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Konami arcade gun games based on PC hardware

January 17, 2015

For those who love the arcade, here is some food for thought. There are actually Konami games out there that is based on PC Hardware, and yes Metal Gear, Silent Hill, and even Castlevania are among them. Surprised? Sure, if you've never heard of those versions, and many of you haven't. Arcade games based on computer hardware is nothing new, but this may be the first time many of you have ever gazed your eyes upon these.

Oh how Japan gets the goods right? Makes me want to board the next flight out of here and spend a couple of months at the local Japanese arcade until my pants pockets have holes in them.

Rightly so, as the three titles mentioned above are mainstream, and there are a number of others you've likely never knew existed. Somebody's got to say it, and it might as well be me for some shooter games based on titles that are better known from a different perspective. As an arcade hardware lover, I can't get enough of this sort of thing and want nothing more than to raise awareness of these games.

Will they ever see the light of day on your own TV or even PC? Highly unlikely for at least most of them, but one can still dream right? Here are the best of the best you can check out.

Otomedius - PC Arcade

Otomedius has been hailed as a Gradius inspired game where the long time running shooter launched back in the mid 1980s. The Japanese word "otome" means "maiden", which is combined with "dius" from the name "Gradius". The same manner of combining the word "Parody" to the same game to form "Parodius". Another interesting spin off title indeed. Otomedius has also been called a "Boob shooter" for obvious reasons. See example below.

You'll also notice the power-up system takes after Gradius. Speed up, option, etc., are all at your disposal. The video below is the Xbox 360 version for demonstration purposes.


Akumajo Dracula: The Arcade

Heading into vampire hunting territory, we take a quick look at Akumajo Dracula: The Arcade. That's right, there was actually a Castlevania arcade game, and you play by using an actual whip based weapon. If you were ever lucky enough to play this gem then you had a chance to fill Simon Belmont's shoes for once in your life. While this never saw a release on any other format that I'm aware of, there were at least two trailers that showcased what you missed in the land of forgotten games you never knew. Are you ready to move to Japan yet? Stay with me for more urges.


Metal Gear Solid Arcade 3D

Tactical espionage action might have dominated your game console for nearly 30 years now, but that didn't mean it never made a pit stop at the local arcade. On my look at Solid Snake as a quarter muncher, we have Metal Gear Solid Arcade 3D. When I say 3D, I mean just that as it makes use of a cool headset that you wear to interact with the game.

When you sit down inside this puppy, you'll get a sensation of having been placed into some sort of virtual reality setup. I assume the idea Konami had in mind was to make it so that you could get a feel of what it's like to play the role of Solid Snake first hand. Whether they accomplished that mission is still a mystery to most outside the country. Watch the video below, and then dream of things that may never happen.


Silent Hill: The Arcade

The couldn't leave this one out of the picture could they? Fans of survival horror games would love to have this sitting in the heart of their living room. Too bad for most it will never happen, but not without at least drooling over a few photos and a full walk through for Silent Hill Arcade video below.

Yet another title that I really with Konami would either port to the PC, or at least some console. A PC port would be better, because the game well......a PC game. Easy enough isn't it? Konami are you listening? We really want this stuff! See my wallet? It has money in it for you if you would just deliver the goods. Oh well, another dream, another time.

Well we've come to the end of the road for this heads up content, but there is more where that came from. Arcade buffs know what I mean, as these images themselves are from a site I use on a constant basis. System-16 originally started as a Sega System 16 emulator that supported the hardware itself.

After author Thierry Lescot left for certain reasons, Nao took over, and now Toby Broyad is in charge of running the page, which now serves as a reference site for those interested in arcade hardware developed by various companies such as Konami, Namco, Sega, Taito, and even Data East.

Go ahead and give that site a try, you may dig up a personal favorite you grew up with and forgot about. There's nothing like shedding a tear for a childhood memory.

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