Keep­ing an eye on the coin-op gam­ing scene


While Pokkén Tour­na­ment rep­re­sents the harder edge of Poké­mon tie-ins, the other end of the spec­trum is be­ing looked af­ter by games such as Poké­mon Ga-Olé. Cre­ated and man­u­fac­tured by Takara Tomy ARTS and Marvelous Inc, the game breaks new ground for re­demp­tion ma­chines. The most strik­ing de­vi­a­tion from tra­di­tion is the colos­sal, por­trait-ori­ented 50in HD plasma screen on which the ac­tion plays out. But while not as im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous, it’s what the ma­chine vends that re­ally sets it apart. Rather than the typ­i­cal data cards spat out by sim­i­lar ma­chines, Poké­mon Ga-Olé dis­penses thicker plas­tic va­ri­eties called ‘Olé disks’. Each one fea­tures a Poké­mon along­side var­i­ous stats and a QR code, and play­ers can pit their crea­tures against each other in 1v1 bat­tles by in­sert­ing the disks into the ma­chine’s dual card read­ers. The up­right cab­i­net also fea­tures a rack to rest other cards, ready for battle, and a sim­ple one-but­ton­per-player con­trol sys­tem, both of which sit ei­ther side of a cen­tral Poké Ball but­ton on (which, as in the com­pa­nies’ pre­vi­ous evi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion, Poké­mon Tretta, ta, will likely be used to cap­ture Poké­mon).mon). 50 Olé disks will be avail­able when n the ma­chine launches ches in July, and while e it’s only con­firmedd for a Ja­panese re­lease,ease, the un­usu­ally high pro­duc­tion val­ues lues and fiendishly col­lectable disksks may en­cour­age e Takara and Marvelous to push Poké­monn Ga-Olé into ar­cades in the west, too.

Game Poké­mon Ga-Olé Man­u­fac­turer Takara Tomy ARTS and Marvelous Inc

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