Well since the Super Street Fighter 4 arcade machine is really only for the Japanese market then it can make some profit in Japan. From what I’ve been told from my friend who went to Japan is that in Japan corporation own arcades. So they could afford to drop 100K or more in SSF4 arcade cabinets just to get people in the door. And plus in Japan arcades are a place to play Street Fighter unlike here where we play it online at home. Another reason is in Japan it cost about the equivalent of $1 a game so 13K is not really that unreasonable for Japan where it’s suppose to be only $.25 a game still in the USA.
In SoCal there are seven arcades that have vanilla 4 arcade set up (AI,FFA, Denjin, Alex Arcade, James Games, Video 94, Family Arcade) and SF players of So Cal drive there to play them. So that’s what keeps it alive. We still have an arcade scene. But the problem is that they have to be $.25 a game to gamers to go there for the most part. $1 a game in America is asking too much and people will just stay home. So that’s why AI announced it won’t buy it for 13K. It’s really bad business to import it and it will take forever just to break even.
So the arcade scene in So Cal is still alive but making Super 4 for 13K just for the upgrade might put it in danger when it comes to SSF4 and then what about less then two years later when Street Fighter Vs Tekken comes out and it will cost that same price or more. (I doubt MVC3 is coming to an arcade version in Japan).
To help keep the arcade scene alive in the world outside Japan, particularly in the west, I hope a lot of bootlegs show up all over to place to convince Capcom that this price is so unreasonable.
If the Taito Type 2 is just a glorified PC then it’s really stupid cheap for Capcom to make and Capcom, despite their fighting game fans being real good to them right now, is being really greedy.