Kid’s U.S. Land Game Corner

In some Japan malls there are activity centres for kids called (oddly) “Kid’s US Land“.
For a few hundred yen for 30 minutes kids get to play in the jungle gym, karaoke rooms, table tennis, etc and in most places there are old arcade games set to Free Play!
Many of the games are pretty old, and often broken unfortunately however.

GunBullet is in good working condition though.

Namco GunBullet

Namco GunBullet

Namco GunBullet arcade cabinet side art

Namco GunBullet arcade cabinet side art

This one, Techno Drive, is a big favourite of my 6 year old. It tests your steering, speed techniques and then challenges them all together.
It’s pretty hard, but it has a collection of different challenges that make it fun despite the difficulty.
For example one challenge has you driving along with a container of liquid behind you car and you have to spill as little as possible as you race to the finish line within a set time-limit.

Namco Techno Drive

Namco Techno Drive

There are 3 challenges per game and it rates you at the end (think my highest rating is about a “C” Rank, lol).

Techno Drive

Techno Drive

My son & I have tried Pop’n’Music a few times but it’s a bit too tricky…

Pop 'n' Music

Pop ‘n’ Music

Pop 'n' Music

Pop ‘n’ Music

I like The House of the Dead III, although the right hand gun on this cab has trouble reloading, which can make two player games less fun.

SEGA The House of the Dead III

SEGA The House of the Dead III

SEGA The House of the Dead III Cabinet Side Art

SEGA The House of the Dead III Cabinet Side Art

Taito Battle Gear 4 has a pretty impressive cabinet.

Taito Battle Gear 4

Taito Battle Gear 4

Taito Battle Gear 4

Taito Battle Gear 4

Taito Battle Gear 4

Taito Battle Gear 4

I’m a big fan of the Densha De Go series but unfortunately this one, although running, is just a bit too broken. Pretty much only the brake and accelerator work, the door and alarm switches are broken so you often get penalized while playing it.

Densha De Go

Taito Densha De Go

Taito Densha De Go

Taito Densha De Go

There are also a few very old prize games like this Dream Rail and 七福神 (Shichi Fuku Jin).

Dream Rail

Dream Rail

Shichi Fuku Jin

Shichi Fuku Jin

This Strong Puncher is often broken (and doesn’t seem to score correctly) but occasionally it’s working.

Strong Puncher

Strong Puncher

The last time I went they had a few new arrivals, specifically a couple of SNK Football Championship cabinets. Will try and get some pics if I go again.

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