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ARCADE COMPILATIONS

The first arcade compilation I ever purchased was Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits for the Super Nintendo. I loved it! Practically perfect ports of Defender, Stargate (well, Defender II), Robotron, Joust, and Sinistar. It was the first time I had ever seen the home console version of an arcade game look just like the arcade.

A few years down the road, Namco Museum came out for the original PlayStation. This is the first time I remember seeing added artwork to an arcade port.

About six months after the Artwork project started, Retro27 sent me some screenshots of a few of the Namco XBLA games, which made for "fun" bezel artwork. I ended up creating an Other Artwork page to keep stuff that did not fall into real MAME Artwork.

In 2009, after noticing that those screenshots were missing detail, and really wanting to see the full artwork in Namco Museum Virtual Arcade, I did some research after Stiletto pointed me in the right direction, and figured out how to extract the artwork from some of these games.

For too long of a time, this artwork sat on a separate page from the real artwork. After years of growing older (and hopefully wiser), I realized that was just silly. All of this artwork is now combined into the normal In-Game Artwork files for MAME. This makes keeping things up to date here easier, and it makes it way easier for the end user to use all of the artwork available.

Below are the Console and PC compilations that we have artwork from today. This page will be updated as new artwork is added to the collection:

Nintendo GameCube — Namco Museum (1999)

The first artwork I recall seeing for an arcade port was Pac-Man in Namco Museum for the original Playstation. For the Gamecube version, it looks like Namco used the same artwork, and added an additional artwork for the arrangement versions.

For these artwork files, artwork was extracted using the texture dump feature in the Dolphin emulator.

Games with this artwork:

  • Galaga
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Namco Classics Collection Vol. 1
  • Namco Classics Collection Vol. 2
  • Pac-Man

PC — Atari: 80 Classic Games in One! (2003)

Originally Atari Anniversary Edition 1 & 2, those were combined into this edition, while adding additonal playable Atari 2600 Games.

The concept behind the artwork for these games was great, as it was all interactive. Fairly decent recreations of the original arcade cabinet artwork, along with animated buttons and lights where applicable.

Games with this artwork:

  • Asteroids
  • Asteroids Deluxe
  • Battlezone
  • Black Widow
  • Centipede
  • Crystal Castles
  • Gravitar
  • Liberator
  • Lunar Lander
  • Major Havoc
  • Millipede
  • Missile Command
  • Pong
  • Red Baron
  • Space Duel
  • Super Breakout
  • Tempest
  • Warlords

Xbox 360 — Xbox Live Arcade (2005-2011)

Throughout the 360's lifecycle, a number of individual arcade ports and/or emulations were released for the Xbox Live service, many of them with amazing artwork. My favorite bezel artwork out of here would have to be Double Dragon and TMNT. Be sure to check out Joust and Robotron, which had backdrop artwork unique to the XBLA versions. Of the Namco games, many of them included both 16:9 artwork, as well as 4:3 artwork, for people who were still playing games on older televisions at that time. Years later, a number of these games were eventually de-listed and are no longer available. While the ports are no longer available, their artwork can live on here.

Screenshots were used for Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Centipede, and Millipede. All other games use actual files.

Games with this artwork:

  • Altered Beast
  • Asteroids
  • Asteroids Deluxe
  • Battle Zone
  • Castlevania
  • Centipede
  • Contra
  • Cyberball
  • Defender
  • Dig Dug
  • Discs of Tron
  • Double Dragon
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Frogger
  • Galaga
  • Garou - Mark of the Wolves
  • Golden Axe
  • Gyruss
  • Joust
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Millipede
  • Missile Command
  • Mr. Driller
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Paperboy
  • Pac-Man
  • Rally X
  • Robotron: 2084
  • Rush 'n' Attack
  • Samurai Showdown II
  • Scramble
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage
  • Shinobi
  • Soul Calibur
  • Super Contra
  • Tapper
  • The King of Fighters '98
  • Time Pilot
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Track & Field
  • Tron
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
  • Xevious
  • Yie Ar Kung-Fu

Nintendo Wii — Namco Museum Remix (2007)

This was not the greatest of Namco's game compilations, but for many of the games included, it was the first time these games were released on a console in North America. As the Wii did not really include real widescreen support at the time, artwork for these games is all at a 4:3 ratio. In 2010, Namco released an updated version called Namco Museum Megamix. Of the games new to this compilation that weren't in the original Remix, the artwork is the same as the 4:3 artwork included in Namco Museum Virtual Arcade.

For these artwork files, artwork was extracted using the texture dump feature in the Dolphin emulator.

Games with this artwork:

  • Cutie Q
  • Dig Dug
  • Galaxian
  • Gaplus
  • Mappy
  • Pac & Pal
  • Pac-Mania
  • Super Pac-Man
  • Xevious

PlayStation Portable — Taito Legends Power-Up (2007)

Not the most amazing artwork out among arcade compilations, but hey, artwork is artwork. At some point, I need to go back and look at the other entries in Taito Legends and Memories.

Games with this artwork:

  • Alpine Ski
  • Balloon Bomber
  • Cameltry
  • Chack'n Pop
  • Crazy Balloon
  • Elevator Action
  • KiKi KaiKai
  • Kuri Kinton
  • Lunar Rescue
  • Phoenix
  • Qix
  • Raimais
  • Rastan Saga
  • Return of the Invaders
  • Space Chaser
  • Space Dungeon
  • Space Invaders
  • Space Invaders Part II
  • The Fairyland Story
  • The Legend of Kage
  • The New Zealand Story

PlayStation 3 — PSN Network (2007-20??)

I love the artwork for Q*Bert on PSN, as it simply takes the original arcade artwork, and updates it for today's computer graphics.

All artwork from PSN games was created using screenshots.

Games with this artwork:

  • Q*Bert

Xbox 360 — Raiden Fighters Aces (2008)

I was pleasantly suprised when this game came out for Xbox, as I have always been a shmup fan. I was again pleasantly surprised when digging around to extract the artwork, I found additional artwork that I did not see available from the normal game menu.

Games with this artwork:

  • Raiden Fighters
  • Raiden Fighters 2
  • Raiden Fighters Jet

Xbox 360 — Raiden IV (2009)

Okay... I am cheating with this one. Raiden IV is not in MAME, and probably won't be for a long time. But I had the artwork files, and wanted to use them, so for MAME purposes today, they are available for Raiden and Raiden II.

Games with this artwork:

  • Raiden
  • Raiden II

Xbox 360 — Namco Museum Virtual Arcade (2009)

In my opinion, this title is the ultimate arcade compilation, in regards to original artwork created for the included games. This was sort of a hybrid disc: seven of the games included on here were originally released for the Xbox Live Arcade. If you didn't already own those versions of those games, the disc simply unlocked them, and you still had to download those games separately through the Xbox Live Marketplace. Of the 21 remaining games, 19 included newly drawn backdrops in both 16:9 and 4:3 versions. (The two Pole Postion games and the two Sky Kid games shared the same artwork). I would wish that any future retro arcade releases take artwork as seriously as Namco did with this compilation.

Games with this artwork:

  • Baraduke
  • Bosconian
  • Dig Dug II
  • Dragon Buster
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Galaga '88
  • Galaxian
  • Grobda
  • King & Balloon
  • Mappy
  • Metro-Cross
  • Motos
  • Pac & Pal
  • Pac-Mania
  • Pole Position
  • Pole Position II
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Sky Kid
  • Sky Kid Deluxe
  • Super Pac-Man
  • The Tower of Druaga

PlayStation 3 — Namco Museum Essentials (2009)

This collection was unique in that it also included an exlusive version of Xevious, called Xevious Resurrection, never before or since released on any other game console. Of the five games included, you started out with a beautiful 16:9 backdrop, different from any other previous Namco collection. If you completed certain goals for each game, you also unlocked a "realistic" cocktail version, which includes the Japanese instruction cards. There was also a demo version of the game, that had two other versions of wallpaper for the its games (did not include Dragon Spirit).

Games with this artwork:

  • Dig Dug
  • Dragon Spriit
  • Galaga
  • Pac-Man
  • Xevious

Xbox 360 — Midway Arcade Origins (2012)

I have loved every version of Midway Arcade that came out, simply for the fact that old arcade games were still getting attention on today's consoles. When this version was released, though, it initially kind of rubbed me the wrong way, though I am over it now.

You see, I can definitively say that for at least nine of the games in this compilation, the artwork was directly lifted from this site and edited for the game. (Hint: it is easy to tell, because the mistakes and discrepancies from the artwork on this site, that were not part of the original game, made their way into MAO).

It's funny today, though... with that artwork now here, it is almost like a case of MAME emulating a game that is emulating MAME. At some point down the road, I will probably do an in-depth write up about it, just for fun.

Games with this artwork:

  • 720&176;
  • APB
  • Arch Rivals
  • Bubbles
  • Championship Sprint
  • Defender
  • Gauntlet
  • Gauntlet II
  • Joust
  • Joust 2
  • Marble Madness
  • Pit-Fighter
  • Rampage
  • Rampart
  • Robotron: 2084
  • Root Beer Tapper
  • Satan's Hollow
  • Sinistar
  • Smash TV
  • Spy Hunter
  • Spy Hunter II
  • Stargate (as Defender II)
  • Super Off Road
  • Super Sprint
  • Toobin'
  • Total Carnage
  • Tournament Cyberball 2072
  • Vindicators Part II
  • Wizard of Wor
  • Xenophobe
  • Xybots