About Us

exA-Arcadia is bringing video games back to the arcade!

 

 

exA-Arcadia is changing the location based entertainment industry eco system to empower arcade operators and game creators alike with the cartridge based exA-Arcadia platform which has ranked top 3 in operator revenue across Japan since its release in late 2019. Developed to address the amusement industry’s pain points, there are no required online connections or services, no forced revenue share per play, no monthly network subscription fees to pay and no risk of your games not working anymore because a company decided to shut down their servers. Simply purchase a game cartridge and plug it in to have a new game ready to go on location. No installations, no downloads, no hassles. It just works. 

  • We understand what arcade owners want – Affordable, profitable, easily convertible games
  • We understand what game creators want – Reasonable business schemes & Easy access to the arcade market
  • We understand what arcade players want – More arcade games!

For operators or collectors, the exA-Arcadia System is a low cost, high performance completely standalone solution that is available to any company or individual. Games from a number of genres are available to cater to a variety of audiences and regions. There are no restrictions or region protection, exA-Arcadia games from any region will work on any exA-Arcadia system. If you run a small to medium sized business, this is the ideal conversion kit to easily refurbish an existing machine. Compatible with the JVS (JAMMA 2) industry standard, it also works with the older JAMMA standard using already available I/O boards from a variety of manufacturers. For those who need something bigger and just want to plug it in, a dedicated all in one cabinet is also available. Do you want to add another game to your system? No need to rewire anything, just plug the new game cartridge into one of the four available slots and turn on the machine.

 

 

For game developers, we provide a secure, easy to develop for hardware platform that is compatible with all modern game tools such as Unreal, Unity, Game Maker Studio, ClickTeam Fusion, Solar 2D, OpenBOR, STG Builder, 2D Fighter Maker 2nd, Pixel Game Maker MV and more so that any company or indie of any size can easily tap into the arcade market. Best practices guidance with plugins, extensions and sample code are also provided. To give your game an extra punch to stand out from the competition, we arrange for resources with the best of Japanese creative talent from famous artists and music composers to voice actors/actresses, all working together to enhance your title for arcades worldwide.

 

 

Our Story & People 

Founded by a team of startup veterans and passionate arcade lovers in the fall of 2017, the exA-Arcadia concept was quickly supported by operators and game developers leading to the official product announcement and demo at the Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) in 2018 with the debut of the launch title, AKA & BLUE TYPE-R. In the following year, the hardware platform was developed by an expert team using custom and state of the art parts while a large number of game development partners signed on to provide game content covering a variety of genres targeting both the Japanese and overseas markets. At Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) 2019, exA-Arcadia surprised the industry with 20 new title announcements, the establishment of internal development teams and a product launch later in the same year. Since debuting in November 2019, 16 game titles have been released (as of January 2021).  Now, with a global game publishing business, 6 internal development lines and worldwide distribution, exA-Arcadia provides top performing entertainment and services to operators everywhere. Within 1 year of the initial launch, exA-Arcadia has become a company with a multi million USD run rate and leads the industry in arcade video game releases. 

Our international team consists of experienced professionals from across AAA console/PC manufacturers & publishers, publicly listed mobile game publishers, advertising agencies, Silicon Valley giants, investment banks, top law firms and security consulting firms. Coming from both startup and corporate backgrounds, we uniquely understand the difference between 0 to 1 & 1 to 100 and know how to scale accordingly. Our development teams combine the best of Japanese creativity and Western engineering & methodology to produce outstanding results. 

But, more importantly, every single member of our team loves and owns arcade games!

 

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exA-Arcadia Developed Titles   

 

Gimmick! EXACT★MIX

Gimmick! is originally a highly acclaimed Famicom/NES action platformer title produced by SUNSOFT in 1992.

Licensed by SUNSOFT, exA-Arcadia remade this title with the concept of what if the game was ported to a more powerful 16-bit or 32-bit platform in the 1990’s. Completely built from the ground up with a new engine that supports both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios as well as resolutions up to 4K. Consulting with the original game staff, our Japanese studio staff created newly drawn graphics and composed new sound for this release while maintaining a 90’s feel. More importantly, the response and feel of the game is replicated with the same input timing as the Famicom original made possible through proprietary exA-Arcadia technology.

 


 

DODONPACHI TRUE DEATH EXA LABEL

DODONPACHI SAIDAIOUJOU is originally an arcade shooter produced by CAVE in 2012.

Supervised and licensed by CAVE, exA-Arcadia ported and enhanced this title with the concept of bringing the ultimate version of DODONPACHI SAIDAIOUJOU to arcades in this modern 4K era. Working with the original character designer, new art was created in addition to retaining all of the famous voice actresses who lend their talents to the characters in game. Careful attention was paid in ensuring that the game itself was accurately ported by employing testers who are experts at the game. Additionally, the engine in this game is optimized for the wide range of monitors utilized in arcade cabinets so that the response and feel of the game is replicated with the same input timing as the arcade original made possible through proprietary exA-Arcadia technology.

 


 

exA-Arcadia Developed Tools

 

STG BUILDER

STG BUILDER is a popular Japanese game development tool targeting the Japanese indie market creating shooters.

Exclusively licensed for arcade usage, exA-Arcadia ported an enhanced this tool so that any game developed with it can now be easily used in the amusement marketplace. Further enhancing the engine’s feature set, new exclusive exA-Arcadia functionality was added for analytics, CRT accurate scanlines, 2 players simultaneous play, 4K resolution and lightning fast controls that are not possible on any other platforms supported by the tool. 

INFINOS EXA is an example of an exA-Arcadia STG BUILDER title.

 


 

2D FIGHTER MAKER 2nd

2D FIGHTER MAKER 2nd is a popular Japanese game development tool produced by KADOKAWA targeting the Japanese indie market creating fighters.

Exclusively licensed by KADOKAWA, exA-Arcadia ported and enhanced this tool so that any game developed with it can now be easily used in the amusement marketplace. Further enhancing the engine’s feature set, new exclusive exA-Arcadia functionality was added for analytics, CRT accurate scanlines, attract demos, single player mode to vs mode transitions and vice versa, 4K resolution and lightning fast controls that are not possible on any other platforms supported by the tool. 

AXEL CITY 2 is an example of an exA-Arcadia 2D FIGHTER MAKER 2nd title.