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Coin-Op Games Avoiding PlayStation3

Coin-Op Games Avoiding PlayStation3

The use of ‘coin-op’ is a little wonky but if the title was ‘Arcade Games Avoiding PlayStation3’, everyone would think Xbox Live Arcade. Sign of the times. Arcades are dead. Even Funland, UK’s most iconic game at the heart of Trocadero, has finally succumbed to financial pressure and closed its doors.

Still, there are some genuinely good releases among arcades, at least in Japan where the industry is just about hanging on via rhythm, dancing, fighting and pachinko games. Any arcades that live on over here are using populated by dusty Tekken 4 cabinets and Time Crisis 2 where one light gun keeps pointing off screen and the other one is missing.

While most arcade releases have made their way to PlayStation3 – Afterburner Climax, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Outrun Online Arcade – here are some of the ones that haven’t. If you can think of any others that have been released during PlayStation3’s lifespan, post up!

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

This is more a victim of unfortunate circumstance than anything else. Sega staggered the release of Virtua Fighter 5, with it appearing on PlayStation3 in February 2007 and on Xbox 360 in October the same year. The problem? By the time it was released on Xbox 360, it seemed like an old release while the faction that it was an updated build with balance tweaks immediately dated the PlayStation3 version. That was Sega’s fault for handled the release in such a cack-handed manner, when parity is one of the most important factors a fighting game, and you think fair enough. Perhaps they didn’t deserve sales from that.

But how it must hurt to see how things have played out since then. Capcom released Street Fighter IV and in the aftermath of its success, the entire genre was given a shot in the arm – Tekken 6, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Arcana Heart 3, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, Battle Fantasia, Soul Calibur IV, Soul Calibur V, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, 3rd Strike: Online and Super Street Fighter II HD Remix.

Virtua Fighter 5 stayed strong in Japanese arcades and had its Final Showdown iteration released in July 2010. This contained new stages, new moves, two new characters and new animations, along with a wealth of other changes and additions (win poses, frame data showing up in replays, system tweaks, etc). Sega decided to hold fire on a console release, presumably because they decided it wouldn’t be the type of business model to make them money.

As the above list shows, this was prior to the likes of Super Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Now? Sega has missed the boat and it’s probably too late to go back and release it.

As previously said – victim of unfortunate circumstance.

Sega Racing Classic

It looks familiar right? That’s because it is. If you’re wondering what the weird title means, it’s basically Sega’s racing classic (do you see?) Daytona USA, updated with HD visuals. If it came to PlayStation Network, the press release would probably have a shouty line in bold going on about “now with online leaderboards and trophies!” as though this is a stunning innovation only granted to the most prestigious of download games. They’d probably leave off bits like “with authentic 1993 pop-up!” or “it was easier to port this than the superior sequel!”

Shame it’s not on PlayStation Network, though. We’d still play it.

Hummer Extreme Edition

I don’t really know much about this game. There’s a gameplay video that makes it look like a passable PlayStation Network game, if nothing else.

But look at the promotional artwork, hosted on Sega’s arcade page, where our visit probably doubled their weekly page impressions.

Have you seen it yet? No, not the moving seat thing, though that’s pretty good and something you can recreate at home with a younger sibling who isn’t old enough to refuse to do what you want.

Look again.

Remember that? When Sega games used to do that? When you’d play Outrun and the blonde passenger would say things that no-one would ever say, like “look up in the sky!” and “What’s that!” The camp, quirky Sega touches. There doesn’t appear to be any in the game itself. But maaaaan, to go back to those days! Sigh.

Tatsunoko vs Capcom

Why this was never released on PlayStation3 is a mystery, as it was released on Wii, of all places. It was also released on Wii before Capcom charged ahead with Marvel vs Capcom 3, a game that completely overshadows it now but wasn’t around to give Tatsunoko vs Capcom any competition.

Even so, producer Ryota Niitsuma then went on to make Marvel vs Capcom 3, so maybe that game would never have existed had Tatsunoko vs Capcom not paved the way. Still doesn’t explain why it didn’t come out on PlayStation3 though.


Now this one is interesting. At its heart, it’s a competitive light-gun game, which lets you run left and right, take cover and shoot back. Prior to PlayStation3, it wouldn’t have been possible because it would have meant being released with a light-gun peripheral (bumping up the cost) and extra development would have been needed to flesh out the package to make it worthy of a retail release (bumping up the cost).

And, erm, also because 2 SPICY wouldn’t have existed back then. But hey, let’s not sweat the details. Point is, we now have PlayStation Move and PlayStation Store, which means no specific light-gun peripheral is needed and it can be a simple port. So why isn’t it? Probably because it’s still an experience best suited to the arcade but even so, it’s another arcade release that hasn’t shown up on PlayStation3.

  • Hutton121

    Space Harrier
    International Karate +

    Best 2 coin op games ever…