Capcom Arcade Cabinet is a Capcom arcade videogame platform for Xbox Live (Xbox 360) and PlayStation Network (PS3) that allows gamers to purchase multiple retro Capcom arcade games that can then be played on the platform. Initially only arcade titles from the 80s will be available, but Capcom hopes to continue to grow the platform with new arcade releases in the months (and hopefully years) to come.
Not only do you get to play legitimate arcade games from Capcom’s back-catalog via Capcom Arcade Cabinet, but you’ll also be able to unlock bonuses and extras for every arcade game, earn Achievements and Trophies, play certain arcade games online, upload your gameplay video to youtube or take screenshots and share them with friends directly from the platform, access and compete on online Leaderboards, and change dip-switches that allow you to increase or decrease difficulty, or access cheats like infinite lives. Capcom promises that all of these arcade games won’t just be ROM-dumps, but will be updated in certain ways above what you can find via online ROM’s and emulators like MAME.
In fact each and every game will include some mix of: HD graphics and optimization, online multiplayer, leaderboards, unlockable rewards and multimedia extras.
Additionally, Black Tiger will be avaiable for free for those who want to test out the service and download Capcom Arcade Cabinet, and people who purchase every game or pack will be offered a special two-game bonus pack to add to their collection.
Capcom Arcade Cabinet is available to download now, here is the list of upcoming arcade game releases.
Capcom Arcade Cabinet Game Release Schedule 2013
February 19th (Out Now)
* GAME PACK 1 (Black Tiger, Avengers, 1943: The Battle of Midway) – $4.99
March 5th (Out Today)
* GAME PACK 2 (Ghosts n Goblins, Gun.Smoke, Section Z) – $9.99
— Avengers – $3.99
— 1943: The Battle of Midway – $3.99
* GAME PACK 3 (Side Arms, Legendary Wings, Trojan) – $9.99
— Ghosts n Goblins- $3.99
— Gun.Smoke – $3.99
— Section Z – $3.99
* GAME PACK 4 (Commando, The Speed Rumbler, Exed Exes (Savage Bees)) – $9.99
— Side Arms- $3.99
— Legendary Wings – $3.99
— Trojan – $3.99
* GAME PACK 5 (1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru) – $9.99
— Commando- $3.99
— The Speed Rumbler – $3.99
— Exed Exes (Savage Bees) – $3.99
— 1942- $3.99
— SonSon – $3.99
— Pirate Ship Higemaru – $3.99
* All-in-one pack – $29.99
This idea is very welcome but long, long overdue. Even so, I am glad that they have announced Capcom Arcade Cabinet, now let’s hope they bring EVERY arcade game (including fighting games like Street Fighter III and Marvel vs Capcom 1) to the platform eventually and announce the platform for more systems like WiiU, 3DS, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox 720, Ouya, Android, iOS and PC via Steam/GOG. It should be available for EVERY gaming platform. Especially considering that people can easily download these games right this very second FOR FREE if they really wanted to via piracy.