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Jackal (video game)

Jackal (video game)

Release date: 1986

Genres: Action

Platforms: Nintendo Nes, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: Konami

Jackal, also distributed under the title of Top Gunner, is an overhead run'n gun-style shoot-'em-up video game by Konami released for the arcades in 1986. The player must maneuver an armed jeep in order to rescue prisoners of war (POWs) trapped in enemy territory.

Jet Fighter

Jet Fighter

Release date: 1975

Genres: Shooter, War

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers:

Jet Fighter is a 2 player arcade game by Atari, originally released in 1975.

Jurassic Park

Release date: 1994

Genres: Action

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Sega

Jurassic Park is a rail shooter arcade game developed and released by Sega in 1994. It is based on the 1993 film of the same name. The game cabinet resembles the rear of the Ford Explorer tour vehicles used in the film. The player, equipped with a joystick, must shoot dinosaurs that appear on-screen throughout the game. The game is notable for having a moving seat, also used in Sega's previous 1991 light gun shooter Rail Chase. The seat is powered by hydraulic pistons to move the seat according …

Jewelpet: The Glittering Magical Jewel Box

Release date: 2009

Genres: Puzzle

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Sega

Jewelpet: The Glittering Magical Jewel Box (ジュエルペット 〜キラキラ魔法の宝石箱〜, Juerupetto: Kirakira Mahō no Hōseki-bako) is a Puzzle game for the arcades developed and published by Sega. It's the second spiritual sequel of Columns and the first title not to use the Columns name. It is released on October 27, 2009. Production of the arcade machines ended in November 2011.

Jack the Giantkiller

Release date: 1982

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Cinematronics, Hara Industries

Jack the Giantkiller is a 1982 arcade game developed and published by Cinematronics. It is based on the 19th-century English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. In Japan, the game was released as Treasure Hunt. There were no home console ports. The player controls Jack, who must climb the beanstalk to reach the castle, steal a series of treasures from the giant, and escape. The game used hardware licensed from Hara Industries of Japan, with raster graphics instead of the vector displays Cinematro…

J-League Soccer V-Shoot

Release date: 1994

Genres: Football, Sports

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Namco

J-League Soccer V-Shoot (JリーグサッカーVシュート, J-Rīgu Sakkā V-Shūto), commonly referred to as just V-Shoot, is a soccer arcade game that was released by Namco in 1994 only in Japan; it runs on their NB-1 hardware, and features the twelve (then-current) teams from the J-League (the Kashima Antlers, JEF United, the Urawa Red Diamonds, Tokyo Verdy, the Yokohama Marinos and Yokohama Flügels, Shonan Bellmare, Shimizu S-Pulse, Júbilo Iwata, Nagoya Grampus Eight, Gamba Osaka and Sanfrecce Hiroshima). All the …

Justice League Heroes United

Justice League Heroes United

Release date: 2009

Genres: Beat'em-up

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Global VR

Justice League Heroes United is an arcade game based on the Justice League comic book.

Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest

Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest

Release date: 1986

Genres: Action

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Williams Electronics

Joust 2: Survival of the Fittest is an arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1986. It is a sequel to Williams' 1982 game Joust. Like its predecessor, Joust 2 is a 2D aerial combat game with platforms to land on. The player uses a button and joystick to control a knight riding a flying ostrich. The object is to progress through levels by defeating groups of enemy knights riding buzzards. Joust 2 features improved audio-visuals and new features such as mutant buzzards creat…

Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III

Release date: 2001

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Konami

Jurassic Park III is a light gun arcade game based on the 2001 film of the same name. The game was developed by Konami and was first unveiled at the Japan Amusement Machinery Manufacturers Association in September 2001. The game had been released in Japan by November 2001, and was later released in the United States in March 2002. The game uses the same cabinet and motion sensor technology as Police 911, requiring players to dodge the oncoming dinosaur attacks. Alternatively, the standard cabin…

Journey

Release date: 1983

Genres: Action

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Bally Midway

Journey is an arcade game released by Bally Midway in 1983. Rock band Journey had enjoyed major success in the early 1980s, and Bally/Midway decided to ride this wave of popularity by creating an arcade game based on the group. Its release was intended to coincide with a US tour by the band.This game features digitized photographs of the members of the band at the time of release: Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Steve Smith, Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory.

Jambo! Safari

Jambo! Safari

Release date: 1999

Genres: Adventure, Racing

Platforms: Wii, Nintendo DS, Arcade

Publishers: Sega

Jambo! Safari is a video game first released by Sega in 1999. The original arcade version of the game used the Naomi board, arcade hardware which was based on Sega's Dreamcast video game console. Despite the fact that other Naomi-based arcade games were released for the Dreamcast, Jambo! Safari was never ported to the Sega console. The UK version of the Official Dreamcast Magazine reported that the game was to be released in a 3-in-1 compilation along with other games in Sega's "Real Life Career…

Jump Bug

Jump Bug

Release date: 1981

Genres: Platform, Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers:

Jump Bug is a scrolling platform shooter developed by Alpha Denshi under contract for Coreland, and published in arcades by Sega in Japan and Rock-Ola in North America in 1981. It was the first platform game to include smooth horizontal and vertical scrolling. Jump Bug was ported to the Emerson Arcadia and the Leisure Vision system.

Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd

Release date: 1997

Genres: Action, Shooter

Platforms: Arcade

Publishers: Activision Blizzard

Judge Dredd is a light gun shooter video game developed by Gremlin Interactive, based on the comic book of the same name. It was published by Acclaim Entertainment for the arcades, and for the PlayStation by Gremlin Interactive in Europe and Activision in North America, respectively. The PlayStation emulated version was re-released by Urbanscan for the PlayStation Network on 24 January 2008.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Release date: 1998

Genres: Action, Combat

Platforms: XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Sega Dreamcast, Arcade

Publishers:

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, Hepburn: JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken) is a fighting video game developed by Capcom based on Hirohiko Araki's manga of the same title. The game was developed by the same team who are responsible for the Street Fighter III series. It was originally released in the arcade in 1998 on the CPS-3 arcade system; this version was known outside Japan as JoJo's Venture. An updated version of the game was released in 1999 as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for t…

Jungle Hunt

Jungle Hunt

Release date: 1982

Genres: Side-scroller

Platforms: Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: Taito, Atari, Inc., Atarisoft

Jungle Hunt (ジヤングル・ハン卜) is a right-to-left side-scrolling arcade game produced and released by Taito in 1982. It was initially released as Jungle King, but changed as a result of copyright dispute. Published the same year as Moon Patrol, Jungle Hunt is one of the first video games to use parallax scrolling. The player controls an unnamed explorer, sporting a pith helmet and safari suit, attempting to rescue his girl from a tribe of cannibals by swinging from vine to vine, swimming a crocodile-i…

Juno First

Juno First

Release date: 1983

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers:

Juno First (ジュノファースト) is an arcade game developed by Konami and released in 1983. It was licensed to Gottlieb in the United States. Juno First combines elements of vertically scrolling shooters and fixed shooters, using a slightly tilted perspective similar to Nintendo's Radar Scope from 1979.Juno First was ported to the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit family by Greg Hiscott and published by Datasoft in 1983 and 1984 respectively.

John Elway's Quarterback

John Elway's Quarterback

Release date: 1988

Genres: Football, Sports, Simulation

Platforms: Nintendo Nes, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: Virgin Games, Tradewest

John Elway's Quarterback, also known as John Elway's Quarterback Challenge and John Elway's Team Quarterback, is a 1987 football video game.

Jr. Pac-Man

Jr. Pac-Man

Release date: 1983

Genres: Adventure, Maze

Platforms: Microsoft Dos, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers:

Jr. Pac-Man is an arcade game, released by Bally Midway on August 13, 1983. It is based on Pac-Man and its derivatives but, like Baby Pac-Man, and Pac-Man Plus, was created without the authorization of Namco. This was one of several games that eventually led to the termination of the licensing agreement between Namco and Bally Midway in 1984. Unlike prior games in the series, the maze in Jr. Pac-Man scrolls horizontally and has no escape tunnels.

Joust (video game)

Joust (video game)

Release date: 1982

Genres: Action

Platforms: Atari ST, Apple Mac, Nintendo Nes, Atari 2600, Arcade

Publishers: Williams Electronics

Joust is an arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982. It popularized the concept of two-player cooperative gameplay by being more successful at it than its predecessors. The player uses a button and joystick to control a knight riding a flying ostrich. The objective is to progress through levels by defeating waves of enemy knights riding buzzards. John Newcomer led the development team, which included Bill Pfutzenreuter, Janice Woldenberg-Miller (former surname: Hendric…

Joe & Mac

Release date: 1991

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Amiga, Nintendo Switch, Super Nes, Microsoft Dos, Nintendo GameBoy, Sega Mega Drive, Arcade

Publishers: Data East, Takara, New World Computing, Elite Systems, Motivetime Ltd., Tec Toy, Flying Tiger Development, G-Mode

Joe & Mac, also known as Caveman Ninja and Caveman Ninja: Joe & Mac, is a 1991 platform game released for arcades by Data East. It was later adapted for the Super NES, Mega Drive/Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Amiga, Zeebo, Nintendo Switch, and PC.