During a Capcom Media Tour event yesterday, I had a chance to take a look at a new app they are developing called Capcom Arcade. More than just a collection of arcade titles, the idea behind Capcom Arcade is to give players the same warm and fuzzy feelings of visiting an actual arcade during the golden age that was the 80s and 90s. Bouncing in and out of different games, deciding which ones to spend your tokens on, and achieving unique goals for a particular game are all components of the arcade experience. These themes are what make up the Capcom Arcade shell that will house their classic titles.

Capcom Arcade will be free to download and initially contain four games: Street Fighter II, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Commando, and 1942. The plan is to add at least one new game every month to fill up the arcade, and there are several different ways to go about playing the games contained within. Every day you'll receive a ticket that is good for a limited number of free plays for whatever games you choose. The final number has yet to be finalized, but will likely be between 3 and 5 free plays per day, though the unused ones won't carry over to the next day. If you run out of free plays but would like to continue playing, you can visit a young lady at the cashier counter and buy tokens as in-app purchases. Finally, you can also choose to flat out purchase any of the arcade games for unlimited play.

Aside from buying play time for the games you'll also have the ability to purchase special in-game items, which are essentially cheats. For example, in games like Commando or Ghouls 'n Ghosts you'll be able to buy additional bodily protection that allows your character to absorb more hits before dying, rather than the one or two hits that would kill them normally. Also, since many of these classic arcade games have such a brutal degree of difficulty, you can choose to play a special iPhone-specific version from the options. This version will be more forgiving than the original, taking into account that virtual controls are not always ideal for certain games. This currently only applies to Ghouls 'n Ghosts but may be a feature in future games down the line as well.

I had a lot of fun in the time I played Capcom Arcade, and it definitely has a ton of potential given Capcom's huge library of classic games. The controls and performance were really impressive for each of the respective games, and Capcom was quick to point out that they aren't technically being emulated but rather are the original games reworked for the iOS platform. I really like the novelty of being able to buy tokens to play games, or just outright purchase the ones that I'll want to play a lot of. Plus, having a new game release every month will always give gamers something to look forward to as the arcade fills up with machines. One big part of the arcade experience that is missing here is some form of multiplayer, but Capcom assured me that it's something they are definitely interested in adding down the line but would most likely not make the initial release.

Be sure to stop by the upcoming games thread in our forums to discuss Capcom Arcade and check out screenshots of the individual games, and be looking for Capcom Arcade to release in the App Store early next month.

  • pholly

    Says the video is private so I can't watch it. Anyway, looks cool but I doubt I'll actually buy anything. As far as the tokens go, what's to stop someone from deleting it and redownloading it to get more tokens?

    • Pen_sq

      Maybe they pay attention to which ITMS account you're on, maybe they look at the iOS device's serial number. Maybe they take a snapshot of other installations on your device, and require re-activation after 3 are changed. Maybe you have to log in with your taxpayer/citizen identification number. Maybe they have a matched set of albino chronopaths peering down the potentialities at future infringers, and have that hardcoded into the app.

  • E_Domina

    says its a private video. i wanna see it.

    • http://twitter.com/NoSuperMan ImNoSuperMan

      looks like its fixed now. Couldnt watch it 5 minutes ago. Works fine now :)

  • Zissop

    Arcade games can't be played well on iPhone due to limitations on screen controls. It is just a waste of time (and money). If you insist play them on iPhone why not use MAME which emulates a ton of them?

    • http://twitter.com/NoSuperMan ImNoSuperMan

      Good thing it'll be free to try. Pay only if you find it worth your money ;)

    • Possiz

      Why not use MAME? Because "arcade games can't be played well on iPhone".

      • E_Domina

        well maybe first of all. its a copyright breach without paying for the games first. but i agree do agree with some of the controls issues on the iphone. that's why we have the iControlPad (out REEAALLY soon) and the Game Bone which should be out this year

    • BruteOutlawz

      Arcade games can be played on the iphone/ipod, i have no problems with them at all. As for mame on the iphone, its a pile of buggy crap. games dont run at full speed and sound stutters. This runs at full speed with perfect sound, i know which one i would choose

    • wwhatford

      Oh I dunno, I've seen it done well ;)
      As an old-school gamer I can't wait for this. Commando FTW.

    • E_Domina

      you get free coins every day though

  • Appchat

    That looks pretty awesome don't know about paying for tokens though ? :/ what?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Boyle/1054938710 Keith Boyle

    I like that Capcom has time to re-release ghouls 'n goblins and these other arcade games, but they never followed up on the Phoenix Wright series. I mean, I don't care how classic it is, Ghouls 'N Goblins sucks...and since I've been basically attacking the review section for PW looking for some answer as to when PW: JFA will be released (or at least some kind of news that they are making it) I won't be giving Capcom any more of my business

  • Robotron2084

    Bring on Vulgus! The first and the best.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZSH34UP6R2TTHTDQ2UQIUCHGNU andrzej raczynski

    sorry, but sounds stupid to me, buying the app that allows you to buy games or buy tokens to play games in an app you paid for....

    • NaeemTHM

      The app and games are FREE. You can buy more tokens if you want to play longer OR flat out purchase the machine for 4 dollars (according to SlidetoPlay).

      It actually sounds like a novel idea. Takes "try before you buy" to the next level. I mean hell I know I personally wouldn't want to play some of these more than a few times a day anyway. Pretty damn awesome for Capcom to do this if you ask me.

    • BruteOutlawz

      If you actually read the post it says "Capcom Arcade will be FREE to download and initially contain four games"

  • Dyscode

    So that the coin machines are gone, they invented the virtual coin machine.

    Let´s see how this plays out. I never use any `subscription` that isn´t `flat-rate anymore.
    Either I buy it or not. But renting? No.

    • E_Domina

      but you get free coins every day

  • http://www.mooedia.co.uk Tom - mooedia

    I think this is a good idea. Having the Classic Streetfighter 2 on my iPhone would be great and having the App updated as more games are released is a good idea. Being able to try them out is a nice touch to. Also work on the Multiplayer side of things would be encouraged as that's what could really set this app apart from the rest.
    Include Game Center into it to for High Scores and competing with friends and this would enhance the whole experience.
    Nice one Capcom.

  • Uberarcade

    Maybe I am just being picky, but why didn't they make the arcade cabinets look like the original ones. They look pretty lame in the screenshot.

  • Izzynobre

    Incredible potential, although I'd like it if there was an option to turn of the GUI and just have a list with the games.

  • Snowpoet

    Sorry but the pay model turns me off completely! Just let me buy the damn games I want, period. Play time.....ppffftt!???!

    • http://normalkid.com Arnold Kim

      they do let you just buy the games you want. Oh, and they also let you play any of the games for free for a limited time. best of both it would seem.

    • Jared Nelson

      You can...

    • Jared Nelson

      You can...

    • http://normalkid.com Arnold Kim

      they do let you just buy the games you want. Oh, and they also let you play any of the games for free for a limited time. best of both it would seem.

    • BruteOutlawz

      "Finally, you can also choose to flat out purchase any of the arcade games for unlimited play"

      why dont people read before posting!!!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It's easier to just shoot from the hip instead of actually posing an informed argument when it comes to things like this. :)

      • BruteOutlawz

        lol :)

    • Carl

      Reading comprehension fail.

  • Anonymous

    This looks pretty cool. It's like Microsoft's Game Room, which is obviously where they got their inspiration. Except that the games here have more potential. Microsoft keeps adding Intelllivision games and other way too retro home game system stuff. Of course Microsoft has the better controllers for this kind of stuff, but if Capcom is reworking the games for iOS/touch, as opposed to just emulating, that could work out well. I definitely like the concept.

  • Acidbottle

    NO NO NO NOOOOOO!

    why capcom, take a simple concept of retro arcade fun and mash it up by having lame ass tokens?? fer crying out loud, ruined, wont buy .. screw it. wasted opportunity.

    • Anonymous

      Good, they don't need your business anyhow. Go complain about how MAME and other free emulators don't run at full speed.

      • Acidbottle

        thoughtless comment here, as was my original reply perhaps. ofc they need my business, thats how companies make profit ya know. and why would i complain about mame, no qualms with the way that free emulator works and has done very well for over a decade. so your point was? ..

      • Anonymous

        My point was to get you so upset that you would think twice about what you posted. You are correct, companies are in the business to make money. I just don't like when people complain about free samples then get upset when they are asked for money to have more. Don't take it personal, it's the internet and I'm here to nag on people I don't agree with. Have a nice day!

    • pholly

      You can buy the games if you want them, you don't have to buy tokens to play them. Can you read?

      • Acidbottle

        wow who took a leak in your 2 pints of lemonade then? yes i can read however you cannot it seems as i responded a day ago to this (immediately after in fact). mugs.

  • Acidbottle

    oki you can flat out purchase games, ya didnt have to leave that lin right till the end did you :P lol

  • Anonymous

    Can't understand why people complain when some gives them something for free. Then they cry more because they couldn't make the game like they wanted.

    I like this idea and will be sure to pick it up. I rather pay Capcom for their time and interest to bring back oldies than Jail break my iPhone to play these games for free. I was a big supporter of Jail breaking my phones prior to iOS 4 but now, other than lack of tethering, it's pointless.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds great!

  • br1an

    iPad, please.

  • loner

    I wish Sega's emulator would have been like this

  • Anonymous

    It's wonderful to see each game having its own set of controls (iconic representations), rather than a standard pic of a joystick with A, B, X, whatever. buttons used for all games (aka universally lazy). Looking forward to this package and its expansions to come!

  • http://www.insertc0ins.blogspot.com Hexcrasher

    Capcom should build some real arcades!!!

  • Jontif

    I love Ghosts and Goblins or Ghouls N Ghosts as it was on the Atari ST although I think Id miss the Atari game music which I thought was the best soundtrack for this game on any system. Be great if they could offer the Atari game music as a option :-/