The Most Amazing Video Game Continue Screens

The Most Amazing Video Game Continue Screens

The continue countdown screen was introduced to arcades in the ’80s. It was a simple and effective way of getting players to fork over more money. When you fail, the screen comes up for a limited time with a countdown to insert additional coins or press a button.

Most of these games’ continue screens were pretty basic — they used simple text or huge flashing numbers on a black background — but there were some really cool exceptions, like the one above from Cadillacs & Dinosaurs and like these below:

Ninja Gaiden

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Street Fighter II

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Mortal Kombat 4

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The Punisher

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Final Fight

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Final Fight 3

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Primal Rage

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A lot of non-arcade games experimented with unique continue screen designs, too, nixing the traditional (and now useless) timer:

Bayonetta

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Earthworm Jim

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Metal Gear Solid

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Sources: GameOverScreens, NeoGAF, Bayonetta Wiki, SanguisArcangel

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