I cannot emphasise enough just how much of my young life was spent in the dingy, dark environment of the arcade. For the majority of my formative years, they were pretty dang cheap too, with most credits costing 10p/20p for many years. Whilst everyone else was out making friends and enjoying the sun, I was locked in mortal combat (literally and figuratively) with the colourful din of the cathode ray tube.
Scrolling fighters were my favourite genre in the early ’90s. Titles like Vendetta, Final Fight, TMNT, X-Men and Violent Storm. I even dropped many a coin into garbage like Growl and Dragonninja (No, it is). It’s easy to look back in retrospect at how shallow the gameplay was in said titles, but for you and a compadre, punching your way through these credit-munchers was practically a rite of passage.
For those of you who didn’t get the opportunity to experience the cigarette-smoke atmosphere of the arcade scene, Capcom has your back. Putting together seven classic scrolling brawlers for modern platforms, the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle returns players to a time when all it took was an hour of mindless button-mashing (and at least three quid) to fill your Saturday mornings with joyous ‘toon violence. So knuckle up, and let’s go clean up the streets.