We're often bemoaning the state of the arcade industry in some parts of the West - especially in the UK - especially when compared to its continued role in Japanese culture. For major Japan-based developers it can be a key part of business, with Bandai Namco being one of a few big-name companies that's still consistently producing fun new machines.
Siliconera has picked up on a neat new machine that will have players hurl actual Pokéballs - or, you know, pretend balls - at the screen to capture Pokémon. There'll be three stages and a choice of starter companion from Gen IV, so that's Chespin, Fennekin or Froakie.
As you can see in the image below, it'll be primitive but potentially fun for kids and big kids alike.
The odds of many players having a shot at this outside of Japan may be slim, unless some Western chains decide to get in on the action; we just have to live in hope.
Wait so you gotta chuck balls at an actual screen? That must be an amazingly durable screen.
Get this sucker outside of Japan NOW.
"There'll be three stages and a choice of starter companion from ->Gen IV<-, so that's ->Chespin, Fennekin or Froakie<-."
You might want to tell the I and V to switch places.
@ThomasBW84 There is an error in the second paragraph. *Gen VI, not Gen IV.
So jelly right now. Petty Arcade machines are not a big thing in the States as it used to be otherwise I would of have some hope reaching over sea.
Cool idea. I was never any good at this type of game.
Kinda funny that Jigglypuff needs a pool float to be in the water. Couldn't jiggs just literally be a balloon float on her own xD
Satoshi x Serena <3
Gen IV? You're a bit behind there, we're on gen VI as are those 'mon!
There's always a very, very, very slim chance it will be as lucky as Pokken Tournament. Maybe we could get it in some form of freemium 3DS game? IDK...
looks like fun machine game,oh arcade!!!
@Spin I'm guessing the balls will be pretty light and flimsy. Not like they're going to have people chucking billiards balls or something.
This is basically like the chinese arcade game we have. It has different modes but it's all target shooting. The balls they provide are the same ones you find in ball pits so it's light.
@EmmatheBest The whole point is to be able to throw actual balls at the machine. The game would lose its main hook if it were turned into a digital version.
That being said, I'd love to give it a try if the actual arcade machines somehow manage to come to America.
Unfortunately, the UK tradition of seaside arcades was replaced by mugging and stabbings.
That aside, I would love to give this a go. Perhaps this is something Heart of Gaming in London might look into?
@BulbasaurusRex ...Revolution Controller, maybe?
This is also besides the point, but I noticed that Omanyte's shell looks actually shiny. In fact, the Pokémon art in general appears revised.
@CHET_SWINGLINE Actually now that I think about it they'd be nothing but fabric and fluff. Probably not plastic.
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