Location Watch: New Arcades in California, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, Oregon & Eire

It’s been a short time since we did a areas submit, and I did a catch-up Newsbytes yesterday, so let’s get again on monitor by seeing who’s new on the market. As a result of time, this submit is a bit longer than typical, so I’m going to record all of them out right here on the prime, then get to every. Right this moment’s submit additionally has a better focus of 2nd or third areas for an present firm than regular, which is an fascinating indicator as to how arcades are performing on the market.

For the brand new arcades talked about on this submit:

Lvl Up #2 (San Jose, CA)
RecBar 812 #2 (New Albany, IN)
Loopy Quarters Arcade (Bay Metropolis, MI)
Discovery Zone (Cincinnati, OH)
Ka-Ko-Jo’s #three (Idaho Falls, ID)
Stage Up Arcade Bar (Limerick, Eire)
Wayback’s Arcade (Pineville, LA)
Pac-Man Zone (Evansville, IN; Ann Arbor, MI)
BitBar #2 (Temple, TX)
Arcade Galactic (West Valley Metropolis, UT)
Round1USA (Eugene, OR)
Andretti Indoor Karting & Video games (Katy, TX)

My apologies if I’ve missed any new venues to open up on the market; in that case, please let me know and also you’ll be included on the following Location Watch!

Lvl Up #2 (Downtown San Jose, CA)

Let’s begin with a kind of second areas, and one which has been put collectively partly by a web site pal, TJ Beyer. The primary location for Lvl Up was established in Campbell, CA, so this location is correct subsequent door. You don’t actually need to place your areas too far-off from one another, until you’re going into the company/franchising route. TJ acknowledged that it has “Eight-10 pinball machines, basketball, skeeball, driving video games, some classics, and different enjoyable stuff” to fill out the sport combine; per the photographs he has posted on-line, that features: Cactus Canyon pin, Cruis’n Blast, Guardians of the galaxy pin [Pro], Guitar Hero Arcade, Monopoly pin, Area Invaders Frenzy, Star Wars pin [Pro], Stranger Issues pin [Pro], Time Disaster three, World’s Largest Pac-Man, X-men pin and shortly, the brand new Bust-A-Transfer Frenzy. You may observe this location on Twitter.

Lvl Up, arcade in San Jose, CA

RecBar 812 #2 (New Albany, IN)

H/T to Replay Journal for this one, the place they linked to this text on the  Louisville Courier Journal For one more arcade/bar opening location #2, we jump over to Indiana the place the primary location had opened in 2016. This one opened up on Feb. third and sports activities over 200 video games within the 24,000 sq. ft. house, making a close to full record right here…impractical. Granted, I don’t see a video games record wherever and there are few photos on their social media to glean from. What there may be exhibits a major assortment of pinball machines, and I’d assume, different video amusements. Discover them on Fb, right here.

Loopy Quarters Arcade (Bay Metropolis, MI)

H/T to Replay Journal & MLive for this story on a venue that opened up on February eighth. This can be a [mostly] retro arcade that offers loads of like to pinball machines, overlaying all the things from Gottlieb’s 1959 launch Universe, to Stern’s newest in Stranger Issues [Pro]. Different video games embrace: Aerosmith pin, Centipede, Donkey Kong three, Galaga, Mortal Kombat, Pac-Man, Pump It Up (undecided which model),  Rolling Thunder, Tetris (Atari ver., 1988), The Munsters and extra. Verify them out on Fb, right here.

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Discovery Zone (Cincinnati, OH)

Let’s begin with an FEC that’s presumably making a comeback, a middle that simply opened in Ohio by the identify of Discovery Zone. Discovery Zone was a series of household leisure facilities that had been like a supercharged Chuck E. Cheeses the place the main target was on children, however all the things was larger and out there in additional abundance. That setup didn’t forestall the chain from going bankrupt and changing into nothing greater than a reminiscence – till a brand new facility utilizing the identical identify and a really related setup simply opened in Cincinnanti. It’s unclear whether or not or not anybody initially concerned in DZ are concerned with this one, but it surely positively seems related. Their predominant focus is offering an enormous mushy playground for youths to play in, which has a small redemptioncade on the facet (no less than per this pre-open video). You will discover them on Fb right here.

Ka-Ko-Jo’s #three (Idaho Falls)

H/T to Replay Journal for highlighting this one, which is one other location that has earlier institutions behind it (one in Greely, CO and one other in Casper, WY). Tomorrow (Feb 16th) marks location #three for this rising firm, which seems to be following the usual FEC mannequin of a number of sights, one in all which incorporates arcade machines. With 5,200 complete sq. ft. to play with, they’ve a superb quantity of house, and from a video at East Idaho Information, it’s not all redemption amusements both. Whereas the video was a bit early, there’s a Nirin there (not a sport you come throughout almost as typically as one thing like Tremendous Bikes 2), though I do think about on the finish of the day, the sport combine might be heavy on the ticket titles. Go to the Kakojos Official web site right here

Stage Up Arcade Bar (Limerick, Eire)

H/T to Barry Okay. for alerting me to this new bar/arcade over in Eire. I’m undecided what number of locations on the market use the Stage Up identify or a variation on that, however it’s fairly uncommon that I’ve heard of an arcade venue opening up in Eire. This place has a powerful collection of arcade & pinball video games, each previous and new, together with:  Massive Buck Hunter, Bubble Bobble, Creature From The Black Lagoon pin, Last Battle, GhostBusters pin, Ghost Squad, Golden Axe, H2Overdrive, In The Hunt, MaiMai, Steel Slug, Metallica pin, OutRun 1 & 2, Shinobi, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Avenue Fighter II, III & IV, Terminator Salvation, The Beatles pin, Time Disaster IV, and extra. Discover their predominant web site right here.

Level Up Arcade Bar, Limerick, Ireland

Wayback’s Arcade (Pineville, LA)

I heard about this one by an operator’s group on Fb, and as of yesterday, they’ve opened their doorways. This one follows the fashionable retrocade sample, of charging an admission price and having the video games on free/limitless play. For the video games, they’ve “round 35 arcade video games, four pinball tables, a collection of board video games […] and hopefully just a few different surprises.” A few of these video games embrace: Berzerk, Defender, Galaga, Gaplus, Gauntlet: Darkish Legacy, Gyruss, Dangle On, Joust, Mortal Kombat, a Neo Geo MVS, Off Street Problem, Robotron 2084, Star Wars (Atari), Tremendous Mario Bros., Tempest, TMNT (1989) and extra. Discover them on Fb right here.

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Pac-Man Zone (Evansville, IN & Ann Arbor, MI)

H/T to Michael L for letting me learn about this one. Approach again in December of 2018, we ran a narrative about an effort by Namco USA (the operations arm of Namco that runs tons of of arcade amenities throughout the US) launching an enormous effort to re-brand their areas. Since that point, I had not heard of any model new locations to open below the Pac-Man Zone identify, though it seems like they’ve flown below my radar.

Per the Courier & Press, a brand new Pac-Man Zone will open their doorways on the Eastland Mall in Evansville this subsequent week, housing 50 video games and a celebration room.  Whereas the exact sport combine isn’t talked about, I assume that it is going to be robust the redemption facet, with just a few video items round to take pleasure in.

For one more Pac-Man Zone opening up out East, Replay Journal had this fast point out of a PMZ that’s set to open up on the Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, MI.

On a associated tangent, I do consider that Namco is prepping Pac-Man Panic for a US launch this Spring as nicely; the sport is presently discovered at Round1USA areas as a timed unique. I’ve seen some photographs from a location check of 1 elsewhere, though you by no means know the way exams may shake out.

BitBar #2 (Temple, TX)

One other by way of Replay right here, that hyperlinks to an article by KWTX.com for a second location to the BitBar identify (nicely, for this exact firm; there was one other enterprise that opened with the identify Bit Bar in MA again in 2016). We lined the primary one again in 2015 with the Killeen, TX location, and now they’re increasing to Temple. This one does the entry price/all video games on freeplay mannequin, and naturally it sells alcohol. The situation isn’t open to the general public fairly but(they seem to have completed some previews), with a gap set for March 2020, however it’ll have a collection of 30 arcade classics, together with the Atari PONG Desk, Mortal Kombat I & II, Operation Wolf, Spider-Man, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Simpsons, X-Males and lots extra.

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Altering My Title – Recreation Grid Arcade is now Arcade Galactic

For those who observe my arcade in Utah, then this gained’t be information, however for these new to the location, I run an arcade in Utah. I’ve been doing so for the reason that Summer season of 2008, the place there have been loads of challenges in retaining issues going and discovering success. Two main hurdles have reared their ugly head over the previous few months – one in an enormous Dave & Busters type FEC opening up in the identical mall the place I’m positioned (simply on the other finish, but it surely’s not a really huge mall) and one other in an area card store throwing out a veiled risk that I would like to alter my identify over use of the phrase “Recreation Grid.” Whereas I’m assured that I may have gained the case in court docket, the corporate that has zero to do with any of the ideas in TRON knew that that they had the cash to bankrupt me within the occasion it went that far, so I’ve taken the cheaper route of adjusting the identify.  Presently I’m about to make a fee on the manufacturing of the brand new signal, however I’ve modified all of my social media and on-line presence to the brand new identify of Arcade Galactic.

Some have requested why I didn’t do Arcade Heroes – I determine that it could develop into very complicated to individuals if I used to be continually utilizing the AH social media channels to tout my native arcade, and it wouldn’t be honest to different areas that I discuss on posts like this one.

A little bit extra clarification will be discovered under; you’ll be able to go to the arcade’s web site right here:

Round1USA (Eugene, OR)

Opening at this time, individuals in Eugene, OR can discover a Round1USA on the Valley River Heart. I assume that it’ll have an ordinary mixture of video games that you simply have a tendency to seek out at R1USA areas, being heavy on the Japanese imports, together with quite a lot of model new video & redemption items (and a ton of UFO Catchers).

Andretti Indoor Karting & Video games (Katy, TX)

Opening the primary week of March is one other Andretti’s, though like R1USA, I’m undecided which quantity this counts as at this level. I additionally assume that it is going to be just like different Andretti areas, with a contemporary arcade characteristic the newest in video & redemption items…and maybe a kind of actually fancy racing simulators (the hyperlink is for an instance of a “fancy simulator,” though I can’t recall which precise one that they had; I’ve visited the situation in Orlando a few occasions and so they had one, however I don’t know if they’re put in in all of their areas). The official web site for the situation will be discovered right here.

As all the time, if you end up wherever close to these venues, do greater than pay lip service to how superior arcades are – go and go to them, give them some financial assist. To cite an obscure tank sport I’ve at my place: “Hold the momentum up!” [for arcades]

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