Saturday, 14 January 2012

Hiroshima Arcade Game Centres


This arcade had a small retro section.

It was here I discovered another gem – Argus no Senshi, or Rygar: The Legendry Adventure as it’s known as in the West.  Developed by Tecmo and released in 1986, the game is a fantasy themed scrolling platform game.  I only played a few credits, but the game was a lot of fun and I never knew this series started out in the arcades.

Vs. Super Mario Bros.  The game is more difficult than the Famicom version.  Later stages are changed entirely, and reappeared in the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2, also known as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels for the Famicom Disc System.

Another nice find was Hang-On Jr.  A stripped down version of Hang-On made to run for Sega System E hardware, the game has inferior graphics and sound.  Still, the game played well and the wooden cabinet was pretty cool, like a miniature version of the Western equivalents.

Some more pictures of the arcade.

Taito Station

A very nice selection, including the latest fighters, a nice selection of shooters (Cave titles, Darius-G, Darius Gaiden, Strikers 1945 II, R-Type II), and some classics (Hammerin’ Harry, Makaimura / Ghost n ‘ Goblins, Final Fight). 

Final Fight and Alien vs. Predator are still popular and featured in many of the arcades we visited.

It was also the only arcade where I saw Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.

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