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The term "arcade machines" usually denotes coin-operated game machines. Their history starts in 1972, when Atari essentially created the coin-operated video game industry with the game Pong. During the late 1970s and early 1980s video game arcades sprang up all over the United States and other countries. Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong - these are the most popular games from the beginning of arcade machines era. By the mid-1980s, the arcade video game industry was beginning to fade due to the the advances in home video game console technology. Though now arcade machines did not disappear altogether and still have a small niche in video games industry, they lost in concurrent fight to home video game consoles.
 In 1999 the last arcade game to bear Atari logo was released; Atari's coin-op product development division was closed in the same year. Now arcade machines with Sailor Moon games installed on them can not be found anywhere of course. So the only possibility to play these games is to use an emulator. One of the best is probably MAME.

 

PRETTY SOLDIER SAILOR MOON


Title: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon
Genre: side-scrolling/fighting
Company: Banpresto
Release date: 1995
Platform: Arcade


The game has very nice graphics and beautiful full-screen anime style special attacks. The player will be offered a choice between five inner senshi. During the most difficult moments, Tuxedo Mask will also appear. Two player mode is supported. Naoko Takeuchi herself supervised the game and voices for senshi were provided by seiyu that worked on Sailor Moon anime. One of the best Sailor Moon video games.

The game exists in two versions: 95/03/22 and 95/03/22B. I am admittedly unsure what is the difference between two. An archive for 95/03/22 comprise 17 files and archive for 95/03/22B-18 files; 17 of them are identical to 95/03/22 version so you'll have to download only that additional 18th file. So, in order to get a working 95/03/22B version, you must extract all content of archive for 95/03/22 and add it to the 95/03/22B archive. That's it. After placing both archives into "roms" directory of your emulator (assuming that you use MAME) you can play both versions.

Andreani Xavier managed to procure rare shots of game stickers (that have to be put on arcade machine case) and shot of the Jamma card (it contains the game itself and is inserted inside of the machine case).

Download scanned game stickers + shots of the motherboard (5.63 MB) arcade-fight-HQ.rar



Download 95/03/22 version (13.0 MB) sailormn.zip
Download 95/03/22B version (113 KB) sailormo.zip

 

QUIZ BISYOUJO SENSHI SAILOR MOON


Title: Quiz Bisyoujo Senshi Sailor Moon - Chiryoku Tairyoku Toki no Un
Genre: quiz
Company: Banpresto
Release date: 1997
Platform: Arcade

After choosing your senshi and the first location the game starts. In order to advance in the game, you'll have first of all to throw dices and move forward at number of steps shown by dices. That's where you encounter a monster-of-the-day (or bosses) and play a quiz itself (of course, all questions&answers are in Japanese). After answering several questions you'll return to the world's map and can throw dices again. (during a quiz you can gain different bonuses&prizes (e.g. sometimes Sailor Mercury will give you hints for correct questions)). Apart from quiz itself, the game has a lot of other funny things to do, totally cute animated scenes, full-screen animation, voices&music and many more. Two players mode is supported. On the whole, it is one of the most beautiful Sailor Moon video games.

Andreani Xavier informed me about existence of a cheat (for MAME emulator), forcing correct answers to be listed always under number 1. If you do not know Japanese (like me) it may be very useful.
Click here to download cheat.dat file (97 bytes). It must be placed in the same directory as Mame32.exe. After starting emulator, go to file > properties>miscellaneous and check "enable game cheats" box. Start the game and then press TAB key. In menu appeared select "cheat" option. In new menu select the topmost item (enable/disable cheat) and here you must see "Answer is always 1". Change the value from off to on. That's it. Now during the quiz you can press a key for answer 1 (usually it is listed as the topmost choice) and it will be a correct one.

Download shots of the motherboard (278 KB) arcade-quiz-mboard.rar


That's how the game process looks like. You'll be offered a question and several answers to choose from.

 

From time to time you will encounter Chibiusa and Hotaru, offering useful items.

 

The game has a lot of full-screen animation.

One of mini games. You'll compete in a race against Luna-P.


Download of this game is available (21.0 MB) quizmoon.zip