MAME WR No. 14 – Fantasy Zone II

Fantasy Zone II

Time to smash those world records again.  The lads over on Ten Pence Arcade this week have chosen Fantasy Zone II by Sega.  All together now, hands in the air.  Let me be your fantasy! (…erm Zone…ahem…)  This is the very game that inspired Baby D to write and release the smash number one hit, only to be knocked off the top spot by East 17 with saccharine Christmas hit stay another day.  True story. Well some of it.

Developed by Sega, Fantasy Zone II is a sequel to, yes you guessed it Fantasy Zone. Whereas the original was an arcade hit ported to the console market, namely the Sega Master System, the sequel was a console original which was ported to the arcades.  Playchoice-10 aside it’s not often the way of things so it must be pretty special right…?

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Flicked The Switch

After much deliberation, I’ve taken the plunge.  Done the deed.  Made the bed.  Climbed the mountain. Ran the marathon.  I’ve finally picked up the Nintendo Switch.   Despite being burnt by the Wii-U somewhat I wasn’t so keen to invest in Nintendo’s next flagship console.  It’s not that the Wii-U had a poor selection of games, there is a handful that justifies a pick up if you get one for the right price and there’s plenty pre-owned out there. Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U, Bayonetta 2, Pikmin 3, Splatoon, Super Smash Brothers 3, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Wonderful 101 to name but a few. It’s more that the device didn’t really know what it wanted to be. Is it a home console? Yep. Is it a portable? Well if you’re in the house it is and the game supports remote play. Incorporating the Wii name confused consumers. “Is it an add on? Is it new? I already have one.” Continue reading “Flicked The Switch”

MAME WR No. 13 – Juno First

Juno First

The bi-weekly challenge thing over at the Ten Pence Arcade Podcast this time round has been Juno First.  Despite my age (yes old enough to remember fruit based drink Quatro) I can’t ever recall seeing or playing this in the arcades in my yoof so it was nice to have an attempt at something that didn’t steal countless 10 pence off me back in day…

Developed by Konami and released in 1983, Juno First is a vertical scrolling shooter which, Xevious being the notable exception, was something of a novelty back in the day.

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Back At It


It’s a looooong time since I’ve fired up MAME and had myself a blast at taking some high scores down.  After catching up with my good friend cNp at Glasto, conversation turned, as it often does, to gaming.   Gaming of both new and days of yore and as one conversation turned from Breath of the Wild, to JAMMA boards, to Vectrex and beyond, he put me onto a podcast about retro arcades, 10 Pence Arcade.  Not only do these guys wax lyrical about old cabs and where to find them, upcoming meets and general 1cc goodness they also contain a nice and friendly high score challenge which runs over the two weeks until the next podcast goes up.  If you’ve been following this site over the years (12 years…. crikey) then you’ll remember I went a bit bonkers not so long ago trying to work through MAME attempting to crack the world records on Twin Galaxies.  I wasn’t massively successful (I currently hold a grand total of one and that’ll be be easy to beat if you’re arsed) but it was a laugh.   You can se all the previous messes by checking the world record attempt over there on the sidebar.  It’s not pretty… So with that I’m back at it and you can blame @chrisnparsons for that…  Next I’ll be building a cab in my garage or some shit.