(Welcome to the first of my arcade tours. Sort of. They won't be very frequent just like the reviews but I will try and get pictures and a video to make it exciting.)
It's a perfect blend of museum and arcade, you can complete a game of After Burner and Time Crisis, then take a look at the development kits for consoles or a Lara Croft sponsored Lucozade bottle in the very same building. It's that diverse.
Lots of setups of consoles old and new are spread throughout The NVA, the games range from PS1 classics like Vib-Ribbon to recent Xbox hit, the rather fun Gang Beasts.
There is a nice selection of arcade games too, immediately as you walk through the door to the place you can see a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cabinet. Moving on upstairs, you have Tetris, Sunset Riders, Phoenix, a Neo Geo MVS, and Space Invaders. But it's the 2nd floor, The Hall Of Inputs, where The NVA is it's best. Time Crisis, Ms Pac Man, Joe And Mac Caveman Ninja, Marvel Super Heroes, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, Sonic And Allstars Racing Arcade, OutRun 2 SP, and After Burner are all free to play, alongside a HTC Vive setup, various consoles and a massive Gitaroo Man setup with huge soundbars. Absolute heaven.
The third and final floor (not counting the Minecraft floor for kids) has lots of unique little features, like 'The Green Room' which showcases games still in development stages. Also on this floor is 'The History Of Video Games In 100 Objects' room, which is basically the only room of The NVA that is comparable to an actual museum, but even then it features a Space Invaders and Donkey Kong cab, along with some ZX Spectrum's and a Kinect setup. Right next to it is a room called the PiCade, basically 7 or so repro joysticks running RetroPie, set on one game and connected to some good old CRT's. Very cool.
Oh, and they have quite possibly the best snack bar ever. Not only do they serve the best toasties ever, they have N64, GameCube, Mega Drive, PS3, and Xbox 360 consoles setup for multiplayer games, along with some board games and old games magazines to read. It's perfection. And the best part is, you don't even have to pay to get in for it unlike the NVA. You can just pop in anytime you like if you're passing through the area.
So, I love The National Videogame Arcade. If you're ever in Nottingham, I cannot recommend it enough. If you're near Nottingham and you still haven't visited it, do it now. You're missing out, big time. Anyway, see you on the next post.