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Screenshots and gifs of great unported 80s/90s arcade games

eso76

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Haunted Castle



(iirc this did receive a late, Japan only release on PS2 as part of some Castlevania collection)
 

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Great job gaf. Practically grew up in arcades so I've played maybe 75% of these.
 

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Prop Cycle





It had this crazy setup with a rear projection screen and what was essentially an exercise bike.



You have to control tilt and pitch with the handle bars and your body while maintaining speed with your legs in order to use the prop plane/glider to fly through a Miyazaki-like landscape and town popping balloons in a time-attack style game with increasingly harder courses in order to somehow save pieces of your town that have been floated up into the sky with ancient technology.

It was a really awesome presentation back in 1996 with voiced 3D cutscenes and graphics that sort of remind me of Pilotwings and Mega Man Legends smashed together with menu design and music like Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. Here's some video of somebody playing it to completion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiAI3McfRag
 

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SegaSonic The Hedgehog (1993)



This game actually required you to move your character using a trackball.



The game let you play as Sonic, Mighty (his debut), and Ray. This is the only game Ray is playable in.



The game can be played with up 3 players at once.

The game is really short. There are only a few stages and all of them are over in a couple minutes.



Besides obvious perspective issues, the game is a pain to play on an emulator since nothing can really replicate the trackball controls.



This, Knuckles Chaotix, and Sonic Pocket Adventure are really the only noteworthy Sonic platformers that have yet to be re-released in any shape or form. I think this game would probably control well with touchscreen controls. Shame it's a lost relic, now. It's not great, but it oozes personality and charm.
 
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SegaSonic The Hedgehog (1993)

This, Knuckles Chaotix, and Sonic Pocket Adventure are really the only noteworthy Sonic platformers that have yet to be re-released in any shape or form. I think this game would probably control well with touchscreen controls. Shame it's a lost relic, now. It's not great, but it oozes personality and charm.
It doesn't help that this game is exceedingly rare. Up until a couple of years ago, there weren't even good screenshots of it because nobody had a board to dump the ROM off of.

Also, this thread is amazing.

My contribution: Windjammers. Easily one of the best Neo-Geo MVS games out there. It only got a home release on AES and Neo CD, so those who didn't spend the big money at the time for a Neo Geo home system didn't get to experience this magic.

 

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BEAST! Yeah, that's my #1 pick, love this game. When I was a teen, the local arcade had it for about a few weeks, then it was suddenly gone. Apparently someone complained it was promoting Satan or something... (yet they were perfectly fine with seeing a Mortal Kombat II fatality right as you walked in...)

AvP is also another great one. Man, I miss arcades.

Fuck. We need to bring back brawlers.

Some indie have tried but I haven't seen anything even approaching one of the great Capcom, Sega, or SNK brawlers.
QFT. I miss the genre so much. :(
 

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It only got a home release on AES and Neo CD, so those who didn't spend the big money at the time for a Neo Geo home system didn't get to experience this magic.
Wii VC release in Japan as well. Unfortunately it has since been delisted.

Shoutouts to digital distribution.
 
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Dead Connection and The Outfoxies are both amazing. Fun pick-up-and-play titles with unique artstyles. Bet both would be as revered as Elevator Action Returns if they had been ported to the Saturn or PSX.
 

eso76

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One of my favorites.

While we are at it, rave racer, dirt dash, cyber cycles (ever noticed how namco liked to name their racers RR, DD, CC etc ?).

Oh, and I bet most of you haven't seen this



Taito's Vertexer, 1993. a mighty fine f-zero clone with roller coaster like tracks. Like F Zero GX but sprites based.
You won't find much about it, ttbomk it's not yet emulated.
Video !

https://youtu.be/K-lVyYtkgRY

Terrific Soundtrack by Zuntata, too.

Also

Fixeight by the excellent Toaplan



I do prefer it's prequel, Outzone.
Well, it has better pixel art


 

jjasso21

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Wonderful thread! I played quite a few of the ones listed. Favories are just about any shmups and beat-em ups. Sadly I could only play most of the Neo Geo titles via emulation, since I could never afford it in the nineties. Those proces are ridiculous and only saw the KoFs and Kabuki Clash in the Arcades back then.
 

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Trog actually came to NES. As someone who loved the arcade game as a kid, I was disappointed that they even bothered to port it when I rented it. It lost (understandably now that I understand the tech) claymation graphics which were like 100% of the charm of that game.
 

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Trog actually came to NES. As someone who loved the arcade game as a kid, I was disappointed that they even bothered to port it when I rented it. It lost (understandably now that I understand the tech) claymation graphics which were like 100% of the charm of that game.
It also came out on MS-DOS which kept the claymation graphics thankfully.
 
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Double fail, Trog was on NES and Time Traveller on interactive DVD.
In people's defense, though, it's hard to keep track of/know which arcade titles have made it onto consoles, especially the more obscure titles/consoles. Speaking of which, anyone know if Lightning Fighters ever made it onto console. That was a great 2d shooter by Konami back in the days.
 

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In people's defense, though, it's hard to keep track of/know which arcade titles have made it onto consoles, especially the more obscure titles/consoles. Speaking of which, anyone know if Lightning Fighters ever made it onto console. That was a great 2d shooter by Konami back in the days.
Google and Wiki helps out with that. It's what I use for all games.

And Lightning Fighters is arcade exclusive, so no console versions.
 

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Every time i ran into one of those Sega Hologram machines the little wooden blocks were always broken off.

There was also a fighting game that used the same tech, Holosseum





It was super bare bones though, and outside of the novelty wasn't really worth much attention in the days of SF2 and MK2.
 

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Every time i ran into one of those Sega Hologram machines the little wooden blocks were always broken off.

There was also a fighting game that used the same tech, Holosseum





It was super bare bones though, and outside of the novelty wasn't really worth much attention in the days of SF2 and MK2.
What is the block for?
 

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I love this thread! The nostalgia! The good old days of gaming!

This is why I so wanted that Retro game console that was going to be dedicated to old and new 8-32 bit games. So sad that never went anywhere because of the shady stuff behind the scenes.

I still think a new cartridge/thumbstick drive based "Retro" console that is dedicated to the eras of 8-32 bit gaming would be awesome.
 

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It doesn't, but funny enough the arcade's game stages are bonus games in the SNES version.
Huh. Well I'll be damned. Didn't know that.

Still, those stages don't exactly do a good job emulating the experience.

But moving on, how about those Virtuality games back during the first wave of VR?

I can't find many good images of the games designed around these systems, so you'll have to make do with video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L60wgPuuDpE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP8wSw4bBuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Imyn6QSq9s

Is there any of these still out there and working?
 

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Huh. Well I'll be damned. Didn't know that.

Still, those stages don't exactly do a good job emulating the experience.

But moving on, how about those Virtuality games back during the first wave of VR?

I can't find many good images of the games designed around these systems, so you'll have to make do with video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L60wgPuuDpE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP8wSw4bBuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Imyn6QSq9s

Is there any of these still out there and working?
I remember seeing these at Mall of America when it first opened. They were like $20+ to play.
 

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What a frustrating thread to look through. So many unreleased beat 'em ups, and that's one of my favorite genres. Both Capcom and Konami have a fantastic catalog of unreleased BEU's that would be perfect for todays digital markets.
 
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Run N Gun 1 and 2.

Still the best pickup and play basketball game ever made.

SNES got NBA Give N Go which was similar but jut not as good. And it sort of evolved into NBA In The Zone I guess but the original is still the king.

This reminds me of Slam N Jam on 3DO which I absolutely loved.