A Gamer’s Stroll Down Memory Lane

Growing up in Hong Kong meant so much more to me than just being surrounded by skyscrapers and high-rises that dominated all my senses. It was what I called home, but its arcades were my playground. My dad, in fact, had a majority ownership in one when my siblings and I were still fairly young. It became a collective escape for us, whilst attempting to “help” my dad and his team behind the counter. I still remember all the grainy buzz that emitted from the Atari and Namco machines; the comforting sight and sound of neon are forever seared to my mind.

When Capcom’s Street Fighter II released, the activity at the arcade grew to an all-time high. Arcade players and bystanders stuck around from day to night. I also grew increasingly addicted to the fast-pace fighting game that so brilliantly revolutionized arcades. I would stay late, after finishing my homework of course, with my fellow classmates to get a few rounds in before dinner. That camaraderie and tag-team playing format stuck with me all these years.

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I still remember all the grainy buzz that emitted from the Atari and Namco machines; the comforting sight and sound of neon are forever seared to my mind.
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So when I learned that Walmart had been selling Arcade1Up Street Fighter II, Galaga (available only at Walmart) I appropriately freaked out. I went online as soon as I could to put in an order for a machine. If you are a nostalgic gamer like me, I’d suggest going to the nearest Walmart or Walmart.com to scoop them up before anyone else does! 

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The arcade machine itself is exceptional and has been completely retrofitted from scratch for an aesthetic that is fresh from the ‘80s. I personally love how it fits so nicely in my guest house space. Maximum impact on a minimal scale is what I aspire for all the time. Technically, the machine performs as expected. The joysticks are a dream to use and glide smoothly as you keep your opponent at bay. 

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Fin.


Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or give the gift of tradition, Arcade1Up’s Street Fighter II and Galaga is a strong contender. I am already looking to double my collection with another machine, once I make more room. It’s both a homage to one’s adolescent memories and a decor statement at the same time. What’s not to love?

This post was brought to you in partnership with Walmart. All words, images and story are my own.