Capcom Arcade Cabinet

Capcom Arcade Cabinet – Coming to Xbox Live & Playstation Network!

Fans of Capcom’s arcade franchises such as Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Commando & 1942 better get their wallets ready, as Capcom has just announced that they will be bringing over 15 of their classic titles to both Xbox Live & the Playstation Network in a program they are calling the ‘Capcom Arcade Cabinet’.

Starting from February 19th, gamers will be able to kick off their collections with the first of five game packs. Each individual game pack will contain three titles and will see a staggered release with new game packs being released every two weeks. When each new game pack is released, the titles from the previous game pack will also be able to be purchased individually, if gamers wish to do so. The full release schedule is as follows:

GAME PACK 1 – Available February 19th/20th | $4.99/€4.99/£3.99/400MSP
-Black Tiger
-1943: Battle of Midway

Black Tiger is FREE, with the remaining two games available individually March 5th $3.99/€3.99/£3.19 (PSN Only)

GAME PACK 2 – Available March 5th/6th | $9.99/€9.99/£7.99/800MSP
-Ghosts ‘n Goblins
-Section Z

Games available individually March 19th/20th | $3.99/€3.99/£3.19/320MSP

GAME PACK 3 – Available March 19th/20th | $9.99/€9.99/£7.99/800MSP
-Side Arms
-The Speed Rumbler
-Exed Exes (Savage Bees)

Games available individually April 2nd/3rd | $3.99/€3.99/£3.19/320MSP

GAME PACK 4 – Available April 2nd/3rd | $9.99/€9.99/£7.99/800MSP
-Legendary Wings

Games available individually April 16th/17th | $3.99/€3.99/£3.19/320MSP

GAME PACK 5 – Available April 16th/17th | $9.99/€9.99/£7.99/800MSP
-Pirate Ship Higemaru

Those that purchase all five of the above game packs will also be eligible to receive two bonus games (both of which have not yet been announced). For those may be interested in all of the above titles, but think they are too costly and are happy to wait, an ‘All in One’ pack containing all 17 games will be available on May 21st/22nd at a greatly reduced of $29.99/€29.99/£23.99/2000MSP. For our Australian readers, please note the above pricing is in US dollars and Australian prices have yet to be confirmed.

So we know the pricing and release schedule, but why should gamers bother to pick up these titles, many of which can be readily purchased on past compilation discs on the Xbox, PS2 & PSP? According to Capcom, these are not just simple ports and it looks like they have put in some serious effort to bring each game up to modern day standards without compromising the original arcade integrity! Some of the new features include:

Full HD Optimization
-A truly authentic arcade presentation built with modern displays and devices in mind. Added options leave you free to fiddle with aspect ratio, but old school gamers can enjoy a crystal clear presentation of their favourite games exactly how they remember them

Dip Switchery
-Players now have access to virtual dip switch functionality across all titles, so as to allow anyone to customize their life count, difficulty level, and other settings and functions to their heart’s content.

Online and Co-op multiplayer
-Head-to-head play over Xbox Live and PSN has been dutifully added to all games with a two player functionality in the Capcom Arcade Cabinet.

Casual Mode
-All CAC games have been carefully preserved with authenticity in mind. However, the all-new “Casual Mode” cracks the games open in order to allow less experienced players to wade into the more difficult challenges with fun and sometimes unexpected tweaks.

Online Leaderboards
-Because beating the game is just the beginning and high scores are just as important and brag worthy as they were in the arcade heyday.

Achievements and Trophies

Unlockable Bonuses
Every game in the Capcom Arcade Cabinet comes with unlockable rewards, such as original arcade flyers, banner art, audio tracks, and more.

Music Player
Jam out to your favorite 8-bit arcade tunes in playlists tailored specifically to you.

Social Features
-Upload screenshots directly to Facebook (Xbox 360 Only)
-Record and upload replays directly to YouTube (PS3 Only)

Capcom has also provided some additional notes, as there will be some differences between the Xbox 360 & PS3 versions of same Capcom Arcade Cabinet titles, due to the difference in the online architecture used by the two platforms:

Additional Capcom Arcade Cabinet Notes:
-Game Packs will debut approximately every two weeks starting February 19th and games from the previously released Game Pack will be available following the launch of every new Game Pack (With the exception of individual games from Game Pack 5 available on April 30th.)
-Black Tiger is yours free on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. However, those downloading on XBLA will only receive one credit, whereas PS3 users will have unlimited credits. 360 players will be able to play the entire game as much as they’d like, just without continues. Sorry about that, but it’s due to how different first party platforms distinguish demos and such.
-Xbox 360 users will need to purchase the discounted Game Pack 1 in order to access further Capcom Arcade Cabinet content and neither 1943 or Avenger will be available for individual purchase via XBLA. PS3 owners will have access to all of the titles individually in the Capcom Arcade Collection, and so will Xbox owners, with the sole exception of the two aforementioned titles. Again, apologies.

So there you have it! If you’re a fan of classic arcade gaming, Capcom Arcade Cabinet is going to be right up your alley. Get those virtual quarters or 20c pieces ready, line them up on your TV because I’ve got next!

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