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Woo-hoo! The Simpsons: Arcade Game Hits PSN Tomorrow

Charles Hefele's Avatar + Posted by Charles Hefele on Feb 06, 2012 // Assistant Producer, The Simpsons: Arcade Game

Don’t forget: The Simpsons Arcade is free for PlayStation Plus subscribers this month! Read the full details here.

The Simpsons Arcade Game for PS3 (PSN)

Speaking as a lifelong Simpsons fan, I’m just as excited for this game to come out as everyone else — the wait to finally see this game make its way to home consoles seemed endless! We worked closely with Gracie Films and Fox to time the release of the game with the 500th episode of The Simpsons so that fans of the show could experience the classic game during an important milestone for the series.

It’s been a great collaborative effort with Gracie Films to find a balance between preserving the authenticity of the original arcade game and making just enough tweaks to adapt it for PS3. The original game is already great, so we decided we would focus primarily on making it as faithful a port as possible while adding various gameplay modes and bonus content.

The Simpsons Arcade Game for PS3 (PSN)

We also listened to fans’ suggestions from our previous arcade conversions, particularly in respect to including more challenging ways to play these classic arcade games when you remove the quarter-crunching element. To that end, we’ve included several different gameplay modes in The Simpsons Arcade, so there’s a mode (and a leaderboard!) for everybody.

Freeplay is the usual “unlimited continues” mode found in most arcade-to-console ports. It’s best when you just want to sit back and do a full playthrough without having to worry about getting a game over screen. One of the best parts of Freeplay mode in Simpsons Arcade is being able to scour the levels at your leisure to find the many, many inside jokes placed there by the original programmers in 1991.

The Simpsons Arcade Game for PS3 (PSN)

To provide a more challenging experience closer to that of the original coin-op game, we included two different kinds of “Quarters” modes that give the player a set amount of credits up front. One Quarters mode sees players pulling credits from the same pool, while the other gives each player their own stash. Finally, Survival mode is the ultimate test because it gives you just one life to progress through the game. I look forward to seeing how far players can get on only one life!

We really wanted to add a lot of replay value to this title, hence all the different gameplay modes, leaderboards, Trophies, inclusion of both US and Japanese ROMs, and all the unlockable bonus content. There are some pretty cool unlockables in here, including my personal favorite, the sound test from the original game. There are a ton of hilarious sound effects in that lot that are just plain fun to listen to. We also dug up as much Simpsons Arcade memorabilia as we could find and put it all in a “Flashback” section. We’re hoping it really rounds out the overall experience and adds to the fan appreciation for this arcade gem.

I hope you’ll enjoy playing this game as much as I have, and I hope it brings back nostalgic memories of the glorious early ‘90s and all that Simpsons goodness.

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+ RileyPER on February 6th, 2012 at 10:27 pm said:

Can’t wait to play the pen clicking contest again


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+ AyatoKamina2 on February 7th, 2012 at 1:04 am said:

OMFG!!!!! I f-ing LOVE having a playstation3!!!! I so wanted to play this game again!!! I talk about this game all the time still after playing it all those years ago ^_^ *so happy* now i have to take it to my family’s house to play it with them ^_^….. well once it comes out, lol.


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+ Oisterboy on February 7th, 2012 at 4:34 am said:

I can’t even begin to tell you how much this has made my MONTH. I’m so caught up in waiting for the Vita that I decided to play through Skyrim again to keep my mind sane haha. I have literally been waiting over 15 years for this to be released on console (I’m only 21, I think I played it when I was 5…) and put serious consideration into tracking down and buying the old arcade cabinet for whatever ridiculous price people are selling them for.

I’m SO glad this was released…and free with PS+? As soon as my subscription runs out, I’m buying a full year.

Well played guys!


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+ sasquatch20276 on February 7th, 2012 at 8:29 am said:

what time will this be available?


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+ x_NiiGHTMARE_x on February 7th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

I remember playing this game as a kid, cant wait to play it with my son. Good work!


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+ tranquility101 on February 7th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

I was thinking the same thing. :) It is the 7th and I am on the PSN but don’t see it available… So excited to finally grab it! :D Used to pump hella quarters into this game as a kid — especially on that last level!

Thanks for releasing this awesome “arcade oldie” on the PS3. :) These kind of games are low commitment and hella fun.


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+ ButterflyCluster on February 7th, 2012 at 10:16 am said:

I’m really excited about this game! Can’t wait to get home and download it! ^^
I’ve been really enjoying all the arcade games Sony keeps putting on PSN! There’s something nostalgic about being able to play my favorite games when I was a kid again… Keep up the good work!!! :)


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+ superthegoose on February 7th, 2012 at 10:22 am said:

Just signed on and no Simpsons Arcade Game… ?


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+ XxEl_TsunamixX on February 7th, 2012 at 10:47 am said:

How much the game cost????


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+ HoustonFranco713 on February 7th, 2012 at 11:02 am said:

Im looking for it but it dosent come up in the PS store, how do i buy this or is it just for Plus


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+ HoustonFranco713 on February 7th, 2012 at 12:23 pm said:

WERE is IT????


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+ ModestGeek on February 7th, 2012 at 12:54 pm said:

YOOOOO!!! The little kid in me is jumping up and down right now. I played this game so much as a kid when I went to the movie theaters or arcade rooms (Chuck E. Cheese was my favorite. Lol). Definitely getting this to add to my beat’em up collections. And as I have read in previous posts, it would be nice to see Sunset Riders. Anyway, great job Konami. Thank you for making such AWESOME games and thank you Sony for bringing it to PSN. Keep the satisfaction coming!!!


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+ CanadianPsycho on February 7th, 2012 at 1:31 pm said:

I’m in the same boat as HoustonFranco713. Can’t find it on the PS Store anywhere.


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+ superthegoose on February 7th, 2012 at 1:42 pm said:

Yea, c’mon.. Where’s it at??


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+ gtps_mx on February 7th, 2012 at 1:51 pm said:

Unpunctual >_>


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+ mactiger1983 on February 7th, 2012 at 2:15 pm said:

I remember playing this at the arcade!! Soooooooo happy!! :)


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+ ButterflyCluster on February 7th, 2012 at 2:20 pm said:

@65 Ditto!


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+ KnightsOnline on February 7th, 2012 at 2:38 pm said:

When is this coming out? I have money! :P


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+ oorat on February 7th, 2012 at 2:50 pm said:

I have money too.


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+ HoustonFranco713 on February 7th, 2012 at 2:53 pm said:

I have money also!!


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+ CGT-VTS_POA-55 on February 7th, 2012 at 3:28 pm said:

Waiting….please, update the store ASAP!!!!


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+ oorat on February 7th, 2012 at 5:21 pm said:

Yes, please update the story, my money wants to become your money very badly.


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+ ButterflyCluster on February 7th, 2012 at 5:33 pm said:

Game is already out… You have to search for it though, it’s not under the ‘New Releases’ for some reason…


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+ Jay2207 on February 7th, 2012 at 5:36 pm said:

Dude wth!? I STILL can’t find The Simpsons Arcade Game! Where is it or hasn’t been released yet? I am a playstation plus member and a HUGE Simpsons fan! I WANT and NEED to play this game!!!! SO please tell me why I cannot find it at all in the Playstation Store????


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+ Blue_Bomber86 on February 7th, 2012 at 5:56 pm said:

Guys, if you go to the magnifying glass and search for the game, you can find it in the store and download it. It just dawned on me to try that and I found it and just downloaded it and am about ready to play it.


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+ DojoDog74 on February 7th, 2012 at 6:04 pm said:

This is strange. It’s 9pm EST and NONE of the free Playstation Plus games that were scheduled for today appeared on the store.

The Simpsons Arcade Game – 2/7
Inferno Pool – 2/7
Hungry Giraffe – 2/7
Gold Medalist – 2/7
Final Fantasy V – 2/7

I checked New Releases and nothing is appearing in there either. What’s the story, Sony?


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+ DojoDog74 on February 7th, 2012 at 6:06 pm said:

@Blue_Bomber86 Thanks for the tip; it worked! That’s messed up, though.


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+ Jay2207 on February 7th, 2012 at 7:24 pm said:

LOL @Blue_Bomber86 yeah haha thanks I did it in the search bar.. but I did the search bar like 4 times before that.. LOL you REALLY have to find it.. haha

and @DojoDog74- lol yeah I agree it is messed up that you have to look for it like that…


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+ KnightsOnline on February 8th, 2012 at 12:18 am said:

It’s finally here and it’s awesome! It’s great people can come and go in the game it’s so cool… Wish I could get a wide screen but I guess you guys kept it as the original. Very fun!


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+ Guyper on February 12th, 2012 at 12:15 am said:

@Charles

I hope it’s not too late and you can still read this

I’m a bit concerned about the survival scoreboard. I saw that some players manage to earn top score on the highest difficulty without losing a life. And my question would be…how do we know they really played throughout the game fair and square?

What if a 2nd player joins in into the survival mode and helps the 1st player lure all enemies in a corner and the 1st player does all the killing? And for boss battles, only the 2nd player fights the boss while the 1st player waits in a corner, and when the boss is near death, the players switch positions, and the 1st player makes the kill to win the score?

My suggestion would be to provide two different survival modes instead of one for the scoreboard, one can maybe be called, “Sole Survivor” and the other “Team Survivor”. That should prevent cheating then.


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+ kungfuatreyu on March 5th, 2012 at 1:51 pm said:

am i being a complete noob. i cant seem to download this. it gives me the option of a 6kb download or a 23mb demo download yet i am a ps plus member so should get the whole game for free. when i download the 6kb part it doesnt appear anywhere. im confused!!!!


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+ Mr-NAlF-KSA on March 6th, 2012 at 11:38 pm said:

good


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