Friday, July 12, 2019

AfterBurner City Cabinet

This popped up on Yahoo auctions and I thought it was worth preserving here. In Japan, Sega appear to have released an official conversion kit to turn a generic Sega City cabinet into AfterBurner.

City cabinets are relatively small (580 x 715 x 1000 mm) and at only 60kg, less than half the weight of a normal upright AfterBurner.








Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sega Game Cards

Western arcade gamers were accustomed to overflowing pockets of loose change, but Japanese arcade centres had a more elegant solution: Game Cards. These were magnetic cards, pre-loaded with credits and read by a card reader attached to the arcade cabinet. As the card was used, the reader punched holes to denote the number of credits used.


Two types of card were common: 500 cards provided 12 credits and 1000 cards 24 credits. Most games were set to 2 credits per play, although this was variable. For ¥500 you therefore gained credits and a collectable card to keep.

Cards were branded by game, but could be used with any compatible machine. It was common for game centres to add their personal branding to the cards and many variants exist. The system was reportedly not successful in the long-term (source: Sega Arcade History).

The Sega cards were numbered as follows. I'll complete missing entries as I find out more information.

1 SPACE HARRIER (Number not shown on card)
2 FANTASY ZONE (Number not shown on card)
3 OUTRUN
4 ALEX KIDD
5 SUPER HANG-ON (1000 version)
6 DUNK SHOT
SUPER HANG-ON (500 version)
8 AFTERBURNER
9 SUPER LEAGUE
10 HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP
11 THUNDER BLADE
12 HOT ROD
13 GALAXY FORCE II
14 POWER DRIFT
15 UNKNOWN

16 UNKNOWN

17 TURBO OUTRUN

18 SUPER MONACO GP

19 G-LOC (1000 Version)

20 G-LOC (500 Version)

21 R-360

Cards were also available exclusively at the AM and AOU trade shows from Sega booths. Some example follow.

24th AM SHOW (OUTRUN & HOTROD)


25TH AM SHOW (HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP & THUNDER BLADE)

87 AOU SHOW (SUPER HANG-ON, then HANG-ON II)

88 HAPPY NEW HARRIER
SEGA ATTRACTIONS

OTHER GAMES



Special thanks to Sean Tagg for helping me with images and information for this post. Don't let this man spend any more money on game cards. Or at least donate him some for free!