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Joystix has provided arcade games for rent and classic arcade video games to Houston and the surrounding areas since 1987. Our company got its start in a two car garage with a stuffed animal crane as our first machine. Thanks to our exceptional customer service and outstanding customer loyalty, we are now one of the largest retailers in the country.
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Since 2017 we've seen a steady supply of Hamster's Arcade Archives releases bringing arcade classics to the Switch eShop. What's more, the series includes previously unreleased or hard-to-find arcade games from Nintendo itself. Having been so well acquainted with many of the NES versions, and it's been wonderful to rediscover these games in their original (and sometimes quite different) arcade form over the past few years.
The number of titles in the Arcade Archives list grows on a near-weekly basis, so below we've reproduced the full list of Arcade Archives releases available on Switch eShop to date. With a variety of options to tailor each game's presentation to your personal tastes, you can even flip the screen 90 for a more authentic rendition of games originally designed for an upturned CRT screen. Throw them in your Flip Grip and you've arguably got the best way to play these games in 2020, short of having the original arcade cabinets, of course.
Track & Field remains as endearingly entertaining as it was when it first appeared 36 years ago. It's a little on the pricey side considering it only has six events, one of which (the high jump) is a bit of a stinker, and is obviously a one-trick pony given its subject matter. But it still does that one trick better than most games that have succeeded it, so if you're looking for a quick button-basher this is a good choice.
Switching a space-based setting for a more interior, biological environment that would feel at home in an Alien movie or the latter stages of a Metroid title gives the game a much different, darker tone to R-Type but it's just as addictive and well worth downloading if the 1989 arcade original (or the PlayStation and Saturn ports) passed you by.
Life Force is a challenging beast and the Arcade Archives version includes three version of the game - the original Japanese Salamander from 1986, the renamed North American version that included narrative and graphical alterations, and yet another iteration (also renamed Life Force) which went back to Japan the following year with further tweaks. Three games in one What more do you want, jam on it
Sunset Riders is nothing but pure side-scrolling boss-blasting fun, the likes of which are often imitated but never quite captured. There's a reason so many people remember this game so fondly; it's got personality to spare. One of the greatest games that Hamster has deigned to release and as far as we're concerned one of the crown jewels of Arcade Archives. If you only download one Arcade Archives game... hang on, why would you do that
Sky Skipper may not be a Nintendo arcade classic like Donkey Kong, but its inclusion in the Arcade Archives collection is significant thanks to its rarity and obscurity. The 1981 game was a commercial failure and virtually all of its cabinets were subsequently converted to run Popeye instead. Of a handful that made it to America, only one is known to exist and it resides in Nintendo of America HQ, and it was from that cabinet that the ROM for this release was extracted.
Regardless of the game's quality, it's something of a miracle that we're able to play it at all and it's wonderful to have it preserved and widely available now on Switch. For that reason alone, it's worth investigating if you have the slightest interest in Nintendo's arcade history.
Still hungry for more Elsewhere we look at Wholesome Games, TATE Mode Games, Flight Sim and Space Combat, Point and Click Adventure Games, and the Best Switch Exclusives, as well as Every Arcade Archives Game, Every ACA Neo Geo Game, Every SEGA AGES Game On Switch, plus the Best Switch Ports, Best Wii U-To-Switch Ports, Best Switch Collections And Compilations, Best Cheap Switch Games, Best Switch Demos, Games That Are Better On Switch OLED, Switch Games Under $10, $20, $50, and Switch games with the Best Soundtracks and the Best Graphics. Phew!
If you're looking for the best Switch games regardless of genre, our reader-voted selection of the Best Nintendo Switch Games should help you out, and you can also find the Best Nintendo Switch Games of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. And finally, if you're interested in other Nintendo consoles and retro games, check out the Best Game Boy Games, Best GBC Games, Best GBA Games, Best Nintendo DS Games, Best Nintendo 3DS Games, Best NES Games, Best SNES Games, Best N64 Games, Best GameCube Games, and Best Wii Games, and Best Wii U Games, as well as Every Available Nintendo Switch Online Retro Game, and ranked lists of Every Nintendo Switch Online NES, SNES, N64 and Sega Genesis / Mega Drive Game.
Gavin loves a bit of couch co-op, especially when he gets to delegate roles, bark instructions and give much-appreciated performance feedback at the end. He lives in Spain (the plain-y bit where the rain mainly falls) and his love for Banjo-Kazooie borders on the unhealthy.
+1 for In The Hunt.Most of these Arcade Archives games are far too old to enjoy wholeheartedly, with graphics at the NES level and often worse.In The Hunt is stunningly beautiful, with some of the finest pixel graphics ever made. And the pace of the gameplay let's you appreciate it.
It's a shame we haven't been able to review more of these. Perhaps in the future we can fill some gaps, but they come out at such a rate it would be hard to keep up even if there weren't dozens of other new games every week
I hope they release more arcade games that were never released on home consoles, such as R-Type Leo (Irem), Mystic Warriors (Konami), Wild West Cowboys of Moo Mesa (Konami), and Surprise Attack (Konami).
Wonderful article! Personally I just had to get the full SNK collection (the whole lot probably costs less than a single authentic game) and I have been getting pretty much every ACA game besides the ones that are also in other collections. I just love this stuff, classic arcade gaming is hard to beat.
Recommend Omega Fighter as a hidden gem. Super fun shoot 'em up with a nice risk/reward scoring system based off point blanking. Pretty ahead of it's time stuff for an '89 arcade game. Also, can't overstate how much online leaderboards and dedicated scoring modes add to the longevity of these ports. Wish all arcade ports or modern shoot 'em ups did the same as they add a lot of incentive to just get that little bit better. Plus, always nice to see other players into these niche releases.
Double Dragon is my favourite of the bunch. There's something about the coin-op's graphics and sound that can't be replicated by the home versions, and playing it takes me back to those arcades and sports centres of the '80s.
Pitfighter really has aged badly. I remember seeing this in the arcade as the first digitized game and was impressed but played it recently using Mame to fulfill my childhood nostalgia and was super surprised as how flat of a game it really is.I agree with the rest of the games on your list and would even suggest to add the Gauntlet series of games as they were a lot of fun with 4 players same as Simpsons, X-men and TMNT.
The golden age of arcade video games was the period of rapid growth, technological development and cultural influence of arcade video games, from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. The period began with the release of Space Invaders in 1978, which led to a wave of shoot 'em up games such as Galaxian and the vector graphics-based Asteroids in 1979, made possible by new computing technology that had greater power and lower costs. Arcade video games transitioned from black-and-white to color, with titles such as Frogger and Centipede taking advantage of the visual opportunities of bright palettes.
Video game arcades became a part of popular culture and a primary channel for new games. Video game genres were still being established, but included space-themed shooter games such as Defender and Galaga, maze chase games which followed the design established by Pac-Man, driving and racing games which more frequently used 3D perspectives such as Turbo and Pole Position, character action games such as Pac-Man and Frogger, and the beginning of what would later be called platform games touched off by Donkey Kong. Games began starring named player characters, such as Pac-Man, Mario and Q*bert, and some of these characters crossed over into other media including songs, cartoons, and movies. The 1982 film Tron was closely tied to an arcade game of the same name. 59ce067264