Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix Feb 18, 2005 5:55:52 GMT -5
Post by mrfindlay on Feb 18, 2005 5:55:52 GMT -5
Here's the press release about the game:
Nintendo’s most popular game is being made for the arcade by Namco!
Racing game “Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix” will release this Fall.
Entertainment company Namco Co., Ltd. is proud to announce that it has acquired the rights to develop the world famous game “Mario Kart” for Nintendo Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Kyoto, president: Satoru Iwata).
“Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix” is an item battle kart racing game in which various kinds of items are used to attack rival karts and compete for rank. Namco has been given the freedom to be creative* in the world of “Mario Kart” that Nintendo has made. Under Nintendo’s supervision, all kinds of needs are being met by this arcade game, from playing in a group to racing skillfully as a single player. It uses the Triforce system board, a next-gen 3-D graphics board using the architecture of the Nintendo GameCube, which was developed in a joint venture between Namco, Sega, and Nintendo.
Further, this game will be on exposition on February 18th and 19th in Namco’s booth at the AOU 2005 Amusement Expo, in Hall 2 of the Makuhari Messe.
* Examples of technologies used in “Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix”<br>Namcam2: This equipment takes a player’s picture and puts it above the cart in the middle of a race.
Rubber band system: To keep players enjoying the game, this system keeps the mobility of the karts consistent.
Rewriteable card: This is a rewriteable magnetic card. The game’s progression, items, and so on can be recorded for continued play later.
Title: Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix (Official name: Mario Kart Arcade GP)
Release date: Fall 2005 (tentative)
Maximum number of connected units: 4 seats
This site has some extra pictures