X-Men Arcade Fans Assemble: It’s Coming to PSN!

Quick grab five friends, either locally or online, and figure out who gets stuck with Dazzler because X-Men: The Arcade Game is coming to PSN. Originally released in 1992, this side-scrolling beat’em up holds a special place in many X-fans hearts. The original arcade cabinet was massive, allowing up to six players to simultaneously stomp various mutant threats and sported a giant screen for you and your buddies to run around on. Finding this cabinet unoccupied and getting to experience it with friends was akin to summer vacation coming early.

The playable character roster included all the heavy hitters of the late 1980s and early 1990s X-men comic and TV shows, and Dazzler. In addition to the mutant discoball, players could choose Wolverine, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm and Colossus. Professor X and Kitty Pryde even show up in nonplayable cameos. Pitted against the X-Men are Magneto, of course, and his cadre of supervillians, including Pyro, Blob, Wendigo, Nimrod, The White Queen, Juggernaut and Mystique.

Now this experience is coming to the PSN, possibly before the end of the year. Prior to this upcoming release the game has never been (legally) available outside of the arcades. Various features have been added to this home console port including leaderboards, unlimited continues, and the ability to play the Japanese version of the game. This version is easier as enemies drop health and power items, while using your super powers doesn’t automatically deplete your health, instead using power orbs first (the US version had this mechanic reversed).

Konami has not announced a release date or price point for the game, but is trying for a December release. So now children of the 80s and 90s can put down their rolls of quarters and get reminded of their favorite arcade exploits in the comfort of their own living rooms.

Written by Justin Spielmann

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