Update #2: We’re hearing reports that while the version of Final Burn Alpha emulator that ships with the Capcom Home Arcade stick has been properly licenced, some of the developers currently involved with the software haven’t been contacted. Initially, reports suggested that FBA was being used without permission, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Update: Confirming the details from our source, Capcom has announced a new plug-and-play arcade stick packed with classic Capcom arcade games that plugs directly into your TV, launching on 25th October 2019. They call it the Capcom Home Arcade and there’s little doubt as to who’s making it, as you can see from the trailer above.
The reveal trailer showcases the stick’s premium quality stick and buttons which emulate the hardware of the original arcade cabinets that housed these classic games. Micro USB powered with HDMI output and onboard WiFi to upload scores to worldwide leaderboards, the entire 2-player 'board' is shaped as Capcom's logo. It will include the following 16 'pre-installed' games:
1944: The Loop Master
Alien™ vs Predator™
Capcom Sports Club™
Cyberbots™: Fullmetal Madness
Darkstalkers™: The Night Warriors
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts™
Street Fighter™ II: Hyper Fighting
Mega Man: The Power Battle™
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo™
The official website shares some more details concerning the hardware and the emulation:
Featuring a pair of competition class Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT sticks with 8-way GT-Y directional gates and OBSF buttons for the finest precision, response times and durability. The 16 pre-installed games are from the original Capcom CPS1 and CPS2 arcade ROMs with emulation provided by FB Alpha, delivering an authentic & accurate arcade experience exclusively for the Capcom Home Arcade.
Break some high scores in single player, team up with a friend in co-op multiplayer or destroy them in a head-to-head battle. Then upload your best scores via the Capcom Home Arcade's onboard WiFi to a Worldwide High Score Leaderboard to see how you match up against other players across the globe.
Arcade fans will no doubt be over the moon to see these games rereleased and given the treatment they deserve, although it seems that that treatment comes at a price. The arcade stick console will set you back a not-insignificant £199.99/€229.99.
Of course, these cabinets would cost you significantly more (in money and living space), so assuming the emulation is perfect, this might still represent something of a bargain for the 21st century arcade gaming enthusiast. Rest assured that we’ll be keeping a very close eye on it come October.
Original Story: Not so long ago, Capcom surprised everyone with its Beat 'Em Up Bundle, a selection of famous scrolling fighting titles which included Final Fight and Knights of the Round. Now, it would appear that the company is following this collection up with a second compilation, this time focused on a broader range of titles.
Capcom has released a trailer which shows a series of arcade titles reflected in the controls of a coin-op cabinet. From the footage, we can make out Darkstalkers, a one-on-one fighter in the same style as Street Fighter II (which is also included in this trailer). There's also Aliens vs. Predator and Progear, two titles that have never seen the light of day outside of arcades, and Giga Wing, a shooter which was also ported to the Dreamcast.
Capcom's teasing an announcement tomorrow at 3PM, UK time.