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Best Arcade Games That Were Ported To The PS1



Arcade games dominated the early years of the video game industry. Even as consoles started making their way into people’s homes, many of the games were adaptations of popular arcade titles. One such example is Pac-Man, a game that has been ported to numerous consoles. Despite not being the best version of Pac-Man available, it even made its way to the PS1 years after its initial release. However, the PS1 did have several outstanding arcade games that were highly enjoyable on the console. From lesser-known titles to well-known ones, here are some of the best examples.

8. Batman Forever: The Arcade Game
Released in 1995, just a year after the film, Batman Forever: The Arcade Game perfectly captured the zany and over-the-top nature of the movie. Unlike other tie-in games of that time, this arcade game offered a more memorable and enjoyable experience. It didn’t take long for fans to be able to play this eccentric brawler at home on the PS1 in 1996.

7. Captain Commando
Captain Commando, one of Capcom’s best brawlers, was unfortunately only released once. This arcade game, which came out in 1991, was later ported to the SNES in 1995 with some downgrades, and eventually made its way to the PS1 in 1998, but only in Japan. Since then, it has never been localized. Fortunately, with the release of the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle in 2018, it’s now easier than ever to play Captain Commando on modern consoles.

6. Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution was a revolutionary game that combined the world of dancing with arcade gaming. Players had to step on arrows in time with the music, creating a unique and immersive experience. The first edition of this popular franchise hit arcades in 1998 and made its way to the PS1 in Japan the following year. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until 2001 that the PS1 port was released in North America, despite the PS2 already being available. The series found better support on the PS2, but the original PS1 game still holds a special place in the hearts of fans.

5. Gauntlet Legends
Gauntlet Legends, the latest installment in the long-running co-op RPG brawler series, brought the game into the 3D realm. Released in 1998 in arcades, it was later ported to the Nintendo 64 in 1999 and finally to the PS1 in 2000. Players could choose a character and embark on a dungeon-crawling adventure, leveling up as they progressed. The game also featured local co-op, making it one of the few action RPGs on the PS1 to support multiplayer.

4. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the game that set the stage for crossover fighting games. Released in arcades in 1998 and then on the PS1 in 2000, it allowed players to choose from a wide array of fighters from both Marvel and Capcom universes, including iconic characters like Mega Man and Wolverine. While the series technically began with X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom expanded the franchise to include even more properties, solidifying its place in gaming history.

3. Sexy Parodius
Despite its misleading name, Sexy Parodius is actually a whimsical and colorful horizontal shooter game. Released in Japan in 1996 for both the PS1 and Sega Saturn, it never made its way to other regions. Nevertheless, import enthusiasts can still enjoy this unique arcade port without the need for translation.

2. Strider 2
Strider 2 is an interesting game that first appeared in arcades before being released on the PS1 in 2000. It belongs to the action platformer genre, which was more popular in the 80s and 90s. Interestingly, the PS1 version of Strider 2 came bundled with a home arcade port of the first game, and when later released on the PS3’s digital store, the discs were mislabeled.

1. Time Crisis
Time Crisis is a classic light gun game series that made its debut in 1995. What set this series apart from other light gun games was the inclusion of a pedal, allowing players to take cover and pop out to shoot. While the PS1 port didn’t come with a pedal, it did introduce the console’s first significant light gun peripheral. Although it was a downgraded experience, playing a light gun game at home still offered a fun novelty.

In conclusion, these are just a few examples of the best arcade games that found their way onto the PS1. Despite their initial popularity in arcades, these games were able to provide enjoyable experiences for fans at home on the console.

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Arcade games ruled the video game industry in the early years. Even when consoles were getting into the homes of fans, a majority of the games were based on hit arcade titles. Pac-Man is a giant one that comes to mind and it has been ported to more consoles than one can count.

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Decades after its initial release, it even made its way to the PS1. Was it the greatest version of Pac-Man that fans could buy? No, but the PS1 did have several high-profile arcade games that were great on the console though. From obscure titles to big names, these examples are some of the best.

8 Batman Forever: The Arcade Game

Fighting enemies in Batman Forever The Arcade Game

Batman Forever: The Arcade Game is a name that is right on the nose. It was released a year after the film came out in 1995, which brought along with it some movie tie-in games. They were typical action platformers and were not that good.

This arcade game was ridiculously zany and thus made it a more memorable experience. After making its way to arcades, it was only a few months later before fans could enjoy this oddball campy brawler at home in 1996.

7 Captain Commando

Fighting enemies in Captain Commando

Captain Commando is one of Capcom’s best brawlers and it was a one-and-done situation. The titular character did go on to cameo in other games such as the Marvel vs Capcom series. It was released in arcades in 1991, got ported to the SNES in 1995 with some downgrades, and then the PS1 version happened in 1998.

This PS1 copy was only released in Japan and it has never been localized since. Thankfully, it’s easier to play Captain Commando on modern consoles than ever before thanks to the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundlewhich was released in 2018.

6 Dance Dance Revolution

Playing a match in Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution was a phenomenon in arcades that mixed the dancing scene with the arcade scene. Players would use their feet to match up arrows to the beat of the music. The first edition of Konami’s popular franchise first hit arcades in 1998 and then the PS1 in Japan a year later.

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That PS1 port would not get released in North America until 2001, which is wild considering the PS2 was already out by then. Support for this series was much better on the PS2, but the original PS1 game still holds a special place for fans who first got into the groove at home in 2001.

5 Gauntlet Legends

Fighting enemies in Gauntlet Legends

Gauntlet Legends was the latest edition of this long-running co-op RPG brawler that lit up arcades in the 80s. This game hit arcades in 1998, then the Nintendo 64 in 1999, followed by the eventual 2000 PS1 port. It played similarly to all of the other games that came before it except that it was now in 3D.

Players could choose a character and go through a series of dungeons and levels, leveling up as they went. Players could jump in and out of co-op locally, which was one of the few action RPGs that supported co-op on this scale even this late into the PS1’s lifecycle.

Playing a match in Marvel vs. Capcom Clash of Super Heroes

Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes is the first game in what would become the blueprint for crossover fighting games. It was another 1998 arcade game that then hit the PS1 in 2000 after also getting onto the Dreamcast earlier. Players could choose from a cavalcade of fighters from both Marvel’s and Capcom’s history, including Mega Man and Wolverine.

It was not Capcom’s first attempt as the series technically began with X-Men vs. Street Fighter and then Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter. Those were more focused experiences until the brand would widen its potential to more properties, jumping into the fray with Marvel vs Capcom.

3 Sexy Parodius

Fighting a boss in Sexy Parodius

Sexy Parodiusdespite its name, is not that sexy of a title. The late 90s and early 2000s were filled with games trying to be more scandalous such as Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and BMX XXX. Sexy Parodiusin contrast to those later examples, was much more innocent as a horizontal shooter.

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Instead of being scandalous with lewd graphics, it was just plain wacky and colorful. Every good arcade collection needs a horizontal shooter in it and this is one of the best for arcade ports. Unfortunately, it was only released in Japan in 1996 on both PS1 and Sega Saturn although import enthusiasts don’t have to fear as there’s no real need to translate it.

2 Strider 2

Fighting enemies in Strider 2

Strider 2 is an odd game to have made its way to arcades first. It was an action platformer that was more common in the 80s and 90s. Thanks to consoles, the genre burned brighter than ever before. Fans of the series wouldn’t have to wait long to play it at home as it was in arcades in 1999 and then on PS1 in 2000.

There’s an interesting fact about later ports of this exact version which would get released on the PS3’s digital store. The PS1 version came with two discs that included Strider 2 along with a home arcade port of the first game. On PS3, the discs are mislabeled to have the opposite game on their respective covers.

1 Time Crisis

Fighting enemies in Time Crisis

Time Crisis is a classic light gun game series that first premiered in 1995. What made this series unique among a heavy crowd of light gun games was the pedal. Players could duck into cover and then pop out with the use of this pedal in arcades.

The PS1 port would not come with a pedal but it did come with the system’s first big light gun peripheral. It was a downgraded experience to be sure, but there was still a fun novelty in playing a light gun game at home.

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