A new retro gaming centre is to open in Bradford city centre this month, after council planners approved proposals to convert the former offices of the local newspaper into Flashback Arcade.
The one-time loading bay of the Telegraph and Argus on Drake Street will now become home to over quarter of a million pounds worth of classic cabinets and consoles, operated by local firm Boxer Machines.
“Around £250,000 has been spent on the machines for the business, with some imported from as far as Japan,” reported the Telegraph and Argus. “Other games will be one of just a handful of machines in Europe.”
“As well as traditional vintage games like Street Fighter II, Pac-Man Smash and Mortal Kombat II, the arcade will feature immersive games such as Lost Land Adventure and Star Wars Battle Pod.”
Work is already underway on decorating the interior of the new arcade, with character-themed murals featuring characters from Mortal Kombat, Mario Bros and Pac-Man.
When open, visitors to the Flashback Arcade will pay on entry and have unlimited access to all the machines on offer for the duration of their session.
The arcade will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, and also includes the Flashback cafe, serving burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes.