Quoted from metallik:
All this talk about artwork.. typical for a jpop game. I've owned and sold TOTAN, CV and Ep1; never had any interest whatsoever in owning a ToM. I kept WCS94, it's fun, happy and cheap. CV was fun til I realized I spent the whole game shooting just three shots - ramp, left orbit and Ringmaster. Hopefully jpop can get some good gameplay in these new machines to go along with the killer artwork. Right now I'm skeptical, but hope to be proven wrong.
I'll concede J-Pop's past games don't generally lend themselves to competitive play, but there's a place for beautiful pins with sub-expert level rulesets. Just as there are butt-ugly tourney staples like Dirty Harry. Of course we all prefer to have both in one game.