As I reported just the other day, the Triforce is the combined work of Sega, Nintendo, and Namco. Well, it was shown off at the AOU 2002 Expo. Here’s a few screenshots and here’s what XenGen had to say about it:
Nintendo in association with Sega and Namco unveiled the ‘Tri-Force’ today at the AOU 2002 show in Japan. Essentially an arcade system based on Nintendo’s GameCube console, ‘Tri-Force’ hardware demonstrations were running in several booths at the show. Among them was a soccer game which looked almost photo realistic. Unfortunately, Nintendo representatives on-hand at the event remained tightlipped regarding software development and potential third party supporters.
Namco’s booth was abuzz with players eager to get their hands on Soul Calibur II, the latest incarnation of Namco’s weapon-based fighter. Eight tournament style cabinets featuring Soul Calibur II are available within the booth, each preset for two fifty-second rounds. Several characters are playable in the demo version including Mitsuguri, Ivy, Taki, Nightmare, and Cassandra amongst others. Aside from Soul Calibur II, Namco also had an arcade version of the PlayStation2 music title ‘Technitix’ on display.
Sega’s booth was awash in new arcade titles including sports entry ‘World Championship Soccer 2002,’ cartoony shooter ‘Maze of Kings,’ and the latest truck racer ‘King of Route 66.’ One of the real highlights however was ‘Soul Surfer,’ a virtual watersports title. Specifically, players balance on surfboard apparatus and navigate simulated waves. The finished version of Soul Surfer will reportedly include more than a dozen different beach courses and is expected to hit arcades this July.
Elsewhere, Japanese software giant Konami had several interesting offerings within their booth. Among them, a fighting style music title dubbed ‘Marshall Beat,’ a cute simulation entitled ‘Dog Station,’ and a virtual tennis game ‘Nice Smash.’ Specifically, in Nice Smash players use a racket to simulate player movements onscreen and can play against human or computer controlled opponents.