2D video arcades cabinets – a look at 25 year old hardware #Arcade #Gaming
Nicole Express continues a dive into older arcade cabinet hardware and software, in this case 2D hardware from late last century.
Last year, I covered the CAVE CV-1000, an early-2000’s arcade platform that was the last gasp of dedicated 2D hardware, with a RISC CPU and a blitter. But that was to power fast-paced “bullet hell” shooters with huge numbers of moving objects each frame, where even slowdown is crucial to strategy. What if your aims were a bit more… pedestrian? What if all you wanted was to make some 80’s games on cheaper hardware?
Behold: the Namco ND-1. A fairly compact board, used only by the two Namco Collection games as well as, according to MAME, a game called Abnormal Check, which I’ve never heard of, but from the title screen definitely appears to be abnormal.
Well, (if) you’re making an arcade board… you break out the Motorola 68000. This may have been mandatory at this point.
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