The Golden Nuggett, Great Yarmouth Shot of arcades along Great Yarmouth promenade Joyland Arcade at Great Yarmouth

STAGE 4 - GREAT YARMOUTH (2ND LAP)

There could not have a more striking difference between our visit in May and the one back in March. Gone were the signs of construction and the whether was warm and sunny, then there were the visitors.. lots of them. As we hadn't been able to visit all the arcades in March, due to the fact they were closed, we thought we would take another look to see what else we could find.

We started off by walking all the way down the promenade to the Pleasure Beach. I knew there were a few arcades dotted around the stalls and rides. We found several items of note, although some of them had seen better days.

The first arcade we came across was the 'Fun Palace'. They had a Sega Line of Fire (1989), a Taito Special Criminal Investigation (1989), a Namco Point Blank (1995), and a Midway Terminator 2 : Judgement Day (1991) - just to add that it was arcade gun game and not the pinball table. There were also two other machines found in this arcade but both suffered from discolouration of the screen, a sit-down Sega Outrun (1986) and a Komani Simpsons (1991).

The other arcade we found didn't actually have a name (that I could see) but it was beside the 'Food Court Diner'. They also had a Sega Line of Fire, as well as a SNK Mechanised Attack (1988), Namco Ridge Racer (1993), Namco Time Crisis (1996), Namco Tekken 3 (1997), Sega Virtua Cop 2 (1995), and lastly, a Sega House of the Dead (1997).

All in all not a bad find and it was nice to see a selection of machines from the late 80's and mid 90's. Of course most were either driving or gun games.

We left the Pleasure Beach and headed back along the promenade to the main arcade section. Most had already been checked in March and there wasn't really much of a change. I won't go over what we had already recorded back in March. The Atlantis had an orginal Namco Tekken (1994) and a helicopter rescue game which unfortunately I can't remember the name of but it was from the early 90's I think. Joyland had a Konami Lethal Enforcers (1992) and a Sega Virtua Racing (1992) - this was the two-seater version and was in an amazingly good condition.

 

Original article by Gary - May 2006 (revised June 2014)