This new flashy arcade unit by SEGA is their latest rhythm dancing game called maimai. It features a round screen with lights around it, and when the game tells you to hit a certain spot in the circle, you do it. Pretty simple, till they speed it up.
Also the cabinet has a camera that allows users to record themselves playing a session and upload it to the popular Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga. SEGA states in the interview that this rhythm game is supposed to allow people be more social. Yes, they know it looks like a washing machine. The arcade is set to hit Japan in July of 2012. The video also confirms that SEGA is planning a Western release. Yeah, that was unexpected.Ad:
5 responses to “SEGA maimai: A new kind of arcade rhythm dancing game”
Looks a LOT like Project Rub. Also, cool to see SEGA innovating in the arcades. 🙂
The song played at 0:31 is RENAI CIRCULATION:
I guess times have changed… or have they? The first coin-op arcade game with a built-in camera was Journey: Escape, a tie-in with the rock band and album of the same names. The camera would snap a picture of your face and show it on the high score list. Unfortunately, in playtesting locations it wasn’t long until there were a bunch of bare ass cheeks on the high score list. So that feature got scrapped. Will Maimai suffer the same fate?
The best part was a dude on the comments asking for Shenmue 3 lol.
Someone should bring MaiMai to Geneva!