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#1026 wolfy62 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:44 PM

Does anyone know why the 20 game Namco mini player is not out or advertised on the My Arcade website anymore?

 

I sure am looking forward to it for the Rolling Thunder 1,2, and 3 as well as Xevious and Splatterhouse 1 and 2.

 

I hope it was not cancelled for licensing reasons.



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Posted Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:50 PM

Does anyone know why the 20 game Namco mini player is not out or advertised on the My Arcade website anymore?
 
I sure am looking forward to it for the Rolling Thunder 1,2, and 3 as well as Xevious and Splatterhouse 1 and 2.
 
I hope it was not cancelled for licensing reasons.

Could be that Namco has licensing with another arcade manufacturer. I bought the Data East one last year on the 'bay. Truth be told, I haven't even opened the box it came in.

Namco has so many competing devices now ranging from the World's Tiniest Arcades at 4 inches to the 4 foot 1up cabs. Honestly at this point, I'd hold out for a better multi packaged game seeing as a lot of stuff is coming around the corner. Plus the My Arcade joysticks are kind of rubbish.

#1028 wolfy62 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:03 AM

Could be that Namco has licensing with another arcade manufacturer. I bought the Data East one last year on the 'bay. Truth be told, I haven't even opened the box it came in.

Namco has so many competing devices now ranging from the World's Tiniest Arcades at 4 inches to the 4 foot 1up cabs. Honestly at this point, I'd hold out for a better multi packaged game seeing as a lot of stuff is coming around the corner. Plus the My Arcade joysticks are kind of rubbish.

Thank you for the info! Yes,I have noticed Namco has been pimping out there games to everyone,please no more mini Pacmans,etc.

 

I have been playing the Data East mini player for the last week and I really like it,even the stick.

There are many games on it i have never played,that made it a lot of fun. I will keep my eyes open this year for everything new that is old and retro! :)  :thumbsup:



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Posted Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:01 PM

Does anyone know why the 20 game Namco mini player is not out or advertised on the My Arcade website anymore?
 
I sure am looking forward to it for the Rolling Thunder 1,2, and 3 as well as Xevious and Splatterhouse 1 and 2.
 
I hope it was not cancelled for licensing reasons.


it's still there, they've been showing it off at conventions, and even at CES there were videos
and units there.

it should make it out. i don't mind waiting.

it's not like we can't get these games in plenty of other ways.

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#1030 Tanooki OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:33 PM

I don't mind them pimping out their Namco goodies because now they're getting more desperate and digging further when you see the likes of a gem like Don Doko Don and Rolling Thunder on one of those wide handhelds among some other goodies too.  Taito is getting into the act too as their handheld has the family of bubble bobble games rolled into one.



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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:41 PM

100% impulse buy. I walked into Best Buy to look for CDs (newsflash: they have a single $5.99 clearance rack with a hodge podge of leftover CDs. Actually better vinyl selection than CD) and walked out with this in tow:

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Valentine's day present to myself. 8)



#1032 Tanooki OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:18 PM

Wow I did not know they carried those at best buy, impressive.  When the SF2 one rolls around, if that showed up and I had the cash on me I'd be very tempted.



#1033 wolfy62 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:51 AM

100% impulse buy. I walked into Best Buy to look for CDs (newsflash: they have a single $5.99 clearance rack with a hodge podge of leftover CDs. Actually better vinyl selection than CD) and walked out with this in tow:
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Valentine's day present to myself. 8)

Great purchase!
I gotta hold out for Tempest,wish I could get that one too.😃

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:24 PM

2 quick reviews.

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The VFD ms pac man is awesome, probably the best one i've played.
the graphics are crisp, the mazes change (haven't got to the junior one yet),
the fruit moves, there are intermission screens.

difficulty is medium to hard. i have trouble going up at times, but that's the
controls...

Awesome version, and great cheap price, well worth getting if you like VFD displays.
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Never could find the basic fun galaga, so ordered it off ebay.

Excellent version, love the hard pro difficulty of it. Although it takes some getting used to,
people will still master this version also. i've gotten 50k after 3 plays.

i hate the controls, the joystick is terrible as usual, even for just 2 directional play.

overall, its worth getting if you're a galaga fun, but be warned it's a lot harder than
the arcade version.

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Edited by negative1, Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:24 PM.


#1035 wolfy62 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:08 PM

2 quick reviews.

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The VFD ms pac man is awesome, probably the best one i've played.
the graphics are crisp, the mazes change (haven't got to the junior one yet),
the fruit moves, there are intermission screens.

difficulty is medium to hard. i have trouble going up at times, but that's the
controls...

Awesome version, and great cheap price, well worth getting if you like VFD displays.
==============
hqdefault.jpg

Never could find the basic fun galaga, so ordered it off ebay.

Excellent version, love the hard pro difficulty of it. Although it takes some getting used to,
people will still master this version also. i've gotten 50k after 3 plays.

i hate the controls, the joystick is terrible as usual, even for just 2 directional play.

overall, its worth getting if you're a galaga fun, but be warned it's a lot harder than
the arcade version.

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Thank you for the reviews,and I am glad you found the Galaga thread and posted some awesome game tips!😃

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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:27 PM

Thank you for the reviews,and I am glad you found the Galaga thread and posted some awesome game tips!


sure, no problem.

one update on the ms pac man VFD, the joystick is on the far left, NOT in the middle which
is unfortunate, because that's not very comfortable.

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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:27 PM

review of the 2 new coleco handhelds, the screens a little small:



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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:42 PM

from the toy show, here's more on the 1/6 scale arcade units.
they have some prototypes of asteroids, and dragons lair there also.



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Posted Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:54 PM

A mini bill changer? What's next, add-on monitor for the top of Dragon's Lair? :lol:

I saw Tron machines with spectator monitors sitting atop too BITD. The bill changer acting as a USB hub is really, really cool actually. Nice way to accessorize while being useful at the same time.

I hope they add the proper cardboard inner bezel graphic to Asteroids for that extra touch of authenticity.

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:28 PM

Another review of the coleco handhelds:


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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:11 PM

make your own basic fun 09 defender, looks pretty good:



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#1042 BrianC OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2019 10:48 PM

sure, no problem.

one update on the ms pac man VFD, the joystick is on the far left, NOT in the middle which
is unfortunate, because that's not very comfortable.

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Odd, my Ms. Pac-Man is just like the one in the picture with the joystick in the middle. I saw a video on YouTube of the segmented LCD Galaga. Looks promising. Bonus rounds and ship capture intact.

Edited by BrianC, Sun Mar 3, 2019 10:49 PM.


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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2019 12:53 AM

Odd, my Ms. Pac-Man is just like the one in the picture with the joystick in the middle. I saw a video on YouTube of the segmented LCD Galaga. Looks promising. Bonus rounds and ship capture intact.


galaga:


i wish they showed more of the game like here:



actually never mind, it looks terrible.

pass.

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Edited by negative1, Mon Mar 4, 2019 12:55 AM.


#1044 Jess Ragan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2019 11:32 AM

In the immortal words of Jay Sherman, "This game... sucks." Sure, he was talking about electric football, but it could just as easily apply here. Why bother making a VFD version of Galaga in 20-freaking-19? It can't possibly capture the beauty of the arcade original, and frankly, this looks bad even by the standards of this display technology.

I have the previous game, Galaxian, by Coleco, and while that ain't perfect, at least they had the sense to give it a vertical aspect ratio. Here the aliens are so close to your ship you could reach out and touch them. That makes dodging their shots a little slice of impossible. Basic, yes; fun, no.

#1045 Tanooki OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2019 4:42 PM

^^ I wish I could give you a like this for both blocks of text as it's on the nose.  They're idiots, doing it at all, and doing it poorly as well.  I'd take a Coleco original Galaxian over their device anytime, or any of the unlicensed ones too from about the same year.  At least they had to try and make them fun as it was smaller companies appealing for fun, here it's a huge corporation shoveling crap with a license and not even bothering to try really.



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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2019 11:50 PM

Except the game uses a vertical screen (though I agree the images are too big and don't make the best use of space like Coleco's Galaxian does, though, yeah, waste of vertical screen by using a square space for the graphics), isn't VFD (it's colorized backlit LCD), and uses music from the AC version. At least they attempted the two ships and bonus rounds. I found Q*Bert, Frogger, and Ms. Pac-Man segmented versions to be quite fun and I find them more, not less impressive because of the limitations of the segmented LCD (their Pac-Man isn't too hot, though). I disagree with the sentiment that old style LCD games are out of place in 2019 and personally find it disapointing to see such a comment since these games can be fun in their own right (I'm actually liking the segmented Ms. Pac-Man better that what I played of fully animated version. No slowdown of ghosts in tunnels in the walmart one, which can be quite frustrating at times).

Edited by BrianC, Tue Mar 5, 2019 12:37 AM.


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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2019 6:04 AM

Another review of the coleco handhelds:


Why do the boxes say Colecovision. What the hell has that got to do with anything??

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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2019 10:13 AM

Why do the boxes say Colecovision. What the hell has that got to do with anything??

 

Yeah. that is perplexing. Also, Rainbow Brite seems to be either NES emulation or NES on a chip and the other is the GBA Robotech game. I heard mixed things about the latter game, a strange choice for a single game mini cab.  



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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2019 11:19 AM

From the start these things screamed cheap. They went real cheap on the licenses, and real cheap on the tiny lcd. Still, ya gotta give even these guys props for producing a plastic box with functional electronics in it. That's a lot more than most are capable of. I'm assuming these guys already had access to the original molds and they just slapped an orange pi in them.

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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2019 1:48 PM

I'm actually more impressed with the segmented LCD Galaga to be quite honest.. I mean it probably took a lot more effort and design than shoving a NOAC/GBA game in a shell. :lol: 







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