Monday, 28 October 2013


A number of Taito MT-8 cabinets have recently been uncovered in Budapest.  Previously information on these cabs was very limited, with no photos online and a question mark on whether they actually made it into production.

The cab features a monitor rotation mechanism, fluorescent tubes on the sides of the hood and a headphone jack on the control panel complete with volume adjustment, very cool! 

Although sadly one of these won’t be heading my way, this is an awesome find and I’m very pleased they have been saved.

A massive thanks to Nik/Wurstkopp (Arcade Otaku) for allowing me to post these pictures.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Wyvern Wings Kit and MVS

I recently received a minty Wyvern Wings Kit, a nice vertical shooter by the Korean developer Semicom.

Also some more MVS.  Nightmare in the Dark has been on my list of wants for a good while.  It’s pretty good timing as well with Halloween coming up!

Bang Bead was a bit of an impulse buy, I got it along with NitD.  The low serial number was a nice surprise!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Luton Airport

I was recently at Luton Airport to get an early morning flight to Amsterdam.  Bleary eyed, I checked out the arcade expecting the usual array of fruit machines and a token Fast and Furious cabinet.  However I was in for some nice surprises, including the awesome modern classics OutRun2 and After Burner Climax, and Tekken 5.  


The machines were in nice condition and fully working.  But for me the biggest surprise was Chase H.Q. 2.

Chase H.Q. 2 was released in 2006, but I had never seen a cabinet before and I was really happy to play it.  I loved the original, and one of my earliest memories is playing the black Porsche sit down cabinet down Great Yarmouth seafront. 

I had heard negative reports about this Taito Type-X2 powered sequel.  It’s no OutRun2, but I enjoyed my few credits.  You now have a choice of three cars with differing characteristics, although sadly the iconic black 944 isn’t one of them.  The visuals remind me of Ridge Racer with its bright primary colours.  Short cuts can be taken, similar to Konami’s GTI Club, to collect extra Nitros whilst in hot pursuit of the target vehicle.  And Nancy has aged very well it must be said!