Inpsired by a post on Detructoid today, I wanted to share what I believe is the greatest arcade cabinet of all time:
Back in the mid 1990’s this machine was a hot item and it wasn’t unusual to see all 6 joysticks filled with rabid players. The ultra-wide cabinet allowed just enough elbow room for each player, but it could be a challenge if you wanted to squeeze into a busy game as one of the remaining characters.
X-Men is the only arcade game I know of that actually used 2 full CRTs to provide a nice wide-screen effect. As if the colorful graphic novel graphics and great sound effects weren’t enough, the widescreen allowed 6 heroes battle wave after wave of baddies without the screen being too crowded.
Unfortunately, I’m not aware of a way to emulate the 6-player version of X-Men to accurately re-created the experience (the 2 or 4-player, single screen version isn’t a problem). The only real way to pull this off is to track down the real machine.
Maybe, just maybe, We’ll find a widescreen, 6-player version of X-Men arcade on XBox Live Arcade or something. But even then, I don’t know if it will be able to rival this ultimate arcade cabinet.
If you’d like to find out more about the game itself, I recommend reading this review of the X-Men arcade game.