The Definitive List Of All Medium Resolution Games

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Most arcade games were made before high definition took over our living rooms. As a result, you actually need a standard resolution monitor to play 90% of the arcade games. While there were a handful of games that used vector monitors (black and white) and even a few that used color vector monitors (Tempest anyone?) the vast bulk of monitors that you come across in the arcade industry tend to be plain old vanilla standard raster games. The one weird exception are the medium resolution games.

Back in the day, a medium resolution monitor was the HDTV of the arcade world. Instead of the standard 640 x 480 lines of color, it gave game developers access to 800 x 600. The first game to use this format was called Winners Circle and while it was made in 1981, we wouldn’t actually see the medium resolution become popular until the late 90s and early 2000s.

Since these games tend to be a little funky, we’ve put together a list of every medium resolution game that was ever made. Whether you’re looking for a monitor that you can steal for a game that your currently have or you simply want to watch out for games that are becoming increasingly hard to find parts for, this list should help.

18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker
720 Degrees
Air Inferno
Arm Champs
Arm Champs II
Battle Vision
Behind Enemy Lines
Bio Freaks
Bloody Roar 3
B.O.T.S.S.: Battle of the Solar System
Bottom Of The Ninth
Bonanza Bros.
California Speed
Carnival King
Championship Sprint
Code One Dispatch
Confidential Mission
Cool Riders
Counter Force
Crack Down
Cruis’n Exotica
Cruis’n USA
Cruis’n World
Cyber Troopers Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram
Cyber Troopers: Virtual On
Cycle Warriors
Dark Silhouette: Silent Scope 2
Daytona USA
Daytona USA 2: Battle On The Edge
Daytona USA 2: Power Edition
Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive 2
Demolish Fist
Desert Tank
Desert War
Dirt Devils
Dolphin Blue
Dunk Star
Dynamic Country Club
Dynamite Cop
F-Zero AX
Fighting Fantasy
Fighting Vipers
Fighting Vipers 2
Gain Ground
Gauntlet Dark Legacy
Gauntlet Legends
Get Bass
Golden Tee Fore Complete
Golden Tee Fore! 2005
Golgo 13
Gradius IV – Fukkatsu
Grudge Match
GTI Club
Gulf Storm
Gulf War II
Gun Blade
Gun Barl
Gun Bullet
Hard Drivin’
Harley Davidson & L.A. Riders
Hole Land
Horror Story
Host Invaders
Hot Rod
House of the Dead
Hydro Thunder
In The Groove
Indy 500
Jumping Pop
Jurassic Park III
Keisatsukan Shinjuku 24ji
Keisatsukan Shinjuku 24ji 2
Last Bronx
Lethal Enforcers II: Gunfighters
Lost World: Jurassic Park
MACE – The Dark Age
Magical Date – Sotsugyo Kokuhaku Daisakusen
Magical Truck Adventure
Manx TT
Manx TT Superbike Twin
Metal Maniax
MoCap Boxing
MoCap Golf
Moon Quake
Motor Raid
Namco System 246
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Ninja Assault
NFL Blitz
NFL Blitz ’99
NFL Blitz 2000
NFL Blitz 2000 Gold Edition
Offroad Thunder
Para Para Paradise
Pilot Kids
Play By Play
Police 24/7
Police 911
Popn Music Animelo
Power Smash
Project Justice
Prop Cycle
Quiz Ghost Hunter
Quiz Mekurumeku Story
Race On
Racing Jam
Rail Chase 2
Red Hawk
San Francisco Rush
San Francisco Rush The Rock – Alcatraz Edition
Scud Race
Scramble Spirits
Sega Hikaru
Sega NAOMI system
Sega Naomi2
Sega Rally Championship
Sega Rally 2 Championship
Sega Touring Car Championship
Shikikami No Shiro
Silent Scope
Silent Scope EX
Sky Target
Smack Down
Solar Assault
Sonic Blast Man
Sonic Championship
Sonic The Fighters
Sports Fishing
Spike Out
Sports Jam
Star Trek Voyager
Star Wars Arcade
Star Wars Trilogy Arcade
Steel Talons
Street Slam
Super Masters
Super Sprint
Taito GNET System
Tekken Tag Tournament
The Grid
The Last Starfighter
The Ocean Hunter
The Typing of the Dead
Tokyo Bus Tour
Top Skater
Up Scope
Vampire Night
Vapor TRX
Virtua Cop
virtua Cop 2
Virtua Fighter
Virtua Fighter 2
Virtua Fighter 2.1
Virtua Fighter 3
Virtua Fighter 3 Team Battle
Virtua Fighter Evolution
Virtua NBA
Virtua Racing
Virtua Striker
Virtua Striker 3
Virtua Striker 2000
Virtua Tennis
Virtua Tennis 2
Virtual Combat
War: Final Assault
War Gods
Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III
Wild Riders
Winding Heat
Wing War
Winner Circle WWF Royal
World Series 99
World Trophy Soccer
Zero Gunner
Zero Gunner 2
Zero Point
Zombie Revenge

6 Responses to “The Definitive List Of All Medium Resolution Games”

  1. Damon July 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm # Reply

    Tapper is a medium res game

    • Seth July 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm # Reply

      Nice catch, we just added it to the list

  2. Anthony Dandrea October 8, 2015 at 3:33 am # Reply

    Sorry, but Tapper is most definitely a standard resolution game, It runs on the MCR boardset, like TRON, Journey and Spy Hunter. all of which are also standard red. I can see why you’d think it’s higher-tea, though: the board set produces high-resolution sprites through interlacing.

  3. steve January 22, 2016 at 1:11 am # Reply

    Sega Naomi’s are not medium resolution. They are either low resolution or High resolution (15k or 31k) only. Medium resolution monitors will not work with Naomi or Naomi 2

  4. Marc March 8, 2016 at 8:29 pm # Reply

    A lot of these games are not Medium Res – this article is very misleading.

    Taito G-NET games, Sega NAOMI, System 16, System C, the Hikaru… none of this stuff is medium res. It’s either Standard Res (or Standard res through JAMMA IO) or High Res/VGA.

  5. Jamie April 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm # Reply

    Silver Strike Bowling, Target Toss Pro

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