As we mentioned in our recent feature, the Switch's extensive and ever-growing list of retro arcade re-releases has given fans of this cozy niche plenty to celebrate — but there's always room for improvement, and there are plenty more arcade classics that haven't yet arrived on Switch (or any console, for that matter).
So we've made a list of ten arcade classics we'd love to see come home, and to keep it interesting we've given ourselves one golden rule to stick to: Our picks must have a realistic chance of actually appearing on the Switch. Well... if not realistic then at least not obviously completely impossible from the start. So however much fun Namco's fantasy exercise-'em-up Prop Cycle and Sega's Top Skater were in arcades, the massive novelty controllers integral to those experiences (an exercise bike and a skateboard-ish platform, respectively) make it clear those games just can't come home.
The same goes for licensed titles too. Do we love Star Wars Arcade? Yes. Is there any realistic chance at all of Sega freeing it from its 32X-shaped home prison, even if they desperately wanted to? Probably not (there's a desire to see it from Sega and M2, but the onus is on Disney to grant the licence again). This is also true for anything involving Konami and teenaged turtles, Cadillacs, and dinosaurs, or any game from anyone at all, ever, featuring a certain acid-blooded xenomorph (with the exception of AVP on the Capcom Home Arcade not-so-mini console). Look, we know. Consider our list a reminder that even with all those games locked in contract hell, there's still more than enough out there to (potentially) look forward to.
So, let's take a look at our most wanted arcade ports on Switch.
Mach Breakers (Namco, 1995)
It's the Olympics, if the Olympics were less concerned with chucking javelins at patches of grass or leaping over sand and spent more time making athletes pull a Godzilla-like monster through a city or blasting sci-fi turrets with their unexplained superpowers.
What makes this game great is that as dramatic as it looks to smash blocks of ice with your knees in a reimagined version of the hurdles, success in every event hinges on good timing, quick reactions, and a strong sense of rhythm.
The Outfoxies (Namco, 1995)
Seven assassins are hired to assassinate... each other (really) in this pre-Smash item-strewn arena-based fighter. One of them has a well-trained lizard. Another rides a killer wheelchair of their own design.
We're confident this is the only game ever made that allows you to fire a rocket launcher at a murderous chimpanzee wearing a top hat, knocking them back into a tank full of hungry piranhas.
Martial Masters (IGS, 1999)
This beat 'em up uses smooth SNK-rivalling animation to mesmerising effect on some visually stunning martial art styles, making every match feel like the best action movie you didn't know existed. The interesting cast avoid the usual pitfalls of other newcomers to the genre, with no obvious clones of Ryu, Chun Li, and the rest of Street Fighter's iconic cast in sight.
This uniqueness does mean the game takes longer to warm up to than some others, but those who spend time with it are well rewarded.
SegaSonic the Hedgehog (SEGA, 1993)
An analogue stick may not be the perfect replacement for the arcade original's trackball controls but it's infinitely preferable to never getting to play this cartoonishly joyful adventure where Sonic, Ray, and Mighty are thrown around all over the place by Eggman's egg-sessive (sorry) tricks and traps.
The isometric angle may not seem like the best way to view Sonic's leaps and loops but in practice it's as fast-paced and showy as ever, the perfect marriage of arcade showmanship and Sonic's signature speed.
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder (SEGA, 1992)
The all-new cast may make people watching the attract sequence yearn for the good old days of playable Ax, Tyris, and Gilius (the similarly blue-panted warrior here is a man named Stern), but once the first credit's gone in you'll be too distracted by the extreme detail in the incidental animations — enemies will sit chomping on food or laughing amongst themselves before you and up to three other friends show up to wreak havoc — and too busy enjoying the game's relatively in-depth combat system to mind.
This is a fantastic sequel that combines everything everyone remembers about the original — kicking little elves for food and potions, bizarre creatures to ride, spectacular spells — and then elevates it with countless fresh twists and gorgeous details.
Cotton Boomerang (Success, 1988)
This is the first game on our list to have already had a home port, a Japan-only Sega Saturn exclusive that is now so expensive just seeing its name removes money from your bank account (we apologise for that).
It's a real shame that this cute 'em up is now completely out of reach for so many because this is a beautiful and energetic arcade title with a fun grab/throw chain mechanic (who doesn't want to lob an unsuspecting goblin at an incoming wave of bats?) and memorably strange enemies, from small flaming demon heads right up to giant pumpkins and ghostly suits of armour.
Time Gal (Taito and Toei Company, 1985)
Time Gal's an FMV experience very much like Dragon's Lair, and as authentic a slice of 1985 arcade gaming as you can get. The exciting action, superb animation and amusing death sequences make this well worth a play, especially if Taito finally gave us the game in its original laserdisc-quality glory.
The format means Time Gal's a short and obviously predictable experience once you know how to react to each scene but in the heat of the moment, when capital-D Death is chasing after our green-haired heroine Reika or she's narrowly avoiding getting stomped on by woolly mammoth, you're having far too much fun to care.
Mars Matrix (Capcom, 2000)
Mars Matrix had a Dreamcast port twenty years ago and... that was it. A shmup this good deserves better than that. This Takumi-developed one uses a unique single-button shot system, where one of four possible actions are triggered depending on whether you tap or hold the button. Key to your high score table success and more immediate survival is mastery of the barrier system, a player-activated shield that enables your ship to collect bullets and then throw them back at enemies, generating point-boosting items in the process.
It's one of those shmups that takes a while to master but when you do, your bullets, lasers, and shiny golden collectables will fill the screen and you'll be expertly weaving through the deadly crowd like they're not even there.
The Gladiator (IGS, 2003)
A cooperative side-scrolling brawler featuring lush animation and multiple routes through the story from the same stable that gifted arcade gaming Martial Masters (and more). The six playable characters on offer all play very differently from each other and the detailed combo/special move system rewards practise and skill over idle button mashing, making The Gladiator more technical, inventive, and satisfying than the "Hit everything with a pipe" and "Jump-kick denim wearing gang members" gameplay weaker scrolling beat 'em ups tend to fall back on.
Osman (Mitchell Corporation, 1996)
Also known as Cannon Dancer, this 1996 action game has you athletically leap around the screen and explosively kick your way through blazing deserts and futuristic cities, climbing straight up vertical walls, hanging off ceilings, and rushing down steep inclines away from pursuing enemies. Osman's got a distinctly Strider-ish tone, but it's not a ripoff: It feels so Strider-y because it was designed Kouichi Yotsui - the same guy responsible for arcade Strider's level design. You can't really rip off yourself, can you?
We Await Your Return, Warrior!
This list is nothing more than a light sample of arcade gaming's seemingly limitless potential, and in an odd sort of way that's part of the wonder of arcade games. When will ever get to play Virtua Cop 3 on our own TVs? How long has it been since Bishi Bashi last made it home? Why did Sega not release a Sangokushi Taisen game on 3DS after the success of the previous two DS ports and the ongoing popularity of card-battling games? Same as always, right?
There's a real change going on in retro game ports right now; the companies holding these licenses are listening, and they're taking note of what gamers are buying. Sega hasn't produced five Game Gear Micros for the fun of it. Hamster doesn't keep surprising us with arcade treats every month out of the goodness of its heart. SNK games wouldn't be on everything if nobody was prepared to buy them.
We aren't going to see retro arcade ports topping the charts any time soon but there's little doubt the genre's carving out an entertaining — and sustainable — niche for itself on the Switch.
Let us know your favourites from the selection above, and your own suggestions for arcade games you'd love to play on Switch.
Cool list! I want the Simpsons arcade game. I don't even care about the Simpsons but I remember that game being all the rage in the 90s.
I’d love Osman on the Switch. I’ve had a saved search on eBay for ages hoping a JAMMA board might show up. All that ever gets listed is Richard Osman’s House of Games. 😓
I really been wanting The Punisher and Spider Man and Amazing friend's
As long as we're wishing, I'd drop money right now on arcade-perfect ports of Slap Fight (Toaplan) and Assault (Atari). NLife reported that M2 had the rights to Toaplan's catalog in 2019 but...nada.
Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles should be on this list
I want Darkstalkers. I remember playing it at my local ice ring.
Gauntlet & Simpsons Arcade for co-op local play please. Virtua Fighter, Virtua Cop, Sega Rally, Daytona. Not being greedy am I?
You forgot to include Robotron 2084 and X-Men 1992.
Never played any of these games, but I'd love to have the Turtles games and the Simpsons. And a Mortal Kombat collection similar to the SF collection we got. I played MK/MKII/MK3/MK3U/MK4 to death.
the original TMNT arcade games would rock too. been playing turtles in time on my snes recently and maaaan it is good
id kill for an enhanced version with content from both versions on switch
Road runner arcade game.
Give me all the great beat'em ups. Alien vs. Predator, TMNT Arcade, The Simpsons Arcade, X-Men Arcade, and Captain America and the Avengers. Chances are none of them will happen on Switch due to licensing issues.
Would like to see Rainbow Islands, Alien Storm and Midnight Resistance.
I'd buy Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, but safe to say this list sure doesn't mirror my own.
Golden Axe Revenge of Death Adder, Outrunners, Planet Harrier,
Ms Pac-Man, TMNT, Simpsons, Popeye.
Agree with all the above. I’d add that I’d love for some of the excellent Capcom cross-over fighters to make the jump — I have Capcom v. SNK 2 EO on GameCube, but would definitely Re-buy. And would leap headlong into some Capcom vs. Marvel or Tatsunoko vs. Capcom action.
Kudos for including Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder, one of my all-time favourite arcade games which has never seen an official release on anything else until 2020, and then only on the Arcade1UP and Astro City Mini stand-alones which I cannot reasonably attain. A Switch version would really be welcome!
Why no love for the Golden Age of arcade games? I want Zaxxon, Pengo, Up'n Down, Tutankham etc.
All these games from the late 80s, 90s when the Buzz was more or less over, I don't get it. Sure graphics and sound, but what else?
Street Fighter II saved the business for some years, but nothing else really.
Beat em Ups are not the same as fighting games. Is that a British thing?
Cool list though. I’m not familiar with most of these titles and they all look like games I’d enjoy. Cool article.
Awesome list, but I would really like Saturday Night Slam Masters. Capcom couldn’t even get that game on its upcoming arcade collection on Switch. 😑
All I've wanted for years is the Simpsons Game!!
In no particular order, would love for these Arcade games to get a release on Switch. But Sega have fecked that up good and proper. But I am hoping Arcade Archives keep going.....
Virtua Fighter 1&2
Virtua Cop 1&2
The New Zealand Story
Star Wars (Atari)
X Men Children of the Atom
Chase HQ / SCI
Ivan Stewart’s Off Road
Operation Wolf / Thunderbolt
Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters
Edit: Forgot about Robocop
The Simpsons Arcade game was available for a while on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360. It was delisted though...
Violent Storm would be amazing. Great 90s beat 'em up and as far as I know was never published on another platform.
I guess not many people read the article and zipped right to the top 10. We know all about the licensed games we'd like to see on the Switch (which comes up near EVERY Arcade Archives article). The list is about what games they'd like to see that can realistically come to Switch sans licensing hell.
That said, this is a pretty good list, IMO. I'm not familiar with the IGS stuff and Osman but they look great! Mach Breakers: Numan Athletics 2 is awesome, all the events are so extreme. The Outfoxies I really want to see, but the problem would be the twins, of course. I'd expect Digital Leisure would do a great job with Time Gal, but I expect it's SquareEnix who's really being tight with the Taito IPs which is why we've barely seen anything from them. I've just fixed my lack of Golden Axe problem with the Astro City Mini (yess!). And Mars Matrix, well, to quote a famous shmup player, "Go play Mars Matrix"
Not gonna mention Atari and Midway because those are a given. But I'd like to see Sammy corporation be a little more lax with their games. At the very least, free Viewpoint for ACA NEOGEO. And Konami can afford to dig a little deeper in their back catalog and bring back Devastators, Overdrive, Dark Adventure, and the Silent Scope games.
Pretty interesting list! Especially the IGS & Namco stuff.
I wish Capcom would give us an X-men/Marvel vs Capcom collection. Specially the first games that were really great.
Still remember playing.
X-men Children of the Atom
Marvel Super Heroes
X-men vs Street Fighter
Marvel vs Street Fighter
Oh, while at it, a Darkstalkers collection wouldn't be bad either.
I miss dimly lit, smokey and grungy arcades. Arcades went from perfection in the TMNT neo geo NBA jam street fighter Era to the battle between Namco and Sega which was good in its own right. Now it's a few light gun games and a ddr machine outside of a movie theatre. That is one huge downgrade.
@AndyC_MK84 I agree, but they are still playable, I had many hours playing Daytona and Sega Rally on the Saturn with a standard D Pad, so I would have to issue with a pro controller or Joy Cons. For the light gun games Motion Control with Joy-cons would work just fine
I would love forever to have:
Rainbow Islands / Parasol Stars / New Zealand Story
Soldier of Light (Xain'd Sleena)
Narc (with bonus Pixies cover)
@Gerald - I remember playing Operation Wolf against me mate's dad, who was a marine. Needless to say, I got the smaller score! (but he wasn't that impressed with the accuracy of the shooting, iirc...)
Used to love the seedy atmosphere of them when I was a kid for some reason.
Keeping your money in your front pockets, checking to see if too many matches had been stuffed into the money slot, ignoring people selling, well, I've still no idea (but I have a good guess!), and shooing away the little kids - "canna have yer last man?"
And once lockdown ends in the UK and you are in Yorkshire / Lancashire:
Prop Cycle and Top Skater could probably come to Switch easily if they made contraptions to hold one or two joy cons. A skating controller with a joy con inside is simple. Maybe Prop Cycle would switch to hand and arm controlled. Something that rests against your chest, you pedal with your hands, and steer either by leaning or moving a control stick would be doable.
Also, I just want one of the Parodius arcade games on Switch!
Shadow Dancer, Robocop, Chase HQ and Rainbow Islands at the top of my list.
Ignoring licensed titles, I’d love to see collections of the Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat and Darkstalkers series. Also, Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead and Time Crisis too. And the never-gonna-happen Killer Instinct 1&2.
And on a barely-related note, I was always disappointed we never got many decent light-gun games on the Wii. Seems like it was made for it, but aside from some House of the Dead ports, the Resi Chronicles and Link’s Crossbow Training, the Zapper was wasted (although it did work with Goldeneye, I found that setup almost unplayably unintuitive and uncomfortable).
I wanna see a TMNT Konami collection hit the Switch one day.
Simpsons Arcade would be amazing too.
We absolutely need the 6-player version of the X-Men arcade brawler.
Personally speaking, I'd love to have the Terminator 2 rail shooter as well.
And I want that Dungeons & Dragons arcade game collection to arrive too. That'd be /amazing/.
I want like all the arcade games xxx
There's this RetroMania, any news on it?
Give me some Dungeons & Dragons Mystara action and I don’t need anything else. Sticks to Snakes FTW!
are top 3 on my wish list.
@Gerald your list is the one I’d pay a good chunk of money for - good choices !!
We need a Midway collection along the lines of those released on the PSX through PS3. And a litany of arcade coin-ops made by Sega, from Congo Bongo, Pengo, and Zaxxon, to Super Hang-On and Afterburner, to the likes of Daytona USA, Daytona USA 2, SCUD Racer, Super Star Wars Arcade, Virtua Fighter, and Sega Rally Championship.
Probably never happen, but we need 'em.
My votes are definitely for Gauntlet Legends and Simpsons.
If Switch could ever make light guns work on modern screens, I'd love to see Time Crisis and the Point Blank series make a return. Sega's House of the Dead would no doubt be a popular seller as well.
You forgot one essential game, the only one I could finish with one coin, in the pub in front of my school, Capcom's "Black Tiger", and also Karnov, Chelnov, I want these games
@Rambler I liked putting my quarter on the machine to let the dude know I had him next.
Red Earth!!! We need Red Earth!!!
Capcom’s Alien Vs Predator!
@sixrings Nothing quite like seeing someone (or being that someone) on a beat 'em up like Dungeons & Dragons or Captain America and the Avengers, and seeing them on their last man, about to lose to a boss. So you hurry over, thrown in your quarters and jump in to turn the tide and save the day!
Elevator Action 2
Great article. And yes, sadly we won't see arcade games topping the charts. People seem to prefer buying digital first-party games that do have physical versions out there.
Recognizing that this list is avoiding licensed games, which is understandable, that does narrow things down a lot. A lot of my favorite arcade games are licensed beat-em-ups. I do like seeing Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder on there. It's great, though I didn't like it at first. I found the default settings didn't feel right, but some adjustment to the game setting made it feel balanced just right. Also nice to see Gladiator. It's a really well-made game with wonderful sprites and animation. The Chinese music is a bit weird compared to other games, but it's nice and fits the game. The game has a wide range of attack options available, which can be a bit tough to grasp how to use well. It's also tougher than most beat-em-ups. The multiple routes are great and some of them are rather tricky to unlock from what I've seen.
Another game I'd suggest, as it doesn't have licensing issues is Cybattler, which is sort of a mix between a vertical shooter and a run-and-gun, in that the playfield always scrolls, but you can fire in eight directions and strafe while also having a sword attack. It's a surprisingly good game by Jaleco that not many people know about.
@sixrings , @burninmylight - the feeling when you're doing brilliantly and everyone starts crowding round.
I actually miss that!
For me, I just want Marvel 2. Gradius 4 and the Sega backlog would be really nice, but everything else is just a bonus for me if we can get Marvel 2.
@gaga64 Don't forget Ghost Squad, the Gunblade N.Y./L.A. Machineguns double pack, and House of the Dead Overkill.
There's a game called Total Carnage that I would like to see just for nostalgia purposes, crazy sound effects in that game
We need Cadash, at least, and I don't think Capcom's Magic Sword if part of their coming arcade set, so that would be nice, too.
Thank you for not putting together an easy top ten with obvious picks. Yeah, I would love to see The Simpsons and TMNT, but I also love that we are getting arcade games that have not only never seen rerelease, but were obscure even when arcades were still a thing.
The Gladiator would be incredible.
These are all pretty cool choices, some of which I'd never heard of. Martial Masters, Mach Breakers and The Gladiator look especially interesting. The arcade seems to have had a lot more experimentation when it came to game content compared to these days...they weren't afraid of being silly and didn't fall back on tropes or genre clones quite as much.
Popeye would be my choice, though I realize it's probably in licensing purgatory.
Just give me the Ninja Turtle and Simpsons Arcade.
@Rambler I remember when I'd get down to my last quarter I'd go to every machine as if there really were choices but eventually always ending up on raiden.
Red Earth please.
+1 for Mars Matrix. Surprised it's not a part of the initial Capcom Arcade Stadium lineup but hopefully that will do well enough so they release more packs; such as one with Giga Wing 2! On the shmup tip, Raizing's games would be great, I've always wished for a port of Dimahoo with its kickass bosses.
can we get a reboot of Primal Rage. Use to play it in the arcade and had a version for the Gameboy.
Mach Breakers looks amazing, would love to give that a go!
Some of those sound like license games (The Outfoxies).
I know one streamer who has played Mach Breakers regularly, and said he learned quick to mute the ending because Victor Musical Industries kept claiming copyright.
Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder is on the Sega Astro City Mini.
Unfortunately, reportedly the Astro Mini also includes a Quartet bug that it seems only recently MAME fixed where halfway through the game, you reach an unfinishable level (or maybe it could be finished the same streamer said, but only through some glitch use. Definitely not through working as intended).
"You can't really rip off yourself, can you?" Well, I remember the Fire Emblem guy tried. Once the creator made his own company first thing he made was something called Emblem Saga for the PlayStation. Nintendo's lawyers were pretty quick to remind him that his creation was their property now, so he had to change just as much as he could and he renamed it Tear Ring Saga. I don't know, may or may not have been a jab at the Nintendo lawyers who would not be receiving a payout from him.
Raiden rules so much It was the first game I ever played with a weapon that locked on, and it totally blew me away when it first happened.
For me, the last change was always another go at Ghosts n Goblins. I can still remember the first time I cleared the first half of level 2 - I felt like I was going to pass out from the adrenaline rush!
classic arcade games have been present on the Switch since day one and the library grows every week! I’m grateful for the long list of classics available.
and like this feature, I, too, have ten arcade games I’d love to see on the Switch. many readers have their own list. we’ll just have to see what arcade retro goodness 2021 brings to the system. kudos to all the companies for bringing all these classics and for more to come!
I’d love to see Hydro Thunder and NFL Blitz (before they got all wussy with it). Killer Instinct and Time Killers (I know that one sucks but I love it). Some shooters like T2 or Lethal Enforcers would be fun.
I'd be happy with just two, Alien vs Predator and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. Killer Instinct would be a bonus.
Like a few here mentioned, a huge chunk of the Sega arcade catalogue is missing I guess Sega killed the switch ages lineup cause they don’t like money??? So still a big gap
ANOTHER big gap is the lack of Midway/Atari arcade classics!! HUGE GAP- way too many awesome games to list!! Sorely missing! Cmon Warner Bros!!
Nice to see some Golden Axe love, hopefully that's gonna be an actual thing, after the arcade cabinet gets released. Surprised at the lack of DoDonPachi, gonna dock a few points for that (joking)
Aliens vs Predator
Everyone just forgot to mention Mystic Warriors. These slips happen.
Not to mention, it’s an utterly realistic release for hamster
I've not really seen much use for the PS4 and PS5's touchpad before, but Astro's Playroom has convinced me it works really well as a substitute for a trackball. I rarely buy arcade games on anything other than the Switch, but if SegaSonic's going to get a home version, I'd actually prefer to play it on PS5.
Oh man, I absolutely loved Mars Matrix on Dreamcast. It's probably the last shmup that I ever got to be really good at (and unlocked everything in, which I seem to remember taking several of my lifetimes) before lack of free time and patience made me more or less forget about that genre. Oh wait, I think Ikaruga came later. Anyway. Good game.
Good calls, dudes. Golden Axe 2 for sure. I imported the Astro City Mini JUST to legitimately own that one
@KingMike He points out that the moving platforms and walls are missing, which I can confirm. I thought that there were different ROM sets, the original (harder) then the one released worldwide (easier, w/moving platforms), not a MAME thing. I could be totally wrong about that. On YouTube there are videos with either version, the ones that say they're the footage is from a real arcade machine definitely have the platforms. But yeah, it's a specific situation that can make that particular section of Stage 15 beyond hopeless. In single player it's actually not so bad, just make sure you get the Spring Jump, WAIT for the coast to be clear of enemies, then go down into the electricity and jump. If you happen to be in two player mode, make sure someone is using Edgar because he can make the jump rather easily without the Spring Jump. I've also managed to do it with Joe but the timing seemed like it had to be frame perfect. Now, that Stage 16 (crawl) jump, THAT jump is a pain!
Anyway, here's hoping it could be fixed, but the track record for Mini systems receiving updates is kind of non-existent, unfortunately.
@AtlanteanMan Yes to Congo Bongo and Star Wars Arcade!
I'm old. Just want to see Gyrus, King of Wor, Congo Bongo, Star Wars Arcade, Tutankhamun, and Qbert. And why is Frogger not available yet?
Capcom’s Alien vs Predator anyone?
There needs to be a Namco Museum 2 with all the obvious games that are missing from the first collection (Galaxian, Mappy, Rally X, Xevious, Pac Mania if possible Ms. Pac-Man and Pole Position) and maybe for the first time a Namco Museum 3D with the Tekken series, Ridge Racer, Cybersled, etc.
Frogger is already part of the Arcade archives lineup though the main tune is changed.
@eltomo I need Wrestlefest. My favorite wrestling game. I’d go to arcades just to play that and X-Men. I’m looking forward to the new game coming.
@Toy_Link Thank you I didn't know that. I'll go check it out. Appreciate it!
"Metamorphic Force" and "Violent Storm" for me, please!
...and when it comes to licensed stuff that will never be re-released (I'm pretty sure) - "Cadillacs & Dinosaurs".
Always wanted to play Red Earth/Warzard. One of the few Capcom fighters I've not managed to play and it's never had a port. Looks absolutely gorgeous!
Hoping one day for a 'Capcom Fighting Game Collection' that includes things like Rival Schools, Cyberbots and other rarer gems 🤞🤞🤞
Mars Matrix is very realistic considering we already get Giga Wing in Capcom's upcoming Arcade Stadium.
I think there was a The Outfoxies shirt in Travis Strikes Again, so it shouldn't be impossible to get the right for a rerelease.
@shgamer I disagree. The older arcade classics are just too limited and dull by modern standards, and not just because of graphics and sound. While games like "Space Invaders," "Pac-man," and "Donkey Kong" were huge hits and highly inspirational, they're objectively not that fun to play compared to later games. That was just all they had back then.
Arcade games didn't start becoming really fun on a regular basis until the late '80's at the earliest. I still enjoy "Galaga" and "Space Harrier," but other than that there are very slim pickings from before then.
@Menchi If you don't own the games, playing them on MAME is illegal.
Even if you do own some other version of it, it's still a legally gray area if you don't dump the ROMs yourself, which is very difficult for the original arcade versions that haven't been made available on other systems in their original arcade form.
@BulbasaurusRex And? No one cares since it's MAME and they're not available at home.
Think I still have Simpsons Arcade on PS3 from back in the day when it was free on PS+. Great Game.
@BulbasaurusRex Now I personally find the 3 games you mention (Space Invaders, Pacman and Donkey Kong) pretty boring nowadays (I used to be a big fan of Donkey Kong, but it hasn't aged that well IMO).
Have you tried games like Pengo, Zaxxon and Tutankham? (the latter is probably the least known, but I do have it on the DS Konami arcade collection - it's just that the graphics are a bit tiny even on a 3DS XL).
They're not among the best known arcade games I admit (Zaxxon is pretty well known though, because of its 3D/scrolling isometric graphics, which was really something new at the time), but they're all great games IMO. Pengo is a bit of a puzzle action game and Tutankham is a very good hardcore action game IMO.
Regarding the last 2 games you mention (Galaga and Space Harrier), I recognize that they're both good games, but I do prefer Galaxian over Galaga, as I think it's a bit too "flashy" compared to Galaxian. Space Harrier is of course a classic (as well as Galaga).
It all comes down to personal preference at the end of the day, though.
I'd love to see Sonic the Fighters on Switch!
Need to see a console port of Aliens vs. Predator. Such a fun beat-em up.
The Konami Simpsons and X-Men Arcade Games were also released on the PS3, and I’ve thankfully downloaded. Wouldn’t mind Switch versions for portable fun.
Total Carnage had an SNES release and The Punisher had a Genesis one, so I’m taken care of.
However, I did miss out on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade release on the XBox Arcade, so I’m hopeful for that again and of course, the Capcom X-Men fighter series!
@dcstud Frogger IS available!
@Menchi I certainly care, and everyone else should too! You're a criminal if you do that, period! You're not entitled to free entertainment just because you don't have an easy way to legally purchase something (save for anything in the public domain or stuff released as freeware at some point).
Besides, the point here to make some of these games legally available so that there's no need to illegally play them.
@shgamer Using an archaic isometric field automatically means that "Zaxxon" is no longer a great game. It was in interesting method to fake 3D gameplay back then, but it sucks compared to true 3D games and even the fake 3D viewpoint used in "Space Harrier." The only genres where isometric gameplay still works are beat 'em ups and turn-based strategy RPGs.
@BulbasaurusRex It's a good thing no one takes anything Nintendo people, the only group that advocate being ok with being completely controlled by corporations, seriously when it comes to this.
@Magrane The two TMNT arcade games are available with the second and third TMNT games on GameCube. However, you'll have to play through some of a couple of mediocre games before you can unlock them. Plus, I think they were required to change the music, and of course you don't get the extra level from the SNES version of "Turtles in Time."
@Menchi No, we're respecting copyright law, which exists for very good reasons. We are certainly not being controlled by corporations, since there are tons of products out there not made by corporations that enjoy equal protection of copyright law.
Plus, most law-abiding citizens do take this seriously, and it's a shame that it's so hard to enforce these things against lousy pirates like you, although at least some companies including Nintendo are finally starting to cut off some access points to illegal ROMs.
@BulbasaurusRex I’m aware of that, and thank you for pointing those out. I think I’ll still try to unlock them but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in that Battle Nexus game (which I bought just for that bonus!) is a really bad port with those audio issues and even the introduction is off. To me it sounds unplayable if it’s not the same.
Defender, Berzerk, Ms. Pac-Man, Robotron: 2084, Pole Position, Zaxxon, Tron, Battlezone, Q*bert, Space Invaders, Tapper / Root Beer Tapper, Gyruss...
I like old games.
I forgot to mention Jail Break by Konami! I’ve been waiting on a console port of that game for 30 years.....literally!
Too many memories of that, Rampage, Pole Position, Moon Patrol and Elevator Action at the small arcade section inside a Shakey’s Pizza restaurant in Glendale, California.
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