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Dec 16, 2010
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In the 90s, the arcades were a scene all its own.

If you were a cool kid, you would’ve been there. And you would’ve been setting all the high scores. And you would’ve been hustling, all while you ask your mom for more token money.

Now, arcades just don’t have that same vibe anymore. Probably because all the best games for the format have come and left. One of those games though, X-Men: The Arcade Game has been re-released for the Playstation 3 through the Playstation Network on December 14, 2010, and for the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade on the 15th.  

The game, a beat-em-up originally released by Konami in 1992 puts you in the knee-high boots of Wolverine, Cyclops, Dazzler, Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus as you try to vanquish everyone’s favorite metal-attracting psycho, Magneto.

The gameplay is straightforward. You start a stage, enemies appear (mostly human-sized Sentinels), you beat them up, and you go right, and fight the end boss.

It sounds repetitive, and sometimes it can be, but for those who played it at the arcades way back when, it’s supremely nostalgic and fun. It’s good ol’ button-mashing fun at its finest, and possibly offers the most fun you’ll have playing as one of the X-Men.

Of course, X-Men though wasn’t the only arcade beat-em-up in the day. Here now are 5 more that we miss wasting our tokens on.

Alien Vs. Predator

An all-out invasion of aliens (the kind Sigourney Weaver hates) has ensued, and it's up to one Arnold Schwarzenegger-clone, a hot brunette going by the name of Lt. Kurosawa, and two Predators (who apparently had nothing better to do) to save the world. Made in 1994, this Capcom-made cabinet featured inspired animation, and fast-paced action. But really, its best feature was that you get to beat up all those icky Aliens.

The Simpsons

Comic Book Guy would have said it best: "Best. Simpsons Game. Ever." Featuring cartoony graphics and an art style that closely resembled the real thing, the game captured the series' charm right away. The premise is trademark-Simpsons too: Maggie has been kidnapped by Mr.Burns because the baby's pacifier had accidentally been switched with a diamond one. It's up to Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Bart to rescue her. The game has been re-released on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in early 2010.

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