No, there’s not a new version of the Vectrex being released, and no, a successor isn’t in the works. What is happening is that I picked up a Vectrex along with 8 games, and it’s on its way right now to my humble little home. The Vectrex will take up residency in the arcade room, right between Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-Man on a table (which also has a Virtual Boy fighting for attention).
I’ve always loved the vector games and how impressive they look in person. I’ve never owned a Vectrex, so this is going to be quite the treat for me. Ever since I added Asteroids to my arcade, I’ve been itching to get more vector-based games. While the Vectrex isn’t exactly an arcade machine, it’s pretty close.
Now if I can just get my hands on that Star Wars arcade game I’ve been chasing around…
The first of many Neo-Geo MVS titles arrived in my mailbox today and I was all giddy as I hefted the carts and checked them out. While I still don’t have a cabinet to play the games in, I’m working on resolving that very soon. I’ve always been a big Neo-Geo/SNK fan, but I’ve never owned either an AES or MVS system. My exposure to SNK had been through console ports or within the arcades themselves. So for me, it’s all very exciting. I already have more games on the way, and I have a good line on a cabinet source, so here’s hoping it all comes together soon.
Oh, here are the two games that showed up:
Samurai Showdown II
Oh, and here’s some awesome SNK-inspired art. Enjoy!
Retrotastic! Check out these YouTube videos that showcase 100 games in 10 minutes each for a specific system. I almost forget just how great some of the libraries were on these gaming platforms. Enjoy!
100 Commodore 64 games in 10 minutes!
100 Amiga games in 10 minutes!
100 NES games in 10 minutes!
100 SNES games in 10 minutes!
Thanks to FoxHimself for the find.
There is a pretty amazing photoset up on flickr showing an arcade back when the coin-op machines ruled the gaming world. Some of the images are pretty amazing, and they can all be found here: Retro Arcade on flickr.
Here are a handful of my favorite shots:
There are now 100 Virtual Console games available. Within the list, there are some gems, some good games, some decent games, and some stinkers. I’m going to give my opinion on which games you should definitely buy (the bolded titles), should try if you never have before (italicized), and those that are up to your own discretion (no special markings). So, without further ado, here are my VC picks:
Legend of Zelda
Donkey Kong Jr.
Super Mario Bros.
Legend of Kage
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Mighty Bomb Jack
Milon’s Secret Castle
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Super Castlevania IV
R-Type III: The Third Lightning
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Super Mario World
Donkey Kong Country
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Super Mario 64
Mario Kart 64
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Star Fox 64
Sonic The Hedgehog
Ecco the Dolphin
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Space Harrier II
ToeJam & Earl
Streets of Rage
Sword of Vermilion
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Virtua Fighter 2
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Streets of Rage 2
ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
Super Star Soldier
New Adventure Island
Chew Man Fu
Battle Lode Runner
J.J. & Jeff
For anybody that got their start gaming when the Commodore 64 was in its prime, you definitely know about the Epyx developed classic, Impossible Mission. The gameplay is a bit difficult to describe, but it was one of the first games to use randomly generated item placement (as far as key items needed to progress in the game). If this comes to the Wii Virtual Console, I’ll be one happy camper. My Commodore 64 kicked the bucket just a few short years ago, and this is a title I dearly miss.
Check out the best opening sound clip ever here: Dr. Elvin Atombender’s famous intro voice