Newsbytes: Useless Man’s Hand; Yellow Brick Highway WOZ; Step ManiaX; Excessive Rating Lady Time period 2 & Extra

Whats up, and welcome to a different thrilling version of Newsbytes. It is a assortment of fast arcade/pinball information gadgets to get you caught up.

When you may not count on a collector/fan targeted occasion to be the supply of recent sport unveils, that has definitely develop into the case in each video and pinball. The Texas Pinball Competition (TPF) is underway this weekend, and we have now a few gadgets to debate from there.

Additionally notice that this coming week is Amusement Expo Worldwide 2019 in Las Vegas. I’ll be posting a preview of what to anticipate there on Monday.

VPCabs Reveals Useless Man’s Hand

Let’s begin with a brand new online game. VPCabs is an organization that has primarily targeted on creating cupboards for digital pinball video games, in each pinball-style cupboards and distinctive upright fashions. There are exceptions to that rule, as in addition they are serving because the producer for the Woody mannequin of Cosmotrons.

They aren’t simply targeted on cupboards nonetheless, as they department into new coin-op video titles. Utilizing their Vertigo upright cupboard design, they’ve unveiled Useless Man’s Hand, a digital model of the bodily/mechanical sport they promote of the identical identify. That is primarily a brand new model of Taito’s basic bar sport, Ice Chilly Beer; the art work and sounds had been developed by Scott Gullicks of Riot Pinball. I’ll have extra particulars on this one subsequent week for it’s personal submit, so till then, right here’s a video the corporate shared to their Fb web page.

Jersey Jack Pinball unveils The Wizard of Oz: Yellow Brick Highway Version

Headed to TPF to unveil their newest venture, Jersey Jack unveiled a 3rd Restricted Version mannequin of their standard Wizard of Ouncesmachine, the Yellow Brick Highway version. This follows the unique LE and the 75th Anniversary fashions. This includes a vibrant yellow glittery trim to characterize the long-lasting Yellow Brick Highway, glittered paint on the wireform ramps, new animations on the display screen, “Model lighting system,” adjusted sport guidelines and the elimination of the monkey mechanism within the again. Solely 200 of those are being made, to the worth of $11,500 MSRP.

The rumors had been predicting that this might have been the reveal of Willy Wonka pinball, so if that’s what you had been hoping for, then this…subverted these expectations. When information of this primary hit, the reactions I noticed had been overwhelmingly detrimental, however since then I’ve seen a number of constructive feedback from those that are into it. What do you concentrate on this new mannequin?

Pre-Orders Open For Step ManiaX Phases & Recreation

Should you’ve been wanting ahead to the “religious successor” to In The Groove, then you’re in luck as pre-orders have opened right this moment for Step Revolution’s Step ManiaX. You possibly can order only a stage, a house/non-coin cupboard or the coin-op industrial version, with a 50% deposit required. I’ve not seen a point out of when these will ship, however the sport’s producer, Kyle Ward, has posted pics of many levels sizzling off the manufacturing line, so I think about it is going to be quickly.


Excessive Rating Lady Time period II Coming To Japan This October

Should you’ve seen the arcade-centric anime Excessive rating Lady on Netflix, and have been questioning when the following season will drop, then you definitely simply want to attend till October. Effectively, not less than for Japan, the place they’re calling the following season, “Time period II.” I had thought that Time period I had ended already, however I used to be simply advised proper earlier than publishing this that Netflix added three extra episodes to it this week. I assume I’ve extra watching to do 😉


— 押切蓮介 (@rereibara) March 21, 2019

Regardless that that’s about 7 months away, fairly a number of promotions are exhibiting up in Japan to tout Time period II, together with this one (what do you say? Intelligent or creepy?):

ONO’S EYES MOVE….!!!!!!!!!!!#hiscoregirl#ハイスコアガール#アニメジャパン2019

— TVアニメ「ハイスコアガール」公式 (@hi_score_girl) March 23, 2019

Spicy Taxi Replaces The Preliminary D4 Attraction At The Tokyo Joypolis

Well-known for it’s many distinctive rides and sights, the Sega-owned Joypolis in Tokyo is all the time preserving issues recent. Sadly this does imply that older sights are eliminated as an alternative of upgraded, and are changed with one thing new. Such is the case with the Preliminary D4 Arcade Stage Restricted attraction in Japan, because it has been eliminated and changed with a brand new journey referred to as Spicy Taxi. Right here’s a short video of the Preliminary D4 journey, which used full-sized vehicles because the controllers; yow will discover different movies of this by looking for Preliminary D4 joypolis’ on YouTube.

For the brand new attraction referred to as Spicy Taxi, it seems to mix components from Sega’s Let’s Go Jungle or Island with Loopy Taxi.  Primarily based upon the long-lasting three-wheeled taxis which are present in Thailand (referred to as a Tuk Tuk), it nonetheless makes use of full-sized, Four-seat atop a movement platform, offering for a full vary of 360° movement as an alternative of the smaller vary that Preliminary D4 had. The interpretation signifies that you’re on a “bounty hunter race” to “earn prize cash.” Every rider has a button to make use of, which lets you play each “quizzes and mini video games” that pop-up in the course of the race course. As a colourful household attraction, I think about that this may do nicely, though if you’re a fan of Preliminary D, the absence of that journey is definite to depart a gap in your coronary heart. Discover the official web page for this right here.

Bandai Namco Promotes Worldwide Model Of Wangan Midnight Most Tune 6

As a notice, that is NOT associated to a launch of the sport for North America or Europe; whereas the Worldwide Variations of WMMT are in English, that is primarily for SouthEast Asia. There isn’t any information on whether or not or not the 5DX or 5DX+ updates are on their method for North America, so all we will do is watch and dream:

Completely satisfied 50th Anniversary Konami

Lots of the massive names on this enterprise began off as an arcade or merchandising firm of some variety, Sega being one instance of that and Konami being one other. Konami formally hit the large 50 this week, having began as a humble jukebox restore firm again in 1969, to the multi-faceted company it’s right this moment. It’s first few video video games had been nothing terribly memorable – Area King as a Area Invaders clone and Block Recreation as a Breakout clone; however by the point 1981 would roll round, they already began making an impression with quite a lot of fascinating video games like Amidar, Scramble, and Tremendous Cobra. As American arcade factories faltered in ’83, they had been pleased to select up the slack and have become a powerhouse in each arcade and console sport growth by way of the 80’s and past.

They nonetheless make arcade video games right this moment, though these sadly have a tendency to stay to Japan, with occasional imports discovering their method out West. Both method, hit up your native arcade this weekend and hopefully they’ve a Konami sport you possibly can play as a strategy to have a good time the milestone!

On March 21, 1969, Kagemasu Kozuki based just a little jukebox restore firm in suburban Osaka. 4 years later it will develop into KONAMI, now well-known the world over for its wealthy historical past of video video games. Completely satisfied Golden Anniversary!

— Retronauts (@retronauts) March 21, 2019

Talking of anniversaries, if you wish to really feel outdated, this week additionally marks the 10th anniversary of Sega launching their Ringedge and Ringwide arcade platforms (hyperlink is from February 2009, however the went into operation late March).

That’s all I’ve managed to collect for this weekend. Ensure to hit up your favourite native gaming spot this weekend and have some enjoyable!

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