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#1 asianxcore

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:01 AM

I am looking for some good arcades around the Bay Area. I know of a couple that I usually go to whenever I am in the area, but I'm constantly looking for more. Definitely looking for more places that have lots of 2-D fighters. Any help would be appreciated. Here's a couple places I already know of/been to/go to occasionally,

Boardwalk arcade (Santa Cruz)
Scandia (Rohnert Park)
Metreon (SF, the arcade upstairs)
Golfland (Milpitas)

Golfland in Milpitas definitely has the best fighting game selection I've seen in a long time. But then again I'm still unfamiliar with a lot of the Bay Area. The arcade at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk has a nice selection of the more pricey games (Beatmania, In The Groove, Driving/Shooting sims) to stuff like Bust-A-Move, SNK fighters, Capcom Vs. Snk, and so on. Scandia in Rohnert Park is small, but has a good selection of the newest stuff from time to time. Also it is nice to see they kept their Marvel Vs. Capcom 1 machine as well as their X-Men: Children of the Atom. Metreon has a nice selection of everything in their arcade. Before getting it on Dreamcast, it was the place I got my Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 fix. Parking/Toll adds to an already pricey trip (games are a teeny bit pricey) if you don't live in the city though.

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 09:15 AM

Dave & Busters at the Great Mall
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Posted 28 May 2006 - 05:04 PM

Nickel City

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 05:52 PM

if you are willing to take a bullet southland mal has a decent arcade

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 06:53 PM

There is a Scandia in Cordelia just south of the 80/680 interchange.

I would advise against Dave and Busters. That place is a rip off. If you still insist on going, PM me your address and I'll mail you a dave and busters card. They charge you ~$2 for it and you need it to play their games. LAME! I'm serious, if you want it, you can have it. I'm never going there again. Also, I think SFII was seriously $1 per play. C'mon.

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 07:10 PM

For 2-D fighters my friends and I go to:

Golfland (Sunnyvale)
SJSU
SFSU

I'm still at school so I haven't been to them since like last summer, though.. :-?

#7 asianxcore

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 07:57 PM

I would advise against Dave and Busters. That place is a rip off.


I agree. The place is essentially Gameworks + alcohol.

Two friends of mine took me to a D&B down in Orange County when I visited a year or so ago. Wasn't too bad but there weren't that many good games. Lots of light gun games, dancing games, and so on. Does that D&B at the Great Mall have 2-D fighters?

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. Where is Nickel City?..and sorry to ask the obvious but is it an arcade where everything is 5-15 cents?

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 11:15 PM

I used to go to Bear's Arcade they close down. Still have some left over tokens...

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 11:19 PM

Golfland is one of the most famous arcades on the West Coast, they constantly have some of the games being test marketed probably because of the close proximity to the big companies like Capcom, Namco, Sega, etc. There's always Chuck E. Cheese though they're nowhere near what they used to be.

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 12:39 AM

southland mall isnt that bad.... i used to play ddr there back in the day, it has some decent games even though its a shell of its former glory =/

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 03:07 AM

I used to go to Bear's Arcade they close down. Still have some left over tokens...

You cant go wrong with any of the Golfland.


is that the one in Berkeley? my friends were telling me about that place and I never got to go there before they shut down. I heard the games got moved to various parts of the dorms?

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 06:07 AM

you go to rohnert park scandia? that's the nearest arcade to me, but there's never any competition there. my friends and i sometimes make treks to rack n cue at sfsu, tilt in the fairfield mall, or sometimes svgl and mgl. how often do you go to rp scandia though? we've been communicating with their management regarding getting new fighting games.. my friends and i pretty much influenced them into bringing in tekken 5, and i know for sure that the ddr crowd in this area petitioned them to get in the groove 2.

if you're looking for good nearby fighting game comp, there's some cool cats over at the fairfield tilt and at sfsu.
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#13 asianxcore

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 06:23 AM

how often do you go to rp scandia though? w


not too often, usually when all my friends are back home from college. I maybe there more often though once everyone is back in June.

I'm always looking for people to play MvsC 2 with. Problem is all the places I've been to...well..everyone plays the same people. It's always guaranteed someone will choose Magneto, Storm, Sentinel or Cable. As strong as those characters are, it's still quite annoying.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 12:40 AM

Malibu Grand Prix in San Mateo

Doesn't have the best games, but there's a good deal there. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, you can pay $10 and play all the games you want for the rest of the day (they're all on free play). They give you a bracelet to know you paid.

Great for the summer. They got rid of the older fighters (Tekken 4, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Street Fighter III) But they still have Marvel vs. Capcom 2, two Tekken 5's, and SVC chaos (which sucks IMO). I just go there for Initial D and DDR pretty much. I mean for $10 bucks...

Oh yeah, plus you get unlimited mini-golf too.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 02:45 AM

is that the one in Berkeley? my friends were telling me about that place and I never got to go there before they shut down. I heard the games got moved to various parts of the dorms?


yup, bearcade was located on the cal campus. stupid stupid people decided to replace it with a gelato place...i still have around $20 of tokens left over from them.
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Posted 30 May 2006 - 03:10 AM

yup, bearcade was located on the cal campus. stupid stupid people decided to replace it with a gelato place...i still have around $20 of tokens left over from them.


Hmmm....Gelato...

Anyways, the best arcade in my opinion is on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

On a personal note, I like the old school run-down arcade on Broadway in North Beach; Its near all the strip clubs. Back in the day, we used to go drinking and play a few games of pinball over there.

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#17 asianxcore

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:49 AM

Hmmm....Gelato...

Anyways, the best arcade in my opinion is on the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

On a personal note, I like the old school run-down arcade on Broadway in North Beach; Its near all the strip clubs. Back in the day, we used to go drinking and play a few games of pinball over there.


how far up Broadway is it? I go to North Beach sometimes to bar hop and such.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:27 PM

how far up Broadway is it? I go to North Beach sometimes to bar hop and such.


Its the same street as all the strip clubs. I believe its between "the Garden of Eden" and "Centerfolds". My memory is a little hazy though. I haven't been there in awhile.

Don't expect it to be fantastic. Its pretty run down but its still kinda charming in my opinion. Not everyone will agree.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:50 PM

I am looking for some good arcades around the Bay Area. I know of a couple that I usually go to whenever I am in the area, but I'm constantly looking for more. Definitely looking for more places that have lots of 2-D fighters. Any help would be appreciated. Here's a couple places I already know of/been to/go to occasionally,

Boardwalk arcade (Santa Cruz)
Scandia (Rohnert Park)
Metreon (SF, the arcade upstairs)
Golfland (Milpitas)

Golfland in Milpitas definitely has the best fighting game selection I've seen in a long time. But then again I'm still unfamiliar with a lot of the Bay Area. The arcade at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk has a nice selection of the more pricey games (Beatmania, In The Groove, Driving/Shooting sims) to stuff like Bust-A-Move, SNK fighters, Capcom Vs. Snk, and so on. Scandia in Rohnert Park is small, but has a good selection of the newest stuff from time to time. Also it is nice to see they kept their Marvel Vs. Capcom 1 machine as well as their X-Men: Children of the Atom. Metreon has a nice selection of everything in their arcade. Before getting it on Dreamcast, it was the place I got my Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 fix. Parking/Toll adds to an already pricey trip (games are a teeny bit pricey) if you don't live in the city though.


If you play Tekken and SF at the boardwalk, I'm sure you've played with my friend Johnnie. He plays 3-4 nights a week down there. Always chuggin beers and throwin' juggles down.

He's a skinny white guy and wears a hat a lot. Say what up to him if you cross paths.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 06:37 PM

There's a cool pinball place in Alameda, but that may not be exciting to the younger folks. :(

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 06:45 PM

There's a cool pinball place in Alameda, but that may not be exciting to the younger folks. :(


Where?

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#22 asianxcore

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 07:56 PM

If you play Tekken and SF at the boardwalk, I'm sure you've played with my friend Johnnie. He plays 3-4 nights a week down there. Always chuggin beers and throwin' juggles down.

He's a skinny white guy and wears a hat a lot. Say what up to him if you cross paths.


I haven't been there in maybe a month or so. When I'm there you'll usually catch me playing Capcom Vs. Snk. I'll definitely say hello if I run into him sometime.

Thanks Xevious. I know I saw an arcade down there a while back while I was driving through. For some reason I haven't been able to find it when I'm actually walking through the area.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 08:12 PM

I remember spending quite a few hours at the Regency Game Palace in Pleasent Hill, CA. I'm almost certain it is closed down by now.

It was next to a recruiting office. I used to get free tokens and movie tickets for promising to enlist. I'd even get extra tokens for pimping out my friends, and getting them to listen to their stories.

The only thing I regret is not saving a game token for memory's sake.
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Posted 31 May 2006 - 03:09 AM

There's a cool pinball place in Alameda, but that may not be exciting to the younger folks. :(

Where is this place? When I worked at the local hardware store, a couple guys were asking me it was. I thought I knew Alameda inside and out too.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 05:22 AM

Ah, Golfland Milpitas.

I haven't been there in SOOOOO long. I was practically raised there. D:

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 07:10 AM

What's the arcade with the cheapest Initial D machine in good condition?

I haven't played for months and I just discovered my stack of cards so I need to practice again.
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Posted 06 June 2006 - 09:15 PM

Where?


http://www.ujuju.com/

It's only open friday and saturday nights.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 10:17 PM

thought i'd resurrect this thread, since i'm looking for good arcades in the berkeley/albany or san francisco area. as far as i know, the arcade at the metreon closed down and has a bunch of creepy claw machine thingies now. can anyone please tell me where are all the good arcades??!!?! thanks!

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:04 PM

thought i'd resurrect this thread, since i'm looking for good arcades in the berkeley/albany or san francisco area. as far as i know, the arcade at the metreon closed down and has a bunch of creepy claw machine thingies now. can anyone please tell me where are all the good arcades??!!?! thanks!

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Pier 39 has a nice aracde.
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Also, theres a nifty arcade at UCSF
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 02:11 AM

Somehow I missed this thread. Unfortunately all the arcades I know of (besides Pier 39's, which was decent) are in the south bay. If you happen to be in the area, the Sunnyvale Golfland is pretty good, and the famous San Jose one is even better. I'm surprised people recommended the Dave & Busters at the Great Mall. The one time I was there, the only fighting game they had was Tekken 4. Come on.