Data East had a nice run of fun yet challenging arcade games in the 1980s that were all meant to take your money – one quarter at a time. Majesco released the Data East Arcade Classics for the Nintendo Wii with 15 classic arcade titles including: BurgerTime, Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, Brunin’ Rubber, Caveman Ninja, Crude Buster, Express Raider, Heavy Barrel, Lock ‘n’ Chase, Magical Drop III, Side Pocket, Street Hoop, Super Real Darwin, Wizard Fire and Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory (the rare sequel to Burger Time).
Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja holds up the best of the bunch as for nostalgic fun factor – after that you’ll spend some time re-living BurgerTime, Caveman Ninja and Street Hoop. Heavy Barrel should have been more memorable but isn’t because no console port of the game can emulate the special arcade controls. Most of these games are extremely hard because characters are so large, leaving little room to navigate around the screen – something Data East probably realized early on and gave you a ‘health bar’ to survive longer. You will most likely spend a day or two with this collection and then want to find a local arcade before returning for more.