[Update] Capcom Arcade Cabinet Confirmed For Western Release

Earlier this week the gaming magazine Famitsu revealed Capcom’s plans to launch the Capcom Arcade Cabinet — a downloadable XBLA and PSN app that serves as a portal for the publisher’s classic arcade titles — in Japan. Capcom has since confirmed that the service will also see a Western release, however, they declined to reveal any information about price, release date, or what games will be available for purchase at launch.

The company promised that a more informative debut will take place on February 7th, however, if the service is similar to its Japanese counterpart then we already have a decent idea of how it will work. The actual Capcom Arcade Cabinet app will more than likely be free to download, and come with the 1987 side-scrolling action game Black Tiger.

Speaking to Polygon, Capcom producer Kenji Kataoka revealed the extent to which the publisher is going to remain faithful to the original arcade titles, saying:

“I can’t go into details on titles yet but we’re definitely focusing on the games that came out earlier on in our history. These are completely faithful reproductions, too. You used to have arcade games ported to the NES and such and wind up being completely different titles on that platform, but that’s not the case here. Even if there were bugs in the original, we’ve kept them in there if we felt we needed to in order to retain the original feel of the game.”

Outside of just providing the actual arcade ports, Capcom Arcade Cabinet will also allow players to adjust the difficulty of games, change attack strength, and mess with the collision detection range by using “several modes” within each title.

Kataoka also revealed that Capcom is still “debating” how the arcade titles will be distributed on the service, but hinted that games might be sold in “packs” for “really surprisingly cheap prices”.

For now it looks like we will have to wait for February 7th to get the full scoop on Capcom Arcade Cabinet. In the meantime let us know which titles you are hoping to see hit the service in the comments below.

[Update] Capcom has provided the following release schedule for Capcom Arcade Cabinet titles:

Black Tiger demo February 19 (PSN)
February 20 (XBLA)
Titles: Black Tiger, Avengers, 1943: The Battle of Midway
February 19 (PSN)
February 20 (XBLA)
Titles: Ghosts n Goblins, Gun.Smoke, Section Z
March 5 (PSN/XBLA) $9.99/800MSP
Avengers March 5 (PSN)* $3.99
1943: The Battle of Midway March 5 (PSN)* $3.99
Side Arms, Legendary Wings, Trojan
March 19 (PSN/XBLA) $9.99/800MSP
Ghosts n Goblins March 19 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Gun.Smoke March 19 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Section Z March 19 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Titles: Commando, The Speed Rumbler, Exed Exes (Savage Bees)
April 2 (PSN/XBLA) $9.99/800MSP
Side Arms April 2 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Legendary Wings April 2 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Trojan April 2 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Titles: 1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru
April 16 (PSN/XBLA) $9.99/800MSP
Commando April 16 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
The Speed Rumbler April 16 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Exed Exes (Savage Bees) April 16 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
1942 April 30 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
SonSon April 30 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Pirate Ship Higemaru April 30 (PSN/XBLA) $3.99/320MSP
Bonus Pack (for those who have purchased all five game packs or all 15 individual titles
Titles: Two titles (names to be confirmed)
TBC Free for those who have purchased all previously released packs or individual titles
Titles: All 17 games
May 21 (PSN/XBLA) $29.99/2000MSP

* Not available as an individual title on XBLA