Saturday, April 22, 2017

Retro Games Exhibition: Sega Taikan Games | Photo Report

Retro Games Exhibition Photos


A little while ago I headed along with my friend Robert (Snoopbob) to check out the Retro Games Exhibition in the city of Saitama, Japan. It has now just finished after running for the past several months and featured displays on games for a range of Japanese home console and arcade cabinets from the 1980s.

Knowing how busy these events can get in the weekend, we chose a weekday to go and it turns out we practically had the place to ourselves, playing classic games like Super Mario Brothers, Punch Out, Gauntlet, Xevious, Out Run and Space Harrier.

This post has a selection of photos showing how the Sega display room was set up. It featured a number of their Taikan games (those that introduced the ride-on style of cabinets) which of course are synonymous with Yu Suzuki.

An attraction of this exhibition was that, in addition to being able to view items such as signed posters and handwritten documentation produced when designing the games, the displays were hands-on and visitors were encouraged to try out the games which were set up for free play on the original hardware.

The exhibition was well put together and I was glad to see that Yu Suzuki's arcade games, and even a video interview with him, were proudly on display.
Photo credit: thank you to Robert for the photos.

Robot
A robot model (non-animated) greets visitors at the end of the glowing entrance tunnel.
Sega / Yu Suzuki exhibit area
The Sega / Yu Suzuki exhibit area

Wall display
A video interview with Yu Suzuki plays below designs and documents for Hang On.
Hang On cabinet decoration
One of the decoration designs on display for the full Hang On cabinet.
Hang On poster
Hang On promotional poster: "Can you keep up with these racing techniques?"

Hang On arcade cabinet
The Super Hang On cabinet was the cut-down version.
Playing Super Hang On
Full concentration required...

Space Harrier arcade cabinet
Space Harrier upright cabinet.
Out Run arcade cabinet
The Out Run cabinet with hydraulics.
The sign notes that play time is restricted during holidays and weekends.

Out Run in play
Racing for the checkpoint!
After Burner II arcade cabinet
Hydraulic After Burner II cabinet.
Hang On mother boards
Mother boards from Hang On

Sega Taikan games poster
A dazzling array of arcade contributions from Yu Suzuki on this poster showcasing Sega's "Simulator Machine Series".

Videos

We couldn't resist a little Shenmue fun with the Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard in the Sound area:



The Yu Suzuki interview video that was being shown in the Sega exhibition room was made specially for the exhibition. I have posted up earlier on this blog with added translated captions in English, but here is the interview if you haven't yet seen it:


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