During the Easter holiday, we travelled down to South Wales.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Thursday, 9 May 2019
“You’re welcome to come down,” the Op told me over the phone.“I’ve found a couple more bits.”That’s all the information I was given, and I had no idea what these bits were.Given the success of my last visit, having finally tracked down my most wanted PCB, I was excited about making another trip.I wasn’t disappointed!
These boards and parts are from his old business partner and ones he had stored in the garage.
Another box of MVS, including one of my favourite games ever, the awesome Viewpoint!There were more titles under these carts as well!
1. Ashura Blaster – Taito / Visco Corporation - 1990
2. Badlands – Atari Games - 1989
3. Final Fight – Capcom - 1989
4. Football Champ – Taito / Team Dogyan - 1990
5. Gals Panic – Taito / Kaneko – 1990
6. Golden Tee Golf – Strata Group, Inc. / Incredible Technologies - 1990
7. Golden Tee Golf II – Strata Group, Inc. / Incredible Technologies - 1991
8. Golfing Greats – Konami - 1990
9. Jackal – Konami - 1986
10. RoboCop – Data East - 1988
11. Section Z – Capcom - 1985
12. Spider-Man: The Video Game – Sega - 1991
13. Tetris – Atari Games - 1988
14. The Newzealand Story – Taito - 1988
15. The Simpsons – Konami - 1991
16. Ultimate Tennis – Art & Magic - 1993
17. Zing Zing Zip – Tecmo / Allumer, Ltd. - 1992
1. Baseball Stars Professional x2
3. Magician Lord
4. Mutation Nation
5. Riding Hero
6. The King of Fighters ‘94
7. The King of Fighters ‘98
9. Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
Other PCB highlights include Final Fight, The Newzealand Story and two obscure vertical shooters which I haven’t played before, Ashura Blaster and Zing Zing Zip.
Regarding the MVS, I’ve picked up a lot of the usual suspects from Ops over the last few months, such as Puzzle Bobble and Super Sidekicks, and it was great to see some more uncommon titles.I sell my duplicates and was pleased to see quite a few titles I don’t already own.Also quite often the labels are worn and the serials cut, but these carts look in great condition.
I also picked up another Mirage cab, my fifth one!The Op told me he had two hundred machines on site back in the day, mostly in pubs.
There were also some MVS motherboards and Continental Circus parts.
No Fear and Who Dunnit.The Op mentioned that he will be selling these when he retires this year.
The “couple more bits” loaded up in the boot!
Sunday, 28 April 2019
A long running Op in
North Wales recently sent me some pictures of approximately twenty boards. “Let me know if they’re of interest,” he said. “Or they’re off to the tip.” Needless to say a date was promptly made for a visit!
The Op is located in a small town close to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the longest aqueduct in
and the highest aqueduct in the world. Great Britain
Anyone for Bara Brith? I had to Google it and apparently it’s a tea-flavoured fruit bread.
The Op is a family run business, and the operation has changed over the years, more towards fruit machines and pool tables.
I remember playing these down the local pub not so long ago.
Back in the day, the Op had a lot of arcade machines in pubs. He mentioned that as large dedicated machines became more common, it was increasingly difficult to move them through pub doorways, resulting in video games becoming a smaller part of the business.
The only machine the Op had left in the workshop was a modern cocktail cab, due to go back out on site. I often hear stories of Ops smashing up machines. I can see why they would have done this once machines stopped taking coin or required expensive repairs, especially with limited space and resale value. I think I have become desensitised to it, instead focusing on the positives of what’s being saved, but it did hurt a little when he mentioned OutRun as one of the cabs which got the hammer.
Here is the list of titles in the haul.
7. Football Champ –Taito / Team Dogyan - 1990
Splatterhouse is the highlight for me, absolutely awesome game and one you don’t see very often. I used to play it in a local Chinese takeaway of all places. I’ve been playing this a lot in MAME recently and plan on making a Splatterhouse themed cab.
I also picked up these Konami guns. Hopefully they will be useful to someone.
The PCB stash loaded up.
After the Raid we went for a walk along the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and enjoyed the views. Just don’t look down if you’re not a fan of heights!