Lately, I’ve been playing classic arcade games over the Internet using the MAME emulator and Kaillera. There’s nothing quite like crushing your friends or co-workers at a game of Joust, Bust A Move, or Gauntlet.
First, download the MAME32/Kaillera client for Windows. Install it, download some game ROMs into the appropriate directory, and you’re all set. If you want to set up a server, you’ll also need the Kaillera server.
My list of recommended titles is below, and you can find all of these ROMs on Vega’s MAME site. If you can’t find a particular ROM, try looking up the ROM filename in Mame.dk (e.g. “pbobble.zip”) and searching for it in Google. If you have any other multiplayer arcade recommendations, please post them.
2-Player Arcade: Puzzle Bobble (aka Bust-A-Move), Puzzle Bobble 2 (aka Bust-A-Move Again), Puzz Loop, Joust, Rampage, Marble Madness, Toobin’, Mario Bros.
4-Player Arcade: Gauntlet, The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, X-Men, Sunset Riders, Super Sprint, Super Off Road