I'm not sure how many of you have caught the show "Play to Z" before ... It's on one of the Nickelodeon digital cable channels, and the best way I can describe the format is that it's trying to emulate TechTV's "XPlay" but geared towards the 10-to15-year-old market.
Anyway, last night's episode (which is the first time I've ever watched the show, by the way) promised to name the top five arcade games of all time ... The key phrase being "of all time", because even though I didn't expect their picks to totally match my own (seeing as how they're focusing on a younger age group and all) I was kind of taken aback by their list :
(5) Dance Dance Revolution (4) Sega Bass Fishing (3) Track and Field (2) Space Invaders (1) Pac Man
Now, the first two I can understand, but as for the other three - well, would anyone here put those in their own top FIFTY list for best arcade games of all time, much less the top five?
No Spy Hunter? No Joust? No DONKEY FREAKIN' KONG?!? I mean, what is the deal here?
Narrowing down so many arcade games to just 5 is pretty hard to do. Especially since there have been so many groundbreakers which other games have improved on. The ones I have the fondest memories for:
- Mat Mania. There was a version with only 3 wrestlers, but another with Insane Warrior, Karate Fighter, Cocoa Savage, The Pirania and Golden Hulk.
- TMNT. Also translated into one of the best NES games. Can also include the Simpsons, X-Men, and Avengers games.
- Double Dragon. Bastard Adobo. Can also lump in Bad Dudes and Final Fight.
- Street Fighter II. The last one I played a lot was Turbo for SNES. I'd imagine that SF3 and the other zillion Capcom fighters have improved the formula. Mortal Kombat started the craze of people bringing in cheat sheets and ridiculous strings of combos, neither of which I enjoy much.
- John Elway's QB. Translated into one of the worst ever NES games.
- Honorable Mentions: Arch Rivals, Gauntlet, Time Pilot 84, Punch Out!!, Birdie King, WWF Superstars, Shinobi
When I was about 10 years old, my friend Zack invited me to some Boy Scout lock-in party at Chuck E. Cheese. All the arcade games were turned onto Unlimited Credits, and I must've played the Simpsons Arcade game about 4 times through with Homer. Evil Robot Burns kicks ass!
Also, House of the Dead 2 was a favorite of mine.
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Well I guess I will have to stick up for bass fishing. I've never played it myself but we have that bass fishing game at both the arcade and the bowling alley here and there is ALWAYS people playing it. Not just people playing it but people lining up to play it. Even moreso than Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter in their days. So it's pretty popular in my part of the country.
My own 3 favorite arcade games 3. Rampage 2. TMNT 1. Double Dragon
My favorite arcade game of all time, and I'll admit to being a bit biased here, has got to be X-Men. Before that, I'd never even seen a game that was just so....BIG! In every way possible. Man, I feel like playing that again now.
Anyway, I hadn't played a game in the arcade in years, until I went to Japan about two years ago. I found a whole bunch of wacky (as in fun) games. I kept coming back to Ninja Assault (ninjas...with guns!) and the Fist of the North Star game.
Also, a buddy of mine recently discovered a Samurai Showdown 4 machine at a laundromat near his house. Guess where's he's been spending all his time recently (geez, he could at least do some laundry while he's there!).
If I could own one stand-up arcade machine, it'd be one that I'd have to make a lot of room for -- Darius.
The definitive side-scrolling shooter of the 80's. Stereo sound. Triple-wide screen. An OutRun-style stage grid for added replay value. Some of the nastiest bosses I've ever beaten. I played that bastard at my local arcade until I wore it out.
* Bubble Bobble * Tempest * Crazy Climber * Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition (though I already have it on PSX, so Q*bert could step up and replace this one)
These are not my Top 5 based on historical value, commercial success, etc., but merely personal whims.
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Common where is Golden Tee, Star Wars (where you sit down in the machine) ehh everything else I can remember has already been mentioned
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Originally posted by The ThrillAustin: "Zaxxon!?" Crowd: "WHAT?" Austin: "TRON!?" Crowd: "WHAT?"
... Zaxxon truly OWNED -- the isometric 3-D view was (I believe) the first of its time. I'm sure I dropped over $100 in the 7-11 arcade game trying to master that. I probably spent double that trying to master the Star Wars "sit-down version~!!" game as well.
Incidentally, does anybody remember a place near them that would actually give you a free coke or something for attaining an incredibly high score?? Good days.
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