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Categories: Arcade News, Closures

CLOSED for Christmas – Dec. 25th

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be CLOSED Sunday 12/25 so our staff can enjoy time off with family and friends, and our games can take a break!

We’ll re-open Monday 12/26 at Noon for regular business. All ages are welcome Noon-4:30PM, and we’re 21+ only with full bar service after 5pm!

We wish you a safe and happy non-denominational winter holiday!

Clash of the Classics – Aliens VS Shinobi

Clash of the Classics: Aliens VS ShinobiThere’s a tough choice to make for fans of side-scrolling action games during this month’s Clash of the Classics! We need your help in deciding who is most worthy of a spot in the arcade: Aliens or Shinobi?

Aliens is a side-scrolling shoot ’em up game developed and published by Konami in 1990. Players can choose to face the deadly Xenomorphs solo or cooperatively with another player as Ellen Ripley or Corporal Hicks. In order to survive the onslaught of aliens, players must use the a variety of iconic weapons from the films such as the M56 Smartgun, pulse rifles and flamethrowers. Some levels even feature power loaders that the players can control and inflict extra heavy damage with. Although the majority of the game is played as a side-scrolling shooter, certain sections feature vertical shooting (similar to some levels in Contra), adding more variety to the action. Aliens is considered to be one of the goriest arcade games of its time, with well animated creepy graphics that did justice to the well-loved movie series in the arcades.

Shinobi is a side-scrolling hack and slash action game released in arcades by Sega in 1987. The player controls the ninja protagonist Joe Musashi with an eight way joystick and three buttons to attack, jump and use ninjutsu techniques against the evil criminals that lie between him and his captured students. An unlimited supply of shurikens can be used to attack enemies from a distance, but the player can also punch and kick enemies at close-range. Rescuing certain hostages will grant the player attack upgrades in the form of a powerful gun for long-range attacks and a sword for close-range encounters. There are also 3 ninjutsu techniques (also called “ninja magic”) at the player’s disposal: a sandstorm, a tornado and a doppleganger attack. Although Shinobi was not the first ninja video game when it was released in 1987, it remains one of the most popular and highly acclaimed ones from its era, and the original arcade version of Shinobi is still widely considered to be the smoothest playing, finest version of the game.

While Aliens and Shinobi are both great games that deserve the attention of all side-scrolling action game fans, the time has come to give one of them a break from the arcade floor and allow room for a newcomer. You have until the end of Wednesday, December 7th to vote, so grab some quarters and head over to Ground Kontrol to play your favorite today!

No Pun Intendo featuring Bri Pruett – Thursday 12/15, 9pm

No Pun Intendo 12/16

Stand-Up Comics & Stand-Up Games! Every Third Thursday, No Pun Intendo brings fantastic comedians to our lounge! Plus – video game competitions between teams of audience members with fabulous prizes!

Each month, we feature fantastic comics from Portland & beyond. This month’s lineup:

David Mascorro
Mohanad Elshieky
Katie Nguyen
Brandon Lyons
Bri Pruett

Hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person, Nariko Ott!

Just $3 at the door to support local comedy at your favorite arcade-slash-bar! Show starts at 9pm. It’s 21+, so bring your I.D.!

We’d like to thank our sponsor The Devastator – Funny Books for Humans – the only all-comedy publisher featuring writers and artists from Adult Swim, The Onion, The Daily Show and Marvel Comics. Pick up their books at your comic book shop of choice, Amazon or direct from http://devastatorpress.com/

Categories: Arcade News

New in the Arcade – Captain America and The Avengers

Captain America and The Avengers

One of the things that we love doing at Ground Kontrol is buying an old video game that’s been converted to a crummy game, and restoring it to its original glory. Last year we purchased a cabinet that we quickly realized was originally a Captain America and The Avengers. After peeling away the old artwork, filling various holes, cutting a new control panel on a CNC machine, installing new artwork and new controls, and replacing the circuit boards, we have this game looking and playing like it did when it rolled off the factory floor!

1991’s Captain America and the Avengers was Data East’s only foray into the 4 player beat-em-up genre dominated by Konami. Luckily for fans of the genre and Marvel fans alike, the game was a thrilling success. Players team up as Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Vision to battle against Red Skull’s assembly of supervillains in metropolises, a secret underwater base and even the moon! The heroes fight through hordes of enemies by utilizing hand-to-hand combat, throwing select items, using ranged special attacks, or by employing their unique “Avenger Attack.” Special power ups are also available throughout the game to summon help from other Marvel superheroes. The heroes must complete a total of five stages while battling mega-foes like Klaw, The Living Laser, Whirlwind, The Grim Reaper, The Wizard, and The Juggernaut.

No one should group the arcade game in with the poorly ported home console versions; the original Arcade version is widely considered to be one of the best classic, co-op beat’em up games of all time! The game provides a TON of Marvel cameos that are surely to excite any comic book fan. The game can be a bit too difficult if you go it alone, so bring along a friend or three to help defeat The Red Skull and his gang!

 

Did You Know?

• The arcade cabinet is visible in the 1994 comedy Airheads.

• Captain America and The Avengers was the second most successful game for the now-bankrupt and gone Data East (first being RoboCop, 1998).

• There is a special ending if the game is beaten using just one credit.

Categories: Arcade News

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time

Turtles in Time

Our TMNT: Turtles in Time game just got better! We had a spare generic black Konami cabinet that had seen better days, so our tech team bondo’ed the rough edges, installed new artwork and new controls, and made it look as good as a 25 year old game can. Most people would put it in a museum behind velvet ropes, but we want you to play it!

Turtles In Time is the 1991 sequel to the 1989 arcade hit TMNT, pushing the classic 4-player beat ’em action to new heights with improved gameplay, graphics and sound. Each playable turtle has his own unique special attack and strengths and weaknesses that add to the simple yet satisfying cooperative combat. The game takes place in past, present and future settings as the turtles are sent through a time warp while chasing after their nemeses Shredder and Krang. The turtles must face Shredder’s army, the Foot Clan, and a variety of enemies and iconic bosses from the TMNT universe along their time traveling adventure.

TMNT: Turtles in Time is a true fan favorite, commonly considered to be the best TMNT game of all-time and even one of the best games in the beat ’em up genre. With our newly refinished cabinet fresh on the arcade floor, there’s never been a better time to team up with some friends, select your favorite character and travel back in time with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Raiders of the Lost Arcade: Shinobi

Raiders of the Lost Arcade: Shinobi

Destroy anyone that gets in your way!

An evil organization of ninjas and outlaws known as “Zeed” have captured ninja children and taken them hostage! It’s up to Ninjutsu master Joe Musashi to venture into Zeed’s headquarters and single-handedly rescue his students while wiping out the opposing villains!

Shinobi is a side-scrolling hack and slash action game released in arcades by Sega in 1987. The player controls the ninja protagonist Joe Musashi with an eight way joystick and three buttons to attack, jump and use ninjutsu techniques against the evil criminals that lie between him and his captured students. An unlimited supply of shurikens can be used to attack enemies from a distance, but the player can also punch and kick enemies at close-range. Rescuing certain hostages will grant the player attack upgrades in the form of a powerful gun for long-range attacks and a sword for close-range encounters. There are also 3 ninjutsu techniques (also called “ninja magic”) at the player’s disposal: a sandstorm, a tornado and a doppleganger attack. The ninjutsu techniques vary depending on the stage, but they all have the same effect of clearing the screen of all enemies.

The game features 5 missions, each consisting of 3-4 stages in which the player must rescue all hostages to advance. In the final stage of each mission, the player must face off against a challenging boss. Defeating a boss advances the player to a bonus stage, where the player must fend off a horde of enemies by throwing shurikens from the first-person perspective. If successful, the player will earn an extra life.

Although Shinobi was not the first ninja video game when it was released in 1987, it remains one of the most popular and highly acclaimed ones from its era. After its original arcade release, Shinobi was ported to the Sega Master System and eventually the Nintendo Entertainment System, PC Engine and several home computer systems and downloadable emulators. Despite many of the ports featuring minor tweaks to the gameplay, the original arcade version of Shinobi is still widely considered to be the smoothest playing, finest version of the game.

Pro Tips

• Activating “ninja magic” will clear the screen of all enemies and can be used only once per stage. If used against a boss, it will inflict a great amount of damage.

• Bonus points are awarded based on how quickly the player clears each stage, along with additional bonuses if the player clears the stage without using “ninja magic”, or using only close-range attacks.

• Extra lives are awarded by achieving certain scores, completing the bonus round, or upon rescuing a special hostage.

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament – Sunday 10/2, 7pm

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer TournamentOur monthly Killer Queen Arcade League Night has evolved! We’re hosting casual “mixer” tournaments that are a great opportunity for new players to learn the game and seasoned veterans to mix it up with new teams.

Mixed up teams of five will compete in matches in a Round Robin style. Winner of a coin flip will choose their pick of map or cabinet, and the loser will then make their alternate choice. Maps will alternate every game.

Registration is from 7pm to 8pm SHARP. No names will be taken after 8pm. Once the list is full, team captains will privately pick and meet with their teams. We will allow ~15 minutes for everyone to get situated and organized before the first game will start.

This tournament is designed for people to make new friends in the KQ community! Competition is certainly encouraged, but this is a bit more of a social event. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Best of all, playing is completely free.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Not Your Father’s Root Beer from Small Town Brewery!

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament · Sunday 10/2 & Every First Sunday · 7pm · FREE · 21+ 

RSVP on Facebook!

Categories: Arcade News

Open Regular Hours Labor Day – Monday 9/5

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be open regular hours on Labor DayMonday 9/5. All ages are welcome at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade from Noon-4:50pm daily. We begin checking IDs at 4:30pm, and can only admit those 21+ with valid ID from 4:30pm-close. Our bar opens at 5pm for alcohol service.

If you’ve got the day off, come on down! We’re also open late Sunday evening 9/4 and we’ll be featuring Black Sunday with Nate C. spinning the best in heavy music from 9pm-late and our Killer Queen Monthly Mixer at 7pm!

Raiders of the Lost Arcade: Rally-X

Rally-XSimple yet colorful, addictive and fun, Namco’s Rally-X first hit Japanese arcades in 1980. Race your lone car through city streets and rack up points, all while avoiding the mounting number of enemies who are out to wreck your car! The game is deceptively easy at first, but it quickly escalates into an adrenaline-filled race against a dwindling fuel tank.

In Rally-X, players use a 4-way joystick to steer a car around a street maze while attempting to gather scattered yellow flags. All flags must be collected before the car’s fuel runs out in order to complete each level. Enemies working against the player are crash-determined red cars, parked cars and rock piles; all of which can cost the player a life! A smoke screen button can be used to temporarily stun the enemy cars, but utilizing it will cost the player valuable fuel. There is a handy radar display that shows the positions of flags and enemy cars, but NOT the rocks, so try to keep your eyes on the road! Naturally, the game is over when the player runs out of lives. Your ultimate goal is to beat the high score, so accumulate points by collecting flags and having leftover fuel at the end of each round!

Rally-X was introduced at the 1980 Amusement Machine Operators of America, amongst a plethora of other hard-hitting arcade games as a title licensed by Midway for American release. Video game experts had predicted Rally-X to be the most popular game at that event, however, Namco’s other maze game had upstaged it all. That game? Pac-Man. Pac-Man’s overwhelming reception and popularity left Rally-X in its shadow, unfairly so!

Give Rally-X another shot at success and play it today at Ground Kontrol!

Bonus Round Free Play Party – Tuesday 8/16, 10pm-close

Bonus Round Free Play Party - Tuesday 8/16 10pm-closeClose out your Tuesday night with Bonus Round Free Play!

From 10pm-close on Tuesday August 16, every arcade game and pinball table at Ground Kontrol will be set to free play. Over 90 games spanning decades of arcade history from the vector classic Asteroids to the indie game Killer Queen, all for one low $3 cover!

Feel like you’re not quite good enough at pinball to sacrifice crucial coinage? Can’t crack the high score on Frogger without a practice game or ten? This is the perfect opportunity to play anything and everything – no quarters necessary!

As always, we’ve got a full bar and food menu with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, so you can come up with your perfect pairing. Tequila Sunset and Sunset Riders, anyone?

Bonus Round Free Play · Tuesday 8/16 · 10pm-close · $3 cover · 21+ only