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While it may not be on the cutting edge of technology, this hidden New Hampshire gem specializes in the classics. Described as the Guinness World Record holder for the title ‘Largest Arcade’, this collection (currently 250 machines) specializes in retro gaming from the 70’s and 80’s. Established in 1998, the arcade is a destination for both regular visitors, and serious tournament players.
Mission & Preservation
The American Classic Arcade Museum, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the preservation and history of coin-operated video games. The museum was created to house these devices while making them available for playing and sharing the experience with modern gamers. Any coins or proceeds from the games go towards offsetting costs of operation. Most labor and repair is done by volunteers.
There are 250 different games available to play. In addition to standards like Donkey Kong, (1,2, AND 3 of course) there are obscure titles like Frisky Tom, Lady Bug, Cosmic Alien, and Robot Bowl. For a full list of games, check out their game list here.
The best of the best come to regular tournaments at the Arcade, and Guinness comes to verify. In addition to holding the record as the largest arcade, the site also has records for gameplay that were set on location:
- Most Lines Cleared in Tetris DX – 4,988 by Harry Hong in 2007, score 9,999,999
- Highest winning margin in a game of NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (arcade version) – 13 points, Kelly Flewin, 2007
- Donkey Kong World Record Score – 985,600, Steve Weibe, 2005
These are just a few examples. Records are set and high scores defeated in tournaments every year, so check with the onsite experts for the latest updates.
The American Classic Arcade Museum occupies an entire floor as part of Funspot. Additional features of Funspot include mini-golf, restaurant, tavern, bingo, and bowling. Located off of Rte. 3 South in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire [Laconia, NH on some listings], the attraction is open 364 days a year (closed for Christmas). Hours may vary seasonally. Check with Funspot online for directions and times.