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Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium Review

Even more retro classics

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 on 🕹️

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is also available for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is rated Teen by the ESRB

Last year's arcade collection was incredible yet incomplete so thankfully, here's Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium with a ton more games.

│ Just like in nearly all our reviews, you can watch A.J. play Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium below so you can judge accordingly. ▶️

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Eco Fighters is one super-fun underrated shoot 'em up

Capcom's back with more

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium follows in the footsteps of its predecessor in nearly every way so I won't waste time reiterating what makes it so great. From a phenomenal presentation to a wealth of options and modernizations such as the ability to rewind and speed things up, playing these arcade treasures again is a smooth and highly entertaining experience. v1d30chumz 3-239-112-140

Believe it or not, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium includes just as many games which is awesome, especially considering the variety on display. Whether you're re-playing a familiar game or discovering something new, there's an excellent assortment of titles that you can play. Some of them are more enjoyable as single player score-chasers while others are perfect for cooperative or competitive multiplayer sessions. I'll discuss some highlights in a bit but for now, read my review of the original if you're not familiar with what it has to offer.

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Mega Man's boss rush arcade games are full of nostalgic treats

Shoot 'em ups

My personal favourite games in Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium are the shoot 'em ups and there are lots of timeless classics included that range wildly in premise and gameplay. For example, Gun.Smoke has you hunting outlaws in the old west with controls that dictate which angles your 2 guns will shoot while Eco Fighters is an environmentally conscious shooter with an awesome rotating weapon.

Other excellent offerings include 1943 Kai which is perhaps the best game in that series, SonSon which is a strange albeit satisfying mix with 2D platforming, Hyper Dyne Side Arms which could be considered Forgotten Worlds' precursor, and a couple of challenging vertical shmups with Last Duel and Exed Exes. As a huge fan of the genre, I'd be happy with just a collection of these games! 😄

Quiz: Capcom Shoot 'em Ups Trivia


Of course, what would a Capcom collection be without fighting games? Well, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium has some great ones with 3 Street Fighter Alpha titles, a few Darkstalkers games, Super Gem Fighter, and Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition. If some of these sound oddly familiar in recent memory then that's because many of these titles were also included in Capcom Fighting Collection.

On the plus side, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium also has some beat 'em ups that are a lot of fun to play cooperatively with a friend. My favourites are the fantasy-themed Knights of the Round and The King of Dragons; for some reason, brawlers with knights just click with me. There's even a fun wrestling game called Saturday Night Slam Masters which is very '90s. Oh, I should also mention that you get the original Street Fighter which is interesting as it doesn't feel like its successors but it's cool to see where the series originated.

In addition to all of that, as a long-time Mega Man fan, I'm very happy that both Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters are included which are kind of like boss rush games with an arcade twist. I originally played these fighters on Mega Man Anniversary Collection for PS2 and it's fantastic that more gamers can enjoy them now that they're in this collection. 😊

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Other great games

A couple of inclusions that are compilations themselves are Three Wonders and Capcom Sports Club. The former contains 3 games that are a 2D action game, shoot 'em up, and puzzler. The thing is; each one is a ton of fun and as a whole, it's my favourite inclusion here. Meanwhile, Capcom Sports Club isn't as high quality but it still offers some basketball 🏀, soccer ⚽, and tennis 🎾 fun.

Let's take a look at a couple of other nifty titles. First, Block Block is a Breakout-style game with plenty of cool mechanics that keep it consistently enjoyable and challenging. Finally, Pnickies is a puzzle game that I've never heard of before and it blends Puyo Puyo with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (also included) to make for one combo-rific good time. I love discovering hidden gems like that! 💎

As you can see, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium's selection of games is incredibly varied and for someone who's been enjoying arcade games since the late '80s, that's just awesome. However, I can see that many modern gamers may be perplexed by a lot of these titles as they aren't quite as immediately accessible or recognizable as the offerings in the first compilation. So, I understand if some gamers don't have as much fun with this collection but I also encourage such folks to give each of these games a chance; you won't regret it! 🤓

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Are you guys going to fight or fall in love with each other?

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium's more eclectic offering is excellent. With a familiar presentation, array of extras, and wealth of options; it's a fitting follow-up to last year's incredible collection of arcade treasures so if you enjoyed that then definitely play this, too.

  • + Includes a ton of excellent arcade treasures with a great deal of variety
  • + Features plenty of superb shoot 'em ups
  • + Same great presentation and extras
  • - The selection of games is less accessible than in the previous installment
8.6 out of 10
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