Just the other day my wife and I found ourselves trying out a new pizza joint across town. To my surprise, they had a Punch-Out!! arcade machine set up in the corner. I was sad to discover that it didn’t currently work since it was in need of a new power unit, but nonetheless it got me thinking. If I had a house with a game room and enough money to fill that game room with whatever I liked, what arcade games would I put in there? Here are my top 5 choices in no particular order.
I’m actually a huge fan of shmups, though you wouldn’t know it unless you caught me in an arcade going from one shmup to the next. Inevitably, you’d see me plant myself in front of Raiden II and never leave until I had either beat the game or ran out of quarters. I can’t explain just why Raiden II is one of my favorites but it might just come down to the ability I had to play it at most restaurants I frequented as a child. Go with what you know I guess, so Raiden II has to be featured in my game room.
The Simpsons Arcade Game:
Beat ‘Em Ups are another one of my favorite genres and they were never better than when they were in the arcade cabinets. While you’ve heard me talk about the Ninja Turtle Arcade Game, I have the home version on XBLA, so my need for it has diminished slightly. However, The Simpsons Arcade Game is still without a home port, so the only way I’d get to play this one is if I bought the cabinet myself.
If King of Kong has taught me anything, it’s that Donkey Kong is awesome. Ever since I saw the documentary regarding Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell’s competition to obtain the world record score, I always secretly wanted to break their records just for the heck of it. I’m nowhere near good enough to challenge any competent record, but all the more reason to need the arcade cabinet for practice. Maybe I’ll just rewatch King of Kong a few more times since it is my favorite documentary.
Dance Dance Revolution 8th Mix:
I had to confirm with my DDR expert, Other Chris, to determine which is the best version of Dance Dance Revolution since there are roughly 10 mixes available. A good arcade can’t go without one of these machines though. I had Konamix on the Playstation and played it frequently, but nothing can compare to the actual arcade version. Plus, I’d lose so much weight from just doing DDR.
While I have the SNES version, the arcade version is undoubtedly better. I can get the same Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat experience on a home console, but Killer Instinct is one arcade version I’d rather own compared to the home port. Besides, I just can’t get enough of stupid-high combos, followed by the inevitable “C-C-C-Combo breaker!”
These are just a few choices I’d have for my dream arcade, but buying a real arcade cabinet is incredibly expensive. What games would you guys include in your perfect game room? Or do you already have an arcade or two in your home? I’m curious if anyone out there has the sort of money to collect arcade games anymore. Leave a comment and let me know.