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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:10 pm 


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There should be a map locator for where all the sold units are being used, otherwise this is too much of a guessing game trying to find one.
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There's also that one place in Utah but uh, good luck going there right now
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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:53 am 


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There's also that one place in Utah but uh, good luck going there right now

Hey man, you can go to any arcade right now if you bring a crowbar with you and are dedicated enough. A small price to pay for shmup goodness.
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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
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I've got 2 on location in St. Charles, MO at Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade. Aka to Blue, Akyrios, SDOJ in one cabinet. Infinos, Vritra, Super Battle Princess Madelyn in another. Priced at 50 cents. There's also probably like 5 people max from the area on this forum though :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:23 pm 


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caldwert wrote:
I've got 2 on location in St. Charles, MO at Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade. Aka to Blue, Akyrios, SDOJ in one cabinet. Infinos, Vritra, Super Battle Princess Madelyn in another. Priced at 50 cents. There's also probably like 5 people max from the area on this forum though :lol:


Wow, I’d be playing SDOJ there often if I lived in the area.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
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They don't get played a ton really, but also I put Aka to Blue in last January, Akyrios on Leap Day, then Infinos and the other cabinet the next week. Then Covid hit haha. Aka to Blue and Infinos were doing really well up until that point. The bar is pretty slow now understandably, but I'm also not attempting to live off of this. Definitely more a labor of love thing at the moment. I will say this though, people in the US like horizontal shooters much more than vertical.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:47 pm 


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A while back I made an attempt at adding entries for all known locations in the US that had Aka & Blue in public in the Zenius -I- vanisher arcade database, which doesn't really have much of a viewership but it's the only serious attempt at a comprehensive database I've found in years. It's entirely community-driven so anyone can add information.

I've posted about having Aka & Blue out in a mall arcade before, but the Pandora's Box it replaced proved to be more popular, so I had to take the exA back home for now. I'm still not sure if it'll ever go back out because sales were just that abysmal.

Barcades are probably a much better environment where people are willing to try new things, vs a mall arcade where if something doesn't immediately grab they can just walk out the door and keep shopping.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
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StarCreator wrote:
A while back I made an attempt at adding entries for all known locations in the US that had Aka & Blue in public in the Zenius -I- vanisher arcade database, which doesn't really have much of a viewership but it's the only serious attempt at a comprehensive database I've found in years. It's entirely community-driven so anyone can add information.


Aurcade still exists. I used it about 10 years ago to find a neat little arcade within driving distance to me.

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I will say this though, people in the US like horizontal shooters much more than vertical.


Any ideas as to why? I don't share that sentiment, verts are much more fun to play.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
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Casual players seem to like them much more for some reason. Not sure exactly why, but the numbers show it. Also, when I talk to the regulars I know from there, they only talk about the horizontal stuff. Vritra or Infinos are much friendlier than getting punched in the mouth by Aka to Blue. I prefer vertical myself and have resisted the urge to rotate my vertical Vewlix back to horizontal so far.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:30 pm 


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caldwert wrote:
Casual players seem to like them much more for some reason. Not sure exactly why, but the numbers show it. Also, when I talk to the regulars I know from there, they only talk about the horizontal stuff. Vritra or Infinos are much friendlier than getting punched in the mouth by Aka to Blue. I prefer vertical myself and have resisted the urge to rotate my vertical Vewlix back to horizontal so far.


Though... Ain't Infinos and Vritra "classic", while Aka to Blue is bullethell?

And i'd say vertical is more easy to "read" patterns...
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Yes, they're classic styled vs. bullet hell. Basically all I heard when I put Aka to Blue in was it looks great, but too bad its not the same graphics and plays like R-Type.


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I like horizontals but they have to be designed like a horizontal. Neither bullet hell nor lighting fast dodges really work for me in a horizontal format. Its definitely easier to read and react on a vert. But the R-Type style horizontal puzzle shooter is my jam.
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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
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Cool, a 4 player test cabinet is spotted in the wild.
https://arcadeheroes.com/2021/05/04/spo ... et-design/

I am not too keen on giant cabinets since they take too much space, but works for big spaces arcades and FECs.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 11:34 pm 


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Exa in an arcade2tv seems somehow wrong, but interesting to say the least.
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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2021 12:36 am 


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Amusement Expo is happening, and their new cabinets from Fun Company (FunGlow) are definitely catering more towards western FECs, which appear really big.

https://exa.ac/en/exa-arcadia-amusement ... 177369a3b7

Good for businesses, but does not feel complete without a smaller size one, like those 2-4 player ones that fit in for Konami and other 4p cabinets in the 90's, or realistically a 2 player variant as small as Viewlix. Yes, there is a kit to buy if planning to fit in one's own small cabinet.

Also, I am glad they stuck with ball top joysticks.

And still plenty of shmups galore.

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Apparently, there is also the Exa Arcadia-derived clone called Hawt Pink, which is mostly Exa compatible. Hawt Pink has their own game brand, with obviously everything in pink including motherboard case and game cartridges. The games emphasize more of the lewd stuff, with some having "clean mode". Found that out from a discord server from someone attending the Amusement Expo. Exa Arcadia and Hawt Pink are both there, with the latter barely off site.

One shmup, called Rumble storm, plays more like Toaplan games with lewd cutscenes. There will be "clean" version as an option.


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Ugh I tried streaming Rumble Storm which is available on pc that was a mistake. It's art style is fully committed to a female attached to a milking machine. The game is a blast though.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2021 4:33 pm 


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Exa Arcadia don't have anything to do with Hawt Pink do they?


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
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SuperPang wrote:
Exa Arcadia don't have anything to do with Hawt Pink do they?


Not really. The best comparison is being like an "official clone". The company behind HAWT PINK CLUB operates independently. They have official access to the EXA Arcadia SDK most likely by requesting permission, and modified the front end to make it their own EXA game box, with their own game library. Therefore, the games are 100% compatible with EXA Arcadia, but without license or quality seal from Exa.

Found that out first from a discord server.

And now pictures and posts of the EXA Clone:
https://twitter.com/arcadeheroes/status ... 39041?s=21


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lol. Funny old industry.


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More footage is out of P-47 Aces mkII, taken at the Amusement Expo International in Vegas: https://youtu.be/TzW_sQGZcqY

Looking really good, as expected, and has a brief glimpse of the 4-player mode. Is that coop powerup stuff new compared to the original? Really nice thing to have in a coop-focused game.


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 Post subject: Re: EXAーARCADIA [New Arcade Platform/Publisher]
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Regarding dedicated cabinets, I saw this:

"It can also be noted that this is not the only cabinet design on the docket. There are two other 2p cabinet designs, one with the ability to change the monitor orientation with little difficulty, that will also be available."

Anyone know anything about the other Exa cabinet designs coming out?


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More footage is out of P-47 Aces mkII, taken at the Amusement Expo International in Vegas: https://youtu.be/TzW_sQGZcqY

Anyone know what the shmup is in the bottom-right corner in the intro in that video?


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Ms. Tea wrote:
More footage is out of P-47 Aces mkII, taken at the Amusement Expo International in Vegas: https://youtu.be/TzW_sQGZcqY

Anyone know what the shmup is in the bottom-right corner in the intro in that video?


That’s Vritra Hexa, which I hear is really good. There’s also an older one on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/8928 ... E_EDITION/


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Thanks for the info. Seems it's on sale at the moment so might check it out.


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Round 1 USA may be stocking Exa cabs, and I may have to eat my hat.
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Round 1 USA may be stocking Exa cabs, and I may have to eat my hat.

I'm hoping they do, cause I'd would really like to check out Strania EX (and maybe Aka to Blue), if they have it. (And even despite the N-X-L cabinets being there and its not even the entire library and only just the fighting games there, because, reasons.)
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I predict that even if they start putting out Exa cabs, and even have ATB in a small handful of locations, there's no way they will ever have a properly-oriented monitor for it. They will all be horizontal.

Does Exa have any other proper verts like ATB or is that the only one? I know Strania is a vertizontal.


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