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Wii Damaging Arcade Industry - Namco Bandai

Namco Bandai has announced that it is to close around one-fifth of its arcades, as home consoles increasingly threaten the financial viability of the arcade business. According to a Reuters report, home consoles such as Nintendo's Wii are playing a large role in the increasing struggles being faced by arcade operators.

Namco Bandai is the latest operator to suffer at the hands of games consoles, announcing that it will close between 50 and 60 of its arcades in tandem with a downward revision to its earnings outlook.

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resistance1003370d ago

Not surprising, Home consoles killed off Arcade machines over here [uk] years ago

TheHater3370d ago

It also killed it here(US) also. But I do miss my Arcades. Now I have to travel all the way to Chinatown to play at the arcades. :(

Keowrath3370d ago

Yeah, although Arcades seemed to die globally a few years back they always seemed to be doing fine in Japan. I guess they are just going through what we in the UK and those in the States went through when the PS2/Dreamcast/Xbox was released.

Considering the types of peripherals you can add on to the Nintendo machine I guess it does feel like a mini arcade system.

I used to visit arcades a lot when I was younger (Anyone remember the MK2 phenomanon when everyone had their faq sheets and move lists and Midway were releasing slow upgrades on the boards "The Arcade at Goodge St has got the deadpool upgrade!"... Those were the days!) I'll still jump on a Streetfighter machine when I see em but finding one these days is like finding gold dust.

perseus3370d ago

If they weren't so stupidly expensive I'd go more often. The 360 degree gundam machines are still awesome though.

feejo3370d ago

Good thing, it is better for kids to hand around a Wii than a arcade site, less dangerous. PS1 was a treath to PC, now Wii is a treath for Arcade, hey it is a free market.

ItsDubC3370d ago (Edited 3370d ago )

I've been wondering whether the Wii has had an effect on the arcade industry ever since it hit 10 mil sold. Home consoles have been killing the arcade industry for quite some time and in response, many arcade developers have been creating games that rely on specialized controls so that the games cannot be ported to home consoles.

One example of this is the motion-sensing arcade boxing game in which you use "gloves" to punch and bob & weave to avoid punches. This type of game would simply not be possible using a standard d-pad and therefore motivated ppl to go to the arcade/ESPN Zone. Enter the Wii. You now have a home console bundled w/ a game (except in Japan) that can provide an experience comparable to that of the arcade boxing game, forcing arcade devs to come up w/ new ideas once again to alienate themselves from the successful home console industry.

BloodySinner3370d ago (Edited 3370d ago )

"I've been wondering whether the Wii has had an effect on the arcade industry ever since it hit 10 mil sold. Home consoles have been killing the arcade industry for quite some time and in response, many arcade developers have been creating games that rely on specialized controls so that the games cannot be ported to home consoles."

Well... That's their loss, isn't it? If money is to be made, consoles are the way to go.

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