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October 11, 2004

Midway Arcade Treasures 2

In December of last year, Midway quietly released their first compilation on the Nintendo GameCube. Entitled Midway Arcade Treasures, the collection of silver-age games was met with mixed reviews, but is still remembered as one of the best compilations on Nintendo’s home console. When the famed publisher announced a second collection earlier this year, fans were thrilled to hear about the selection. Covering a lot of multiplayer titles as well as single-player, Midway Arcade Treasures 2 could honestly be a step in the right direction. At a price tag as low as twenty clams, it’s a lot less than we remember spending for simply one game of NARC in the arcades.



The collection of games in Midway Arcade Treasures 2 can sometimes be unbelievable. Although the original Mortal Kombat has been taken out due to the upcoming release of Deception’s special editions on the PS2 and Xbox, MK 2 and 3 are still here, which are arguably the best of the series all together. In any case, Midway seems to have selected a batch of games that focus on multiplayer fun. In fact, only two out of the twenty games are solely single-player. With a large selection of fighting titles including the MK titles, Pit Fighter, and Primal Rage, the multiplayer goodness just keeps on coming. Some games support four-player fun, including Gauntlet 2 (the best ever) and Championship Sprint. For a dollar per game, there has to be something here for everyone.

Midway has actually taken the original arcade source for compiling this collection. This means that you won’t see any SNES or PSOne ports in this game, which is amazing. If all goes well, we could see these titles taken straight from the arcade units and placed directly to the home console. Backbone Entertainment, known for their cell-phone emulation, can easily fix any broken coding with their expertise in the field. Speaking of which, they’ve implemented the games to fit nicely within the modern control schemes. From what we hear, Total Carnage takes advantage of dual analog controls. One could only hope that you can still experience these treasures in modern times.

Featured Games

  • A.P.B.
  • Arch Rivals
  • Championship Sprint
  • Cyberball 2072
  • Gauntlet 2
  • Hard Drivin'
  • Kozmik Kroozr'
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Mortal Kombat 3
  • NARC
  • Pit Fighter
  • Primal Rage
  • Rampage World Tour
  • Spy Hunter 2
  • Timber
  • Total Carnage
  • Wacko
  • Wizard of Wor
  • Xenophobe
  • Xybots

word on the street

Value. The main attraction to the original Midway Arcade Treasures, aside from the group of classic games, was the price tag. With a group of even higher caliber games this time around, the only reason people may not pick this game up is if there were some huge disaster once it hits the streets. The first game got some excellent word of mouth, so we could only assume that the same would happen this year.

press release notes

"Midway Arcade Treasures has been so well-received that it was an easy decision to give gamers more of what they want while, at the same time, help to evolve Midway's classic arcade titles to today's next generation gaming consoles. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 features many of the arcade era's biggest hits such as, Mortal Kombat, Primal Rage and Cyberball 2072 that once ruled arcades across the nation."

--Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway.


It’s clear that the collection of games to be found within Midway Arcade Treasures 2 will definitely be stellar. The quality of the transfer and the overall game itself has yet to be seen. However, we can say that if you’re interested in these titles in any form whatsoever, and if you spent hours upon hours and rolls of quarters at your local arcade or bowling alley playing theses games, you’ll get the most value out of this game. For right now, we’ll have to wait until October to check out the final product. Stay tuned for the latest coverage as the release date approaches.

Staff Avatar Austin Starr
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