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Arcade System Example

Blast City, a prime example of a video game arcade cabinet

A video game arcade system or simply just arcade system is a coin-operated gaming machine typically installed in public business such as restaurants, bars, and amusement arcades. While the exact dates are debated, the golden age of arcade video games is usually defined as a period beginning sometime in the late 1970s and ending sometime in the mid-1980s.

Excluding several resurgence attempts in the early 1990s, the arcade industry subsequently declined in the Western hemisphere as competing video game consoles such as the Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 increased in their graphics and gameplay capability over arcade cabinets and decreased in cost generally.

Sega arcade system[]

An arcade system board is a dedicated computer system created on purpose of running video arcade games. Arcade system boards typically consist of a main system board with any number of supporting boards.

Sega is currently the company with the most arcade system boards to this day, with the latest being the Sega Nu 2. The following is a list of arcade system boards released by Sega:

  • Sega VIC Dual (1977)
  • Sega Z80 (1980)
  • Sega G80 (1981)
  • VCO Object (1981)
  • Sega Zaxxon (1982)
  • Sega Laserdisc (1983)

Sega System series[]

  • Sega System 1 (1983)
  • Sega System 2 (1985)
  • Sega System 16 (1985, further consolized as Mega Drive in 1988)
  • Sega System 16B (1986)
  • Sega System 24 (1988)
  • Sega System 18 (1989)
  • Sega System 14/C/C-2 (1989)
  • Sega System 32 (1990)
  • Sega System Multi 32 (1992)


Kyugo is an arcade system board released in 1984, co-developed with Japanese company Kyugo.

Super Scaler series[]

  • Sega Space Harrier (1985)
  • Sega OutRun (1986)
  • Sega X Board (1987)
  • Sega Y Board (1988)

Sega Mega series[]

  • Sega Mega Tech (1988)
  • Sega Mega-Play (1989)

Sega Model series[]

  • Sega Model 1 (1992)
  • Sega Model 2 (1993)
  • Sega Model 3 (1996)[1]

Sega ST-V[]

ST-V (Sega Titan Video game system) is an arcade system board released by Sega in 1994. Departing from their usual process of building custom arcade hardware, Sega's ST-V is essentially identical to the Sega Saturn home console system. The only difference is the media: ST-V used ROM cartridges instead of CD-ROMs to store games.[2]

Sega NAOMI series[]

The NAOMI (New Arcade Operation Machine Idea) is the successor to the Sega Model 3. Sega first demonstrated NAOMI publicly at the 1998 Amusement Machine Show (an annual trade show hosted in Tokyo by the Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association).

  • NAOMI (1998)
  • NAOMI Multiboard (1999)
  • Sega Hikaru (1999)
  • NAOMI 2 (2000)


The Triforce is an arcade system board developed jointly by Namco, Sega, and Nintendo, with the first games appearing in 2002. The name "Triforce" is a reference to Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series of games, and symbolized the three companies' involvement in the project.

Sega Chihiro[]

The Sega Chihiro system is a Sega arcade system board based on the architecture of the Xbox. The 733 MHz Intel Pentium III CPU and the Nvidia XChip graphics processor are common to both, but the Chihiro has a different MCPX chip with unique bootloader keys.

Sega Lindbergh[]

The Sega Lindbergh arcade system board is an embedded PC running MontaVista Linux (The Lindbergh Blue system used Windows Embedded instead). Sega had initially planned to use Microsoft's Xbox 360 as the basis for the arcade board, but instead opted for an architecture based on standard PC hardware.

Sega Europa-R[]

The Sega Europa-R is an arcade system board developed by Sega Amusements Europe.

Sega chose a PC-based design for this arcade board. This arcade board currently only runs two games, Sega Rally 3 and Race Driver: GRID (Stylized as simply GRID).

Sega Ring series[]

  • RingEdge (2009)
  • RingWide (2009)
  • RingEdge 2 (2010)

Sega Nu[]

Released in November 2013, Nu is based on a mid-range PC running Windows Embedded 8.

List of Sonic arcade games[]

Cancelled games[]




  1. Model 3: Sega Affirms Arcade Supremacy. Imagine Media. May 1996. pp. 12–18.
  2. Sega STV (ST-V) Hardware (Sega). System 16 (2016-03-31). Retrieved on 2016-08-08.
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