Galaga '90 for the TG-16. Never played or saw the original arcade until probably 15 years after its release. The TG-16 version is superb.
Super Breakout for the 2600. I don't *think* I've ever played this in the arcade. If I did, it was too many beers ago and I can't remember. lol Playing the arcade today on a 60-in-1 or MAME, I'm not impressed with it at all. 2600 version blows them away.
Intellivision's Burgertime. My friend back in the day, had an INTV and this game. We played the living snot out of it. I was familiar enough with the arcade back then, but still preferred the Intellivision version. Do to this day.
Tempest 2000 for the Jaguar, definitely over the comparatively "dull" arcade original. And I say that tongue-in-cheek of course. T2K is pure genius for what it is though.
SNES NBA Jam T.E. or maybe I'm just thinking the original NBA Jam - just something about the gameplay on the SNES that made the game more fun and accessible to me. I liked the slightly smaller characters of the SNES version.
TI Invaders for the TI-99/4A... this would be the definitive home version of the classic coin op for me. Can't say it's "better" than the arcade, but damn is it nearly as good and its bonus saucer ship round really adds a different dimension to an already great game. That said, I'd rather play TI Invaders than that newer Taito Space Invaders/Qix cabinet out there. All they did was shove a 25" color monitor into a cheapened cabinet - just as Namco did with Pac-Man/Galaga/Ms. Pac-Man. Space Invaders is not Space Invaders without the "3D" artwork and mirror projection of the arcade original IMO.
Maybe someone can help me out with this one. Haven't played it in years, but it was an assembly language Centipede/Millipede clone for the TI that I used to load from tape into my Mini-Memory cartridge. Atarisoft's Centipede for the TI is masterful on its own, but this enhanced version was friggin' incredible. Anyone know what game I'm talking about? Would love to get it back again... on tape. (pretty sure it was NOT called TI-pede or anything stupid like that - lol)
Speaking of the TI, Munchmobile is a game I used to get some decent enjoyment out of. Never really knew it was an arcade game back in the day, just thought it was kind of a cool (or different anyway) "original" TI game.
Oh and absolutely cannot forget TI's Blasto!
My friend and I (the one that had an Intellivision) would play this for hours on end. Pretty much a Bomberman meets Combat type of game that never seemed to get old.
Loco-Motion for the Intellivision. I never played the arcade original, but yeah... I know I'd still like the INTV version better.
I played me lots of Reactor in the arcade and while the 2600 version is pretty good, you really do need an analog roller controller to play this properly. Same with Missile Command, albeit to a lesser extent. You get used to both and both are extremely playable, which is why I mention them here.
Really not too many home versions of games I'd consider "superior" to their arcade counterparts, but there are some incredible translations and efforts out there. Dreamcast's Rush 2049 deserves honorable mention. The stunt tracks totally made that game for me (to this day) and if those were NOT a part of the arcade game, I'd definitely say the home versions were better then.
Had Medieval Mayhem been released around the time of Warlords, I'd definitely go with the former. The new-ish Gunfight homebrew for the 2600 is also another kick ass release for what it is, but I was pretty familiar with the arcade version as we happened to have that at home throughout the late 70's and 80's.
Edited by save2600, Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:27 PM.