Capcom has a long history in the arcades even if you take major money makers like Street Fighter out of the equation. The company cut its arcade gaming teeth with quarter-slurping cabinet units boasting titles like Trojan, Bionic Commando, 1942, Commando, Little League, and many more. While Capcom franchise anniversaries marking Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega Man have stolen the spotlight in recent memory, the company is reaching back to its arcade roots with a new compilation release for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Here's Polygon with the first news about Capcom Arcade Cabinet: Retro Game Collection:
"I can't go into details on titles yet," said producer Kenji Kataoka, "but we're definitely focusing on the games that came out earlier on in our history. These are completely faithful reproductions, too. You used to have arcade games ported to the NES and such and wind up being completely different titles on that platform, but that's not the case here. Even if there were bugs in the original, we've kept them in there if we felt we needed to in order to retain the original feel of the game."
The first game announced for the series is Black Tiger, a fantasy-themed side-scroller originally released in 1987. Capcom hinted at the rest of the lineup with silhouetted art of many other titles in the Famitsu preview, suggesting that games like 1942, Commando, Gun.Smoke and Trojan will also make appearances.
These games are slightly before my time, so there's not much of a nostalgia pull drawing me in here, but I'm glad to see these games come back for an encore. The Capcom retro market has been dominated largely by fighting games because, well, they sell, but also there are so many of them in Capcom's vault. The company has filled entire PlayStation 2 discs with Street Fighter revisions! I hope these older titles find success in the modern market. Classic games of all kinds deserve some renewed attention, particularly games as important to arcade history as Capcom's titles.