At the time of it's release Daytona presented a level of graphics not seen before in a racing game, and with the ability to race with up to eight linked machines in an arcade, it proved to be a mega hit at arcades, and cinema lobbies around the world!
Jump in the drivers seat with a friend, and enjoy the rock-solid 60 frames-per-second high-resolution for the time graphics which somehow still present well today as the game is dripping with presentational quality.
We've kicked off with a BANG and I can assure you that there's plenty more awesome arcade titles to come! While the Mario Kart game franchise needs no introduction, this arcade spcific version most certainly does. Our original Japanese Twin racing cabinets feature all those unique gadgets you'd expect from an arcade machine straight out of Japan, included front-facing cameras for player in-game profiles, and a memory card slot for saving and recording game data.
But as interesting as these niche features are, you'll be here for hours to to experience the arcade Mario Kart gameplay, with crazy power-ups and limitless two-player fun to be had - on freeplay!
It's an essential play for any shoot 'em up fan! The result was one of the most successful 3D side-scrolling beat 'em ups ever produced. This would turn out to be STI's last game before the studio closed up, but the title ended up being Sega's most successful US title to date!
In the game, you take control of John McClane or Bruno Delinger in the Japanese version, Dynamite Deka , bashing your way through a series of fun-filled levels. Don't take the game too seriously and you'll find an incredibly enjoyable two-player brawler here.
Gekirindan Taito We love to dig up hard to find arcade gems, and Gekirindan is one of those rarities not often seen outside of arcades in Japan - that is, until now: The game has graphics and a play style not to unlike our other rare Japanese shooter, Shienryu.
With Gekirindan you'll find many levels of varied shooting combat, as the game plays along a time-travel theme As you could imagine, this brings a unique mix of using your era spacecraft, to battle with aircraft of the future and past.
Those with a keen eye may notice a few references to earlier developed Toaplan-Taito games try dropping a bomb for that classic Truxton reference ;- Scramble Konami Scramble comes in currently as our second oldest arcade game - presented in a wonderful original dedicated arcade cabinet dating all the way back to !
But the history doesn't stop there. This classic Konami title is credited with being the first side-scrolling arcade shoot 'em up, and would set many styling themes which Konami would later carry over into their super popular Gradius and Salamander series!
So having this game as a book-end to Konami's Salamander 2 from makes us very proud! Game play is simple yet compelling. You pilot your ship through a cross-section landscape, avoiding the scenery while shooting down as many badies as you can. However to keep things interesting, you have to constantly replenish your fuel gauge by taking out fuel tanks scattered throughout the landscape.
Classic arcade fun ahoy! This transision was not always a good one for most games of the time, and although the Street Fighter EX series wasn't perfect, it was actually a fresh and interesting re-take on the well established series. It was perhaps a smart move to only carry over a few Street Fighter mainstays, and instead bring a hoard of new characters to the EX roster.
Fans of the SF series will be able to get into play quickly, although time will be required to adapt to the new play mechanics. But overall, I foudn the EX series a little easier to get into and play when compared to other SF games.
Oh, and for an interesting piece of trivia, the soundtrack was actually composed by Takayuki Aihara, a former Namco composer! A popular attraction at many an arcade or barcade, 1UP is proud to be the first in Australia to release not one, but two Point Blank games, available on free-play!
So put away your dollar coins, and enjoy hours of un-timed play: As one of our most requested games ever, we are incredibly proud to finally offer Point Blank on Free-Play, where you can polish up your gun slinging skills to perfection. Whether you're an amatuer player or going for the Point Blank World Record, you'll find plenty to enjoy with the six game styles, including; Accuracy, Intelligence, Memory, Simulation, Visual Acurity and Speed.
This in itself would make the success of an arcade racing game a hard-sell. Something reflected by the fact that Sega Rally 3 never even received a release in Japan - it's home country!!
However, technology tends aside, by looking at this game in isolation you'll see a solid arcade racing experience and a worthy successor to the original racing classic. Still keeping the arcade edge over the home ports, the arcade game runs at p resolution with Sega's rock-solid 60 frames-per-second - double that of the PS3 and XBOX releases. So if you haven't ever experienced this modern-classic, head on down to 1UP Arcade and jump in the driver's seat. The game take inspiration from Namco's game, Dig Dug, while bringing a game play style of it's own.
You play as a circus clown who must dig through each level collecting cherries. Succeed in this task and you advance to the next stage - but it's not that easy ;- While you try to complete this objective you are pursued by little monsters, known oddly as 'Creeps'. To keep the Creeps at bay, if you tunnel under apples located through the stage, they will drop, crushing any Creeps in their way while being careful not to get crushed yourself. The result is a game which feels somewhere in between Pac Man, and Dig Dug..
This unique settings brings about one-of-a-kind gameplay, as you battle not only enemies from the left and right, but also those from above and below. The game also uses a 'push-scroll' system, instead of a continuously scrolling screen as seen in most shooters. Developed by the team who then went on to create GunForce 2, and later the Metal Slug series, you'll notice the team's distinctive post-apocalypse graphical style, with incredibly detailed sprites some of which would carry over into the the Metal Slug series!
If that's not enough, a further six secret characters can be unlocked by inputting directional movements on the character select screen: You get to play as one of two marines, or two predators, and fight against hoards of advancing aliens in a wide variety of settings. Take on the alien queen, fight in a Power Loader, shoot enemies with the predator's laser cannon - it's all here to be enjoyed with two of your mates!
Cabal and Blood Bros are fan favourite games which play as a joystick controlled shooting gallery - with platforming elements. Although the original game, Cabal, featured an alternate version with trackball controls, Blood Bros sees you controlling each player using only a joystick and buttons. When you hold the button to shoot, your character remains in place - letting you focus just on aiming.
Coupled with the ability to dive out of danger and throw sticks of dynamite, you're left with an enjoyable mix of target shooting, dodging bullets, and destroying all the destructible scenery yes, almost everything in each level can be destroyed! Great fun as either a one or two player jaunt. We all know how the game plays, but many may not know that the increasing speed of the invading aliens was not the result of programming, but actually due to a limitation of the games hardware.
Nishikado found that as the screen was cleared of enemy invaders, the game would 'naturally' speed up, and so this was kept as a gameplay element! Space Invaders helped to define the Golden Age of video games, kick-off the success of arcades in the late 70's, and was the biggest earning entertainment product of it's time - almost equaling the release of the movie, Star Wars!
You start the game by selecting from one of two aircrafts to pilot, and one of three gunners, with the gunners determining the behaviour of your weapon systems. Sega's Too Spicy is an arcade light gun game which brings new life to the well established 'on-rails' gun-game genre.
The game features two foot-pedals which operate similar to the foot pedal in Namco's Time Crisis games, only each foot pedal allows you to move left or right, from one cover-point to another, creating a freedom of movement not previously seen in arcade 'on-rails' shooters. Further more, rather then progressing through each stage shooting hoards of enemies, 2 Spicy sees you squaring off against one opponent in a series of 1-on-1 encounters!
Although you may see Taito on the title screen, the game was developed by Toaplan, famous for great arcade titles like Slap Fight , Wardner , Zero Wing , Snow Bros and Batsugun However, the game was published by Taito, Romstar and Midway depending on the region. Truxton doesn't reinvent any 'wheels', however it does provide solid arcade vertical SHMUP action which Toaplan are so well known for, in a genre they helped to create.
It is a benchmark classic shooter which is deserving of a place in any arcade. Virtua Fighter 2 was an arcade game which changed games forever. It was on my first ever trip to Sydney in that I had the honour of seeing VF2 in the 'flesh' for the first time. There is sat proudly at the front of Timezone in George St, showing off gaming graphics the likes of which had never been seen before.
This was a time where arcade graphics were leading consoles and even PCs!! Words cannot explain the nostalgic feelings I felt when our original Sega dedicated VF2 cabinet arrived at the arcade - looking just as it did almost 25 years ago.
It's was a long process of almost two months to bring this piece of history here, but well worth it. This is a game you simply much come and experience, as it defined the 'modern' era of mid's arcades.
Mercs follows on as a sequel to Capcom's earlier game, Commando. The graphical style, sound and option of up to 3-players were all things we'd became accustomed to during the era of Capcoms CPS1 system games.
Although not doing anything in particular to puch the run-and-run genere forward, There's a story, but we don't care for that with arcade shooters. Instead, we're happy that Mercs provides absolutely solid gameplay and reminds us why arcade games are so much fun. Although ported to many home systems, even the notable Mega Drive version lacks the pure polish of the arcade original.
The Video Game 4-Player Sega Sega System 32 Spidey and a host of supporting Marvel characters return again, only this time under the steady hand of Sega in a side scrolling 4-player brawler, styled similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Keen Sega fans will also notice familiar tunes from Sega's arcade game Quartet re-mixed into the games music.
Considered by many as the best game released on Sega's Titan ST-V system, Shienryu is a vertical scrolling shooter which sits somewhere between Raiden and DoDonPachi in terms of style, appearance and game play.
The weapon system in Shienryu includes three main gun types Vulcan, Laser and Missiles , each with a different style of bomb being made available to the player. Using the powerful 2D hardware of the Sega ST-V system, which was similar to the Sega Saturn hardware, means there's plenty of bright, well-animated sprites, huge bosses and an impressive number of scaling and transparency effects creating awesome visuals.
Sparking some controversy among dedicated KOF fans, this tag-team gameplay - seen previously in games like Tekken Tag - let's you swap out your character for another in your team mid fight. Some complaints are that this tag system removes the skill of fighter any character vs ay character, as you can now swap over to a prefer fighter from the three on your team to better suit your opponent. Whatever you thoughts on the tag-system, it's a welcome new innovation which sets KOF aparwt from it's predecessors, and creates fast-paced fighting action!
With only one new character being added, KOF still packers a large roster of 42 characters, all new backgrounds, competely redrawn sprites for several returning characters, and a return to earlier 'pure KOF' gameplay, for the classic KOF fans.
This means you can build your own team with up to 4 fighters no Striker , or 1 fighter and 3 Strikers! Furthermore, you selection affects the length and usability of your in-game Power Gauge, meaning a team with only 1 fighter will get a longer Power Gauge that fills quicker. This makes for a great mix-up to the gameplay with new strategies and play styles. KOF continues on with 99's Striker system, only implements a selection of 12 new 'Striker Only' characters, include several popular cameo characters from games like Metal Slug.
For the main player roster, we see 5 new characters added to the impressive KOF line-up! The King of Fighters ' Evolution, plus a PlayStation port. The biggest change in KOF99 was the introduction of 4 member teams, with the introduction of a 'Striker' character. The 4th Striker character can be called upon several times during combat to perform an additional attack, allowing you to briefly outnumber your opponent.
Keeping things fresh, another 8 characters were added to the roster. The installment represents a high-point in the evolution of the series, with a giant player roster, and very well resolved gameplay. If there was one game which represented the series, it might well be this one. The King of Fighters series may never have garnered as many fans in the west as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, but that doesn't mean this game isn't worthy of your time.
Bringing team-matches to the fighting game genre, you select 3 characters and the order which they'll enter the fight to create your own ultimate fighting team.