Taito Bringing Digital Game Distribution To Arcades In Japan
Japanese game company Taito announced a new digital distribution system for arcade games, catchily titled NESiCAxLive, for Japan at the recent Amusement Machine Show in Chiba. The system will work much like Valve's Steam, allowing arcade owners with compatible Taito machines to download games directly into a hard drive. This will mean that cabinets can quickly be changed to accomodate new or popular titles. It will also give them access to a large backlog of past hits. Pictured above is a schematic of how the system will work.
Other companies, including SNK Playmore, Cave, and Arc System Works, have signed on to support NESiCAxLive. The first title to be available on for download into arcade machines will be Arc's BlazBlue Continuum.
No word as to whether this new service will make it to Japan, but as there are hardly any arcades left in the U.S., we doubt it.