"X-Men: The Arcade Game" Gets An Update, Horrible Translations Included

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If you grew up in the early 90's and frequented arcades, there's a good chance you had a chance to play the monstrosity known as X-Men: The Arcade Game. I use that term in a loving way, however, as the game stood out among its contemporaries: not content to just offer the normal two-player experience, it boasted six sets of controls and two screens. Every time I've seen this cabinet in real life, it's stuck out like a store thumb.

Those joysticks were put to good use, as you were allowed a five other players on screen with you at once as you tried to thwart the nefarious activities of Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

This was relatively unheard of at the time, as prior cabinets offered two-four people at once; the dual screens' inclusion was quickly released after watching a run-through of six people playing, as the screen has to zoom out in order to accommodate all the sprites.

Regrettably, though, this arcade game took place before the X-Men: The Animated Series cartoon. As there was no established animated presence for Xavier's favourite mutants on-screen, the game developers would have to go back to the next best thing, X-Men: Pryde of the X-Men.

== TEASER ==

You know the one: you probably picked it up from a video store rental place in your youth, popped it into a VCR and wondered why the heck Wolverine had an Australian accent. It also featured three X-Men that were omitted from the 90's cartoon, as well, with Colossus, Dazzler (in perhaps her only animated appearance) and Nightcrawler. Cyclops, Storm and Wolverine rounded out the rest of the playable characters.

"I am Magneto, master of magnet!"

In the game, you take control of one of those six X-Men and beat your way through a number of stages in an effort to stop Magneto. Your primary opponents were Sentinels, robots and, in later stages, Savage Land creatures, which you hastily dispatched by punching in the face. Mutant powers were also available as screen-clearing attacks, but these decreased your life meter and had to be used sparingly.

Arguably the greatest part of this game, however, is the horribly-translated text that accompanied most of the boss battles and cutscenes. Hearing Magneto greeting us with a hearty "Welcome to die!" or Pyro threatening to "Turn you to toast" warms the cockles of my stone cold heart.

Perhaps in response to X-Men: First Class' release, Konami (who holds the license to the game) has released multiple versions to a number of different consoles: I've had a chance to play the Android version (which is quite good), but there are iterations for iOS, the Playstation Network and Xbox Live, as well.

If you haven't had a chance to play this classic game, I heavily urge you to do so; it's campy, fun, and most importantly, functional. You will have a hard time finding something this entertaining for you and five of your (hopefully nerdy) friends to do when you're bored.

Marvel had a long line of similar arcade games around this time, including titles based on the Avengers and Spider-Man; these titles all worked on the same premise, and were heaven to play with friends. Hopefully if X-Men: The Arcade Game sells well, we could be seeing them in the future, too.

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Matt Demers is a Toronto columnist and staff writer for ComicVine. He wishes he had enough quarters to beat this game in its cabinet. You challenge him to move the Blob (see the above video) on Twitter or Tumblr.

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#1  Edited By AlKusanagi

Now where's some Captain America and the Avengers love? I'm hoping that it'll get a downladable release by the time the Avengers movie comes out.

Also, if you play Deadpool vs Magneto in MVC3, he totally shouts out " Magneto! Welcome to die!" Deadpool, that is.

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#2  Edited By mohawkmoose12

Loooved this game back when the local Chuck E Cheese had it.

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#3  Edited By RedHood_DCU

The arcade version was designed to eat coins because when you use your powers it drains health and boss's can be trouble some without a few friends. The advengers one was awesome too.

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#4  Edited By Jayso4201

I loved that game as a kid! spent many a hour at the mall arcade pumping tokens into it. I'm gonna have to find it on one of its new platforms.
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#5  Edited By SC  Moderator

This thread. long time happy awesome combo. I prepare to buy! 

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#6  Edited By cold_fuzion

Heck yeah! I already have X-Men on the Xbox, which always makes me giggle to say, now I need some Avengers to complete my teenager flashback.

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#7  Edited By Bestostero

This game is so glitched, my characters keep falling and falling and falling...

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#8  Edited By Shadow_Thief

Just to be fair, Dazzler did make an appearance in the 90s' animated X-Men series. She had a (very brief) role in the first episodes of the Dark Phoenix saga story arc, where she was largely just a plot device for the introduction of the Circle (Hellfire) Club.

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#9  Edited By Om1kron

@alkusanagi said:

Now where's some Captain America and the Avengers love? I'm hoping that it'll get a downladable release by the time the Avengers movie comes out.

Another man see's my vision.

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#10  Edited By VickyVons

"Pyro will tear you to toast!" ah! love it. I actually played this arcade about a month ago. It was at a skating rink right next to a x-men vs. street fighter, and a pole position cabinet.

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#12  Edited By Decept-O

"I am Magneto, Master of Magnet!" Ha Ha Ha! Love it. Wondered what happened to Inferiorego.

Looks like ol' Cyclops also developed a healing factor after falling through the Earth.

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#13  Edited By StarKiller809

That sounds like fun. I think I'll look for it.
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#14  Edited By EnSabahNurX

YES, I still love the pilot episode Pryde of the x-men, the animation quality was great for the time just had cheesy dialogue

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#15  Edited By capfan80

I always thought roar Colossus let out when he used his power was awesome.
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#17  Edited By Kid_Zombie

Loved this game when i was a kid! 
I downloaded it the day it came out a few months ago, still just as good!
 
@alkusanagi said:

Now where's some Captain America and the Avengers love? I'm hoping that it'll get a downladable release by the time the Avengers movie comes out.

Would love to see a remaster version of that game come out!(like they did with TMNT turtles in time and Monkey island) I loved that game also. Would be sweet also to get the sega genisis x-men games as well! ha ha
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#18  Edited By CellphoneGirl

OMG! I love this game <3

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#19  Edited By hrdwrkngXsoldier

Okay....how many people instantly went and downloaded this on their phone.   *raises hand*
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#20  Edited By GothamBat

I actually just downloaded this to Xbox Live last week. I remember playing it back in the day too. I really loved it.
 And yeah, I'm hoping for Cap and the Avengers too, though that game was a lot harder on the snes.

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#21  Edited By Doctor!!!!!

Wow this brings me back!
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The XBox Live version was very entertaining - it was well worth my XBL Points.

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#23  Edited By hrdwrkngXsoldier

i'll get the X-box one too when it goes on special.  Rule one about X-box live:  Everything eventually goes on special.  Rule 2: nobody talks about the specials.
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#24  Edited By zombietag

i dont know what you guys are talking about, the dialogue sounds awesome to me. 
 
haha cyclops fighting emma frost

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I own a copy of this game, but to be honest it's more of a $5 game than a $10 one.  There are plenty of beat 'em ups with more variety and moves to keep things interesting.  All it has is the basic attack, throw, and jump kick setup, with a special move that drains your health.  (The Streets of Rage series, River City Ransom, many of the Capcom arcade beat 'em ups, Scott Pilgrim, and so forth... they all are more advanced.) 
 
It's a pleasant romp the first time, however.  I can see it being far more enjoyable with a bunch of friends though, as that comradery  would offset the simplistic (even for the era it originally debuted in), gameplay.  In the company of friends, the game is far better, and the terrible translation is a positive in the end, given the humor of it all.  If you're an X-Men fan, and have like-minded friends, you should definitely check it out.

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Now on the iPad!  
 
"The Blob is immovable!"   Yah Right

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#27  Edited By Jotham

That actually sounds pretty cool.

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#28  Edited By Jotham
@hrdwrkngXsoldier said:
Okay....how many people instantly went and downloaded this on their phone.   *raises hand*
First I have to buy a phone it will run on.
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#29  Edited By SuperXAsh

When I read the title I thought they had made an updated version of this with more current costumes/etc. :P

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#30  Edited By rum1929

Classic game!!

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#31  Edited By Doombert

i just put this on my tablet (honeycomb) and lovin it.  I get to play as nightcrawler and punch emma frost in the face.  Thats as good a reason as any to buy this!

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#32  Edited By MadClawMannn

welcome to die

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I want!

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#34  Edited By KRYPTON

Classic

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#35  Edited By Agent Buttons

god i love the 90's...

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This game sucked

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#37  Edited By Edgeworth_11

What is android version!?
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#38  Edited By maxicere

The Best classic arcade game !!!!!!!

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#39  Edited By IcePrince_X

I truly loved this game... I spent a year's allowance playing each character to the finish. (I die alot since I love using their powers). My favorite will always be Dazzler... mega bomb light is the one to beat!

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#40  Edited By FLStyle

Damn that Magneto, he truly is the Master of Magnet.

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#41  Edited By Trodorne

I CALL DIBS ON PLAYING CYCLOPS!

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#42  Edited By Iron_Lad

Spent hours at the arcades playing X-men, Avengers, Spider-Man, the Punisher (player 2 you could play as Nick Fury!). Brings back good memories!

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#43  Edited By Meteorite

I have an Australian accent....

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#44  Edited By Eyz

I love those good ol' arcade games' engrish.
Somehow, funnier and much pleasant to listen to/read than, say, most boring realistic "next gen" games cutscenes.. (mostly RPGs...and their 10+ hours of videos... ugh...)

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#45  Edited By nobodythere

Absolutely loved this game as a kid in the arcade and love it still on my computer. Got to love emulators!

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#46  Edited By sithfrog

Colossus was always my favorite one to play.  I hope they bring back the old 4 player Spidey arcade game too (with Namor, Black Cat, and Hawkeye).  I also wish they would come to Wii.
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#47  Edited By Darth Paul
@IcePrince_X said:
I truly loved this game... I spent a year's allowance playing each character to the finish. (I die alot since I love using their powers). My favorite will always be Dazzler... mega bomb light is the one to beat!
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#48  Edited By scarlettexashes

Oh man, I remember pumping so many quarters into this machine when my mom would take me to laundry mat. I was so bad at the game as a kid....make me wonder how I would fair playing it now. 

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#49  Edited By Shadowdoggy

yeah, now I just have to wait with my fingers crossed for Spiderman (the one with Black Cat, Namor and Hawkeye) and Captain America and the Avengers

all classics, IMO

I love this game, I play it on my PS3 whenever I have a bunch of friends over 

the reaction is always "No way-  I LOVE this game!"

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#50  Edited By unbreakableburr

As soon as the Playstation Network decides it wants to work I'll be downloading this. 

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