Thursday, February 7, 2013

Capcom Arcade Cabinet - Trailer and Details Revealed

Capcom classics for Playstaion Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
One of my personal favorite aspects of the current age of gaming is how easy it has become for publishers to make their back catalogs available in the form of digital downloads. Sure, there will always be purists who much rather hold on to their hard copies of cartridge-based games or go hunting at swap meets to flesh out their retro collections, but for the average Joe it is a great service to be able to purchase for cheap these classics which wouldn't otherwise be easy to acquire. Capcom has always loved to make more money off of their older games and their latest attempt is the Capcom Arcade Cabinet, a series of games from the years 1984 to 1988 being released via Playstaion Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Enjoy the trailer below, followed by the press release with a lot more details, including the release schedule.

Following the recent announcement of Capcom Arcade Cabinet it’s now time to lift the lid and reveal the full list of classic 8-bit titles and how gamers will be able to transform their PlayStation3 or Xbox 360 into their very own customizable, HD 80s arcade.

Starting February 19 until early May, a total of 15 titles from 1984-1988 will be released on a staggered schedule available to purchase digitally either as a series of packs or individually, allowing players to choose what they want to buy. By purchasing all 15 titles, either separately or together, players will gain access to two bonus games absolutely free.

Downloading an individual title or pack will also give access to the Capcom Arcade Cabinet ‘platform’ which provides additional features including DIP switch functionality, a music player, and the ability to capture and share screenshots or video. When playing in standard mode, players will be able to access DIP switch-like settings to adjust their number of lives and difficulty, including a Casual Mode which tones down the difficulty level and makes it more attainable to see the end credits. Further features include 2 player online play for certain titles; a global leaderboard; a training mode with infinite lives to hone your strategy and an option to select either the Japanese or international versions of the individual titles.

In order to share their experiences with friends, PlayStation 3 users will be able to capture video of gameplay to post on YouTube, while Xbox 360 users will be able to upload screenshots to Facebook. Further additions include a sound gallery that allows players to listen to the background music of any of the games in their cabinet, and an art gallery which fills with new pieces as players progress through the games.

Game Pack 1 and the first individual title, Black Tiger, will be available on February 19. Xbox 360 owners will be able to play through the game with a single credit before restarting. On the PlayStation 3, players will have unlimited credits effectively giving them the full game for free.

Black Tiger demoFebruary 19 (PSN)
February 20 (XBLA)
Titles: Black Tiger, Avengers, 1943: The Battle of Midway
February 19 (PSN)
February 20 (XBLA)
Titles: Ghosts n Goblins, Gun.Smoke, Section Z
March 5 (PSN/XBLA)$9.99/800MSP
AvengersMarch 5 (PSN)**$3.99
1943: The Battle of MidwayMarch 5 (PSN)**$3.99
Side Arms, Legendary Wings, Trojan
March 19 (PSN/XBLA)$9.99/800MSP
Ghosts n GoblinsMarch 19 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
Gun.SmokeMarch 19 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
Section ZMarch 19 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
Titles: Commando, The Speed Rumbler, Exed Exes (Savage Bees)
April 2 (PSN/XBLA)$9.99/800MSP
Side ArmsApril 2 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
Legendary WingsApril 2 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
TrojanApril 2 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
Titles: 1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru
April 16 (PSN/XBLA)$9.99/800MSP
CommandoApril 16 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
The Speed RumblerApril 16 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
Exed Exes (Savage Bees)April 16 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
1942April 30 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
SonSonApril 30 (PSN/XBLA)$3.99/320MSP
Pirate Ship HigemaruApril 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)
TBCFree 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