X-Men's Giant Six-Player Cabinet Was An Arcade Marvel

While many arcade games can accommodate two players, and some even four, there aren't many that can crowd six around a single cabinet like the incredible X-Men arcade game could.

Released in 1992, and developed by Konami, the game came out at the height of the studio's arcade power, during which similar side-scrolling games (all based on licensed properties) like The Simpsons and TMNT took the world by storm.

What made X-Men so special wasn't the game so much as the way the game was presented. Unlike TMNT and The Simpsons, which supported four players, X-Men allowed for six people to play together on the one machine, a move that took some fancy engineering.

Not only did the game require an extra-large cabinet, so as to fit six control layouts on the one board, but it also used two CRT monitors instead of the usual one, so that there was enough screen real estate for all six players to see what was going on.

Rather than being slung up next to each other, which would be a strain on the frame, the two screens were arrayed atop each other, the top one appearing normally, the other one hidden below and reflecting its display via a mirror to give a widescreen effect.

You can take a look at the monstrosity below.

[pic via Justin Johnson]


    Ah I remember this fondly. Really miss the days of arcades.

    oh time zone super sessions and xmen, fond memories why cant you do that stuff anymores?!#$%$

      Consoles and nostalgia cash grabs.

    Playing the old arcade games like this at Insert Coins, I find it hard to understand how some of them were so popular.

    I mean, even I remember playing through the entirety of The Simpsons with three friends at a Timezone birthday party once. But now, I honestly don't know how. It, TMNT, Xmen, they're all just so awful to play. Slowly walking around, constantly getting hit seemingly regardless of what you do to try and avoid it (because jumps will never move you far enough to get out of range), take a bunch of enemies down maybe before dying. Rinse, repeat, ask if it's over yet.

      Yeah, I'm always surprised at how few of these beat-em ups still hold up. I loved TNMT et al & I think I played The Avengers through to completion. Playing them recently I realised how limited they were.

      *Shields self from barrage of rotten food*

      I still think that the original Double Dragon & the Dungeon & Dragons arcade games still hold up ok though.


    Lots of fun playing this one in the Arcades :). Freaking difficult too if you're by yourself.
    Our local X-men cabinet only housed room for 4 players. Never seen one that did 6, that must've been great.

    X X X X X X .. men! .. X X X X X X .. men!

    It was the inclusion of Colossus and Nightcrawler that made it special for the youngster I used to be. I know Colossus pops up in the marvel fighting games occasionally and Nightcrawler made it into the X-Men Legends 1 and 2, but these two are sorely underrepresented in video games.

    Wolverine has had plenty of games dedicated to him, and they've all been pretty ordinary. I'd love to see a half decent Nightcrawler game.

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