Arcade Games Are Dying? Not With A Machine This Big

By Eugene . January 5, 2014 . 11:00am


While the rest of the world’s arcades slowly vanish and languish, Japan’s continue to bring in the crowds. And that’s why Namco Bandai are releasing a new arcade machine game called Mach Storm. It’s pretty much Ace Combat… but gone big in arcades.


With a huge screen and a seat for you to lock yourself in and fly like you mean it. Yeah, you actually get to sit in a plush chair and lock away the rest of the world while flying as if you were seated in a real jet pilot’s cockpit.




Mach Storm will take players on missions from places all over the world including Washington, Tokyo and Dubai. There are two controllers which you’ll be using to control your jet while shooting down bogeys, and it’s possible to rack up combo streaks if you’re a pro. The game itself doesn’t look like it intends to be too hard, though, with an easy lock-on system where getting foes within the huge circle of your front guns will help lock on to them.


There’s also another reason for locking you in—Mach Storm will not only have rumble features on its two joysticks to mimic real combat, but its seat will also vibrate accordingly when you get hit. Ok, fine. The real reason is that the game also blows air blasts at players to let them feel as if they’re going at the same speed as their on-screen characters. Not sure if that would be cool or not having air constantly blown into my face, but clearly, someone said yes to this nonetheless awesome idea.


Namco Bandai are known for making such over-the-top machines, having previously also released Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield which is as impressive as it looks, being also a fully immersive arcade game where you lock yourself into a freakin’ Gundam pod. That game even had headjacks for you to plug in your own headsets!


Mach Storm is available in Japanese arcades across the country now.

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  • TheDarkEmpress

    No way arcades can die with something like this…I’d gladly wait in line for an hour or more to “fly” a fighter jet or “pilot” a Gundam…seriously this looks awesome…and here I was thinking the original Virtual On in arcades was a treat….

    • lunier

      Arcades are actually starting to die in Japan as well, smartphone/handhelds are taking away a lot of business.

      They won’t be dying anytime soon at least, but they’ve been losing a lot of revenue over the past few years

      • chibidw

        Small wonder when you see modern arcade games taking $1-2US *per play*, that people would start to look for other alternatives.

        • Doctor Nebula

          Well the machines are getting more expensive, they have to pay themselves and make a profit afterwards.

        • Hector Velar

          money is not the issue a single person may spend hundreths to thousands on a mobile game per month and I seen this every day. I think that what they may need is to be more innovating like this game looks to be and sit still until the mobile game bubble bursts.

      • TheDarkEmpress

        Which is a real shame considering that a mobile game is nowhere near as immersive or as social as going to an arcade and actually becoming a part of the game. Understandably different cultures have different views and values on their content, but it’s sad to say there’s been a real paradigm shift in gaming in the past decade or so…People are more concerned with cheaper/less quality on the go as opposed to a better experience at home or in the arcade. It’s a real bummer. Consider me a minority, or consider me an oldschooler, but I’ll gladly take a night at the arcade having a good time with my buddies and going out for a meal afterwards vs stumbling around with my cellphone playing MegaMan in a McDonald’s. All that at the ripe young age of 25 nonetheless….

      • Hound

        That’s the thing. Like this article seems to suggest, they need re-purposing. Theme parks, carnivals, and non-gambling attractions near casinos still get business.

        Therefore, it makes sense that having a variety of games that work in tandem with custom screens, settings, and peripherals would be able to maintain a following. They just need to cater to their own audience rather than maintain the stigma of offering money-munching games with short play times or high difficulty that you can get (and play competitively) at home..

  • doubleO7

    Sounds awesome, but why would there be air blasting in your face if its supposed to simulate the inside a sealed cockpit?

    • KoRLumen

      I think it’s to simulate Gs…? *shrug*

    • almostautumn

      Because the primary focus here is entertainment.

  • ZeroV3

    First Initial D arcade full size car, now this? Damn.. Japan getting all the good games and arcades…

  • almostautumn

    God this is cool! And I might actually be able to experience this, as I’m officially going to Japan for the first time in May! :D It’s a seminar, and a pretty packed schedule, but the last four days of the 2 week trip are free-roaming in Kyoto. I’m going to geek the hell out in arcades probably for all four XD

  • Japan’s had arcade machines like this for awhile now.

    I remember in 2010, I played a Gundam arcade game that had the same setup like this. Pretty awesome playing with a 180 degree screen. I remember getting inside that “cockpit” and I started giggling like a little girl. Felt like I was piloting a Gundam, only thing that was missing was that sense of movement and rumbling.

  • Testsubject909

    Holy shit I want a turn in that thing.

    I still have fond memories of this one space fighter arcade machine that could spin all around 360 degrees and tilt up and down, it was an incredible experience.

    And this. This just looks like fun. A whole lot of it.

    *throws quarters at the screen*

  • Earthjolly

    God I want one of them in my living room

  • Nate

    This is awesome. Now they have this, Gundam, and Mario Kart. I’ve got to give the JP arcades a try one day!

  • tubers

    I’d love to see the real deal in action :)

  • tarbis

    I wanna play that. I missed the moving cabinet of After Burner back in the 80’s.

  • Valtiel Ikari

    Holy mother of arcade machines!
    I want to play this bad boy!

  • Zikrayrus “Zikk” Dis Pear

    Dying? The rest of Asia still has a pretty okay Arcade scene alright? Okay I think SG arcades are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel. >.<

    But still. I hear Arcade Flight game and I came.

    Give it to me. NOW.

    • Ferrick

      yep, arcades are still up and running in Asia, though from the looks of it, the games that gives players card each time they insert enough credits are more popular than other genres

      • Zikrayrus “Zikk” Dis Pear

        And also Midnight Maximum Tune 4

        I love those card games :D but I heard from a friend they stop giving cards though. Sangokushi Taisen 3 wwhhyyy

        • Ferrick

          wait, there’s an MMT4 already?! damn are we slow over here XD (ours is still MMT3DX+)

          • Zikrayrus “Zikk” Dis Pear

            Lolwut? Our arcade was hyping it like crap several months ago. Didn’t expect there to be places still with MMT3DX+. The translation is still as bad though XD

            And while we speak…MMT5 is probably out in Japan… nah…but sometimes, you wonder…

          • Ferrick

            lol i don’t think the arcades in my country even know the existence of it XD

            we’re always slow in getting new stuff XD, hell, we’re still using Mario Kart 1 in most arcades XD

  • Just Tim

    As a lifelong arcade gamer, I believe that graphics whoring and heavy budgeting on console games started killing off the American arcade scene.

    Really, I’m old enough to remember when the original Halo first came out, people were drooling all over the graphics and the marketing hype. Yes, I was just in high school when Halo first came out.

    • Ferrick

      i’m pretty sure that the high cost per play plays a factor to it’s death in ‘Murica

      • Just Tim

        …only to offset the loss of customer traffic (read: arcade regulars) that have been staying home.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I used to love going to the arcade at the mall when I was little, but now it’s a women’s clothing store sadly.

  • Servant BerserCAR

    I wish they create more arcade games like Time Crisis.

  • Yan Zhao

    I respect companies for actually making games like these that gives people a reason to go to arcades. Too bad the US will never get anything like this and our arcades are doomed to die.

  • boo poo

    i know there will be hate on the idea “console ban” but will benefit the arcade life

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