It has been a while since we shared iiRcade news, but that's mostly because there haven't been many new co-op releases for iiRcade lately. That will change soon, thankfully! Starting with last Friday's release of Toki (a cool single-player run-and-gun platformer starring an ape), iiRcade will release a total of four arcade games from TAD Corporation, a Japanese game developer. The next three releases include Blood Bros, Cabal, and Heated Barrel, all shooters which feature 2-player local co-op!
Official descriptions of the four games from TAD Corporation:
- Toki (available today): a run-and-gun platform game released in arcades in Japan in 1989, has the player controlling an enchanted ape who must battle hordes of jungle monsters with energy balls from his mouth. The ultimate goal is to destroy the evil wizard who cast a spell on the title protagonist; thereby transforming him from an ape back into a human and rescuing the kidnapped princess
- Blood Bros (available October 14th), a spiritual sequel to Cabal, was released in 1990 where two blood brothers, a cowboy and an Indian, team up to hunt down "the most wanted outlaw in Dodge City," Big Bad John.
- Cabal: Innovative at the time for its unique over-the-shoulder camera view, Cabal (available November 4th) is an arcade shooter that was released in 1988. The game features commandos trying to destroy several enemy military bases with the use of limitless ammunition and a fixed number of grenades to fend off enemy troops.
- Heated Barrel (available November 11th) is a cartoon style western shoot ‘em up from 1992 that features four playable characters. Each character has their own unique weapon that can be powered up by collecting various items as the fight off Outlaws and Ghosts through stages and bosses.
Toki sells for $9.99 on iiRcade, so we expect similar prices for the remaining three games. An HD remake of Toki from Microids is also available on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and Steam for $19.99. Somehow, I own all four versions, so I'd better get the iiRcade game too! Toki was also ported to NES, Sega Genesis, Atari Lynx, and home computers back in the long-ago.
As for the three co-op games listed above, only Cabal ever received home console ports (released for NES and computers). Seeing as how these are slightly obscure titles, the iiRcade releases will be many gamers' first experience with them.
All iiRcade cabinets include 64-128 GB of built-in storage, a 19-inch monitor, 100W stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth, HDMI output, and 11 pre-installed games, including the co-op classics Double Dragon and Gunbird. Additional classic arcade games and modern indie games are available to purchase as well. To browse cabinet designs, visit iiRcade.com.