A new North American WMMT5 test location has been discovered in Bloomingdale Illinois! A venue called “Round 1” has recently acquired 4 machines and a terminal similar to the other North American WMMT5 test locations found last week. This is fantastic news for players in the Midwest. The exact address for Round 1 is listed below:
Round 1: 420 Stratford Square Mall
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Phone Number: (630)894-8440
According to their Facebook page, they are open 365 days, and operate from 10am to 2am. You must also be 18 years or older to enter the venue without a guardian after 10pm, and you must be 21 or older to enter without a guardian after 12am. The fact that it closes late means this would be a prime location for possible future Online Championship Match attempts, as they tend to end late at night.
As far as the machines go, they seem identical to the international cabinets, and are on the latest update. As with the other North American WMMT5 test locations, you are limited to 5 cars, and can only challenge other North American ghosts online for now.
There’s only one photo so far, posted by Mark Hansen; a member of the Round 1 Facebook group. If any more photos pop up of the location I will edit this post later.
If you happen to be in the area or can travel to this location, you absolutely should to support this new WMMT5 test location. As I’ve expressed before in my previous posts, the only way these test locations will be successful and will stay there is if the North American WMMT5 community supports them. Make yourself known to the staff, treat the machines with respect, and play as much as you can.
I would also like to mention that the appearance of these test locations are in no small part due to the cumulative efforts of the North American WMMT Community Facebook page, and the efforts of the owner Sam Porcaro to get Bandai Namco’s attention to the demand for WMMT5 in North America. If you are looking to network with players in North America, this is the place to go.