Coin-Op Hits: July 1993

CoinOpHits_HeaderCast your mind back to mid 1993, when arcade parlours were a place you could go to and get your fix of unparalleled gaming experiences from industry heavyweights like, Sega, Taito, Atari (Ed: Yep, Atari!), Namco, Midway, Konami, Capcom and Data East (to name just a few). Throw in brilliant pinball tables from Data East, Williams and Gottlieb, and you start missing those days – Ah, if only there was time travel!

Just in case you were wondering what arcade machines and pinball tables we were most enamoured with in July 1993, take a peek below, there won’t be too many surprises! Which machines were your favourite(s)?

UPRIGHT (Arcade)

NBA_Jam 1 NBA Jam (Williams)
2 Title Fight (Sega)
3 Mortal Kombat (Midway)
4 Lethal Enforcers (Konami)
5 Street Fighter II CE (Capcom)
6 Super Chase (Taito)
7 Terminator 2 (Midway)
8 Fighter’s History (Data East)
9 Steel Gunner (Namco)
10 Golden Axe II (Sega)

DELUXE (Arcade)

VR_sega 1 Virtua Racing (Sega)
2 Suzuka 8 Hours (Namco)
3 Stadium Cross (Sega)
4 Lucky & Wild (Namco)
5 Race Drivin’ (Atari)
6 Moto Frenzy (Atari)
7 Galaxy Force (Sega)
8 Mad Dog II (ALG)
9 X-Men (Konami)
10 Hard Drivin’ (Atari)

PINBALL

Twilight_Zone 1 Twilight Zone (Midway)
2 Jurassic Park (Data East)
3 Addams Family (Midway)
4 Creature/Lagoon (Midway)
5 White Water (Williams)
6 Rocky & Bullwinkle (Data East)
7 Star Wars (Data East)
8 Dracula (Williams)
9 Terminator 2 (Williams)
10 Street Fighter II (Gottlieb/Premier)

 Source: Replay Magazine

The Magic Of Sega: 3D Arcade Classics For Your 3DS

Sega3D_AllBefore Yu Suzuki embarked on the Shenmue saga, he created some of the most technically impressive and enduring games for Sega. During that golden age of arcade machines in the 80s, you would have been hard pressed not to have played on at least one Sega arcade machine – there was the into the screen blaster, Space Harrier, the Top Gun dog-fighter After Burner II, the superb Super Hang-On, the Blue Thunder channeling Thunder Blade, the rail shooter Galaxy Force II (Deluxe Edition), and of course, the sublime driving game with that awesome radio with cool tunes, Out Run.

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The conversions of these arcade games on our beloved 8 and 16-bit systems weren’t much chop, I mean, they were ok, but let’s face it, there was a vast chasm between the technically superior arcade hardware and the less-refined home based systems of yesteryear. Fast forward 30 odd years and you have home systems more powerful than a cabinet ten times the size! Imagine if someone told you in 1989 that you would have an arcade perfect version (Ed: actually, even better than the arcade!) of Space Harrier, After Burner II or even Out Run in the palm of your hands? Surely you would have had them committed. Well, before you call the psych ward, that day has come – If you are yearning for some vintage Sega arcade gaming nostalgia on your Nintendo 3DS handheld (Ed: Who would have thought that we would ever say Sega and Nintendo in the one sentence!), then rack up some Nintendo eShop credits and have yourself a blast!

Get some Out Run into ya!
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Have some Sega fun on your Nintendo!
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source: SEGA Blog

Metroid Bar Top Arcade Machine

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John Keeler has built a Metroid bar top arcade machine, have a close up look at the awesome unit in the video below.

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Source: John Keeler on YouTube via Geekologie

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Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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The Thrill Of The Chase: Lost and Found Market

LostandFoundWhat does one do when their weekend schedule is clear? Well, you can choose to lounge around at home to keep warm in this cold Melbourne winter, or you can head outdoors to a flea market to grab yourself a bargain!

As it turned out, Ms ausretrogamer and I did the latter – we hit the Lost & Found Market in Brunswick East for a spot of vintage kitsch shopping. From vinyls, old Barbie dolls, to an Apple Mac from the 80s, the market did not disappoint. Here are just a few of our favourite items from Lost & Found:

They call me Bruce!
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What’s that next to the doll?
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I’m Batman!
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Blessed are those that play Taito’s Speed Race!IMG_1917

Some new AKAIs for the Walkman. Pffft, who needs an iPod….
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Forget your smartphone, carry this portable phonograph for your aural pleasure
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One for the Star Wars book fans – May the force be with you
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Daytonaaaaaaaaa. Let’s race!
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Vintage Snoopy mugs – perfect for a hot cuppa!
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A Twirly Curls Barbie! And she isn’t blonde!
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OH MY GAWD! It is the ARMATRON!!!
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Do not feed it after midnight – the Mogwai, not the Smurfs!
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Daddy and baby robot
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Want to be a Jedi like Luke? You better drink from these cups!
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Blast some tunes! Grab some records while you are here!
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Can this Telyphone operate my telly?
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The ultimate tag team!
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Rowdy Roddy Piper dare you to enter Piper’s Pit.
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Our podcast mic has been found!
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Retro boomerangs
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Scalextric – your childhood in one box!
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A vintage Mac!
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Looking for a Marantz unit……..
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Perfect for the games room!
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Twin Galaxies Arcade and eSports Event Centre

TwinGalaxies_Title_1Just in case you have been off the grid in the last week or so, there have been some major announcement in the gaming world. No, we are not referring to Splatoon, which was released to much hype, but the other big news of the day was about the Twin Galaxies Arcade and eSports Event Centre.

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After being in the wilderness for what seems an eternity, Twin Galaxies has come out and announced the rebirth of Twin Galaxies Arcade! The 120,000 square feet purpose-built gaming centre will be the home for eSports World Championship tournaments, large presentations and conferences,  and the official home of the “Museum of Pinball” and Twin Galaxies “Arcade Expo”.

The private facility, which is partnered with Guinness World Records, also has a full outdoor live concert area, fibre optic internet for live broadcasting and multiple console stations equipped with everything from the latest modern gaming systems through to the older stuff like the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) and Nintendo Entertainment System.

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It seems that Twin Galaxies has positioned itself to be the de facto organisation of gaming tournaments and competitions, much like the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and their Olympics! Go here to read more about the Twin Galaxies Arcade and eSports Event Centre.


TWIN GALAXIES ARCADE & eSPORTS EVENT CENTER from HDFILMS INC on Vimeo.

source: Twin Galaxies

Pixels Invading The Silver Screen

Pixels_TitleOn the back of the Wreck’It Ralph success, it seems that video game characters and themes are the hottest ticket in Hollywood right now! Sony Pictures Entertainment have released their second official trailer for their upcoming Pixels movie.

Set for release this (northern hemisphere) summer, the movie sees four mates (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) use their former arcade gaming prowess to save the world from invading intergalactic aliens, including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede and Space Invaders!

The movie will hit Australian cinemas on July 30! Are you game to watch Pixels? Let the the trailer whet your appetite.


source: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Retrogaming DIY With Adafruit Kits And Projects

NYC-based Adafruit Industries, founded in 2005 by MIT engineer Limor ‘Ladyada’ Fried, is ‘one of the largest collections of open­ source hardware, educational electronics and tools for the hobbyist and engineer‘. While the Adafruit Learning System is an awesome free online resource with heaps of tutorials for learning about electronics.

Feast your eyes on the best of the Adafruit retrogaming-themed DIY kits and projects.

MONOCHRON Open Source Retro Clock Kit

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Video source: Adafruit Industries on Vimeo

Xronos Clock Kit V2.1

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The Raspberry Pi-Powered Cupcade Kit

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Video source: Adafruit Industries on YouTube

The Uzebox: A Fully Open Source, DIY 8-bit Game Console

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PiGRRL – Raspberry Pi Game Boy

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Video source: Adafruit Industries on YouTube

LedGames – A Two-Player ‘Cocktail’ Style Game, With A 64×64 LED Display

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DIY Pocket LED Gamer – Tiny Tetris!

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Retro Gaming With Raspberry Pi

Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi


Video source: Adafruit Industries on YouTube

Source: Adafruit Industries

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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