Before PC and console based video games, arcade games ruled the gaming world. Weekends hangouts were planned around arcade gaming machines. Shops who owned the arcade gaming consoles laughed all the way to the bank—every day. People patiently stood in queues play games on these babies of the yesteryear! Here are few of those arcade games which still don’t fail to add a tinge of longing reminiscence in our rather fast-paced days just at the thought of them.
Everyone was a Mad Dog or Scorpion at some point of time in their lives. They were the bad-ass super commandos that everyone played out their alter egos through and had a blast while at it. With unlimited ammunition and the ability to jump, swim, and kick the bad guys, who wouldn’t? One of most popular games from Nintendo’s stable, this game required lot of attention while playing, because a blink at the wrong time could leave you with no chance for recovery.
Super Mario Bros
Whatever was, is, and will be written about this game can be called an understatement. Mario is one of the most recognized fictional characters in the world. Mario has, since its introduction, appeared in more than 200 video games—from its original pixilated avatar to stunning 3D, need we say more? The mystical land of the mushroom kingdom is nothing new to any of us; we swam through deep water and jumped over melting lava, all in an effort to save the all elusive princess. Seriously though, in which castle was the princess anyway?!
It would be blasphemous if we didn’t mention Pac-Man when we’re talking about arcade games. Pac-Man is one of the highest selling and most played video games of all time; more than 7 million copies of this game were sold. When all the dots are eaten, our man Pac-Man is taken to the next level and there’s no end to the game, as long as you can keep those lives from dwindling.
Mortal Kombat came to life after being inspired by the popular actor-slash-martial-artist Jean-Claude Van Damme. The crazy moves were what made this game so special. Each character has a special move and different finishing moves initiated by hitting a special combination of keys. This game was pretty much as close as any average, gravy-loving Joe would get to real martial arts. The gore and the comedy part of the game made sure that the game went gold with true cult status to its name.
Exictebike is yet another famous game from the Nintendo stable. When the gamer plays the single player version, the race has to finish in certain time limit. And then came the Champion race, where your spot could be confirmed only if you finish in the top three positions. The obstacles and the mud on the track made racing fun.
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