and fierce in HD photo



This is what a Blizzard fighting game would look like

It's only fitting that I start my personal April Fools' Day off with Blizzard. The company's gags are almost always something so cool or outlandish that we wish they were really being made, and that's no different this year ...   more

This is what a Blizzard fighting game would look like photo

OutRun is going to be a 3D Classic in Japan

Every time we cover Sega's 3D Classics line for 3DS, someone inevitably jumps in to talk about how OutRun should be among those games. I agree. And it will be -- at least in Japan. A logo for the legendary arcade racing game ...   more

OutRun is going to be a 3D Classic in Japan photo

Ramlethal becoming a playable character in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-

4Gamer got to check out Ramlethal Valentine, the next playable character to join Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-. She was actually the boss in the game, but she'll now be playable in the game's next arcade update. Ramlethal has a two ...   more

Ramlethal becoming a playable character in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- photo

These are my favorite Luftrausers

I've been slavishly playing Luftrausers like a madman this past weekend, and I'm shaping up to be a fairly decent player. To help you get a sense of the different Rausers you can pilot, I put together this little video ...   more

These are my favorite Luftrausers photo

Review: Luftrausers

Vlambeer's air combat game, Luftrausers, has finally been cleared for take-off, following a wait that seemed far longer than anybody expected it would. It's been worth holding out for, and fans of high speed, challenging shoot-em-ups have something pretty special on their hands.   more

Review: Luftrausers photo

Review: TxK

If you came up to me and told me I could be this turned around, bearingless and disoriented, on a two dimensional plane of movement, I would say, "Gee, that's oddly specific, why are you telling me this?" And then you would f...   more

Review: TxK photo

Pac-Man Museum out today for PSN, XBLA, and Steam

Pac-Man Museum, released today on Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade, caught my eye this morning. It was my first time hearing about the game and the $19.99 price stood out. What could a compilation like this po...   more

Pac-Man Museum out today for PSN, XBLA, and Steam photo

Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre

The year was 2009. Back when the Xbox 360's XBLA Summer of Games was all the rage, a small little downloadable title called Trials HD came out of nowhere and won the hearts of players. With two sequels, and several million c...   more

Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo


Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo



Sega's next Shining game is a 2D fighter

Along time ago, in an arcade far far away, Sega was king of the scene. Some of the industries best fighters (Virtua Fighter 2, Fighting Vipers, Virtual On...) were developed and powered by the once dominant developer. But al...   more

Sega's next Shining game is a 2D fighter photo

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign launches in February in Japan

According to Siliconera, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign will launch on February 20th in Japanese arcades. After that, Xrd Sign will launch on the PlayStation 3 and the PS4 later this year in Japan. There are no announcements ...   more

Guilty Gear Xrd Sign launches in February in Japan photo

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week

One more week until Tomba! 2 releases on PlayStation Network. Until then, we're getting the fifth title in MonkeyPaw Games' Retro Rush event, Wolf Fang, a sidescrolling shooter sequel to the 1989 shoot-'em-up Vapor Trail: Hyp...   more

Japanese sidescrolling shooter Wolf Fang on PSN this week photo

Beware the Backyard in Guilty Gear Xrd's arcade opening

Some sort of Jumanji book about the secret Backyard gets hidden away, but an evil power erupts from the Backyard itself (kind of like The Gate) threatening the world and, uh, only the power of cheesy rock and roll and drop d...   more

Beware the Backyard in Guilty Gear Xrd's arcade opening photo

The gameplay modes of Rambo: The Video Game

A new trailer has been released for Rambo: The Video Game focused on the variety of gameplay contained within. You'll see stealth kills, bits of shooting, environmental destruction and QTE. Yeah, quick-time events are apparently considered a "feature" in Rambo, which ought to give just about anybody pause for reflection.   more

The gameplay modes of Rambo: The Video Game photo

Coin-Op Story demo available now

Imagine a tribute/love letter to the days of coin operated arcade games made as a metroidvania-style game. With arcade boards as power-ups, and images and noises from vintage machines, this one will pull at your heartstrings...   more

Coin-Op Story demo available now photo

New fighter joining Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on consoles

Team NINJA's Yosuke Hayashi announced that there will be some updates coming to Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate soon. The arcade version will be receiving an update in late January, and it will include new costumes for the fighters....   more

New fighter joining Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate on consoles photo

The Bad Dudes President is not actually American

Inspired by a comic from Zac Gorman, the Destructoid staff was chatting about Bad Dudes, the old beat 'em up infamous for its abrupt opening and unsatisfying conclusion (pictured above). Upon inspecting the image more closely...   more

The Bad Dudes President is not actually American photo

Sega teases Ryo Hazuki's return to racing

With the end of the year approaching, Sega let loose a nice surprise for fans on their Twitter page. Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed is chock full of references and fan service, and now we can expect the return of S...   more

Sega teases Ryo Hazuki's return to racing photo

VICE's The New Kings of Kong checks in on the champs

"When I play a game, it's not really for fun -- it's to kick the shit out of this game." And with that, we have our "villain" in the Donkey Kong high score rivalry between the mild-mannered current record holder Dr. Hank Chi...   more

VICE's The New Kings of Kong checks in on the champs photo

New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity

There's been a lot of buzz lately regarding the new fighter from Arc System Works. With several location tests going in Japan, fans are already getting some quality time with the title. Recently, we saw the return of Zato=One...   more

New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity photo


New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity photo
New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity photo
New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity photo
New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity photo
New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity photo
New screenshots for Guilty Gear Xrd show off the insanity photo



Review: Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick TE 2

Mad Catz and I have a rather interesting history. One fine summer day, I had rented the PlayStation One game Ninja: Shadow of Darkness, and decided to try out my brand new Mad Catz controllers. Halfway into the final lev...   more

Review: Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick TE 2 photo

Namco bringing Mario Kart Arcade GP DX to the West

Regrettably, I've not yet had the privilege of playing Namco Bandai's Mario Kart arcade games. This has been especially painful for Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, which looks so damned good. Unlike its predecessors, this machine wo...   more

Namco bringing Mario Kart Arcade GP DX to the West photo

Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita

[Update: I've included a video showing off Marie in action, as well as screens, in the gallery below, of her alternate costume.] Tecmo's Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's most recent trailer gives a small glim...   more

Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita  photo


Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita  photo
Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita  photo
Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita  photo
Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita  photo
Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita  photo
Meet Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade's new Gothic Lolita  photo



Ultra Street Fighter IV releasing before EVO 2014

There was some concern about the state of Ultra Street Fighter IV after Capcom said the game wasn't where it needed to be back in October. Today, the company gave us something to go on in the way of release information -- USF...   more

Ultra Street Fighter IV releasing before EVO 2014 photo

Another mesmerizing Resogun trailer for good measure

Today was a particularly busy day in what's been an all-around busy week. Did you happen to read Dale's review of Resogun? I think it's a safe bet to call this the go-to PlayStation 4 launch game -- just look at it! And the ...   more

Another mesmerizing Resogun trailer for good measure photo

Killer Instinct Classic won't be sold separately

Currently, the only way to get Killer Instinct Classic is by purchasing either the Ultra ($39.99) or Ultimate ($59.99) edition of Double Helix's new Killer Instinct. I say "currently" because these things have a habit of gett...   more

Killer Instinct Classic won't be sold separately photo

Typing of the Dead: Overkill was almost never released

To pretty much everyone's surprise, Sega released The Typing of the Dead: Overkill just in time for Halloween. In this sequel of sorts to the infamous Typing of the Dead for the Sega Dreamcast and Arcade, players must put the...   more

Typing of the Dead: Overkill was almost never released photo

Caitlin Oliver goes for a new Splatterhouse record LIVE

A lot of people cite Super Metroid as the first game that showed them how tense and isolated videogames can make them feel. For me, that realization came four years earlier when I picked up Splatterhouse on the Turbograf...   more

Caitlin Oliver goes for a new Splatterhouse record LIVE photo

Space Invaders creator would have made the game easier

Tomohiro Nishikado, the creator of the arcade classic Space Invaders, was just interviewed by The New Yorker, and he admits that he isn't very good at playing games, and that if "it been left up to me, Space Invaders wou...   more

Space Invaders creator would have made the game easier photo

First footage of arcade game Transformers Human Alliance

Earlier this year we told you that Sega was testing new arcade game Transformers Human Alliance in China. Now we're seeing the very first gameplay footage from the game. A new video on Sega's Amusements YouTube account shows...   more

First footage of arcade game Transformers Human Alliance photo

New details on the Plants vs. Zombies arcade game

We recently told you about a new Plants vs. Zombies arcade game coming out of a tag team between PopCap and Sega, but we had no details to share at that time.  Thanks to Arcade Heroes and their copy of trade publication ...   more

New details on the Plants vs. Zombies arcade game photo

First footage of anime crossover fighter Dengeki Bunko

If you're not an anime fan, you're probably not going to appreciate this footage as much. That said, it's still a beautiful fighter that's expected to come to both arcades and consoles soon, so check it out. Dengeki Bunko Fi...   more

First footage of anime crossover fighter Dengeki Bunko photo

Plants vs Zombies: The Last Stand is an arcade game

A new image on Sega's arcade Facebook page teases a new Plants vs. Zombies game. It gives no information other than a name: Plants vs. Zombies: The Last Stand. The name sounds cool but we have no idea what kind of game this would be. A full-on arcade cabinet? A redemption machine? It's going to be cool, whatever it is.  We'll bring you more information on this game as soon as we get it.   more

Plants vs Zombies: The Last Stand is an arcade game photo

Sega lets you pick which Transformers Arcade stage to see

Earlier this year, Sega was caught quietly testing a new Transformers arcade game in China. The robo-cat is out of the bag now, so they're asking fans on Facebook to vote on which bit of gameplay they'll show first.  Oh,...   more

Sega lets you pick which Transformers Arcade stage to see photo