Been busy working on the recent mini Flash games and Abobo's Big Adventure lately, but I've been thinking about classic arcade games a lot too (probably because of SC3), so I figured now's a good a time as any to have a little discussion about 'em. I've always thought of opening an arcade of my own one day, or at the very least, having a personal arcade to enjoy with friends. So that got me to thinking... if money was no object, what ten games would I buy for starters?
1) Discs of Tron (environmental cabinet)
3) Warlords (4-player cocktail)
4) X-Men (6-player mega-cabinet)
5) Ms. Pac-Man (with speedhack)
6) Asteroids (original vector arcade cabinet)
7) Sinistar (cockpit cabinet)
8) Ghouls 'n Ghosts
9) The Simpsons (4-player cabinet)
10) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4-player cabinet)
So those are the ones that would definitely be on my list right off the bat. How about you? If you could have your own personal arcade and were limited to selecting ten games, which ones would you choose? No MAME cabinets... just original arcade cabinets.
revrock (Guest) on 03/22/2011 5:19 pm
1) Galaga/Ms. Pac Man (cocktail table)
3) Ikari Warriors
6) Star Wars
7) Donkey Kong/ Donkey Kong jr.
8) Moon Patrol
10) Championship Sprint
Potato. (Guest) on 03/22/2011 6:43 pm
2) The Simpsons
3) Pac Man (horizontal cabinet)
4) Mortal Kombat
5) Street Fighter II
6) Ms. Pac Man/Galaga combo
7) Operation Wolf
8) Star Wars
10) Terminator 2
But, I would be pretty content with TMNT. That would be my first lottery-winner purchase.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 03/22/2011 6:47 pm
I have to VERY agree on Simpsons, Turtles, and X-men.. and I would add
Turtles in Time
Children of the Atom
One of the Samurai Spirits games
and I guess Marvel Superheroes ...
unfortunately these are like, the only games I can even remember playing in arcades. I realize some of them are actually kind of crap, but.. NOSTALGIA.
Thanos on 03/22/2011 9:19 pm
2. Captain America and the Avengers
3. Spider-Man: The Video Game
4. Marvel vs. Capcom 2
6. Bubble Bobble
7. Life Force
10. MOCAP Boxing
DaTr0LL on 03/23/2011 12:03 am
1. Turtles in Time
3. The Simpsons
4. Star Wars (1983 cockpit cabinet)
5. Golden Axe
6. Alien 3: The Gun
6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
8. NBA Jam
9. Robotron 2084
Poop On A Stick (Guest) on 03/23/2011 1:56 am
Wow! List time!!!
1. Spy Hunter (cockpit cabinet) still kick-ass today
2. Mario Bros.
3. Dragon's Lair
4. Pigskin 621 A.D.
5. Gauntlet (crapload of good artwork on the Gauntlet II as well)
6. Rampart (the guy on the front appeared to scream "Play this game or die!")
8. Silent Hill - The Arcade (awesome cabinet)
10. Crime Fighters (guys getting punched in the face - good stuff)
Damn! Only 10 choices?
HowardC on 03/23/2011 2:56 am
In no particular order:
Galaxian Theater (Largest arcade game ever!) With Both Games
Sega R360 with all the games (Best flight sim!)
Star Wars Cockpit
Daytona USA or some similar racing sim.
MK1 - MK4 (Best Artwork!)
In terms of classics, I already have what I want.. Gorf and a Multi-Pac.
Why no mame cabs? Quite honestly, unless it has special controls or really nice artwork MAME just makes more sense than collecting classics. Take it from someone who has a few. If you are going to get a dedicated cabinet you better LOVE the game in it... you better have dreams about it at night, you better never get tired of it either. Otherwise you wake up one day and realize you have a 500lb fridge-sized paperweight taking up half of a room.
On a unrealted note, no mention of The Pee-Wee Herman Show premiring on HBO last weekend? (The new, broadway version)
For shame ROG.... for Shame!
Doctor Allosaurus on 03/23/2011 6:04 am
Hmm, lets see...
1. Darkstalkers 3
2. Space Harrier
4. The King of Dragons
5. Metal Slug
6. Edward Randy
7. Ghouls 'N Ghosts
8. Rampage: World Tour
9. F-Zero AX
Mr.Hades on 03/23/2011 7:36 am
This would def be in my top ten:
Homegrown (Guest) on 03/23/2011 8:06 am
In no particular order..
WAR (4 cabinet setup)
Tekken Tag Tourney
Simpsons Arcade (4player)
X-Men (two screen setup)
Marvel vs Capcom 2
Gauntlet (oldschool and newschool versions)
Ozzie on 03/23/2011 9:10 am
I like beat-'em-ups, and you already covered my three faves, RoG. At best, I suppose from there I'd round it our with Marvel Vs. Capcom and a decent light gun game. Preferably something licensed or involving ninjas.
Thanos on 03/23/2011 10:03 am
"This would def be in my top ten:
@ Mr. Hades - Thanks for mentioning this! I forgot about this game, but played it many years ago at Virginia Beach's finest arcade - Flipper McCoy's. The regional American version is called "Fighting Mania - Fist of the North Star". This game is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
-RoG- on 03/23/2011 12:37 pm
ColdFusion - S.T.U.N. Runner blew me away when it came out. I loved the graphics and it was the only reason I went to the local Chuck E. Cheese on a regular basis... they were the only ones in town who had it.
DaTr0LL - NARC is an excellent choice. Definitely one of the best arcade shoot-em-ups. I like Robotron too, but I'd still pick Smash TV over it. I'd also pick an original Computer Space as an eleventh choice just because the cabinet looks so amazing and was the first arcade game ever made.
Poop On A Stick - Wow, I've never seen the Silent Hill arcade cabinet. Shame it never made it out of Japan as I'd be interested in trying it out. Sure, that series doesn't seem meant to be a rail-shooter, but the cabinet looks great and I'm sure it'd be fun gunning down a huge Pyramid Head.
HowardC - I've nothing against MAME cabinets at all, I just wanted people to pick individual games for the sake of this "money is no object" dream list of games you never get tired of. I'm sure I'd have a MAME cabinet in the mix too, and even more importantly, I'd have a Neo Geo cabinet to play all my MVS carts on. As for The Pee-wee Herman Show, I already attended that live show and reviewed it in the blog earlier last year, so no need to promote it on here as this isn't an entertainment news PR site. It's already had tons of publicity as it is and I wouldn't be surprised if it comes out on DVD so people who don't get HBO can watch it too.
Mr. Hades - Hah, I've never played that one before. Kind of reminds me of the Sonic Blast Man arcade game - another really fun one if you can track it down.
Homegrown - Ah Gauntlet, another fine 4-player choice... good call.
k0k0 (Guest) on 03/23/2011 2:31 pm
I do have a mame cabinet that I built myself, so I have every game up until 95. I do only have it made for 2 players and a track ball, so if I could change that I'd get a 4 player setup. Plus a couple light guns and maybe a steering wheel. As for arcade games, if I had to choose 10 that I'd want for my super arcade.
2. Samurai Showdown 3
4. Nba Maximum Hangtime
5. Simpson's Arcade game
6. Tmnt: Turtles in Time
7. Golden Axe 2
8. Rival Schools
9. Mappy (my roommate and I have competitions on mappy)
10. Golden Tee (another that my roommate and I play against eachother a lot)
Matija (Guest) on 03/23/2011 3:29 pm
I would be happy if I could only get one arcade cabinet, but here are the ten that I would kill for (or not). In no particular order:
1. SpinMaster (I've never heard anyone mentioning this game in blogs or forums, so go play it now if you haven't)
2. Metal Slug (the first one, the one that you can actually beat without losing a life)
3. Marvel vs. Capcom (never played the second one so I go with the first one)
4. Ms. Pacman (because playing as a girl makes difference.....or not)
5. Arm Champs (to impress girls or show how weak you are)
6. Smash TV (to smash your TV)
7. Bishi Bashi (probably the best multiplayer game)
8. Pong (when in Rome...)
9. Street Fighter II (when I get enough of Marvel vs. Capcom)
10. Abobo's Big Adventure (nuff said)
Jonny#5 on 03/23/2011 3:37 pm
Ah Arcade cabinets, those take me back. I hate to have to choose but here's my picks:
1) Splatterhouse (with a pic like mine, I couldn't pass this one up)
2) Time Crisis 2
5) The Simpsons
7) Street Fighter 2 Tournament Edition
8) Smash TV (I'll buy that for a dollar! :) )
9) Punch Out
10) Space Harrier
Frostor (Guest) on 03/23/2011 4:04 pm
1. X-Men vs. Street Fighter
2. Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter
3. Marvel vs. Capcom
4. Marvel vs. Capcom 2
5. Super Street Fighter II Turbo
6. Street Fighter IV
7. Street Fighter Alpha 3
8. Turtles in Time
10. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara
...You may detect a certain bias in my list.
Chris Barr (Guest) on 03/23/2011 4:05 pm
1. Golden Axe
2. Spy Hunter
3. Rampage World Tour
4. Donkey Kong
5. Ms. Pacman
7. The Simpsons
8. Rampage: World Tour
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
MightyPinto on 03/23/2011 5:05 pm
1) Space Gun
2) Aliens - (1990 Konami Cabinet)
3) Night Striker
4) Ninja Warriors
5) TMNT (4-Player Cabinet)
6) X-Men (6-Player Cabinet)
7) Forgotten Worlds
9) Mortal Kombat II
10) Galaxy Force II (The gargantuan Sit-Down Cabinet with the Rotating Chair)
HowardC on 03/23/2011 5:51 pm
This is not a complaint, but just something you guys might not ralize.
Any capcom game created after around 1992 does NOT have a dedicated cabinet. Most have litte more than a marquee, cpo and postage-sized sticker for the side. So listing those is kind of like listing a mame cab. ;)
Also listing any neo-geo game is equally odd as all 200+ neo-geo games ran in the same, generic, orange cab. Just list MVS 6-Slot and then you get 6 games for the space of one. ;)
Gabe (Guest) on 03/23/2011 9:55 pm
Beside simpsons xmen and tmnt here r another 10 I would definately own
Alien vs Predator
Killer Instinct 2
Mortal Kombat 2
Street Fighter 2 (damn alot of sequels)
GunsmithKitten (Guest) on 03/24/2011 1:12 am
1: Police 911
3: Crime Fighters
4: Aliens; Extermination
6: Smash TV
7: Sinistar (cocktail)
Lingading (Guest) on 03/24/2011 7:38 am
Here's my top 10 "Dream Team" of restored arcade games (in no particular order):
1. Smash TV
2. Alien Syndrome
3. Ms. Pac-Man
4. Ikari Warriors
5. Discs of Tron
6. I, Robot
9. Donkey Kong
10. Punch Out
Trey (Guest) on 03/24/2011 12:37 pm
1) Discs of Tron
4) Robocop 2
5) Donkey Kong
6) Marvel vs. Capcom 2
7) Aero Fighters 2
8) House of the Dead III
9) Mario Kart Arcade GP
10) NBA Jam
10,000 Volt Ghost on 03/24/2011 2:05 pm
1) Golden Axe - Revenge of Death Adder
2) Sunset Riders
3) Dungeons and Dragons - The Tower one
4) Carnevil - I've never gotten more than 5 mins into this game.
5) Smash TV
6) Revolution X
7) An air hockey table
8) Skee Ball
9) a DDR machine
10) Gauntlet - Dark Legacy
ryot on 03/24/2011 3:02 pm
Man it's been such a long time at an arcade spot. I'd have to say..
House of the Dead
Eh , like I said it's been forever...
All Hail Duke on 03/24/2011 4:35 pm
house of the dead(s)
probably any shooter
Luigim128 on 03/24/2011 5:36 pm
I had to do a lot of thinking for this one, but if I had to limit myself:
3) Marvel vs. Capcom
4) X-Men (6-Player)
5) Gauntlet Legends/Dark Legacy
6) Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
7) Area 51
8) Smash TV
9) Turtles in Time
10) Tekken Tag Tournament
In no particular order.
Danny 4 Eyes on 03/24/2011 6:42 pm
Right i'm not necessarily going for the best arcade games, but more the ones that I enjoyed playing growing up, also they are in no particular order.
1. The Simpsons 4 player cabinet with the sit down seats and the monitor in the style of The Simpsons tv set. One of the greatest days of my life was going through this game with 3 other strangers from start to finish.
2. Street Fighter: The World Warrior with the punch pads instead of buttons.
3. Title Fight
4. R-360 G-Loc
5. House of the Dead 3
6. X-Men 6 player cabinet.
7. Mortal Kombat II
8. Smash TV
9. NBA Jam
10. Bowlingo Mini 10 pin bowling.
Austin (Guest) on 03/24/2011 7:24 pm
1.) The Lost World. Shame on you all
2.) Prop Cycle
3.) Sunset Riders
4.) Star Wars Trilogy
5-7.) Time Crisis 1-3
8.) Cruisin' America (4 of em)
9.) Simpsons Arcade Game
10.) 18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker
toolz88 on 03/24/2011 10:25 pm
3.Dark Stalkers 3
4.Aliens vs. Predators
6.Virtua Cop 2
7.Discs of Tron
9.Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Joe Musashi on 03/24/2011 11:09 pm
Do Neo-Geo MVS cabinets count (well, even though they usually came with one or more games)...
Here's what I'd stick in my own arcade.
1. Any King of Fighters game... or maybe just either `98 or `02.
3. Power Instinct Matrimelee
4. Strider 2
6. Samurai Shodown 2
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
8. Waku Waku 7
9. WWF Wrestlefest
10. Final Fight
Joe Musashi on 03/24/2011 11:20 pm
^My bad, I guess they do count. My fault for not realizing that right off by reading down the list of comments.
Lingading (Guest) on 03/24/2011 11:39 pm
I forgot to add that any restored arcade I came up with would have to have at least 3 or 4 good vintage pinball machines, too.
zerothree (Guest) on 03/25/2011 12:50 am
1) House of the Dead 2
2) Neo Geo 4-slotter (Metal Slug X and 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, and Blazing Star)
3) Hydro Thunder
4) Virtual On: Cyber Troopers
6) Virtua Fighter 4
7) Planet Harriers
8) Arm Wrestling
9) Outrun 2
10) X-Men (6-player)
This list took way longer to make that I thought it would have.
-RoG- on 03/25/2011 12:50 am
Glad to see a lot of love on here for Golden Axe. Definitely one of my favorite games (not to mention the second one I ever bought for the Sega Genesis).
Danny 4 Eyes - Agreed. Beating the Simpsons arcade game with three other players from start to finish is easily one of the best times that can be had in an arcade.
Lingading - Oh absolutely... gotta have some pinball machines in the mix, but that's for a totally separate list. First one on my list would be The Addams Family followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street and Elvira. Speaking of pinball, I'm not sure if you have a PS3, but there's an amazing Williams "Pinball Hall of Fame" collection game for it that recreates some of their best machines so close to perfect it's scary. I stayed up 'til 7am one night with some friends unlocking all of the pinball machines in it.
zerothree - Yeah, it sounds easy, but it's really hard narrowing down to just a list of ten games heheh. Nice to see a fan of Blazing Star here too btw.
Trey - Excellent call on Mario Kart Arcade GP. I only played it once, but it was a blast and I loved how they put your face on the actual karts. I even took a few pictures of it when they still had it at the Santa Monica Pier arcade:
bountyhunterseven on 03/25/2011 1:25 am
MY list would start and end with Q*Bert....rows and rows of Q*Bert
oh, and every Star Wars game
Poop On A Stick (Guest) on 03/25/2011 2:45 am
Rog, concerning the Silent Hill - Arcade cabinet. Saw this one at the Metropolis at Metrotown on a trip to Vancouver, BC almost three years ago. I believe the name was CHQ arcade. The game appeared to be all in English. Looked like it would take two forklifts to put it in They had machines I've never seen before ANYWHERE. Very few old machines... mostly new quarter-gobbler types.
NotDavid on 03/25/2011 6:29 am
My list doesn't really contain any 'classics', but they're definitely my faves.
1. Groove on Fight
2. The Outfoxies
3. Dancing Eyes
4. Metal Slug 3
5. Radiant Silvergun
6. Power Drift
8. Elevator Action II
9. Time Crisis II
10. Daytona USA
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Billy Chapman’s Friend on 03/25/2011 1:59 pm
Double Dragon II
Tecmo Bowl (Arcade Edition)
Hugglebump (Guest) on 03/25/2011 11:33 pm
My list IS in the following order
1: Dungeons and Dragons
2: Dungeons and Dragons, Shadows over Mystra
3: Golden Axe
4: Domo Kun's Angry Smashfest
5: Oldschool NES Cabinet
6: Mega Man Power Battles Collection
8: TMNT- Turtles in Time
9: Aliens Vs Predator
10: a Quarter change Machine
EchoCharlie on 03/26/2011 8:01 am
Not in any order - I've noticed most have been covered already.
List has to be ten so I skipped Strider and Dig Dug by a wisker...
Star Wars (the green lines one)
Loved Rolling Thunder and Shinobi but Heavy Barrel requires the arcade model as the joystick was a knob that let you face one of eight directions while moving in any of the others...
DaTr0LL on 03/26/2011 10:26 am
I once had the opportunity to buy a X-Men 6 player cabinet for cheap (had a few easily repairable, broken parts), but I couldn't find any place to put it. I'd have had to rent a storage unit to keep it and that was beyond my means at the time.
subsonic99 on 03/26/2011 11:07 pm
2. TMNT Turtles in Time
3. Captain Commando
4. Donkey Kong
5. The Simpsons
6. Megaman: The Power Battle
7. Megaman 2: The Power Fighters
8. Street Fighter IV
9. Tekken 5
10. Tekken Tag Tournament
That Other Guy on 03/27/2011 4:33 pm
Six-player X-men! I remember that cabinet. Two TV screens awkwardly stitched together... six joy sticks and only enough room for four people to play without fusing shoulder blades with the person next to you. (And that's for twelve-year-olds; for adults, a little over three people could fit.)
I also remember a four-player Hook cabinet (different game from the Genesis/SNES version) being near it on the arcade floor. Go Pockets!
PoGo on 03/28/2011 11:24 am
-MVP (Some random Sega baseball game I remember having fun playing in Canada when I was nine.)
-World Heroes (A Street Fighter knock-off made by SNK that I used to play at a local bowling alley. The only arcade fighting game I was ever good at.)
-Guitar Hero Arcade
-Revolution X (Basically exactly like Terminator 2 but replace The Terminator with Aerosmith)
-Out Run (It'd have to the be the cockpit sized cabinet that shucks and jives with each turn you make.)
-Hard Drivin' (The only racing game in history where you could hit a cow and burst into flames.)
caffman on 03/28/2011 2:25 pm
I do have a soft spot for 1942 and tron discs. But daytona 8 player was fucking awesome with friends. Same with Sega rally
caffman on 03/28/2011 2:28 pm
Oh and the original Tie fighter cockpit Star wars vector game
Pentegarn on 03/28/2011 9:59 pm
OK in no particular order
1) Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
2) Wizard of Wor
3) Crime Fighters (4 player cabinet)
4) Hydro Thunder
5) WWF Wrestlefest
6) Ms. Pac Man Table
7) Dragon's Lair
8) Double Dragon
10) NFL Blitz
Stalinbaby (Guest) on 03/28/2011 11:01 pm
Long time I-mockery reader and Doc Mock watcher posting a comment for the first time, though you might recognize the name from the Doc Mock chat. But enough of that, these are my choices, and they are heavily influenced by what me and my dad would play in the local arcade when I was young. Also, I think I'm younger than a lot of you so these games tend to be newer than the others in the previous lists.
1.Lucky & Wild
3.Jurassic Park (The old shooter based on the first movie.
4.Die Hard Arcade
5. Donkey Kong (for my dad)
6. Ms. Pac-Man (also for my dad)
8. Time Crisis 2, the dual cabinet
9. Lethal Enforcers
10. House of the Dead 2
pezjohnson on 03/29/2011 8:33 am
I'll have to agree that DOT (environment cabinet) is at the top. But I like other emersion games too.
1)Disc of Tron (EC)
2)Star Trek (cockpit)
3)Thunder Blade (cockpit)
4)Spyhunter (sit down)
7)NEO GEO cabinet with Baseball Stars 2
8)Tecmo Bowl (double screen)
And since I've always like pinball, I hope you'll allow it:
10)Indiana Jones 1993
Jony B Good (Guest) on 03/29/2011 8:38 pm
The list is pretty extensive so I'll just say that no one mentioned Mr. Do, and Altered Beasts. Oh and a little note: I love Mappy! I still remember the melody perfectly (the main theme and the bonus stage, some of the bests btw).
Type W Cable (Guest) on 03/30/2011 2:32 pm
5 Must haves!
EchoCharlie on 03/30/2011 5:55 pm
I forgot about Moon Patrol but that'd make 11!
Oh well - I have 11!
k0k0 (Guest) on 03/31/2011 11:44 am
Good, another mappy fan. Mappy gets no love. If I ever get around to hacking arcade games, I'm gonna show some love to Mappy.
Justin (Guest) on 04/01/2011 11:57 am
I have a mission:xx arcade cabinet which I have heard is very rare, if this is one of the dream cabinets that you have been looking to purchase please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I can send lots of pictures!
Shadowdancer21b on 04/02/2011 4:32 pm
Turtles in Time
House of the Dead
X Men 6 player
Dungeons and Dragons: Shadows of Amn
Quiz and Dragons (yes, I actually like this game)
Shadowdancer21b on 04/02/2011 4:34 pm
Correction: D&D Shadows over Mystra.
Deadly Towers Sux on 04/03/2011 8:45 pm
1. X-Men 6-Players
2. Discs of Tron Complete Cabinet
3. TMNT1 4-Player
4. Simpsons 4-Player
5. Double Dragon
6. D&D Shadow over Mystara
10. Alien 3: The Gun
SNES Chris on 04/06/2011 7:09 pm
1.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (4 Player)
2.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4 player)
3.Super Street Fighter 2
6.Mario Bros. Orignal Cabinet
7.X-Men (6 Player)
8.Mortal Kombat II
9.Nintendo Playchoice 10
I Mock Pathetic Fanboys (Guest) on 04/07/2011 6:56 pm
Truxton 2, hooked up to the loudspeaker so everyone can hear the excellent music.
Joe and Mac
Double Dragon 1 and 2
Contra and Super Contra
Mad Dog McCree 1 and 2
New Zealand Story
Games that will not be in the arcade:
Ikari Warriors, one of the worst series ever made. It has shitty controls that make targeting impossible, horrible gimmicky lazy design, annoying quirks, and is unplayable.
Rhythm games, which are tedious, repetitive, and inane.
S.N.K. fighters: Look past any fanboy tendencies, and see that they are slow and boring.
Racing games, because I have more teeth than children--the full set of the former, and zero of the latter, which makes me happy.
Bob (Guest) on 04/11/2011 9:50 pm
(in no particular order)
My dream arcade would have more than 10 games, of course...
Wizard of Wor
shanghaid (Guest) on 05/02/2011 11:25 am
1.) Robotron 2084
2.) X-Men (dual screen)
3.) Super Street Fighter 2
4.) Mortal Kombat 2
5.) Virtua Fighter
6.) Sega GT
7.) Gauntlet: Dark Legacy
8.) Killer Instinct
9.) Double Dragon 2
10.) Golden Axe
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