Hello coin-op user and welcome to another nail-biting edition of Newsbytes. This is a weekend curation of news from around the arcade & pinball world, that may not be long enough to warrant their own post on the site.
Quick note on my upcoming arcade trivia game for PC/mobile: I am almost ready to begin the testing phase, but there has been one major snag with the Unity asset store. I’ve been trying to buy an asset that will help me offer digital collectibles (kind of like achievements, I guess), but for some reason, no method of payment is working for me, so I have to wait for a response from Unity customer service on that. Hopefully that will be resolved soon, and we can move forward…best case scenario I’m seeing at this point is the game ready by the end of next month.
Here’s what’s been going on this week:
Sequel In The Works For The Famous “Gundam Pods”
Officially known as Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senjō no Kizuna, or “Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield,” most people here simply know this as “those awesome Gundam pods.” The pods have been around in Japan since 2007, serving as the face of advanced gaming tech that arcades there have long enjoyed. Now after 13 years, Bandai Namco is “earnestly” developing a sequel to the game, although it’s launch will depend greatly upon how the pandemic continues to unfold. I would be very surprised if this is the video game that Bandai Namco Amusement America was teasing a few months ago.

New Nitro Trucks Trailer
No new features are shown here, but it does serve as a reminder that Raw Thrills & Play Mechanix has a new driving game in town. It’s made as a sales trailer, so perhaps you could think of this as a modern