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What Are Your Top 10 MAME Arcade Game Recommendations:


By sataneatscheese

1 year ago



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#101 11 months ago

I have a golden tee cab that I added buttons and sticks for mame as well. You probably won't need 8 buttons unless you are running modern console stuff.

As much as I would love to say all the cool fighting games I loved in the 90's get a ton of play.... its just not so. Nobody wants to play mortal kombat or street fighter. Even the beat-em ups like ninja turtles don't get much play.

Puzzle bobble (2 mostly) probably gets the most play at our house

Shuffleshot is awesome

Tapper is great
Timber is really fun too

#102 11 months ago

Indeed....

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#103 11 months ago
Quoted from gliebig:

Indeed....[quoted image]

Undoubtedly.
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Wish I could have got a better picture so you can clearly see the 3-D background behind the half mirror.

#104 11 months ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Undoubtedly.
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Wish I could have got a better picture so you can clearly see the 3-D background behind the half mirror.

I played on of those recently. The 3D effect is really cool.

#105 11 months ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Undoubtedly.
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Wish I could have got a better picture so you can clearly see the 3-D background behind the half mirror.

I'm still kicking myself for being too lazy to go pick one up recently. A 2 player popped up on Facebook a hr away for $100 a couple weeks back. I should have bought it just for the boards.

#106 11 months ago
Quoted from dirkdiggler:

I'm still kicking myself for being too lazy to go pick one up recently. A 2 player popped up on Facebook a hr away for $100 a couple weeks back. I should have bought it just for the boards.

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I'd like to know the numbers of units produced for both models. It seems the Upright is rarer than the C/T. This is only the second upright I've ever seen. I see a lot more tables than that.

It would be fun however to take an upright and set it up as a 2 player with a colour monitor though.

#107 11 months ago

I never heard of Warlords before a couple years back. I was in our small town bar and met a few locals. One guy said there was a arcade here until the late 90s and explained a 4 player cocktail table where you shot fireballs to defend your castle. He said there was 2 of them here in a small town of 700. It's my first play usually when I fire up the mame.

Arcade wiki says 1014 uprights and 1253 cocktails were made but not sure if that's accurate

#108 11 months ago

Strider
Out Run
Ghouls & Ghosts
In the Hunt
Metal Slug 3
Final Fight
Golden Axe
TMNT
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Parodius Da!

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#109 9 months ago

My family has played the crap out of the little arcade 1up multicade pi conversion we bought last year and we recently had the chance to upgrade to a full size computer based PC based cabinet that we can play pretty much anything on now.

My kids really like beat em' ups. Simpson, TMNT, Aliens vs Predator, XMEN, Final Fight, etc. Any other recommendations along those lines?

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#110 9 months ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

My family has played the crap out of the little arcade 1up multicade pi conversion we bought last year and we recently had the chance to upgrade to a full size computer based PC based cabinet that we can play pretty much anything on now.
My kids really like beat em' ups. Simpson, TMNT, Aliens vs Predator, XMEN, Final Fight, etc. Any other recommendations along those lines?[quoted image]

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Dungeons and Dragons Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mystera, Golden Axe 2 and The Punisher are all excellent beat em' ups.

#111 9 months ago

I know you asked ages ago, but....

Tron
Discs of Tron
Mikie
Return of the Jedi
Elevator Action
Rampage
APB
Super Punch Out
Space Harrier
Hang On

Nice to see your Whirlwind pin there too.

#112 9 months ago
Quoted from oldbaby:

Shout out to underrated classic Zookeeper. It's fun when you first start to play it, then it gets cheesy, then it gets fun again once you learn the advanced strategies.

I hate zookeeper obviously

#113 9 months ago

I like the early 80s games the best growing up (was a magic time, sorry for all of those that missed it).

Lost Tomb
Star Trek 3D (vector screen)
Bosconian
Gauntlet 2
Rally X
Elevator Action
Double Dragon
Scramble
Asteroids Deluxe
Depth Charge

#114 9 months ago

Some of the games i enjoy the most:

Tempest
Snow Bros
Wonderboy
Galaga
Ms Pac-Man
Metal Slug
R-type
Bubble Bobble
Pulstar
Defender

#115 9 months ago
Quoted from Whifflebat:

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Dungeons and Dragons Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mystera, Golden Axe 2 and The Punisher are all excellent beat em' ups.

Played Cadillacs and Dinosaurs with my 6 year old this weekend. He loved it! Golden Axe and The Punisher are next on the list... I will have to try the D&D stuff on my own (reading is hard).

Thanks!

#116 9 months ago

Ninja Baseball Bat Man if you are into beat em ups

#117 9 months ago

Volfied (similar but much better to Qix)
Discs of Tron
Mr Driller
Omega Race
In the Hunt (pretty cool submarine side scroll shooter)
Bombjack (more for the music than the gameplay)
Kangaroo (kinda like popeye and donkey kong mix)
Bubble Bobble
edit forgot:
Rolling Thunder
Slap Fight (this is a great shooter with power ups and awesome easter eggs. Get to a certain point of the first level without shooting and after you die you respawn with a fully powered up ship.)

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#118 5 months ago

Ghosts and Goblins has become the bane of my existence... but I made it out of the first level for the first time on one credit!

This build has a ton of old DOS games on it too and I've taken a trip down memory lane with Ultima Underworld, King's Quest VI, and Beavis and Butthead Virtual Stupidity.

Also... did you know there is an arcade game where you fight bad guys as Michael Jackson, "rescue" childeren, and dance enemies to death?

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#119 40 days ago

Getting back into my mame I cannot recommend Bubble Bobble and Klax enough if you like Tetris.

#120 40 days ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

My family has played the crap out of the little arcade 1up multicade pi conversion we bought last year and we recently had the chance to upgrade to a full size computer based PC based cabinet that we can play pretty much anything on now.
My kids really like beat em' ups. Simpson, TMNT, Aliens vs Predator, XMEN, Final Fight, etc. Any other recommendations along those lines?[quoted image]

Did you build that cab or buy it somewhere? Looks great. I wonder if there are LCD bezels we can buy yet?

#121 40 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Did you build that cab or buy it somewhere? Looks great. I wonder if there are LCD bezels we can buy yet?

Neither. It is an N2fun build. https://www.n2fun.com/

I got this one for free from the company office. It is a fantastic build (made out of Ikea quality furniture) that came plug and play. I got it for free from the company office because the machine has EVERY arcade game ever made before about 2005 and every consoles up to PS3. This includes a bunch of random pornographic Japanese games I have been meticulously removing 1 at a time but more keep popping up. Completely unsuitable for the company office when someone can pull up something like Girls Panic or Custer's Revenge.

I am pretty sure it is built out of an Xtensions arcade. They offer custom art, and there are many companies that make custom art kits. I personally think that an Arcade 1up with retropi kit (around $800 on your local facebook) is a better deal and gets you 90% of the functionality, but there are certain things like early 3d games I can play on this but not on the old kit.

I digress... it's awesome.

#122 40 days ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

Neither. It is an N2fun build. https://www.n2fun.com/
I got this one for free from the company office. It is a fantastic build (made out of Ikea quality furniture) that came plug and play. I got it for free from the company office because the machine has EVERY arcade game ever made before about 2005 and every consoles up to PS3. This includes a bunch of random pornographic Japanese games I have been meticulously removing 1 at a time but more keep popping up. Completely unsuitable for the company office when someone can pull up something like Girls Panic or Custer's Revenge.
I am pretty sure it is built out of an Xtensions arcade. They offer custom art, and there are many companies that make custom art kits. I personally think that an Arcade 1up with retropi kit (around $800 on your local facebook) is a better deal and gets you 90% of the functionality, but there are certain things like early 3d games I can play on this but not on the old kit.
I digress... it's awesome.

Holy crap those are pricey! I have an Arcade 1up already with a huge amount of games on it (a Pi-based mame build), but I hate the cabinet size. I'd like to move to something that doesn't take up much space but is at least the height and relative weight (er, or a bit lighter) of a full cab, and is freestanding. Cool ideas on this page. I'll look up Xtensions too. thanks!

#123 40 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Holy crap those are pricey! I have an Arcade 1up already with a huge amount of games on it (a Pi-based mame build), but I hate the cabinet size. I'd like to move to something that doesn't take up much space but is at least the height and relative weight (er, or a bit lighter) of a full cab, and is freestanding. Cool ideas on this page. I'll look up Xtensions too. thanks!

Honestly... were I in the market I would be looking at Craigslist and Facebook marketplace. There are several places local advertised on these sites that do custom builds relatively cheaply, and used Mame setups don't hold their value.

One other odd suggestion... Check... Etsy. There are lots of kits and artsy things people sell. You can buy a pre-loaded hard drive with controls mapped if you are not comfortable doing it yourself, and there are some other neat kits. Things like DIY kits you combine with specific pieces of Ikea furniture.

#124 40 days ago

Anyone can play the popular classic MAME games, but when I turn my cab on, I find myself always drawn to the rare titles I missed playing in arcades as a kid. Such as...

1) CROSSBOW: I remember playing this on Atari 2600, but the arcade version is outstanding. Plays great on MAME with a dialed-in trackball.

2) REACTOR: Most people think Q-Bert is Gotlieb's best arcade game. They'd be wrong. Reactor has intense science-based gameplay & a KILLER soundtrack.

3) KRULL: Another forgotten Gotlieb classic. 4 unique boards, KILLER sounds. The dodging rolling boulder board is worth the 25 cents alone.

4) CLOAK & DAGGER: So underrated. Get in & get out quick! Good story for an early 80's game. Enter Dr.Boom's evil bomb-making factory & retrieve the stolen plans from the basement, level by level before the bombs explode, then work your way back up to the surface. It's fricking impossible. Also love the elevator animations which gives you a couple seconds to breathe between levels.

5) ELEVATOR ACTION II: The original was one of my all-time favorite arcade games. This sequel far exceeds the original...in graphics, level design & challenge.

6) SATAN'S HOLLOW: Imagine playing Galaga in Hell....only with castles, fire, brimstone & floating Lucifer heads.

7) NBA HANGTIME: I was always an NBA Jam fan, until I played this. Plus you can create your own player & continue your progress by entering your birthday & PIN number. Genius!

8 ) WINDJAMMERS: Great two-player action. Basically a PONG clone, but with muscle-bound extreme Frisbee players. Don't knock it until you try it.

9) DO DON PACHI: Most people prefer side-scrolling beat-em-ups like X-Men, TMNT, Simpsons, etc. Those games bore the hell out of me after about 10 minutes. I prefer vertical scrolling bullet-hell games. This 90s Japanese classic is one of the best in the genre. Killer graphics & super intense action.

10) RAIDEN II or DX: Another 90's vertical scroller. Flip a coin between this & the game mentioned above. Can't go wrong with either. I can only imagine how many continue quarters were dumped into these insanely difficult games in the arcades.

#125 40 days ago
Quoted from HoakyPoaky:

Anyone can play the popular classic MAME games, but when I turn my cab on, I find myself always drawn to the rare titles I missed playing in arcades as a kid. Such as...
1) CROSSBOW: I remember playing this on Atari 2600, but the arcade version is outstanding. Plays great on MAME with a dialed-in trackball.
2) REACTOR: Most people think Q-Bert is Gotlieb's best arcade game. They'd be wrong. Reactor has intense science-based gameplay & a KILLER soundtrack.
3) KRULL: Another forgotten Gotlieb classic. 4 unique boards, KILLER sounds. The dodging rolling boulder board is worth the 25 cents alone.
4) CLOAK & DAGGER: So underrated. Get in & get out quick! Good story for an early 80's game. Enter Dr.Boom's evil bomb-making factory & retrieve the stolen plans from the basement, level by level before the bombs explode, then work your way back up to the surface. It's fricking impossible. Also love the elevator animations which gives you a couple seconds to breathe between levels.
5) ELEVATOR ACTION II: The original was one of my all-time favorite arcade games. This sequel far exceeds the original...in graphics, level design & challenge.
6) SATAN'S HOLLOW: Imagine playing Galaga in Hell....only with castles, fire, brimstone & floating Lucifer heads.
7) NBA HANGTIME: I was always an NBA Jam fan, until I played this. Plus you can create your own player & continue your progress by entering your birthday & PIN number. Genius!
8 ) WINDJAMMERS: Great two-player action. Basically a PONG clone, but with muscle-bound extreme Frisbee players. Don't knock it until you try it.
9) DO DON PACHI: Most people prefer side-scrolling beat-em-ups like X-Men, TMNT, Simpsons, etc. Those games bore the hell out of me after about 10 minutes. I prefer vertical scrolling bullet-hell games. This 90s Japanese classic is one of the best in the genre. Killer graphics & super intense action.
10) RAIDEN II or DX: Another 90's vertical scroller. Flip a coin between this & the game mentioned above. Can't go wrong with either. I can only imagine how many continue quarters were dumped into these insanely difficult games in the arcades.

Raiden 2 is the best. I remember playing at the arcade as a kid. Can't even get to the first boss without a continue. Actually played this one with my 6 year old last night. Purple power ups are the best.

#126 40 days ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

...Can't even get to the first boss without a continue.... Purple power ups are the best.

That's your problem, need the power of the blue.

#127 37 days ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

Honestly... were I in the market I would be looking at Craigslist and Facebook marketplace. There are several places local advertised on these sites that do custom builds relatively cheaply, and used Mame setups don't hold their value.
One other odd suggestion... Check... Etsy. There are lots of kits and artsy things people sell. You can buy a pre-loaded hard drive with controls mapped if you are not comfortable doing it yourself, and there are some other neat kits. Things like DIY kits you combine with specific pieces of Ikea furniture.

Thanks! Good ideas. I'm SUPER comfortable with the hardware/software - but the cabinet design is something I don't have time for. I'll look at Etsy, great idea!

#128 36 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Thanks! Good ideas. I'm SUPER comfortable with the hardware/software - but the cabinet design is something I don't have time for. I'll look at Etsy, great idea!

I went this route, simply for the convenience. Pre-fab cabinets & drop-in controller setups. Tons of options. Pricey but worth it if you want something nice & don't want to do the cabinet work yourself. Built the computer myself & bought a TV for the monitor. I run it with Launchbox. I'm really happy with mine.

https://www.recroommasters.com/

#129 36 days ago

I’m thinking of setting up my old pga tour challenge as a MAME. I don’t really care about console games much past Super Nintendo, but would like all the old arcade games. It would be nice to keep PGA running and use the arcade cabinet for both. I built a MAME 20 years ago and things have really changed. Any suggestions on what to use? Would that hyperspin hard drive be good?

#130 36 days ago

I looked into Hyperspin but ended up going with Launchbox. Superior software & more straight forward IMO. Constantly updated with new releases. Lots of tutorials by the designers on YouTube.

That said I set it all up years ago & if I had to do it again I'd probably be lost. The ROM hunting is the biggest pain in the ass, as well as mapping the controls, running retroarch, etc. I still can't get my xtension controller mapped properly for some PC games, but I think it's more of a problem with certain PC fighting games than the controller itself. I get really lost when dealing with scripts, etc. I am not a programmer at all.

I play arcade classics 95% of the time anyway.

#131 32 days ago

My 11 year-old and I have the best time playing Mario Bros. as Mario and Luigi. Only we don't focus on killing the turtles, we focus on killing each other. It's just so satisfying to push your opponent into a turtle or fireball. Loser is the first to run out of lives.

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