After flying from Melbourne to Auckland back in March, my girlfriend and I took a road trip down the East coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
We stayed in a quiet (but pretty) little town called Thames on our first night. When we went to the local shopping center the next day to find Band Aids I was pretty impressed to see a proper, old school '90s arcade in the mall:
|Two out of three "out of order"|
|More "out of order" shame|
|Some "theme park" rides|
In general, New Zealand still has far more arcades and takeaway shops with coin ops than Australia. That said, you rarely see a really special game and most cabs are some kind of generic Low Boy style that a Kiwi company must have churned out back in the day.
Mind you, I certainly enjoyed pumping Metal Slug 3 full of change at the Picton Top Ten Holiday Park:
|Metal Slug 3|
|So hard to get in focus without a Pause button|
|Woah! Check out that convergence!|
Also, this machine reminded me of why I persist with consumer SCART televisions... that horrendous convergence in the last picture is unlike anything I have seen on a high end SCART TV. In general, most arcade monitors I come across look pretty ratty compared with a nice, well kept consumer TV.
Oh, the Picton camp ground also had a pretty sweet Cruis'n USA machine too:
|No, THANK YOU Jack!|
|Money to charity...|
|Who said camping and retrogaming don't mix?!|
|Another "artists's impression"...|
|My ramshackle Dunedin setup!|
|Type: 436/TX807C EU|
|Anyone like a TCL with your six pack of Singha?|
|Just off the very hectic Koh San Road...|
Anyway, that takes care of some of the back log... more will follow soon.