Want to take a crack at some delisted arcade games without downloading a thing? I still don’t understand the legal vagaries that have allowed it to stay online but Archive.org has a fantastic emulation project that ghacks.net just reminded me about. Launched in 2014, it was updated with over 1,000 arcade titles earlier this year and some of those include delisted favorites like X-Men, The Simpsons, and Turtles in Time.
You’ll need a little patience to play these games on a keyboard but it’s a great alternative if you aren’t interested in downloading ROMs, building a RetroPie, or configuring emulators. In most cases you just need to hit ‘6’ on the keyboard to insert credits and then the ‘1’ or ‘2’ keys for one or two players. Most games have a listing of the buttons and you can hit the fullscreen icon to get a bigger view.
I browsed through the offerings last night and pulled out this list of certified-delisted games that visitors to our site might be interested in trying out:
- Metal Slug (1, 2, 5, and X)
- Mortal Kombat 2
- Rampage: World Tour
- Samurai Shodown
- The Simpsons
- Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
- Williams Multigame (Robotron, Defender, Joust, Stargate, Bubbles, Splat!)
The emulator archive has even more to offer beyond arcade titles; check out their collection of 4,000+ MS-DOS games and over 5,000 home console games from the Sega Genesis, Neo-Geo, PlayStation, and more. Let us know if you find some other delisted titles among the thousands of listings.