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Sega has recently announced that they are exiting the Japanese arcade business – and our nostalgic hearts are crying. Here’s a look back at some of the classic Sega arcade games we used to play before the slew of game consoles and gaming gadgets came into the market:

 

Virtua Fighter

classic Sega arcade games before game consoles and gaming gadgets came to the market Virtua Fighter

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This legendary fighting game is one of the OG fighting games in the market. It was created by Yu Suzuki and Seiichi Ishii and became so popular that after the arcade game was released in 1993, it was even adapted into an anime in 1995. Challenging our friends in a virtual fighting showdown is always so much fun, so it isn’t any wonder why the game made it all the way to a fifth installment on game consoles, the last one being on the PlayStation 4 in 2021.

 

Virtua Cop

Sega arcade games before game consoles and gaming gadgets came to the market Virtua Cop

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Also created by Yu Suzuki, Virtua Cop is a light shooter game that equally spawned several installments. The third and final game, Virtua Cop, wasn’t released on game consoles, though, and let’s face it – shooter games always have a different feel in arcades, am I right?

 

The House of the Dead

Sega arcade games before game consoles and gaming gadgets came to the market The House of the Dead

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For horror fans, The House of the Dead is definitely an unforgettable title. This game gave us a fun opportunity to shoot zombies and may or may not have been an area of frustration for anyone who has tried to finish it. The good news is that the remake will be available on Nintendo Switch soon!

 

Daytona USA

Daytona USA Sega arcade games before game consoles and gaming gadgets came to the market

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Daytona USA is one of the most epic – and in our opinion best – arcade racing video games ever made. It was simple with just three courses, it was easy to navigate and control, and honestly, that’s all you really need in an arcade racing video game. To say it will be missed is definitely an understatement!

 

Crazy Taxi

Crazy Taxi Sega arcade games before game consoles and gaming gadgets came to the market

Crazy Taxi is another fun Sega racing video game – and the one that introduced us to driving in an open world. A ground-breaking game at the time, Crazy Taxi is currently available on mobile phones and on Steam in case you miss playing it and don’t have it yet.

 

Although Sega may be leaving the Japanese arcade business, the good news is that there are still a lot of game consoles, video games, and even events to explore. Don’t miss out on the Cyberzone GameFest until May 31, 2022, where you can join gaming tournaments and enjoy huge deals on new gaming gadgets. See you there!

 

Written by: Angeline Rodriguez 

Angeline Rodriguez is the Managing Editor of When In Manila and an Editor at Newsweek Amplify. She is a gamer and a geek with a mad love for anime and KDramas.

 

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