Metroid 2: Samus Returns – All You Need To Know

Metroid II: Samus Returns is a re-imagining (of sorts) of the Game Boy title – “Metroid II: The Return of Samus”. The game has been developed a lot like the recent Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy remakes, as they were both programmed from the building blocks of their original game with new features and improvements added at each stage.


Logo of the Original Title – Metroid II: Return of Samus

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Crazy Taxi, Zombie Revenge + Samba De Amigo

Crazy Taxi

A true arcade classic of the late 90s, Crazy Taxi is set on the sunny American coast and follows the daily life of taxi drivers. The open world game involved picking up customers and delivering them to their destination ASAP.

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Source: Gamezone

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Hitman Review – Flyn Wright

Last week Bespoke Arcades took on a new member to the team for work experience. Over the course of the week, Flyn learned how to build his own gaming PC as well as our top-of-the-range arcades!



Whilst he was here, Flyn wrote a blog post for us talking all about his favourite retro games series – Hitman. He first played Hitman: Blood Money on his original Xbox at home and has played most of the games in the series since! You can read Flyn’s review of this epic series below…

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Gauntlet Legends + House of the Dead II

Gauntlet Legends

Following on from the arcade classics Gauntlet (1985) and Gauntlet II (1986), Legends expanded on the mythos around the fantasy world. Interestingly, the arcade version of the game included save points in the forms of passwords which allowed players to come back and keep playing from their last game.

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Source: Dragons Lair Fans

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Marvel VS SF, Rampage + Time Crisis II

Marvel VS Street Fighter

Alike the other games in the Marvel VS Capcom series, the game took on tag team game play. The player would have picked two players who would go against the computer or another competitor. Using a series of joystick moves and buttons – the player would have had to knock out both opposing characters, have had the highest amount of health before the timer ran out.

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Sonic the Fighters, Metal Slug + Die Hard Arcade

Die Hard Arcade

Modelled on the hit film of the same name, Die Hard Arcade follows John McClane and Kris Thompson as they attempt to save the President’s daughter from terrorists. The game was part of the beat-em-up genre with 2-player capabilities. Fighting their way through waves of minions, players could have used weapons that ranged from a salt and pepper shaker to a missile launcher. At the end of each level, the players would face a boss character.

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Source: Hardcore Gaming 101

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Castlevania: From NES to Netflix



Arguably one of the biggest franchises spawning from the NES era, the Castlevania series is one of the most beloved amongst the retro gaming community. Spanning across many media forms (games, comics, films etc), the intricate lore even includes Bram Stoker’s classic novel ‘Dracula’ in its extensive timeline.

More recently, the series will be taking the leap out of our video games consoles and onto our screens as Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ series will be available from today. But don’t worry if you haven’t played any of the games yet – we’ll be running you through the history of the huge franchise right here… Continue reading