One of our forum members RJAY63 started an interesting new topic the other day; Where did we use to play arcade games. Now I’m really going to have think hard to remember all the places I’ve been to because I have a shocking memory. Why don’t you think back and tell us about the arcades you used to go to and the games you use to play.
My earliest memories of playing arcade games has to be when I was about 7 and visited Weston-super-Mare most weekends during the summer. My dad and I would play Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle and Xybots all the time, until my mum would drag us out of the arcade and in to the horrible sunshine!
After the break; the arcades that RJAY63’s and Shaggy used to go to, as well as the games they played.
Game: Blood Brothers
Game: Ghosts ‘N’ Ghoblins
Some video game shop, Eastleigh (now an Indian takeaway)
Games: Final Fight, ALIENS
Munchies Cafe, Burgess Road, Southampton
Games: Street Fighter 2 World Warrior & Champion Edition
Burger King, High Street, Southampton
Game: Street Fighter 2 World Warrior
Big Georges Chip Shop, Portswood, Southampton
Games: Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury 2
B.Cole & Sons Funfair, Southampton Common (still has video games like Crazy Taxi, Sega Rally & HOTD1 but charges £1 per play and machine condition isn’t great)
Games: Final Fight, Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, Shinobi, The Punisher, The Simpsons, World Heroes
Quasar, Ocean Village, Southampton (demolished years ago – still a building site)
Games: Mortal Kombat 1 & 2, Street Fighter 2 (CE, Hyper Fighting, Super & Super Turbo), Time Crisis, Mad Dog Mcree, Killer Instinct 2, Virtua Fighter, Ridge Racer, Daytona USA, NBA Jam, Primal Rage, Point Blank, Suzuki 24 hr
Eastleigh Arcade (a converted warehouse in the service area between Market Street & High Street)
Games: Crazy Taxi, House Of The Dead 2, Daytona USA, Killer Instinct 2.
Year: 1999 (very short lifespan)
E.Cole & Sons Funfair, Eastleigh Common (all games were replaced with slots after 2001)
Games: World Heroes 2, Cadillac & Dinosaurs, Metal Slug, Street Fighter 2 CE, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter Alpha
Way Out West, Ocean Village, Southampton (replaced with luxury flats)
Games: Silent Scope 1 & 2, Daytona USA, Scud Race, King Of Fighter’ 96, Final Fight, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Mortal Kombat 3, House Of The Dead 1 & 2, The Last Bounty Hunter, Carnevil, Die Hard Arcade, Police Trainer, Prop Cycle, Crazy Taxi
Games Area, Red Funnel Terminal, Southampton (closed down)
Games: Planet Harriers, Daytona USA, Revolution X, Prop Cycle
Hotshots/Stardust/Reception area, Leisure World, Southampton (all closed early 2008 and now being replaced with a nightclub)
Games: Daytona USA 2: Power Edition, Outrun 2, Ferarri F355 Challenge, Time Crisis 2 & 3, House Of The Dead 3 & 4, 18 Wheeler, Silent Scope 2, Rolling Extreme, Need For Speed GT, LA Machine Gunners, Silent Scope Fortune Hunter
I can vaguely remember a couple that I visited:
49th Street Galleria – was an FEC, first arcade I remember visiting. The arcade floor at the time was dark, illuminated only by the games themselves and light from other areas of the FEC. I was only 5 or 6 at the time so I don’t remember most of the games they had there, although I do remember seeing Discs of Tron. It was the late 80’s so there were a lot of upright games. At one point down the road I remember that they got an R360 but I never had a chance to play it. They were sold and turned into the “Fun Dome” where the arcade was scaled back but had some decent games in the late 90’s like Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Rampage: World Tour, Area 51: Site 4, one unit of SF Rush 2049 and more. The Fun Dome closed down back in 2002 or 03 I think, now it’s some school. Probably 1987.
Leatherby’s – great ice cream parlor and restaurant, they’ve always had a couple of arcade games there for people to play and it was there that I first saw and played Street Fighter II. Today they have a vertical shmup (I forget the name, it might be Raiden Fighters Jet) and Demolish Fist.
The NickelCade – the first time I visited the Nickelcade I was in total awe – tons of games especially classics like BattleZone, Star Wars (Atari), T-Mek, Gauntlet II, Black Tiger, Asteroids, Centipede, Defender, Die Hard Arcade, Crusin’ USA and World, The Simpsons, TMNTand more. Then they moved their location to where it’s at presently and they have changed their line-up many times since getting rid of some of the games I played the most like Asteroids, BattleZone, T-Mek, TMNT and others. I did spend an entire day there once on the last day of one of my school years, played Gauntlet Legends quite a bit.