GameSetWatch posted a very interesting arcade article today they call “The RePlay Files: A Trip to the 1986 JAMMA Arcade Game Show”. JAMMA is still held in Japan every year, but it’s always cool to take a look back at what it was like ‘back in the day’. 1986 would be two years after the video game market crash in the US, which crash didn’t affect Japan really due to the way the markets worked at the time. Of special interest to Sega fans, this is the show where Sega introduced OutRun to the market and as you’ll read in the article, the game caught quite a bit of attention there, which was a sign of things to come for the rest of arcades. The article we’re linking to is part I, they will be posting a second part shortly which takes a look at more of the games seen at the show which is sure to induce some kind of nostalgia for any of us who played some of these games from the late 80’s.
The info comes from the arcade trade magazine RePlay, which is still going strong today and is one of the magazines worth picking up if you’re interested in getting into the arcade business. Hit the link below for the article.