HELP WANTED: Preserving Nintendo's Film / Lightgun Arcade Games


Recently a preservationist named Skylar reached out to us about a series of early Nintendo lightgun arcade cabinets that used 16mm film projection. Needless to say I found this fascinating...

Here is the list of Nintendo games that utilize film:

Here's an example of the game Wild Gunman in action:



Unfortunately there is very little effort to preserve games, primarily due to the rarity of these systems, and the complexity of preserving film, but that hasn't stopped a couple heads coming together in a couple preservation threads:
We are actively looking for owners of these arcade systems to help scan (or loan the film for scanning) in order to preserve the content before it degrades and becomes forever lost. Please chime into the above forum posts if you can lend a hand. If you are interested in helping fund the digitization of film (telecine), please reach out via our Contact page. Since the reels should be relatively short, the costs are roughly estimated to be around or maybe even under $1,000 per game.

Note: The EVR Race series was previously listed here, but it is "EVR" electronic video tape, not film.

HELP WANTED: Preserving Nintendo's Film / Lightgun Arcade Games HELP WANTED: Preserving Nintendo's Film / Lightgun Arcade Games Reviewed by Dizzzy on 1:10 PM Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Skylar here! If you happen to have any questions, or any way of helping out, be sure to contact me, as well. I made an email specifically for this purpose. Email me at preservation.skylar@gmail.com

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