Shack's Arcade Corner: The Simpsons

Greg is back with an episode of Shack's Arcade Corner that is a do-over from the early days of the series. The Simpsons arcade cabinet owned, and it deserves a fresh look.


The Simpson arcade cabinet is one of the finest games ever to steal our quarters, and it is for that reason that we are taking another shot at this game with a brand new Shack's Arcade Corner episode. The game hit arcades in 1991 and was developed and published by Konami. Players could play as one of four classic Simpsons characters. The popular arcade cabinet allowed for four player co-op gameplay and even featured the voice actors from the TV show. This game did appear in some arcades in a much more rare two player cabinet. Players could join forces in pairs to execute special attacks. The Simpsons arcade game remains one of the all-time classic beat-em-ups and had an awesome soundtrack. Please take a look at this video to find out more in our brand new episode.

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    April 1, 2019 6:30 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: The Simpsons

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      April 1, 2019 8:05 PM

      Yay arcade games!!

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      April 1, 2019 8:21 PM

      Good episode. It was a rare licensed arcade games that succeeded.

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        April 1, 2019 10:48 PM

        Licensed arcade games that did not succeed: ??

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          April 2, 2019 4:46 AM

          Ones based on TV and movies yes. Most of them were terrible and often were flops. They tend to be rare as they were converted into other machines fairly quickly.

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            April 2, 2019 5:28 AM

            Like the TMNT arcade game flop? Or the Xmen games which were flops? Except not.

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              April 2, 2019 5:54 AM

              Off the top of my head: Die Hard, Death race, Robocop, Firefox, Cops, Aerosmith's Revolution X, Batman, Batman Forever, Star Wars games except the original Atari one, Krull, Speed Racer, Transformers, Cloak & Dagger, Rambo, Star Trek Voyager, and Cliff Hanger. I'm sure there are a lot more.

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                April 2, 2019 6:08 AM

                That Batman Forever arcade game was incredible.

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                  April 2, 2019 6:35 AM

                  It was a decent game but it was an expensive flop, super rare these days, so that's why I included it.

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                    April 2, 2019 6:41 AM

                    There's a barcade in the city I live in that prominently displays their Batman Forever machine up front.

                    Owner knows what's up.

                    I played the game and honestly it's pretty boring after the ridiculous-awesomeness wears off but I wanted to be able say I've played it.

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                April 2, 2019 6:47 AM

                Die Hard Arcade was such a guilty pleasure. It had nothing to do with the movies whatsoever but it always seemed to call to me, and then beat me up with bullshit QTEs.

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                April 2, 2019 6:48 AM

                Die Hard was awesome! And my friend and I spent like $20 each on that Revolution X game!
                I don't remember any of those other Arcade Games though.

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                April 2, 2019 12:10 PM

                Die Hard Arcade was fantastic, even if it was just slapped onto Dynamite Deka.
                Firefox was a laserdisc shooter. It sucking wasn't a problem with it being licensed, it was a problem with the genre being shit.
                Robocop was a weird one because I wasn't big on the Data East version, but the Ocean conversion was way more compelling
                Batman wasn't bad, but Batman Returns was pure money. Batman Forever, being an acclaim game....ugh...
                There's been a couple of great Star Wars games in arcades, especially Sega's Pod Racer that I wish would get a home port, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade (definitely would not work at home), while the original wire frame Star Wars game and the remake (though time has not been overwhelmingly kind to them, they were great on release)

                Other licenses that worked out well in arcades:
                Alien, Terminator, Dungeons & Dragons, Spider-Man, Punisher, Initial D, Fist of the North Star, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, Bucky O Hare, Daytona USA, F355 Challenge, Tron, GI Joe, Mobile Suit Gundam (cheating because I mostly played the PS2 port of Federation vs Zeon), Jurassic Park, PGA Tour, OutRun, NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, and I'm going to go ahead and throw in Willow because while I think the NES game is probably the best Zelda game on the NES, the arcade game def doesn't get enough love.

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      April 1, 2019 8:26 PM

      That game is still one of my arcade faves, love the team moves.

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      April 1, 2019 10:46 PM

      so many great memories of this arcade game playing it with my brothers. The arcade center owner was a friend of my dad and he would give us infinite lives and we would play it forever.

      I wish we can get a new Simpsons game.

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      April 2, 2019 5:08 AM

      Good video! lol, that butterfinger commercial takes me back.

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      April 2, 2019 6:44 AM

      probably my favorite arcade game just off nostalgia alone. visited a friend of mine in Chicago and we spent probably 20 dollars playing this at an arcade to finish all the way through.

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        April 2, 2019 6:48 AM

        I can't remember how many final bosses there were. I think it was Smithers, then Mr. Burns, then Mr. Burns in a robot, then Mr. Burns in a hovercraft, then Mr. Burns in a balloon? It was a bitch, whatever it was.

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          April 2, 2019 6:54 AM

          yeah, it's fucking hard haha

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          April 2, 2019 6:55 AM

          I could single-credit the game reliably except for the guy in the balloon, whoever it was. Either that fight had some crazy RNG or it was just hard. I don't remember. It's been like twenty years.

          I'd play that game for hours and it'd cost me next to nothing.

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          April 2, 2019 10:41 AM

          It was Mr. Burns in a robot.

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