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Grand Pier resurrects retro video games

15th May 2018

Categories: Latest News

Video game fans can enjoy a blast from the past at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier thanks to a new Retro Arcade which has opened at the seafront attraction.

Pier engineers have resurrected several arcade classics, including Konami’s Track and Field and Taito’s Space Invaders, giving them a new lease of life alongside the very latest game technology which the Pier is continually investing in.

The cabinets housing the games have been refurbished and the old CRT monitors have been replaced with up-to-date energy efficient LCD monitors. The old mechanical coin mechanisms have also been replaced with modern multi-coin acceptors, at the request of guests.

Further additions are due to be made to the Retro Arcade including the refurbished Sega Manx TT Super Bikes, originally produced in the 1990s, which will incorporate the new LCD monitors.

Tim Moyle, General Manager of the Grand Pier, said: “The new Retro Arcade is great and can be found on the first floor of the Pier near the prize shop.

“There’s been a revival in 1980s nostalgia especially since Raw Thrills has recently reproduced the original Space Invaders using the latest technology.

“The games we have refurbished were originally produced in the early to mid-1980s so we’re expecting people who were teenagers then to come back and relive their youth!”

While children of the 80s get to revive memories, there are plenty of attractions to appeal to the current generation of young visitors to the Pier.

One of the latest attractions is Disco Bikes, a ‘junior dodgem’ style attraction, feature futuristic-looking bikes in a dodgem-style arena.

With music and LED lighting which changes colour, the Disco Bikes are designed for children between the ages of three and eight.

Tim continued: “As always we are also continually investing in the latest technology and keeping the amusements we offer here fresh and fun.”

Children between the ages of three and five have until 5pm this Friday (18th May) to suggest a name for one of the new Disco Bikes. Six names are needed altogether, and those who choose the winning ones will be rewarded with a pair of free, Unlimited Ride wristbands every month between now and Christmas, as well as being able to see the name they’ve chosen, and their own name, on one of the new bikes.

Anyone who wants a chance of winning should email their idea for a Disco Bike name to gemma.crew@grandpier.co.uk , together with their name and age, and the name of a parent/guardian, together with a phone number.

For more information about all the rides and attractions at the Grand Pier – for guests of all ages -  visit www.grandpier.co.uk

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