Sky Skipper: UK arcade reveal!

Well over a year ago, I wrote about Nintendo’s Sky Skipper arcade game, after UK collector Alex Crowley found an original PCB game board during an arcade raid. If you’re new to this topic, do take 5 minutes to familiarise yourself with the story up to that point here. In short: Alex discovered a Nintendo…

Nintendo’s Monkey Magic Finally Surfaces

An interesting development in the classic arcade world this week, and one I thought worth interrupting my intended article for the blog today (sorry Wolfie!). Monkey Magic is an arcade title you are unlikely to have heard of; and for good reason. Released in 1979 by Nintendo in very small numbers, it was one of…

Donkey Kong: Time-Lapse Photography

You may recall a previous post here on the blog, where I set up my camera and captured Atari’s Tempest vector arcade machine using a timelapse feature. I was really pleased with the results. (If you missed that post first time round, you can play catch up here). Essentially what the camera does is take a…

Sky Skipper: Nintendo’s Long Lost Arcade Game

A lot of extraordinary things go on in this hobby. One of the highlights for me is observing the dedication of some collectors. Some of these guys are really, really passionate, and are prepared to go above and beyond to preserve classic arcade games. I guess this is partly driven by a desire to take…

Tales from the Arcade Factory Floors

The rarity of an arcade cabinet is very subjective. Just because a game is old, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be regarded as rare. After 1984, when the video arcade market pretty much crashed, the production numbers went down from tens of thousands, to single digit thousand production runs. So in many cases, you are…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 6 FINAL

So after the success of getting the PCB working, the final thing to do was to get this thing put together. Gave the monitor a clean up and dropped that in, after securing the main PCB and Sound board into the machine: A small detail was adding credits. There’s no “Freeplay” switch on these old…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 5

Restorations can be as detailed and OCD as you choose them to be. Normally, I wouldn’t consider restoring screws and bolts – it’s usually much easier to buy new ones and replace them. But in the case of the Nintendo Space Fever, the carriage bolts used throughout the cab are an unusual size, so rather…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 4

So the powder coaters finally finished their work on the main base of the cabinet a few days later, and I picked up the finished result. It looks brand new! The powder coating process was definitely the way to go, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. So now we had everything needed…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 3

It’s been a while. But work continues with the Space Fever table. Next up was improving the cosmetic side of things. You’ll recall that in the last blog I mentioned that the main body parts were sent to the power coaters. So while I was waiting for them to come back, I thought I’d have…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 2

So the Nintendo table top cab had arrived. It was in a pretty sorry state as you will have seen in part one. While I thought about the best way to tackle the restoration, I managed to track down a working Space Fever board. Advertised as “untested” (which usually means, “I tested it, and it’s…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 1

So I needed a new restoration project. Having completed the Donkey Kong cab, I wanted to look out for something completely different to add to my collection. I decided on a table top game. The generic white Nintendo arcade c0cktail tables were pretty common in the UK in the early 80s. They were popular because…

Donkey Kong Restoration 5 FINAL

So here we were, the home run on the restore of this cabinet. In the first 4 parts, you saw the cab in a tatty state. Gradually, we’ve seen the cab take shape as new parts have been added. I now needed one last push to get this completed. The last part that needed work…