Grandma’s old arcade cabinets – retro gaming treasures discovered after long years of dormancy

Tormentor – Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:12 AM
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A user has recently published pictures of old, dust-laden arcade cabinets discovered by his girlfriend’s grandmother. The real estate in question – an old house, specifically – was acquired by the grandmother in Chiba (Japan) – the fact that the place had once been used as an arcade became evident only after she had made the purchase.

The place – a two-storey building jam-packed full of arcade cabinets from the 80s – was active until the mid-90s, when the old machines finally faded into obscurity. The repertoire used to consist of machines labeled with names that might ring unfamiliar in the average western ear, but were quite well-known in Asia around that time: Aero City (Sega), Astro City (Sega), Namco, Jaleco and Neogeo (SNK). A total of 57 cabinets have been discovered, most of which are still in working order, along with several games, such as:

  • Columns
  • Donkey Kong
  • Galaxian
  • Magical Tetris Challenge
  • Metal Slug X
  • Pengo
  • Raiden 2
  • Super Puzzle Fighters 2 X
  • Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Zero 2)
  • Street Fighter EX 2

(Amidst the cabinets, a somewhat out-of-place DVD player and a CRT monitor have also been discovered.:)

The fate of the cabinets or the games remains unknown at present – we’re not sure whether the grandma or her grandchildren will be playing them at all; one thing is for certain, however: the machines themselves have attracted many an interested gaze, so it is entirely likely that this collection of old curiosum will soon find its new owners.


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