The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has invested in coin-op amusement product both old and new to boost its amusements offering this spring.
It has resurrected some its older video games and created a dedicated ‘Retro Arcade’ area in the pier’s pavilion building, as well as bringing in six brand new battery-operated bikes for younger players.
The pier’s engineers refurbished a host of classic games, such as Konami’s Track and Field and Taito’s Space Invaders, replacing the cabinets’ old CRT monitors with up-to-date energy-efficient LCD monitors.
They also replaced the old mechanical coin mechs with modern multi coin acceptors, due to customers’ preference for the latter.
Michelle Michael MBE, Grand Pier co-owner, told Coinslot that the trend for retro games from the 1980s and 1990s was getting stronger.
She commented: “There’s been a revival in 1980’s nostalgia. For example, Raw Thrills have recently reproduced the original Space Invaders using the latest technology with its Space Invaders Frenzy redemption video.”
Michael said the pier was currently in the process of refurbing more of its older videos with a view to expanding the Retro Arcade area.
“We are currently in the process of refurbing our Sega Manx TT Super Bikes videos to incorporate the energy efficient LCD monitors. These were originally produced in the mid 1990’s,” she added.