In 1971 the first coin operated video game was sold commercially. The game, titled “Computer Space”, was designed by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney and was revolutionary for the foundation for modern arcades. The game itself was said to be a flop, but it earned them the three million dollars they needed to start their company, “Syzygy”. However, the name Syzygy was already taken, so they settled on the name “Atari”. They then began working on their next game Pong, which was released by the end of 1972.
As any video game historians know, Atari became a household name and began the era of console gaming businesses. Aside from dedicated video arcade businesses, arcades were popping up everywhere from doctor’s offices to drug stores, and even school recreation centers. Sadly, the arcade industry became overly saturated, and the arcade craze started its deadly descent into obsoletion in the early 1980’s.
In March of 1991, Capcom renewed interest with their release of Street Fighter II. Niche arcades featuring fighting games only started popping up. But the arcade game’s renewed vigor was just as short-lived as the first wave and arcades soon became no more than novelty places, not unlike drive-in movies.
Fortunately, you can relive those days of youthful belonging by owning your own Hyperspin Home Arcade Console. Hyperspin is a graphic launcher that is specifically designed for arcade cabinets. It negates the need for individual consoles, or emulators for the games you want to play, which means you can have tens of thousands of games on one system. With so many games to choose from, it might seem overwhelming to think of. How would one even choose what to play? To help you, here is a list of 12 games across a variety of genres and platforms to give you a taste of what you can have without having to worry about business hours or collecting numerous gaming consoles.
Platform games, or jump ‘n’ run games, are usually 2D graphic games where players jump or climb between platforms in the level.
1. Spyro the Dragon
Spyro the Dragon is the first Spyro game in the series, and was released in September of 1998 for the PlayStation. It follows Spyro the purple dragon, and Sparx, his dragonfly friend as they journey through Dragon Kingdom to defeat the bad guy. Gnasty Gnorc has taken over the 5 dragon Homeworlds and it is up to Spyro and Sparx to have all the crystalized dragons. This game was Sony’s attempt to snag a younger age group and compete against the, then popular, Nintendo 64. However, despite the original target audience being younger, it was fun for everyone with its great gameplay, and fantastic (for its time) graphics.
2. Super Mario 64
In 1996, Super Mario 64 was released on the Nintendo 64. It was the first Mario game where the gameplay was in 3D. It received critical acclaim, and is even considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. By 2015 there had been nearly 12 million copies sold making it the best-selling N64 game. It takes place in Princess Peach’s castle and follows the previous plot line of Peach’s kidnapping by Bowser while collecting stars to open new doors.
Racing games are very straightforward games in which the goal is to beat the opponents to the finish line. However, in recent years game makers have made them more complex with storylines and character development.
3. Burnout 3 – Takedown
Burnout 3 – Takedown is the third game in the Burnout series. There is a single-player campaign mode, which when played unlocks new and faster cars. The “takedown” part of the title is that, aside from the circuit racing, the point is to repeatedly slam into your opponents until they crash. It launched on the PlayStation 2 in September of 2004, and received critical acclaim, and has become one of the highest-rated racing games.
4. Mario Kart – Double Dash!
Mario Kart – Double Dash was developed in 2003 by Nintendo for the GameCube. It is the 4th game in the Mario Kart series. Like the previous titles, players’ characters race against each other on Mario themed tracks. However, it is the first and only Mario Kart game to include a co-op option in which 2 players are on the same kart, which, when combined with LAN gameplay could have up to 16 players to compete at once. It sold more than 3.8 million copies in the US and over 800,000 copies in Japan, and approximately 7 million copies worldwide making it the second best selling GameCube game of all time.
RPG (Role Playing Game)
RPGs have a central quest throughout the storyline, and usually includes sidequests. One of the key elements of an RPG is the ability to level up, and evolve your character over time.
5. Final Fantasy
In 1987, Square, which has also been known as SquareSoft and SquareEnix, developed and published Final Fantasy for the Nintendo system. Since then it has been remade for several other game consoles. The story line follows 4 friends, called the Light Warriors, carrying 4 tainted elemental crystals. The point of the game is to defeat evil, restore light, and save the world. The original Final Fantasy is often regarded as one of the most influential RPGs on the NES, and played a major role in the popularization of the RPG genre. It was the first in a 15 game series, with many other related games, not counting the 2 animes, 5 movies, and FFXI Online which was an MMORPG.
6. Kingdom Hearts II
In 2005 Square Enix, in collaboration with Buena Vista Games released Kingdom Hearts II for the PlayStation 2. Like the original Kingdom Hearts it combines Disney and the aforementioned Final Fantasy series characters and settings as it follows Sora on his search for his friends. It is a fun game for most ages, with the Disney characters, and a complex story line. Because of this, it is often called one of the greatest video games of all time. Within weeks of its release, more than one million copies had been shipped in Japan and North America.
Sport games are pretty self explanatory. They’re about sports.
7. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 was developed by Neversoft, and published by Activision in 2000 on the PlayStation. However, it was so popular that that same year it was ported to Microsoft Windows, Sega Dreamcast, and Game Boy Color and the following year it was ported to Mac OS, N64, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance. It uses the same game engine as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, but improved the graphics and gameplay while also introducing manuals and cash rewards. There is a career mode with objectives to earn profits and evolve the character, a free play mode, a multiplayer mode, and a level editor for customized leveled. This all takes place in a 3D urban setting with the ambience of hip hop, and punk rock music to skate to.
8. NBA Hangtime
NBA Hangtime was originally an arcade game released in 1996, and was then released for home versions on the N64, SNES, Sega Genesis, and PlayStation. The gameplay is very similar to NBA Jam games, but with some additions. The biggest difference is the ability to create your own player. You can specify height, weight, power, shooting, and defensive skills. Players can become more powerful with attribute points earned from winning games. The arcade game’s team roster features players from the 1995-96 NBA season whereas the home version features players from the 1996-1997 NBA season. Accuracy is always a great thing in a video game.
Shooter games are weapon based combat games. There are two types of shooter games, 1st person and 3rd person shooters. The difference between them is the camera perspective. 1st person shooters are through the character’s eyes, and in 3rd person the camera hovers above them.
Doom is a 1st person shooter created in 1993 for MS-DOS in which a space marine (often known as Doomguy) fights his way through invading Hell demons. The campaign is broken up into episodes of successive missions that are playable in single-player, or in a multiplayer co-op campaign over network with two to four players. It also features two to four player deathmatch game mode. Doom is arguably one of the most important games in history as well as being one of the greatest games ever made. It inspired many similar games, and pioneered online distribution of games, networked multiplayer gaming, and 3D graphics. Although the very graphic violence, and the hellish imagery drew a lot of video game controversy, the Doom Franchise continued with 1 Doom remake, 3 additional games, and even a film in 2005.
10. GoldenEye 007
GoldenEye 007 is a 1st person shooter released on the Nintendo 64 in 1997 after two and a half years of development. It has a single player campaign mode where the player plays as James Bond, who is trying to stop a crime syndicate from using a satellite weapon against London. It also has a multiplayer mode where up to 4 players can compete in a split-screen deathmatch. GoldenEye 007 is considered to be an important game because of the change in standard from the Doom-like games to a more realistic style. It also pioneered features such as stealth, multiplayer deathmatch, and atmospheric player missions.
Fighting games started out on arcade systems, then moved to home systems. They involve combat between 2 or more players. In the late 80’s and early 90’s there was a boom of fighting games, and grassroot style tournaments were being held, as were legitimate competitions.
11. Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros Melee is a crossover fighting game for GameCube. It was released in 2001 as the second in the Super Smash Bros. series. Among many others, it features characters from The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Star Fox, and Pokémon. The stages are also pulled from the characters’ games as well. Where Mario Kart Double Dash was the second best-selling GameCube title, Super Smash Bros. Melee is the best-selling title and in its first 7 years it sold over 7 million copies. It has been featured in gaming tournaments, and has a dedicated fan community.
12. Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II was originally released for arcades in 1991 as a sequel to Street Fighter (1987). It improved a majority of the concepts from the first game, including the special command-based moves. There is also a wider selection of characters to play and each has their own unique fighting style. It was so popular that it inspired community organized tournament events. As of 2017, it was one of the top three highest grossing video games of all time grossing an estimated $10 billion in revenue total. It is often credited with the 1990’s fighting genre boom, and the inspiration of other fighting series creations.
Choose Hyperspin Home Arcade Systems!
Gaming has been a lucrative industry since their inception. Starting with the original arcade games up until now. In the last few years, since the Covid-19 pandemic, sales have increased even more. People need to be entertained at home. However, even with the creation of new and amazing games sometimes you don’t want new. With all of the changes in the world, and the chaos everywhere, sometimes you want something that you know you love. Something comforting, that you can depend on. With a Hyperspin Home Arcade System you can have all of your old favorites, and maybe find some new ones too, all in one place without having to switch consoles.