Excerpt: 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 of my regular rotation.
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: As an adult, there’s a comforting nostalgia about rummaging through an old box of toys and dredging up forgotten memories. Video game compilations often serve the same purpose, but digging through Data East Arcade Classics conjures up childhood enthusiasm with an equal dose of utter confusion. Data East was an undeniable fixture of the arcade scene, though the company never reached the heights of Capcom nor SNK.
Excerpt: Menu and presentation issues don't end with ridiculous button configurations, either. You'll see a lot of menus as you decide what game to play, both when the game first starts up and then when you select the one that you actually want to play. Load times are surprisingly lengthy, especially given the size that some of the included games surely occupy on the disc or anywhere else. The whole experience is surprisingly awkward every step of the way.