One caveat: I’m excluding games that were literally arcade perfect, like Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 on Dreamcast. I want to highlight games where programmers had to get creative in order to replicate the coin-popping experience.
#2 Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Super Nintendo)
Bringing this fantastic tournament fighter to consoles required a lot of compressing. Capcom rose to the challenge, utilizing as much of the console’s power as they could. There are only a few issues with this port, and they’re pretty minor. The on-demand decompression of graphics was handled by the S-DD1 chip, which created a very slight load time when the bouts start. The only other problem is that most of the secret characters are missing. Other than that, this is a phenomenal arcade port.
#1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles In Time (Super Nintendo)
This kind of has to be number 1; it’s probably the most popular and well-known arcade conversion in gaming history. Konami did a fantastic job when they brought this quarter-hog to the Super Nintendo. They didn’t just recreate the feel of the arcade game, they actually added levels.
While there are plenty of classic titles worth playing on an emulator, this is a console game that every game should own. Just make sure you don’t pick up the Re-Shelled version made for newer consoles. It’s really butchered in terms of fun-factor.
Those are my top two arcade conversions, folks! Check back next week to discover my top two licensed games!