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Title: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: gyruss on September 16, 2010, 10:09:00 AM
(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/Japan_Arcade_Museum.jpg)

A couple of months ago, I had the chance to visit the Japanese Arcade Museum, mentioned in the Galaxian Theater topic.
The owners of the museum were so kind to open the place specially for me and my girlfriend. So thanks again for the warm welcome!

The museum was kinda located in the middle of nowhere, but Ikke and Tom provided us with some detailed directions. So after a 2/3 hour trip we arrived at the museum:

(http://a.imageshack.us/img834/5830/imag1910.jpg)  

take a look at the first 2 games we spotted right at the entrance, so beautiful!

(http://a.imageshack.us/img844/1156/imag1975.jpg)

(http://a.imageshack.us/img838/2466/imag1928.jpg)

and in great condition, I love the Galaxian, what a beautiful cabinet, someday i will own one

(http://a.imageshack.us/img838/5043/imag1921.jpg)

(http://a.imageshack.us/img839/4958/imag1927.jpg)

(http://a.imageshack.us/img828/2738/imag1926.jpg)

puckman is also looking very clean

(http://a.imageshack.us/img834/803/imag1924.jpg)

(http://a.imageshack.us/img843/6489/imag1925.jpg)

again, great site art and great overall condition.

(http://a.imageshack.us/img826/9396/imag1923.jpg)

(http://a.imageshack.us/img838/3136/p1030965.jpg)

of course there were other great (namco) games

(http://a.imageshack.us/img843/2222/p1040036.jpg)

too bad some of them weren't working, love the sign though

(http://a.imageshack.us/img830/1281/p1040037r.jpg)

(http://a.imageshack.us/img840/4073/p1040018.jpg)

This one seems to have a nintendo Control panel

(http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/6307/p1040039.jpg)

Again, great side art.

(http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/3692/p1040020.jpg)

a namco breakout

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/544/p1040021.jpg)

a non working pole position 2

(http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/5025/p1030960b.jpg)

(http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/5444/p1030959.jpg)

Me playing space harrier, very cool cabinet and great game

(http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/1249/p1030999.jpg)

girlfriend likes the game also

(http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/4461/imag1944.jpg)

a sega time traveler, i like the effects but hate the gameplay

(http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/3769/imag1947.jpg)

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/6435/imag1946.jpg)

starblade! what a great game, a must have for sure

(http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/2425/imag1952.jpg)

(http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/1821/imag1953.jpg)

cobra commander? don't know the name of this one anymore

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/1097/imag1962.jpg)

(http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/263/imag1963.jpg)

a train simulator, only in Japan!

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/3167/imag1935.jpg)

panic park, fun game with strange controls

(http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/7005/imag1979.jpg)

another weird game, a very nice man used it the half of the day to work out ;D

(http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/3007/p1040017pn.jpg)

Steel gunner 2, a nice shooter

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/2415/p1040027.jpg)

(http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/2364/imag1978.jpg)

2 classic racers, got my ass whooped by some Japanese girl

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/8981/imag1970.jpg)

(http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/6688/imag1971.jpg)

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/4271/imag1969.jpg)

(http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/4223/p1030986.jpg)

a sort of dancing game, don't like this one

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/3315/imag1983.jpg)

the building also has great site art

(http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/6739/imag1982.jpg)

they also have a few candy cab's

(http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6334/imag1972.jpg)

(http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/9094/imag2005.jpg)

darius, non working but still a must have

(http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/3859/imag2002.jpg)

flight combat

(http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/1970/imag1937.jpg)

the museum also owns a lot of cocktails

(http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/7143/imag2004.jpg)

(http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/2498/p1030973.jpg)

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/5037/imag2000.jpg)

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/1852/imag1931.jpg)

(http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/5355/imag1932.jpg)

(http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/425/imag1933.jpg)

(http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/2161/imag1934.jpg)

(http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/9140/p1030969.jpg)

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2469/p1030987.jpg)

a lcd monitor is getting installed

(http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/5346/p1030978.jpg)

After all those great games it's time for the main event

(http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/5476/imag2017.jpg)

i bet bruno will commit a murder for this sign  ;)

(http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/4208/imag1974.jpg)

let's take a look inside

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/3971/p1040031.jpg)

(http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/1083/imag1920.jpg)

(http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/7763/imag1914.jpg)

(http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/5375/imag1990k.jpg)

(http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/9265/imag1955.jpg)

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/9962/imag1913.jpg)

they also have a few spare laser disc players

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/5673/imag1919.jpg)

the pcb's

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/4971/imag1912.jpg)

(http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/8223/imag1911.jpg)

(http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/227/imag1988.jpg)

ceiling

(http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/1221/imag1981.jpg)

some signs

(http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/5009/imag1918b.jpg)

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/2199/imag1967.jpg)

(http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/4707/imag1966.jpg)

(http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/7453/imag1965.jpg)

(http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/7333/imag1960.jpg)

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/8753/imag1961.jpg)

this is what i call a control panel  ;)

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/7870/imag1956.jpg)

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/2478/imag1991.jpg)

(http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/8554/imag1992.jpg)

So let's start this wonderful machine and play some games

(http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/1192/imag1917.jpg)

at first we will play the game on easy

(http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/7638/imag1997.jpg)

(http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/4121/imag1995.jpg)

let's see if everything works

(http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3645/imag1994.jpg)

and here we go  ;D

(http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/7020/imag1954.jpg)

(http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7947/imag1916.jpg)

(http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/8450/imag1959o.jpg)

After some time Ike and Tom were so kind to switch the boards so we could play the other mission

(http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/8158/p1040056u.jpg)

(http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/4006/p1040046.jpg)

although the graphics from this original version aren't that great i still like it more then the other one.

(http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/5808/p1040049.jpg)

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/3395/p1040048.jpg)

(http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/8280/p1040052.jpg)

(http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/6821/p1040051.jpg)

What a great game! I really would like to play it again at bruno's place sometime.

So this was our visit to the museum. We had a splendid time. so thanks again Ike, Tom and everybody else!


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: nicolas le jardinier on September 16, 2010, 10:18:03 AM
Thank you very much for your report  ;)


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: mchay on September 16, 2010, 11:24:36 AM
The Long Awaited, Heavily Anticipated, Highly Appreciated Japanese Arcade Museum report with Galaxian 3 gaming :)


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: ckong on September 16, 2010, 12:07:43 PM
WooT  :spaceace: :spaceace:

thanks very much for these great, great pictures. I love them  :spaceace:

One day I will have a Puckman and a Japanese Galaxian also (please). I noticed that the breakout and one of the geebee's has a joystick, not original, but I'm sure the japanese are aware of that?

Was there much pollution there? I saw a Japanese with a mouth and nose cap?

You must have had a great time there. The Galaxian3 looks spectacular, I have to play it one day (never did).


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: Belike on September 16, 2010, 12:11:15 PM
Congrats you lucky ba.....rd!!! ;D


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: gyruss on September 16, 2010, 12:17:21 PM

I noticed that the breakout and one of the geebee's has a joystick, not original, but I'm sure the japanese are aware of that?

Was there much pollution there? I saw a Japanese with a mouth and nose cap?

Yes, they are aware of that, those machines still need to be fixed. The pollution in the city's was quite severe on hot days, the museum is located outside tokyo but still a lot of Japanese people wear those even if there isn't any pollution.
I guess it has something to do with being afraid of viruses like sars, don't really know for sure though.


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: jcp on September 16, 2010, 12:24:57 PM
Thanks for all  :-*.

(http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/1097/imag1962.jpg)
-> Metal Hawk


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: vib_ribbon on September 16, 2010, 12:27:53 PM
thanks for sharing.

with regards to the surgical masks, it could mean that that person has an illness and they don't want to pass it onto you. people are polite like that.


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: Superully on September 16, 2010, 12:35:24 PM
thx for that wonderful report with tons of pictures. the galaxian and the puckman look fabulous next to each other and are in perfect condition. the galaxian3 sign is a blast, we need to build one for bruno's opening ;)


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: flip971 on September 16, 2010, 01:13:18 PM
The galaxian and the puckman look fabulous next to each other and are in perfect condition. the galaxian3 sign is a blast, we need to build one for bruno's opening ;)
Great games is good condition.
Certainly is a nice report, thanks for the photos. Out of curiosity, where is located?


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: Alpha1 on September 16, 2010, 01:18:11 PM
The Namco Pole Position is very cool and rare! Did they have the other half?

I have one available if anyone is interested in rare Jap games?

Needs some restoration but has no wood rot or anything like that.

http://www.arcadeoll.com/pics/NPPC/

Oliver


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: gyruss on September 16, 2010, 01:21:25 PM
The museum is located near Shoubu Town. 2-3 hours away from Tokyo.  

I don't know if they have the other half, i always thought it was an upright. I have also played the one you got in Tokyo, that one was in great/ mint condition. I'll post another report about that place (with some other classic games) when i got the time.


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: baritonomarchetto on September 16, 2010, 03:13:57 PM
Thanks for the pictures! I like the Space Harrier sooooo much

Ah, and the train simulator is a "Densha de Go! 2", a very cool and addictive game (available also for PC and PS2, if i remember well)


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: DarthNuno on September 16, 2010, 06:19:12 PM
Holy Jesus... this is it!  :-* The pictures from the WORLD FAMOUS Japanese Arcade Museum ... a magical place that includes a rare Galaxian Theater up & running  :-*
That's very cool to open the place especially for your visit... our Japanese friends here are great  :-* In addition of the great games to see/play in the museum, you also have the chance to meet the best specialists of the Galaxian Beast Theater in the world... WOOOW  :P
Thanks for all these pictures, especially the ones around the Theater! Great you played both mission... but like you, my favorite one is the original one : project Dragoon.
Yes, I'm so jealous about all the Galaxian goodies over there  :o The best one is the Galaxian sign... I want one for the big opening of the V(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/Themes/default/images/post/G3.gif)  8)
Did you also see the Playstation custom adapter they made in order to play the exclusive PSone 'The Rising of Gourb' mission?

Regarding the other games in the place... you can feel the NAMCO influence all around do you? It's probably because a Namco headquarter is not too far, Am I right?
I hope you played Metal Hawk... a very rare game... never seen one for real  :P

Ok, I'll check back the pictures... and be back on this topic for sure :P

Thanks again for this post Gyruss  :-*

For immediate release on homepage of course  :arrow:

(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/news/Japan_Arcade_Museum.jpg)

(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/Themes/default/images/post/G3.gif)(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/Themes/default/images/post/G3.gif)(http://www.dragonslairfans.com/smfor/Themes/default/images/post/G3.gif)


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: scr33n on September 16, 2010, 10:27:53 PM
Thanks for the trip  :spaceace: Nice pics

Pacman & Galaxian two pieces of art  :-* :-*


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: Level42 on September 17, 2010, 12:54:38 AM
Wow. I would have probably (http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/Smileys/donkey_kong/bow2.gif) in front of the Galaxian and Puckman. They are holy icons of arcade history IMHO.

Love the bootleg Breakout too. It's funny to see that such a huge name in arcade games started with a bootleg ! :D

Love all the pics, thanks !!!


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: ataritoobin on September 17, 2010, 05:37:44 PM
Thank you for the great post!


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: ataritoobin on September 18, 2010, 01:01:53 AM


too bad some of them weren't working, love the sign though

(http://a.imageshack.us/img830/1281/p1040037r.jpg)

 :D Agreed!


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: vib_ribbon on September 18, 2010, 10:46:23 AM
that game you have forgotten is metal hawk

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3438/3696465707_1df6dd1f79_z.jpg)  (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2648/3696463299_70dec0ae4f_z.jpg)


Title: Re: Visiting the Japanese Arcade Museum (and playing Galaxian3)
Post by: italiandoh on September 18, 2010, 10:26:25 PM
Very interesting and thanks for sharing !
Impressive collection  :shock:
This is the first time I have ever seen a japanese Time Traveler machine: the marquee looks different from the one on the japanese flyer.

Matteo

(http://www.arcadeflyers.com/flyers_video/sega/16005501.jpg)