ESRB rates Data East compilation for Wii

Bad Dudes, Burger Time, Caveman Ninja, "many others" to be included in Arcade Classics collection from Majesco.

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The day of the American arcade may be gone, but a variety of compilations in recent years have ensured the titles they once housed aren't forgotten. While classic coin-op makers like Atari, Namco, Midway, and Taito have seen their works collected and rereleased for audiences new and old, not every arcade titan has been so fortunate.

Once again, the age-old question is posed, "Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?"

One glaring omission from the compilation category will apparently be addressed soon, as the Entertainment Software Rating Board has posted a rating for a Majesco product called Data East Arcade Classics. According to the ratings board's summary, the arcade collection includes iconic hits like Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, Burger Time, and Caveman Ninja (perhaps better known by gamers in the 16-bit era as Joe & Mac), "and many others." The ESRB also lists the James Bond-inspired Secret Agent and Data East titles released for the Neo Geo system, the basketball game Street Slam and puzzler Magical Drop III.

Founded in April of 1976, Data East produced one of the first cartridge-based arcade game systems, 1980's Deco Cassette System. It pioneered the fighting genre with Karate Champ in 1984 and later was famously (but unsuccessfully) sued when its Fighters History was seen by Capcom as emulating Street Fighter II a little too closely. The company dropped out of sight by the end of the 1990s and declared bankruptcy in 2003.

As of press time, a Majesco representative had not returned GameSpot's request for confirmation and further details on the game.

Discussion

39 comments
segaswirl
segaswirl

I am so excited that this is coming out next week (on February 9th)!!!

dragonsama
dragonsama

this is awesome. Can't wiat for it. I hope they release a PS2 version as well but if not no biggie I'll get it on the Wii

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

If this is coming out, I'll be looking forward to it!

Aurey
Aurey

I loved the Joe & Mac games, never played the Genesis version but both the SNES and arcade were fun. Why Wii? I would like to get this for PSP.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I love it when they make compilation for own games, especially for Nintendo (because it's rare to see they make it for Nintendo, VC is damn overpriced).

OrkHammer007
OrkHammer007

On topic: I love the old nostalgia disks packed with arcade cIassics (I have several of them for the PS1/PS2). This collection might make me reconsider my wife's wish to get a Wii (since, at the moment, there's really nothing else I'd be interested in playing on it).

OrkHammer007
OrkHammer007

@BtmnHatesRbn: While there may be no citation for the "death of the American arcade," there is plenty of evidence to suggest that dedicated space solely for coin-op machines is in the past. Where I live, there are no coin-op arcades left; as recently as 3 years ago, there were at least a dozen within easy driving distance. The only places where arcade machines can be found (again, just in the area where I live) are party places (such as Chuck E. Cheese) and movie theater lobbies. None of the machines I've seen are any newer than 3-4 years old.

GOR_TAK
GOR_TAK

Data East was always one of my favorite "copy cat" arcade companies. They pretty much always ripped off the ideas of other game companies but usually did it so well no one cared, except maybe Capcom, lol

derby70
derby70

Sweet! Finally, Bad Dudes on home console!

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

Also, why isn't the purchase of Data East by Sega not acknowledged by the author? By buying Data East, Sega then released many pinball machines in the late 1990s, most notable was South Park. Seems this author lacks even Wikipedia's bad information and wrote from what appears to be from either a forum at a fansite or didn't bother researching anything beyond Dark Watcher's Console History or Classic Gaming's museum.

adrdeju
adrdeju

This looks good. Brings back some good memories of when I played these games years ago. A collection of classics I've been waiting for is one that'll include: Time Soldiers, Guerilla War, and all the Ikari Warriors games. That would be sweet.

BtmnHatesRbn
BtmnHatesRbn

"The day of the American arcade may be gone . . ." Can you back up that statement with a citation, because that's pure speculation when the arcade has merely developed into a different setting, mostly full of large machines usually of DDR, or parlor games.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I've got fond memories playing Joe & Mac 2 on the SNES with a friend. Great romp but got ridiculously hard at the end.

wooooode
wooooode

I dont think I will be picking this up but it does sound great. I use to love Bad Dudes, and Burger Time was a very fun game.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Well! This is a pleasant surprise. I remember playing a lot of these games, especially Bad Dudes.

QWERTYCommander
QWERTYCommander

I was born too late to experience these games, so I might get this.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Ring King FTW!!! I didn't play that in an arcade way back when, but it was on the NES, and we played the living hell out of it! Who could forget A. Madman???? Ah, memories!

clearocean04
clearocean04

lol there can't be many people who haven't played bad dudes or a game like it lol and not enjoyed it a little

RawDeal_basic
RawDeal_basic

I loved Data East when I was a kid. Bad Dudes and Midnight Resistance were awesome.

Serbine
Serbine

I remember me and my lil bro playing Bad Dudes on the Nes back than fun time, man that game is awesome:D.

DeafNYCPlayer
DeafNYCPlayer

Several classic Data East games were great. I will buy it.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Yes! I have been hoping for Joe & Mac to make it to current gen consoles. One of my best Sega Genesis games.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

This has some promise! I hope they include stuff like 'Side Pocket' and Ring King'!

jeffv541
jeffv541

I have decided to take a dump, a dump I will name "FANBOY"

athenian29
athenian29

Oooh, so THAT'S what the "bad enough dude" quote is from. I heard that in Game Informer over a year ago, but thought it was just a made-up joke - I didn't realize it was an actual game. That sounds so dumb that it can't go wrong - I bet that game was a lot of fun to make.

PolitickedOut
PolitickedOut

Having Battle Wings, BreakThru, Heavy Barrel (arcade), Karnov, The Real Ghostbusters (arcade), and Shadowrun all on one disc would be epic.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

I hope Karnov is in that collection.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Bad Dudes? Dang that's old, I remember having that for the Commodore way back in the day.

monson21502
monson21502

i loved bad dudes back in the day. hope they do this on ps3 and 360 later. like they are doing with the pinball collection now.