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.
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!
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.
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.