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Ask AYCA – Was Street Fighter 2 or Mortal Kombat A Better Game?

Mortal Kombat

Today, we’ve decided to pit two classic arcade fighting games together, in order to determine which was the better game. In one corner we have Mortal Kombat. A game so shocking at the time of it’s release that an entire country banned it. In the other corner Street Fighter 2. Credited with saving the arcade industry from a long slump, it’s one of the best selling fighters at all time.

When it comes to Mortal Kombat, they get the first knock out with the use of fatalities. Watching your opponent literally get their heart ripped out is a way more satisfying finish. Street Fighter 2 on the other hand was easier to master and being able to play good at any game will make it more enjoyable. SF2 also had the advantage of one more button, so they could squeeze in a few combos. Mortal Kombat did have a dedicated block button which made it a bit easier to counter your opponents attacks. Because the MK combos were harder to pull off, it left the game more competitive because opponents couldn’t combo spam you to death. The artwork on Mortal Kombat was a lot more intense then what SF2 came out with, but in the end Street Fighter 2 ends up being more replayable and that alone is enough to win the contest. While both games are sure to leave you entertained, in a head to head match up, we have to call SF2 as the winner. Agree or disagree? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below

Ask All You Can Arcade – What Game Am I Thinking Of?

reassembled track ball roller

Today’s question comes in from Kevin, who is trying to remember the name of a favorite arcade game, but only remembers the details of the games. Here are your clues . . .

-Clue#1 – its a side scroller

-Clue#2 – it has a jet that can transform into a robot and vice versa

-Clue#3 it has lots of stages and as far i can remember its that the first stage enemy is a one eyed monster

-Clue#4 amazing sound and graphics

Admittedly clue #4 is a bit subjective, so it may not be as useful, but he did mention that he played it in the 90’s, so it rules out anything post millennium.

Off the top of our head, we know that we don’t have any like this in our inventory, but are going to do our homework in the next 24 hours and will update it with our best guess. If you think that you know the name of the game, dive into the comments and we’ll see if we can figure this one out.

After a bit of careful research, we think that the game is Aeroboto. I wasn’t able to confirm footage of the first boss, but it looks an awfully lot like the game described. It was also known as Formation Z. It was released in 1984 by Jaleco. Here is some footage of the game play on Youtube.

Ask All You Can Arcade: Does Buying Arcade Games In Bulk Make Them Cheaper?

Game Storage

Periodically we get questions from readers that relate to the arcade industry. Whether you’re looking for arcade repair tips or want to know what it’s like to be an arcade operator, we hope that this column helps to provide answers to your arcade and pinball related questions. To kick off our new Q&A series on the blog, we thought that we’d address the topic of buying arcade games on the cheap. If you have your own question for the All You Can Arcade staff, feel free to contact us at the following link

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Today’s question is does buying arcade games in bulk make them cheaper?

Our answer, undoubtedly! In our experience the market for arcade games in a binary one. What we mean by that is that games will either go for very cheap or very expensive, but almost never anywhere in between. Part of the reason for the binary nature of arcade game sales is the fact that individual titles have a huge impact on the value of a game.

Take our Tron for example. It’s considered one of the most collectible games by collectors. Not only did they make a great movie from the 80s, but they made a remake more recently. In the game, they built four different mini-games for you to play. The cabinet itself uses an innovative flight stick that is hard to replicate on MAMEs and mutlicades. Just looking at it glow from the blacklight can leave you speechless. Because of these reasons, if someone is a Tron fan and really wants that game, the supply is extremely limited. As a casual arcade fan, they likely don’t have the skills to repair a broken game and because they are only interested in that particular title, they either have to wait for years to find one or go up in price. If you wait long enough, you tend to be willing to bid even more for a title. If we tried to purchase an individual copy of Tron, we never would have been able to add it to our library of games, but when we bought out Tron we only ended up paying $200 for it, because it was part of a bulk lot of games.

The operator who sold it to us had a couple of really good games, but he had some less than spectacular ones as well. He certainly could have pieced out the Tron, but because he was in need of space, lived in a geographically remote area and needed a large sum of money, he was willing to throw that game into the mix, in order to entice operators like ourselves to make the long drive for the games. Ultimately, our Tron needed a little bit of work, but when you have a lot of games to work on, fixing them gets to be easy. Instead of searching the internet for a specific title, we were looking for any games at the $200 price level. From our perspective, we may have overpaid for our Sly Spy that was included in the lot, but we got a fantastic deal on Tron, Asteroids, etc. etc. etc.

Ultimately we’ve found that buying in bulk gives you access to the lower end of the binary market. Typically prices will be 75% – 80% lower in bulk then what you would expect to spend for an individual title. Even our Sly Spy has managed to catch a $300 bid since we purchased it, but we like keeping it on hand because Data East made Karnov their unofficial mascot and included advertisements for Karnov in the game. We think that there would be something special about owning every game that Karnov makes an appearance in and already have several available for rent on our website. Whether you’re buying broken games or working ones, paying in bulk also limits the number of qualified bidders on a lot. There are a lot of people who have $1,000 that there willing to spend for a game, but there aren’t that many who are willing to put down $5,000 plus storage for a hobby. Less bidders mean better deals for operators who have the cash. Hopefully, this helps to answer this question from one of our readers. Feel free to submit your own questions and we’ll be happy to answer them on our blog.