The version of Asteroids that's included in the 3-in-1 GameboyAdvance cartridge is nice. You seem to have unlimited warps although I can't figure out if you can control them or not. (Was the original like this? I know in "Deluxe" you had three shields.) You can select between two or three backgrounds during the game which is nice.
The game seems MUCH easier on the GBA , but considering this was a "kid's console" I guess it shouldn't be surprising. I quite like this version. Initially all I played on this cart was Yar's Revenge (not Pong or Asteroids), but now this is another classic arcade game to add to my list.
@victimrlsh I just played some Hyper Pacman (by Semicom) which I thought was only a Pac-Man (by Namco) clone, but I think it's actually cooler. It's Pac-Man, BUT the mazes are much different, you can collect a helmet which allows you to shoot the ghosts (what?), and you get "shoes with wings" that allow you to jump over the ghosts. There's probably more odd pickups, but I just played once and then wrote this. I love oddball stuff. And it's two-player simultaneous! (I thought Pac-Man Arrangement was the only two-player simultaneous arcade Pac-Man game.) https://bootleggames.fandom.com/wiki/Hyper_Pacman
(Hyper PacMan 2 [sequel by a different Korean company] is a fun bootleg of a bootleg that's only found in the Puzzle King multi-cade). It's just wacky. You're in the topics... with a spreadshot shooting ghosts... as Pac-Man. Odd. Ball. XD
This is the only "beat 'em up" I put on my cocktail cabinet. I use a split-screen shader for simultaneous two-player. It's different from what I'm used to (being a non-Capcom-beat-em-up), but I like it. Thanks MAME RoW for re-introducing me!
I ended up learning that this author seems to have some strong opinions on some topics, and tends to write in a controversial tone, but this specific article I save to this day because it changed the way I played MAME games - and made them so much better as a result - precisely because of what you just said very subtly, "don't play anything with continues".
As such, I set up a collection on RetroPie where I'd keep some games that I'd just play over and over again, 1 credit at a time, to see how far I'd make it. In the beginning they were Final Fight, Contra and DoDonPachi - I don't think I had any others in my "regular" list. It took me a while to consistently get to the first @mitu score, and afterwards making it to the high score list was an extremely rewarding achievement - that's why I want to congratulate @IanDaemon and @mitu on their scores during just the MAME ROW period! I certainly didn't get to have a score in the high score table in the first week.
These days I get to the end of level 2 boss consistently, and the majority of the time I get to the 3rd level and lose somewhere around there.
My top score is 8.5M, 4th level - I don't think I ever made it past it with 1 credit.
Still, a lot to learn, but it's one of my favorite games from these past 2-3 years that I've played it. I didn't take part in MAME ROW because I didn't have time, but I'd love to try it out and submit a new score if I get to the high score table again.
But do share your score, really - impressive achievement 1cc'ing this game :) Hope to get there one day.