There's a good reason why Capcom has such a long legacy in the video games industry - and why they're titans today. Going back to the arcades in the 80s and 90s, you'd find Capcom among one of the many brands headlining at least a dozen arcade machines. Best of all, they had a terrifically diverse roster of games under their belt, catering to many audiences at once. Now, we get to the relive the glory days of the arcades with Capcom Arcade Stadium.
Capcom Arcade Stadium packages together 32 classic games (at least in its current line-up), with the developer promising more to be added at a later stage. For a starting roster, though, it's pretty impressive. Each pack of games delivers titles from specific eras. The full list inlcudes:
Dawn of the Arcade (1984–1988)
Pirate Ship Higemaru (1984)
Ghosts 'n Goblins (1985)
Section Z (1985)
Legendary Wings (1986)
Bionic Commando (1987)
Forgotten Worlds (1988)
Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1988)
Arcade Revolution (1989–1992)
Dynasty Wars (1989)
Final Fight (1989)
1941: Counter Attack (1990)
Mega Twins (1990)
Carrier Air Wing (1990)
Street Fighter II (1991)
Captain Commando (1991)
Varth: Operation Thunderstorm (1992)
Arcade Evolution (1992–2001)
Warriors of Fate (1992)
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (1992)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo (1994)
Armored Warriors (1994)
Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness (1995)
19XX: The War Against Destiny (1995)
Battle Circuit (1997)
Giga Wing (1999)
1944: The Loop Master (2000)
As you can tell, Capcom Arcade Stadium packs a lot of diverse titles, from fighting games and shooters to action and adventure titles. For the most part, the games list is expansive, though you can't help but feel like at least half of the games won't cater to everyone. Quite a few notable Capcom arcade classics are missing, which to its credit, we presume will be added later on. It's not necessarily a knock to the current line-up, but the absence of many Capcom heavy-hitters here is noticeable.
Street Fighter II remains one of the greatest fighting games of all time, and Capcom has bundled three versions of the game in this collection.
...playing in the classic format (especially paired with the CRT filters) offers such a rewarding nostalgic experience.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam
25 May 2021
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