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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.

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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.

[source siliconera.com]