First Look: Two Bit’s Retro Arcade on Essex

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 at 6:48 am by

As expected, Two Bit’s Retro Arcade officially opened its doors at 153 Essex Street late last week. From the moment that faded window paper was removed, the tractor beam was already pulling us in; especially the Frogger and Ms. Pac-Man machines (negative points for being coupled with Galaga). So we hit the change bucket for some quarters and were on our way.

The Two Bit’s barcade, if you will, is definitely an old-school gamer’s wet dream. There are enough titles to keep you occupied, many of which are deep cuts. For instance Super Sprint, Kung Fu Hero, and Karate Champ. Let’s see if the Lower East Side will take to it…

Here’s a list of all the arcade cabinets. Note that none of the games date to the aughts:

Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga (Namco 1981 edition combo unit)
Super sprint (1986)
Arkanoid (1986)
Neo-Geo collection (1990s)
Police Trainer (1997)
Crisis Zone (1995)
Street fighter 2: Championship Edition (1992)
OutRun (1986)
Final Fight (1989)
Kung Fu Hero (1986)
Tetris (1988)
Frogger (1981)
Donkey Kong (1981)
Spy Hunter (1983)
Captain America and the Avengers (1991)
Karate Champ (1984)
Hydro Thunder (1999)
Theatre of Magic (pinball – 1995)
Maximum Force (1997)
After Burner (1987)

What additional games would you like to see?

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  • Bells

    This is awesome.

  • eric e. (esquared™)

    I’ve rocked Galaga — finished the game — at Playland in Times Square, after spending my allowance and 36+ hrs straight there. Good times, good times.

    It’d be nice if Two Bit also had Galaxian, Joust, Asteroids, and Space Invaders. Good times, good times, nonetheless…

    P.S. and related:

    Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
    The Old Times Square, because they had Playland. A 24-hour video arcade. They had ten Pac-Man machines next to each other, which were next to five Galaxian machines stacked up against seven Defender machines. And tons more. And all the games were a quarter. Come on, man, you can’t beat that. And there was pressure, because if you didn’t play well, the people watching would think you were a pussy — and they would let you know that you were a pussy by either expressing it to you verbally or physically, or both. And you couldn’t just play the same game over and over all day. Because the other people waiting to play would put their quarter on the arcade game, either by its marquee, or next to the screen. And that quarter meant that they had reserved the next game. Sometimes there’d be seven quarters stacked up there. So if you had a shitty game, you’d have to wait for seven other people to play first before you could play again. And you had to be careful you didn’t get your wallet stolen while you were playing the game. It was a very intense situation.. Good times, good times.

  • Elvira

    Games I would like are, in no particular order…

    Tempest (good luck finding a working original)
    Mad Dog McCree
    Time Traveler (Sega hologram game)
    Dragon’s Lair
    X-Men/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Simpsons multiplayers
    Killer Instinct (C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER! ULTRA 64!!!!)
    Ridge Racer
    Marble Madness with the ball controller
    Spider-man (Sega, never released for home console)
    Terminator and Aerosmith gun games

    Those are all retro enough for me.

    PINBALL!! We’re all desperate for pinball!! Get an old Adams Family in there, they’re a dime a dozen, keep the volume loud enough so you can hear it but not overpowering the place. Then, get some more! Midway, Bally!
    Please New York coney island hot dogs, please Chicago hot dogs, beer on tap, beer in cans. Brooklyn beer. Genesee beer. THANK YOU awesome

  • sunniebunnie

    definitely need skeeball, mortal kombat, darkstalkers, marvel vs. capcom, cruisin usa,

  • sunniebunnie

    oh! and tekken or soul caliber. or both lol

  • Z

    I’d love to see some more multiplayer cabs in there; Rampage, NBA Jam, XMen.

  • gamez

    Defender — ideally in a Williams Multicade

  • Hector J. Rosario

    Double Dragon would be nice. Contra as well B-)