Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits (Saturn)

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For the Sega Mega Drive game, see Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits (Mega Drive).

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Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Midway Home Entertainment
Developer:
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Williams Electronics
Game total: 6
Peripherals supported: Saturn Floppy Drive
Genre: Compilation

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
US
T-9703H
ESRB: Kids to Adults

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Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits for the Sega Saturn is a compilation of arcade games released in 1996.

Arcade's Greatest Hits contains a selection of arcade games originally released by Williams Electronics in the early 1980s. The ports were handled by Digital Eclipse, who would go on to produce numerous re-releases of this nature (such as Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1). The Saturn version also has extras, such as videos and artwork.

The Sega Dreamcast game Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 1 is much the same as this release, although features higher quality emulations.

Gameplay

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Defender (1980)
Defender is a 2D side-scrolling shoot-'em-up, in which the objective is to shoot aliens, avoid projectiles and obstacles and protect humans from being captured. It was unique for its day for allowing the player to move both left and right, the maps "looping" to create a "circular" playfield. It is also the primary influence for the Sega classic, Fantasy Zone.

Configurable options: ships to start, bonus at, difficulty increase, maximum difficulty, waves per planet.

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Defender II (Stargate) (1981)
Defender II is the sequel to Defender, though curiously was never known as Defender II in the arcades, instead opting for the title of Stargate on grounds of legal issues (Defender II being reserved for the NES and older Atari 2600 ports). Defender II is much the same as the first game, but introduces new enemies, a cloaking device and similar minor gameplay additions.

Configurable options: ships to start, bonus at, difficulty, inviso time per ship, men to warp, last wave for warp.

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Joust (1982)
Joust is a single-screen 2D "platform game", in which players control a man riding a "buzzard", who needs to hit the heads of enemies, similar to traditional jousting.

Configurable options: lives to start, bonus at, difficulty.

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Robotron 2084 (1982)
Robotron 2084 is a dual-joystick top-down shoot-'em-up, in which you attempt to save the last surviving human family from robots.

Configurable options: lives to start, bonus at, difficulty, controller angle.

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Sinistar (1982)
Sinistar is a top-down shooter similar to Atari's Asteroids, however as well as shooting enemies, players need to locate sinibombs to prevent the creation of the extremely powerful Sinistar.

Configurable options: ships to start, first bonus at, extra to next bonus, difficulty, rapid fire.

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Bubbles (1982)
Players control a bubble and need to clean a sink. Bubbles was less well received than the other games in this compilation back in 1982, so until this compilation emerged, did not see any home ports.

Production credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits (Saturn)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
70 №69, p80
80 [1]
Sega Saturn
75
Based on
2 reviews

Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Wagh sat us manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
602,274,288 CD-ROM (US) T-9703H V1.000

References

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Midway, Williams and Atari compilations for Sega systems
Sega Master System
Arcade Smash Hits (1992)
Sega Mega Drive
Arcade Classics (1996) | Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits (1996)
Sega Game Gear
Arcade Classics (1996)
Sega Saturn
Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits (1996) | Midway Presents Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1 (1997)
Sega Dreamcast
Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 1 (2000) | Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 2 (2000) | Atari Anniversary Edition (2001) | Midway's Greatest Arcade Hits Volume 3 (unreleased)