Remember when you paid out quarters to play games like Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja, Burger Time, Heavy Barrel, Secret Agent? Then you are in luck. Data East Arcade Classics takes 15 of their greatest games that came out between 1981 and 1994
Each game has been faithfully recreated for the Wii with the same graphics and sound as the arcade versions - and you can save the quarters for something else - laundry?
The controls are simple and can be customized to your needs (you can assign any button to any action). This is one feature I’d like to see in more games.
And another good thing about this collection is they don’t skimp on the credits. You, not the game makers, set how many credits you want to use.
But wait, there’s more. Each game has five goals that you can beat. Doing so will unlock several pictures about each game, and gives you a special game play mode
But this “special game play mode” is exactly like the regular mode except you have infinite lives. I was looking for something more inventive.
And let’s face it - there are many of us who have NO memories of playing these games. For those players, this game doesn’t give a reason to undertake a history of video games trip. This is what really ruins the compilation.
It seems part of the Wii library of games is stuck in the past; first SNK comes out compilations of games in the 1990s, now this is a compilation of games in the 1980s.
What’s next? A faithful rendition of Pong? Sometimes it’s best to leave the past in the past.
Data East Arcade Classics is for those who are fans of the games - and only for fans of those games. Other players just won’t give it a second glance. SKIP IT.