Summary: : Data East Arcade Classics is pretty much only going to appeal to fans of Data East or diehard arcade game fans, as it has a few worthwhile classics for those who must have them, but also has a lot of games you’ll not touch more than once. The games look and sound arcade perfect, and the presentation of the compilation is solid and inoffensive.
Excerpt: The title Data East Arcade Classics is a bit of a misnomer. Data East was an active developer and publisher in the arcade days, certainly, but the "classics" part is a bit of a stretch. Most gamers my age can perhaps name two or three titles from the company that we saw in the arcades and no-name convenience stores that once dotted the streets of rural America ( Karnov , Bad Dudes and Burger Time for me), but beyond that things get hazy.
Excerpt: Data East Arcade Classics review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com Retro collections have blossomed over the past three generations and provided old-school gamers with some of the best value of the past two generations. Standouts like SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, both Capcom Classic Collections, Sega’s Genesis collections, and the Midway Arcade Treasures compilations that raised the bar for the sheer amount of high-level games playable on one disc remain a part...
Another arcade king gets into the compilation ring.
16 February 2010
Conclusion: With digital distribution on the rise, arcade compilations are starting to get less significant because the games can be consumed individually for a small, impulse cost. What still makes compilations important is not just how many games can be fit on a disk, but in how these original games are celebrated.
Summary: Data East may not have had the golden touch when it came to making arcade games, but they certainly had a few gems in their catalogue, which Data East Arcade Classics does a good job of sampling. Whether you like brawlers, shooters, puzzlers or sports you'll find something to occupy you here.