Having recently announced their Arcade Cabinet, Capcom has released details concerning the new venture. This system will allow Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 players to essentially create their own arcade system, harking back to the 8-bit glory days of 1984 through 1988, but in HD, with 15 nostalgic titles, releasing from February 19 through early May this year.
The games will be released in blocks, and purchasing either a single game or the full block will allow users to take advantage of Capcom’s Arcade Cabinet “platform”, essentially a console within a console. This platform allows for music control and DIP switch functionality, and gamers can also take video or screenshots while playing. The DIP settings will allow players to change settings within the game, like number of lives or difficulty, and the Cabinet will also include a Casual Mode, with tones down the level of difficulty for just that, the casual gamer.
Apart from the aforementioned additions to these classics, players will also be allowed to play a two-player online mode for some of the titles, as well as the Arcade Cabinet hosting a global scoreboard, the option to choose Japanese or international versions of each of the games, and a training mode with infinite lives to practice to perfection.
In addition to these features, players on the Xbox 360 console can add screenshots, uploading them straight to Facebook, and video to YouTube is an option for Playstation 3 users. All background music from the games will also be available in a Sound Gallery, and an image gallery will unlock photos as players make progress in the games available for the platform.
The first pack releases on February 19, with Black Tiger, with a demo available the same day. The demo differs, though, between consoles: The 360 version allows gamers one credit with which to play the game, while Playstation 3 users get unlimited credits. This essentially gives the players the game, as the demo is unrestricted.
Below is a release from Capcom with all the release dates and prices for the games that will be available in their Arcade Cabinet.
|BUNDLE PACKS/INDIVIDUAL TITLES||NORTH AMERICAN SCHEDULE||PRICING|
|Black Tiger demo||February 19 (PSN)
February 20 (XBLA)
|GAME PACK 1
Titles: Black Tiger, Avengers, 1943: The Battle of Midway
|February 19 (PSN)
February 20 (XBLA)
|GAME PACK 2
Titles: Ghosts n Goblins, Gun.Smoke, Section Z
|March 5 (PSN/XBLA)||$9.99/800MSP|
|Avengers||March 5 (PSN)*||$3.99|
|1943: The Battle of Midway||March 5 (PSN)*||$3.99|
|GAME PACK 3
Side Arms, Legendary Wings, Trojan
|March 19 (PSN/XBLA)||$9.99/800MSP|
|Ghosts n Goblins||March 19 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|Gun.Smoke||March 19 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|Section Z||March 19 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|GAME PACK 4
Titles: Commando, The Speed Rumbler, Exed Exes (Savage Bees)
|April 2 (PSN/XBLA)||$9.99/800MSP|
|Side Arms||April 2 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|Legendary Wings||April 2 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|Trojan||April 2 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|GAME PACK 5
Titles: 1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru
|April 16 (PSN/XBLA)||$9.99/800MSP|
|Commando||April 16 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|The Speed Rumbler||April 16 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|Exed Exes (Savage Bees)||April 16 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|1942||April 30 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|SonSon||April 30 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|Pirate Ship Higemaru||April 30 (PSN/XBLA)||$3.99/320MSP|
|Bonus Pack (for those who have purchased all five game packs or all 15 individual titles
Titles: Two titles (names to be confirmed)
|TBC||Free for those who have purchased all previously released packs or individual titles|
Titles: All 17 games
|May 21 (PSN/XBLA)||$29.99/2000MSP|
* Not available as an individual title on XBLA