So I live in Massachusetts and recently discovered the Round 1 arcade in Taunton mass. Its really a treat to have this close to where I live. This is the only largish arcade in my area. Anyway they have a good amount of newer Japanese games (racing and non racing) I've gone 2 weekends in a row and I had a great time each time.
So I had the opportunity to try out Initial D Arcade stage 8 and Wangan Midnight 3DX plus. First thing i noticed was that there are no seat sliders on most Japanese racing cabinets. I was quite scrunched into them. I'm guessing it has to do with the average height in japan or something. One game Tank Tank Tank (not really a car driving game but it has a wheel and pedals) they had both the american version and the Japanese version and as expected the american version had adjustable seats and the Japanese did not.
Just thought that was interesting.
Also of note Force Feedback on the Japanese machines seems to be much much lighter than what I am accustomed to on US machines.
After playing both Initial D and Wangan Midnight I have to say I'm not sure what the draw of those games is. Maybe a fan of those franchises can enlighten me. Both games felt like very light driving sims with pretty floaty drifting. I played one round of Initial D and drifted around each corner with no problem and didn't find there was much going on in terms of gameplay.
Anyway the board has been light on content lately so I thought I'd throw this out there for discussion.