9 Great Arcade Games That Never Got Ported
These days, you can pretty much guarantee that if an arcade game uses anything even close to console control schemes, it’ll get a home port as a way to generate some extra cash. That wasn’t always the case, though – lots of games used to go unconverted, some for obvious reasons and some totally bafflingly. Here’s a selection of NowGamer’s favourite arcade games that never made the trip home…
Imagine a game that combines the thrill of a one-on-one fighting game with a lightgun game’s need for deadly accuracy. Now stop imagining it, because 2Spicy was that game – one of the most innovative arcade releases ever. Unfortunately, despite the fact that it was only released in 2007 you’ll struggle to find it now, as it was pricey and players didn’t immediately click with it.
If you’ve ever had a flick through Retro Gamer, you’ll know that Darran Jones could probably do without food and water as long as he had a copy of Strider to play. That’s because Strider is ace – and Osman (also known as Cannon Dancer) is basically more of that style of arcade platformer, but with more colours and even crazier level design.
Space Harrier had a huge impact in the arcades of the mid-Eighties, and Planet Harriers was Sega’s way of reviving all of that. It’s a beautiful game, but one which got lost in the shuffle as the company transitioned away from its own hardware and towards third-party publishing.