Capcom Saves Us Many Quarters with ‘Arcade Cabinet’
Pretend that you own a series of arcade cabinets for cheap!
Capcom may be making questionable choices with each of their meal tickets, but their experience in the world of arcades is insurmountable. Unfortunately, since arcades aren’t exactly booming business in anywhere but Japan right now, fans often have to resort to either buying decommissioned cabinets or deal with the shady world of roms to get their fix of the quarter munchers.
Since not all of us have a desire to break the law or have hundreds of dollars to spend on one game, Capcom has revealed the Capcom Arcade Cabinet, an application for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to scratch that itch. Starting February 19th, classic arcade titles from the company will be released in packs of three, with the first pack costing a meager $4.99/400 MSP. Each subsequent pack will retail at $9.99/800 MSP. Those who only want a specific game in a pack must wait until the following pack is released to buy them a la carte. The release schedule is as follows:
GAME PACK 1 – February 19th
Contains: Black Tiger, Avenger, 1943: The Battle of Midway
GAME PACK 2 – March 5th
Contains: Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Gun Smoke, Section Z
GAME PACK 3 – March 19th
Contains: Side Arms, Legendary Wings, Trojan
GAME PACK 4 – April 2nd
Contains: Commando, The Speed Rumbler, Exed Exes
GAME PACK 5 – April 16th
Contains: 1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru
Those who buy all 5 packs will be treated to a bonus 2 arcade titles at an as-of-yet undetermined date for free. If you have a ton of patience, you can wait until May 21st and buy all 17 games at $29.99/2000 MSP. Games included will also feature the ability to digitally mess around with the the DIP switches, giving themselves an easier or more difficult experience, as well as play various versions of the game, meaning you can play Ghosts ‘n Goblins with the same settings as a Japanese cabinet if you so desired. Training modes will also be available for those who used to blow entire allowances on one level. Xbox 360 owners will be able to upload screenshots of their games onto Facebook, while PlayStation 3 owners will be able to record gameplay videos and upload them right to YouTube.
Black Tiger will be available on day 1 for free, but with some catch. Xbox 360 players will receive a one credit version of the game, meaning that once you die, you must start from the beginning again. If you’re playing on the PlayStation 3, you luck out with unlimited credits, resulting in a truly free title.
Need further convincing? Check out the reveal trailer below: