"But wait," we hear you say from the other side of the Internet. "Isn't the American arcade scene dead? Haven't coin-op establishments gone the way of the dodo? What kind of fool do you take me for? Hey I'm talkin' to you!"
Chill, friend! It's true that the American arcade is not as prolific as it once was, but the scene is far from dead. In fact, the U.S. of A.'s fighting game community has gone to great lengths to preserve its arcade heritage, and the scene is doing so
well that Namco Bandai
will be testing the latest entry in the Tekken series across our amber waves of grain.
Announced during Northeast Championship XII
, the Tekken Tag Tournament 2
field test will take place in 5 different arcades across the nation: Next Level Arcade
in New York City, Round One Entertainment
in City of Industry, CA, Super Arcade
in Walnut, CA, Fun Works in Honolulu, HI and Arcade UFO
in Austin, TX.
As Austin is positively bursting
with Joystiq editors, we'll be keeping an eye out for scheduling information as it becomes available. For now, we're just going to sit back and daydream about punching a robot with a bear. Mmmmm, satisfying