Joypolis

From Sega Retro

Jump to: navigation, search
Joypolis logo.
Joypolis.jpg

Joypolis is an amusement park that was first opened on July 20, 1994 in Yokohama, Japan. Joypolis centres have since opened in several cities in Japan with the parks featuring arcade games and amusement rides based on Sega intellectual properties. As of 2008, only the parks in Odaiba, Tokyo; Umeda, Osaka; and Okayama City, Okayama are currently open.

Similar parks, owned in whole or part by Sega, called SegaWorld or GameWorks are also in existence.

Opening

The 11,946 sq metre complex opened with over 8,250 sq/m of that dedicated to the theme park's 7 major attractions. These included a revamped Virtua Racing (renamed Virtua Formula) and 217 coin operated arcade machines. Many of the rides also appeared inside Sega World Sydney when the parks launched in Australia. [1]

  • Virtua Formula - The opening attraction of Joypolis, an enhanced version of Virtua Racing with up to 8 players each. It features a full-sized Formula 1 cockpit and 80-inch playback screens. This game has a dedicated room with 32 machines running.
  • Rail Chase: the Ride - Based upon the SEGA arcade game Rail Chase. This is an interactive rollercoaster ride in which players must shoot targets as they travel.
  • Ghost Hunters - A ride which places the players in a pitch black arena, using mirrors to display holographic ghost targets.
  • Mad Bazooka - An indoor bumper car ride in which two teams of 6 players fire rubber balls at each other. Balls fire at the rate of 8 shots per second through a tank cannon, while the bumper cars have the ability to pick up the balls off the floor. Was also in SegaWorld London before demise.
  • Astronomicon - An astrology-based interactive theatre that tells fortunes and reads horoscopes to an audience of up to 50 people.
  • AS-1 - A 360-degree motion simulator. Was also in SegaWorld London before demise.
  • VR-1 Space Mission - A virtual reality space mission accommodating 8 people per machine which allows players to pilot their own space ship with twin yokes.

As part of a restructuring by Sega, Joyopolis Yokohama was closed in 1998.

Other Parks

Main articles: SegaWorld and GameWorks

SegaWorld refers to installations in the United Kingdom, China and Australia, seeking to promote Sega games while providing entertainment based on its licenses. The first of these was SegaWorld London, opened on September 7, 1996, but only lasted 3 years before closing in 1999.

The first GameWorks opened in Seattle, Washington in March, 1997. The chain began as a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks SKG. DreamWorks SKG withdrew their involvement in 2001, and the chain itself filed for bankruptcy in 2004. The chain was bought out by Sega-Sammy Holdings on November 3, 2005, and is now operated by its subsidiary SEGA Entertainment USA, Inc.

SEGA announced in January 2008 [2] that there were to be releasing a series of new Theme Park Arcades in Emaar shopping malls across the Middle East.

External Links