Alpine Surfer is finally playable in MAME, which is a win to keep the game

Preserving arcade games is a somewhat unique quest, as old arcade machines break down and stop working. MAME also has a role in this as players can emulate arcade games that they can’t easily access. Full libraries can be emulated for some select board systems, such as Capcom’s various CPS board systems.

Meanwhile, Namco’s System 22 board had one particular game missing from MAME compatibility, known as Alpine Surfer. This title saw a release in 1996 in arcades (and it never left the scene). In it, players control the character using a locker-mounted snowboard controller, playing alone or with another player’s attached locker.

Alpine Surfer can now be played in MAME, so you don’t need to hunt around for ultra-rare tanks to play it. You can see a gameplay video for Alpine Surfer in action in MAME below

Namco’s System 22 (and thus the Super System 22 variant) has hosted over a dozen of their racing games, such as Ridge Racer’s first two entries, Ace Driver, which is also where Time Crisis got its start. Among these games, Ridge Racer is one of two series that ended up escaping from arcades – the other being Time Crisis – and landed on PlayStation in 1995 and 1997, respectively.

Back in Alpine Surfer, the arcade machines for the game are pretty rare, even more so if they are in working condition. The game can be run on a custom version of MAME designed specifically for it. However, it should be noted that Alpine Surfer is to playNot The perfect lanes, so you may run into problems emulating it if the necessary files are misbehaving with your computer. Thanks to this advance, the entire Namco System 22 library is now playable in MAME.

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Overall, the state of the game as of today is another big game preservation goal, which begs the question; What are the following games previously thought to be unplayable? MAME is downloadable and playable on most computers.

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