Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play

The Midway Arcade Treasures has always been a formidable brand for the folks at Midway, what with their memorable (and not so memorable) selections from arcade yesteryear being perfectly emulated for our home enjoyment. This weel, they'll be providing a new collection exclusively for the PSP. Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play will let hardcore arcade lovers take their favorite Midway classics on the go. A total of 21 classic arcade games will be included in the collection, and they are as follows...

Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat 2
Mortal Kombat 3
Spy Hunter
Sinistar
Defender
Paperboy
720 Degrees
Klax
Joust
Marble Madness
Toobin'
Rampage
Gauntlet
Rampart
Wizard of Wor
Xybots
Championship Sprint
Arch Rivals
Cyberball 2072
Xenophobe

So, as you can see, there's quite a selection here, be it skillful games
or sports types, or a little brawling with the first three Mortal
Kombat
titles. No matter which way you go, Midway is working on
making your arcade gaming-on-the-go experience a grand one. We
recently got a chance to sit down with the near-complete game to see
what it had to offer.

The first thing we were notified about with Extended Play is that
it will offer some Wi-Fi support for a few of the games, namely the
Mortal titles, the two-player wingfest that is Joust, and
the four player supported Gauntlet. This spells good news for
those who are eager to connect up to other old-school fans to take in a
few hours of classic dungeon exploring or competitive play to see who's
the top combatant...or bird. We haven't had a chance to test out the
Wi-Fi portion as of yet, but it's be a great feature in the final game.

Now onto the games themselves. We tested out the Mortal
Kombat
games, Xybots, and Marble Madness. All
four of these games looked precisely like their arcade counterparts,
right down to the rendered backgrounds of Kombat and the
twisted level design of Madness. The games ran slightly
sluggish, but Midway has assured the final version will run fine. The
games had some good precise control, especially Xybots, which
utilized the top shoulder buttons to allow you to turn with ease and face
enemies before they blasted you to bits.

Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play looks like lots of fun,
especially if you're one of those gamers who beckons back for the good
old days of classic gaming. Look for a review shortly.