The Arcade of my Youth – Fun N’ Games in Wayne, NJ

This video (not taken by me) showed the arcade a week before it finally closed in 2007. You can see even then, that it was still pretty crowded. This is the place that gets referenced in today’s podcast.

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6 thoughts on “The Arcade of my Youth – Fun N’ Games in Wayne, NJ

  1. Rick Hansen says:

    Good stuff! I miss the days when arcades were all around town and a “fistful of quarters” was enough to last you the afternoon. Mine was called Aladdin’s Castle, located in Lincoln Mall: Matteson, Illinois. It was shut down after the mall owners panicked in response to gang fights. They had a game there that I loved, but have never seen again. You controlled a super space-age tank using two “fighter jet”-style joysticks. The view was from overhead and, besides weapons, you could launch the tank high above the action to A) escape certain doom, or B) get a bird’s eye view of the playing field. I’ve been trying to remember what it was called for years now, but gave up hope of ever playing it again. Aladdin’s Castle had a very large selection of cabinet games, along with pinball machines and even a bumper car track! It was definitely a gem among the arcades I’ve known in my life. Later this month, I’m meeting some friends at an arcade in Brookfield, Illinois where, for a $15 entry fee, all the games are on free play. It’s called Galloping Ghost (http://www.gallopingghostarcade.com) and has 200+ restored classics like Donkey Kong, Tron, Moon Patrol, etc. It’s really a trip to the past, which is right up my alley!

  2. Shawn says:

    I remember that arcade. I played Mortal Kombat 3 there when the game first came out and the crowds around the machine were enormous. I was more partial to Sports N’ Games on rt. 10 in East Hanover, since it was closer to home, and you usually didn’t have to wait to play on their more popular machines. N

  3. It saddens me to think about how many small, local arcades are already totally forgotten. Lately I’ve been thinking about mine (Huckleberry Finn’s) quite a bit, and I’m discomforted that there’s probably no record of its existence except maybe some dusty paperwork in some local city office.

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