In previous episodes of this blog's Meet the Collectors series
, we have already seen some of the best collections out there that are dedicated to Nintendo's history.
But even though these consisted of wonderful displays of Game & Watches
, vintage toys and retro video games, there is one department that has been seriously underexposed here so far: arcade games.
Arcade games are an important part of Nintendo's history and heritage. Key Nintendo characters and game franchises were born in the arcade. Many of today's Nintendo collectors first got exposed to Nintendo through these games. Most of us love them for it. I know I do.
But collecting arcade games is a different matter altogether. They are big and heavy. Their monitors and printed circuit boards are sensitive to technical problems (contrary to consoles and handhelds, which are virtually indestructible). Most arcade game have been out in the field for many years, resulting in wear and tear. So they usually require tender love and care to restore, get working and maintain in top shape.
It takes some special dedication to build your own home arcade. In today's episode we will meet Alex, who has done just that. Even more exciting is the fact that he created a Nintendo
arcade! Alex loves his arcade so much that he gave up an extensive collection of Game & Watch
for it. Talk about dedication!
|Alex posing justifiably proud in his personal hall of Nintendo arcade history|
"Hi! My name is Alex Crowley. I am from Twickenham London, 42 years old and I am a brickwork specialist."