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SegaSonic Arcade Headed to Heart of Gaming

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

SegaSonic The Hedgehog (Japan, rev. C)-3

The Heart of Gaming, an arcade that operates out of North Acton, London will be home to a working version of SegaSonic the Hedgehog Arcade very soon.

The team who run the arcade have managed to acquire a board for the game and are working on a cabinet to house it. The board is a strange one in that it includes a “suicide” battery which is installed to regualate repairs and distribution as the game was only ever distributed properly in Japanese markets.

A few cabinets made their way West with one being available in the Trocadero in Picadilly Circus and another in London’s flagship Hamleys store. This will be the first time the machine has been playable on the correct hardware in a London arcade for close to 20 years.

SegaSonic the Hedgehog Arcade is a 3 player, trackball, action game released in 1993. More updates on this machine as we learn more about the game’s availability at The Heart of Gaming.

[Source: The Heart of Gaming Facebook Page]

London Trocadero to Close This Month

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The London Trocadero which is home to one of the most popular arcade gaming spots in the UK, is closing its doors for good on February 25th.

Previously the home of SEGA World and later Fun Land, the venue has housed one of the biggest arcades in London and an important landmark for those who are interested in arcade gaming and don’t live near a seaside town.

The Heart of Gaming in North Acton obtained a selection of its arcade cabinets from the Trocadero last year which was telling of the degradation of the Trocadero which had slowly been shrinking in scale since its Fun Land days.

It’s sad to see London’s premier arcade go, but it certainly wasn’t in the best shape in recent years. RIP London Trocadero; we knew thee well.

You can see what the London Trocadero was like in its heyday by checking out this video report we made back in 2010:

[Source: UK Arcade Racers]

YouTube Channel: Arcade Report from Heart of Gaming

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Heart of Gaming is a pretty recent addition to the arcade landscape. The arcade opened in North Acton this year in April and has built up a bit of a reputation as London’s premiere arcade. Myself and SonicMark paid HoG a visit and we made this little video to showcase what was available to play. Check it out:

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