Coins, please!

There once was a time when the latest arcade hits were ported to home consoles with great fanfare, but these days most coin-ops are left in their natural habitat. That's been the case with the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, produced in collaboration between Nintendo and Bandai Namco Games.

It's a shame, because Mario Kart Arcade GP DX — the latest instalment in the line — is looking pretty special, as you can see from the attract sequence below. Not only does it showcase the usual combat racing action, but you can also combine your powers with another player to create a super-powerful "Fusion Kart" capable of firing shells at rival drivers.

The game is hitting western arcades this year, and may even be installed in a venue near you already. Have you played it? Do you think Nintendo and Bandai Namco should port the game — or the entire series — to home consoles? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.