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Marvel’s Top 5 ‘What the–?!’ Things About X-Men Arcade, Coming Tomorrow to PSN

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Joining Marvel Pinball on the PlayStation Network this Tuesday, X-Men Arcade holds a special place in my Marvel-loving heart and even helped shape my knowledge of the Marvel Universe at a fairly young age. OK, so maybe it was off in a few ways – and that’s what I’m counting down here today.

X-Men Arcade holds up as one of the greatest beat-‘em-up games of its era, and if you were a fan of it when it came out, I think you’ll agree that the 18-year wait for a console version was definitely worth it… but not only for gameplay fun and nostalgia. A big part of the game’s charm playing it now is something we didn’t really think twice about back in 1992 – powers that went beyond characters’ capabilities, laughable in-game dialogue, and other oddities, for example. In other words, the kinds of things that the person with my job at Marvel would strike down in a game design document the moment we see them crop up in a current game. But for this one, we’re letting it all slide.

X-Men Arcade for PS3 (PSN)

If you know your Marvel, you might remember a comics series called WHAT THE–?! from the ‘80s (you may have even seen a series of hilarious videos thanks to Marvel.com). So, with that in mind, here are what I would consider the top five “What the–?!” things about X-Men Arcade…

X-Men The Arcade Game for PS3 (PSN)X-Men The Arcade Game for PS3 (PSN)


5. The Juggernaut’s self-esteem boost. It’s been well established in the comics that “nothing can stop the Juggernaut,” so the dude normally just pretty much rampages through anything in his way, and that’s that. But in X-Men Arcade, he must have been feeling a little less unstoppable – so he started packin’ a bazooka. I suppose there’s a more logical explanation, though. Maybe he just thinks bazookas are awesome, so decided now was the time to try one out. After all, he can easily carry one like a piece of paper given his strength, and at the end of the day he’s just a dude. And part of being a dude is inherently knowing that bazookas are awesome.

X-Men Arcade for PS3 (PSN)

4. Who am I fighting? We all know the bosses in X-Men Arcade pretty well: In their own words, Pyro will burn you to toast, nothing moves the Blob, and the White Queen welcomes you to die, to name a few. But who are these shlubs I’m clobbering the rest of the time? Lizard dudes? Little mini-Krakoas? Some kinds of Sentinels I’ve never seen? None of these guys look quite like anything I’ve ever seen in the comics, nor the “Pryde of the X-Men” cartoon on which the game is actually based. But let’s just assume those last foes I mentioned are indeed Sentinels…

X-Men Arcade for PS3 (PSN)

3. Why is Magneto working with Sentinels?! Even if the common enemies you’re taking on all the time are just some sort of Sentinel-type robot, Magneto’s still working with the nastiest Sentinel of them all, in Nimrod, plus the huge one above that shows up out of nowhere delivering “mini-Krakoas” and Reavers from his mouth. Ehh, who cares about the “why”? Let’s just say Magneto’s controlling them all with his magnetism powers and call it a day.

X-Men Arcade for PS3 (PSN)

2. Can he really do that? Quick answer: No. Nightcrawler can’t zap you when he teleports (pictured above). Wolverine can’t shoot lasers from his claws your way. Nor can Colossus flex and go “RAWWWAAAARRRRR!!!” to send you to kingdom come. It’s all kinds of fun to do all those things in the game, though!

X-Men Arcade for PS3 (PSN)

1. What did you just say, Magneto?… For being one of the most brilliant super villains in the history of comics, Magneto sure says some silly things. My favorites: “X-chickens!” he taunts during the final battle. “I am Magneto! Master of Magnet!” he proclaims with the audacity to make master of unlocking Jill Valentine jealous. And, finally, one of the greatest pieces of videogame dialogue of all time: “X-Men… Welcome to die!”, which we made sure could be heard at the end of the game’s trailer…

So, yeah… None of those things would be presented the same way if this were a new game going through today’s typical Marvel approval process for games. But it’s not, and all of this ridiculousness is still 100 percent completely in tact. I wouldn’t have it any other way….

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moriarty1975 said:

December 13th, 4:45 pm

Any news on a E.U release date?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:08 pm

    Sorry, I don’t have that information. I’d suggest asking @Konami on Twitter.

Mucudadada said:

December 13th, 4:47 pm

Hello childhood. Welcome back.

*hug*

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:08 pm

    I’m pretty sure I can see your childhood making its way to hug you back.

JrXC said:

December 13th, 4:52 pm

Looks pretty cool, I might check it out.

mexicasian50 said:

December 13th, 4:53 pm

Where is my Uncharted 2 Static theme?!?!

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:14 pm

    Not a clue, my friend! But I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about X-Men Arcade…

SirTrigalot said:

December 13th, 4:56 pm

I’m da Juggernaut (you fill it in)

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:08 pm

    “Nice person”? :-)

Phoenix8387 said:

December 13th, 5:04 pm

This’ll be the first thing I download tomorrow after the update.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:09 pm

    Good call! And then the second thing can be Marvel Pinball. Both are totally worth the $9.99…

KwietStorm said:

December 13th, 5:14 pm

lol funny post. Can’t believe I’m actually gonna be playing this game on Playstation 3.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:09 pm

    Glad you liked it! And yes, it’s finally for real!

mixedkidbx said:

December 13th, 5:32 pm

I wish they would have spent time to update the graphics. This was one of the games i used to play back when there were these things called “arcades” in the 80’s.

Updated graphics would have made this great. Trophies would have been good too

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:10 pm

    But…it has Trophies… Who said it doesn’t have Trophies?…

angelspawn77 said:

December 13th, 5:35 pm

Very cool, might pick this up. Any demo?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:11 pm

    I’m actually not sure about that. Maybe just watch some gameplay on Youtube? It’s pretty straightforward punch/kick kind of stuff… :-)

Dragun619 said:

December 13th, 5:52 pm

This will have 6 Player Local Co-op right? Along with a $10 price tag? Perfect for the holidays if true. I was really worried when I read that X-Men Arcade was XBL Exclusive for 2 months. Glad to see it arrive on PSN tomorrow. :) Instant Buy.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:12 pm

    Right on all counts!

spideyal said:

December 13th, 5:56 pm

Dibs on Wolverine. And like Dragun619 said, I hope it’s 6 players local. Since the PS3’s max controllers active can be 7. So games like this would be the perfect fit.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:12 pm

    Yep… It’s six-player local on PS3.

Neil said:

December 13th, 6:01 pm

Will buy.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:13 pm

    Will say “you’re awesome.”

Cyb3rfr34k-iso said:

December 13th, 6:13 pm

price pls.

Cyb3rfr34k-iso said:

December 13th, 6:14 pm

oh! sorry now i see 9.99$ thanks for reply

pureluck13 said:

December 13th, 6:22 pm

LOL!! WELCOME TO DIIIEEE! I have to use that line on someone, lmao.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:23 pm

    It works on all the ladies. Best pickup line of all time.

ElCapitanAmerica said:

December 13th, 6:32 pm

This is awesome.

Now I read on another blog post that this game will support 6 player co-op? I thought the max number of controllers was 4, does it have some type of online co-op mode?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:36 pm

    Six-player for PS3, both online and local. (Xbox players have to settle for four-player local.)

edyrfaciola said:

December 13th, 6:33 pm

LMAO
yeah
Who said it doesn’t have Trophies?
day 1 purchase, but I’m confused
Marvel Pinball is a standalone game or an add-on to Zen Pinball?
Love pinball games gonna buy anyway

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:37 pm

    On PSN, it’s its own game. Totally worth it if you like pinball and Marvel. 8.5 in Game Informer!

gdogg666 said:

December 13th, 6:34 pm

omg i so want this game but my ps3 yellowed light on me sadly last week any chance u can ask konami about the simpsons arcade game to come to the psn as well?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:38 pm

    I’d love to see Simpsons as well, but since that’s not related to Marvel, I have no say in that. Hopefully we’ll see it at some point, though!

ElCapitanAmerica said:

December 13th, 6:35 pm

Pyro, Wendigo, Magneto … and Juggernaut with a bazooka, what else could you ask for?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 6:39 pm

    Wendigo in a tropical environment, as well. He’s usually in the Canadian wilderness. That’s one of the “What the–?!”s that didn’t quite make the cut.

mixedkidbx said:

December 13th, 6:43 pm

I didnt know if it had Trophies or not. My mistake….

So yeah back to those mysterious things called “arcades” i had mention… lol

MoneyMaker110 said:

December 13th, 6:53 pm

i had some knowledge of x-men then because there was a few ‘book’ stores around that carried comics, and would check them out on the rack, especially on trips to the mall and arcade. remember spider-man in shinobi i think it was?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:07 pm

    Yep… Revenge of Shinobi on the Genesis. It even had an unlicensed Batman in it.

Istyle318 said:

December 13th, 7:07 pm

So you telling me that me and 5 of my workers can all play this online??? and will it have trophies or voice chat, cause we’re old school we spent more than $10.00 to beat this at the arcade in the 90’s. will mics work as well so we can talk about random stuff while feeling old?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:08 pm

    You can definitely play online. I THINK you can talk to your coworkers at the same time, but I haven’t actually played it online to know for sure. Maybe @Konami on Twitter can tell you.

HeLLeVeN11 said:

December 13th, 7:08 pm

haha funny post Chris for an awesome game. Just not sure for what console i’ll buy it yet a PS3 demo would be great.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:09 pm

    Glad you liked it! It was fun to write. It’s the same thing on both consoles, but PS3 has six-player local multiplayer (only four on Xbox).

FFXI-Gaara said:

December 13th, 7:09 pm

Thanks for bringing this to PSN haven’t played this since i was a kid. Um… any chance we can get Metamorphic Force one day? ^^;

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:10 pm

    Well, I work for Marvel, not Konami, so you’re asking the wrong guy. Glad you’re excited for X-Men, though!

TEKNOMAN- said:

December 13th, 7:15 pm

Yes!!! So glad this is coming out and with online co-op.

Man I remember playing this arcade at Pizza Hut. Makes you really stop and appreciate how far console games have come.

Now I just need a re-release of Captain America and the Avengers…

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:11 pm

    Ah, another classic. I’d love to see that too. You never know, but getting these older licensing deals sorted out for a modern release can be tricky.

LilWayneSuckz said:

December 13th, 7:16 pm

This game WILL have trophies, obviously

xxnike629xx said:

December 13th, 7:19 pm

With this game coming, I have a feeling that these games will also eventually get a PSN release.

X-men vs. Street Fighter
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
Marvel vs. Capcom
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
Marvel vs. Capcom
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.
.
And while we’re at it, why not get the other vs. games up on PSN like

Capcom vs. SNK PRO
Capcom vs. SNK 2
SVC Chaos: SNK Vs. Capcom

The1stMJC said:

December 13th, 7:24 pm

I love you Konami and Marvel

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:13 pm

    Aw, thanks…

gdogg666 said:

December 13th, 7:28 pm

but i also must say thank you marvel and konami i used to play the crap out of this game at chuck e cheese lol

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:14 pm

    About time to play some more, right?

Akira257 said:

December 13th, 7:30 pm

God, I can’t wait for this game! I still remember beating it with my best friend and 4 total strangers one day at an arcade in the mall. Good times. Any word on if the Spider-Man arcade game is on the way too?

As for why Magneto would work with the Sentinels, he was actually trying to help the X-Men learn the Sentinels weaknesses. So he used his engineering knowledge to reprogram them to test the X-Men so that they would be ready for the inevitable Mutant-Human War.

That good enough for a No-Prize? ;-)

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:15 pm

    No-Prize granted! Stan would be proud. (As for Spidey, my response to comment 25 can basically be copied and pasted.)

necroticart said:

December 13th, 7:31 pm

It’s nice to see this on the PSN supporting six players, since the arcade version had to mirror a monitor to get the dual screens in order to get the same results. and, just out of curiosity why don’t you release the art for those trying to restore the old cabs to their former glory. It was such a great looking cab.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:17 pm

    Good question! We wanted to, but believe it or not, we simple didn’t have the original art or files that could render the art in high resolution.

Venom65437 said:

December 13th, 7:34 pm

I can’t f’n wait to have this game!

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:17 pm

    Just a few more hours…

Roguejedi5 said:

December 13th, 7:45 pm

After all these years i’m finally going to get to play on a console :) Thanks!

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:17 pm

    You’re more than welcome!

Tank_Baked said:

December 13th, 7:49 pm

lol this is a no brainer!! I spent more than $10 many,many times on this game in the arcade in single outings.

Since you are answering questions,is dlc at all a possibility for this title? I mean like new characters.

Also see what you can do about getting us some avatars for this game in one of the next few psn store updates please and thank you .

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:19 pm

    Well, getting the licensing clear for the game itself was hard enough. You can never rule anything out, but that’s not something we can do at the moment, unfortunately.

AlexLucard said:

December 13th, 7:50 pm

As a long time owner of the Captain America and the Avengers arcade cabinet, thank you for putting this on PSN so I don’t clutter up my living room with another 400lb gaming system.

Now, what about Spider-Man the arcade game? It has Hawkeye and Namor!!! Oh and that Ben Reily or Peter Parker guy. I can never remember which is which…

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:20 pm

    Heh… Well, see comment 30. Then see comment 25. :-)

SkyNet003 said:

December 13th, 8:23 pm

I’ll get it tomorrow; with OutRun, Mortal Kombat Street Fighter and World Heroes, they were my reasons to go to an arcade, back then.

Ahhh, my 9 years…

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:21 pm

    What, no Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp?

WhiteF8ng said:

December 13th, 8:28 pm

YEEEESSSSS!!!!!

PullusPardusUS said:

December 13th, 8:39 pm

Welcome to BUY!

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:22 pm

    Even better said! (Than comment 37.)

bgenius said:

December 13th, 9:08 pm

Nice.. Looks fun

iTofuMan said:

December 13th, 9:10 pm

TOMORROW!

seriously cant wait ill be buying this once it comes out on the PSN.

Now hopefully The Simpsons Arcade can come out!

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:24 pm

    I hope so too! Sadly, I have absolutely zero influence there for ya…

xaos said:

December 13th, 9:13 pm

Definitely looking forward to this; dibs on Storm and the… what the hell was it… a riding crop or something that she was carrying?

And if you have any meetings slated at Activision, please mention to them that I’d really love the Ultimate Alliance games, Spidey 3 game and X-Men Legends 2 for PSP all to make their way on to PSN :)

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:28 pm

    Ha! I don’t know what you call thing, to be honest. Another “What the–?!”, I supposed… :-)

gdogg666 said:

December 13th, 9:18 pm

ohhh i so will play this once my ps3 is fixed sadly hey any chance this may get ported to the psp??? or what?!?!?!?!?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:30 pm

    You can never rule anything out, but right now it’s just PSN and that other online console.

MadMeat001 said:

December 13th, 9:24 pm

damn i which this was on Psp!

candycabngfl said:

December 13th, 9:34 pm

I have owned a 6 player X-Men machine since 1995 or so.
Its fun to play through now and then with a few friends. In reality the game isnt all that great as brawlers go but the presentation of this game in a fully working 6 player cabinet has to be experienced to really appreciate it.

THE-KZA said:

December 13th, 9:38 pm

what are the chances that captain america and the avengers and spider-man the arcade come out?

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:48 pm

    You can never rule anything out, but it’s not as easy to get older licensed games out there as it might seem.

Zarxce said:

December 13th, 9:38 pm

I have a bad feeling that the nostalgia is going to hit me full force…and before I know it, I will be jamming quarters into my PS3s disc slot. I hope that’s covered in the warranty….

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:47 pm

    Just make sure there’s a disc in there already. Then it’ll just seem like the quarter slot is jammed. (Always hated when that would happen…)

candycabngfl said:

December 13th, 9:42 pm

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:46 pm

    Awesome. I’m jealous.

ericscolon said:

December 13th, 9:45 pm

First I remember going through five bucks in quarters in one sitting at the arcade with this game it literally is the reason I like X-MEN.
Have you guys ever thought about getting as many old Marvel games as you can and putting them in a collection like Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, i would love to play Separation Anxiety and Maximum Carnage again.

candycabngfl said:

December 13th, 9:50 pm

I have a 4 player Spider-Man too, it looks nice but game play is very mediocre. That said I would buy both when/if they make it to PS3.

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 9:53 pm

    I’d love to find one out there somewhere. Never did have quite enough quarters to beat it back in the day…

candycabngfl said:

December 13th, 9:58 pm

Yeah that game eats quarters like Gauntlet II :) If you are in Ca near the Bay Area the Spider-Man could easily be for sale :)

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    Chris Baker said:

    December 13th, 10:06 pm

    Ha… Used to be Bay Area, but Marvel’s in L.A. Not sure I’d have the space for a cabinet anyway! Love the idea of it, though. :-)

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