I-Mockery put up a fascinating question on Tuesday. What games would be in your own personal dream arcade? I thought this was a good topic for a lazy Friday afternoon.
So I decided to pick 10 arcade machines I would love to have in my own personal arcade. They are in no particular order.
I want to thank the International Arcade Museum for the awesome images of the video game cabinets. I surf their site regularly for images of my favorite arcade and pinball games as well as images of some awesome video game advertisement flyers. To see more images (including screen shots of game play) of these and thousands more arcade games as well as get more detailed info, click the images to go to the International Arcade Museum.
Anyway, on to the games.
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (1991) – There were like a million different versions of this game. I’d take any of them, but I hold a special place in my heart for Champion Edition and Champion Edition Turbo. This was one of the first great fighting games. Great for competitions. It attracted large audiences to watch two guys just go at it. Lots of fun characters with cool move combos. The character I preferred to use was Chun-Li. She was both pretty and deadly.
Mortal Kombat II (1993) – The only one in the arcade franchise to use Roman Numerals. The next two games would be MK3 and MK4. The first Mortal Kombat was almost too easy but Mortal Kombat 3 was way too damn hard. This fell right in the sweet spot of hard but fun. Also, this game rivaled NBA Jam for the amount of hidden Easter Eggs you could find. Characters, finishing moves like fatalities, friendships, etc. It was insane and fun. I liked to use Sub Zero and my friend, Steve, liked Scorpion. I still hear Scorpion’s “GET OVER HERE!” in my nightmares.
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (1993) – I talked about this game in-depth over on Strange Kid’s Club. Greatest. Basketball. Game. EVER. I would also like to have NBA Maximum Hangtime, but it’s so close in gameplay to NBA Jam that I am reluctant to have two machines that are so similar in the same arcade.
Karate Champ (1984) – This is the game that got me into fighting games. I LOVED THIS GAME. I used to play it at my local movie theater arcade. I got pretty good and made it through a punch of matches. The scenery changed constantly. One time you’d be in the forest, then on a log spanning a cavern, then on a cruise ship deck. The bonus stage had you battling a bull. This game was kicked all kinds of ass.