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    Default Fun N' Games in Wayne NJ Closing

    I was at the Willowbrook Mall today, when I noticed a large sign in the window of the exterior arcade "Fun N' Games" that said something to the effect of "everything inside is on sale - we are closing".

    To the best of my knowledge, Fun N' Games is one of the few operating "arcades" left in Northern New Jersey, and one that I've enjoyed since I was a youngster.

    While I haven't participated in any, I've been aware that they held game tournaments on a semi-regular basis, and the condition and upkeep of their machines was always excellent, controllers, buttons, monitors, etc, were always in good working condition. A testament to their in-house repair staff.

    Now, I'm not really sure if anybody on the DP Arcade forums knows or knew anybody who ran that establishment, or whether or not there was any bad/good blood ... but I felt that this was worth mentioning either way.

    Truly a sign of the times for North Jersey and "arcades" in general.

    (The DP store is only about 20 miles... er did I say 20? Make that 7, yes, 7 MILES AWAY [thanks Joe] from Fun N' Games.)

    I didn't see prices listed on any of the games, but like the sign said - everything was for sale. So, people who are interested might want to drop them a line.

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    Too bad this is the end of an era. I work 5 minutes from here and eat lunch at the mall probably once a week although I doubt I've been inside the arcade in 15 years. I'm actually surprised that this didn't close years ago. I might have to walk through one last time to check things out and see if I can pick up another cabinet for the house.

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    Default Thanks for the info..

    Holy Shit.....Wow!!..that's truly Sad..Another one gone....I went in there a few months back to check out the pinball machines..

    I don't even know of another arcade in the/that general area.(besides Joes-digital press stores line of arcade machines)


    Ahh,man..I might have to take my butt up there to bid my farewell..

    In-Arcade Game List
    Fun N' Games has a variety of games from the classic to the most recent and popular games on the market. Here is a list of all the new and older games that we have for you:
    COMING SOON

    Ghost Squad
    House of Dead 4


    NEW GAMES

    Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift
    Maximum Tune Midnight
    Soul Caliber 3 (Updated)
    Tekken 5 (Updated)


    RACING

    Artic Thunder Ultra
    Daytona 2 DLX
    Fast & Furious
    Indy 500
    Initial D Version 3
    Need for Speed
    Super Bikes


    MUSIC

    Dance Dance Revolution 8th Mix Extreme
    DDR: SuperNOVA
    Drummania - 10th Mix
    In the Groove 2
    In the Groove 2


    CLASSICS

    Defender 2
    M.Command/Millipede/Bowling
    Ms.Pacman/Galaga


    SHOOTERS

    Area 51/Max Force Duo
    B.Head 2002
    Big Buck Hunter Pro
    Crisis Zone
    House of the Dead 3
    Lethal Enforcer 3
    Police Trainer 2
    Silent Scope 3
    Target Terror
    Time Crisis 3
    Time Crisis 4


    MISC

    Air Hockey
    Grid
    Mega Touch 2006


    PINBALL

    Lord of the Rings
    Pirates of the Caribbean
    Simpsons


    FIGHTING
    Capcom vs. SNK 2
    King of Fighters
    Marvel vs Capcom 2
    Soul Calibur 3
    Street Fighter 3rd Strike
    Street Fighter Anniversary


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    Blitz 2000
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    Madden NFL
    NBA Showtime
    PGA Tour Golf
    Virtua Tennis 2
    World Series 01


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    Joe: if you ever expanded,got into a full Arcade location LMK as I have some machines here that could be of use..
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    Man does that SUCK! If for only the fact of arcades which disappear. That place has been going downhill for years. Lots of kids and drug addicts hanging arround the place with nothing to do.

    Every time I went there, I played a round of Ms Pacman, then left. Too many racing, fighting, and dancing games.

    Only other sort of arcade is SportsWorld on Rt17, but that place sucks too.
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    Holy fuck. I have easily dropped $1000 playing MvC2 there alone. This sucks. There goes the last decent arcade unless you want to drive forever to Eight on the Break, and even that place kinda sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by portnoyd View Post
    Holy fuck. I have easily dropped $1000 playing MvC2 there alone. This sucks. There goes the last decent arcade unless you want to drive forever to Eight on the Break, and even that place kinda sucks.
    8 on the break has some sick marvel competition though.

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    Oh my god. I lived at Fun N' Games. I used to cut class in high school and spend the day there...in my bad years We all used to make a night of going there...all of my friends. This is just really sad news to me. Maybe I'll swing over later today and say "goodbye".
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    *UPDATE*

    No direct confirmation of this info - but Joe is under the impression (and I have no reason not to trust his info) that they're going to move to a new location.

    That'll be cool - not having the mall property will be a double edged sword I'm sure ... good for cutting down on transient loitering ... but bad for cutting down on transient spenders.
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    ARGGGGGGHHH! This stinks for sure. While I'm no longer a frequent visitor, I often pop in every few months to play the older games. The Fun n Games website does say that they are moving to a new location. If so, I don't know why they would be selling off all their games, particularly old stalwarts like Daytona USA and Indy 500, which I loved? While I agree that the alleyway next to the arcade had some undesirables, they were more potheads than drug addicts. Willowbrook is crawling with cops, you won't get away with doing drugs in the open there. My guess is the rent got ridiculous, or perhaps the owners have bigger designs and need more space. Very sad regardless, although at least I know about it before hand. Plaza 46 Game Room in Totowa closed several years ago, and I had no idea. There was another arcade over on Route 17 in Rutherford, which had a ton of really old games, and that closed and I had no idea, 3 or 4 years ago. It's not just arcades though, most of the small entertainment centers have gone to the wayside.
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    Does anyone remember The Purple Room in Willowbrook Mall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie_Hates_You View Post
    (The DP store is only about 20 miles away from Fun N' Games.)
    Actually I am about 7 miles away from Fun & Games.

    I'm gonna miss the place. I haven't been there in awhile but I've spent countless hours there over the years, especially in my Montclair State college days (and when my office was right across the street at Wayne Interchange Plaza).

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    According to www.superauctions.com website.....

    After more than 33 years, Fun’n’Games has lost their lease and decided to call it a career! Everything will be sold to the highest bidders in individual lots, regardless of price! Looking for new, late-model pieces in excellent condition? Then this is the auction for YOU! Go to our website at SuperAuctions.com to see all the photos–the pride of ownership really shows here! All units are immaculate, late model, route-ready and in 100% working order.
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    Sounds like Willowbrook kicked them out, which is really unfortunate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2600 View Post
    According to www.superauctions.com website.....
    We should participate in the auction and try to get $10,000 arcade games for $50.

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    I knew one of the guys who worked at Fun N Games and a bunch of regular customers. I used to work with some of them!

    By the way, if it hasn't been mentioned already, check this out:

    Time Out Amusement Center - old arcade photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    Actually I am about 7 miles away from Fun & Games.

    I'm gonna miss the place. I haven't been there in awhile but I've spent countless hours there over the years, especially in my Montclair State college days (and when my office was right across the street at Wayne Interchange Plaza).

    Haha, damn me and my crappy mental-distance-estimations!

    I should have just map-quested it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vigilante View Post
    Man does that SUCK! If for only the fact of arcades which disappear. That place has been going downhill for years. Lots of kids and drug addicts hanging arround the place with nothing to do.

    Every time I went there, I played a round of Ms Pacman, then left. Too many racing, fighting, and dancing games.

    Only other sort of arcade is SportsWorld on Rt17, but that place sucks too.
    FYI, Sportsworld no longer exists, it was leveled and a furniture store was built in it's place...

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    November 24th is when the auction is...damnit I fucking hate Black Friday even more now. I'm going to be working at Toys R Us trying to survive being trampled while theres an arcade cabinet auction going on.

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    truly sad, I dug that place and would go every once in a while. There was another place on rt. 17 called the Videogame Room, something like that, which was leveled a few years ago. totally fucking sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob2600 View Post
    Does anyone remember The Purple Room in Willowbrook Mall?
    I do. Right about where the food court opening was eventually added. The Purple Room was really small and from what I remember, really really dark. I remember cigarette smoke, the thumping of Jungle Hunt, and a single Dragon's Lair machine near the entrance shortly before the place closed down.

    Ah, Willowbrook Mall. Good times, though I've managed to steer clear of the place for the last 3 or 4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress View Post
    Ah, Willowbrook Mall. Good times, though I've managed to steer clear of the place for the last 3 or 4 years.
    Me, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCM View Post
    truly sad, I dug that place and would go every once in a while. There was another place on rt. 17 called the Videogame Room, something like that, which was leveled a few years ago. totally fucking sad.
    Yes that is the place I was talking about earlier in the post, but I couldn't remember the name. Across from a Burger King and Wendy's and next to a Popeye's. It was leveled and nothing is in its place. The correct name of the joint was "Great Escape."

    Quote Originally Posted by mgriff
    FYI, Sportsworld no longer exists, it was leveled and a furniture store was built in it's place...
    Wow, I totally missed that one closing up too, although not a surprise. They never bothered replacing any of the games, which mostly stunk. The Lazer Tron game was fun in its day, and the only reason to go there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2600 View Post
    Yes that is the place I was talking about earlier in the post, but I couldn't remember the name. Across from a Burger King and Wendy's and next to a Popeye's. It was leveled and nothing is in its place. The correct name of the joint was "Great Escape."



    Wow, I totally missed that one closing up too, although not a surprise. They never bothered replacing any of the games, which mostly stunk. The Lazer Tron game was fun in its day, and the only reason to go there.
    I live pretty close to the ex-arcade "The Great Escape" ... and in my briefest experiences with the place, I can say without hesitation it was the polar opposite of Fun N' Games - it was dark, dirty, smelly, almost every single cabinet had damaged or broken hardware ... and I never even remember the place being "staffed". It was kind of like one of those 24 hour laundromats...sometimes there'd be somebody in there to help you with getting change, and sometimes there wouldn't.

    I'm not saying that anybody else was even comparing the two locations in terms of quality - but if Fun N' Games rated on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say the place was a solid 10 for most of it's existence in terms of the quality, variety and working order of games and pinballs, and Great Escape a 2 or 3 for being a veritable craphole. (from the brief impression that I had of it)

    Was Great Escape ever a clean, inviting, well maintained place in it's early days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie_Hates_You View Post
    I live pretty close to the ex-arcade "The Great Escape" ... and in my briefest experiences with the place, I can say without hesitation it was the polar opposite of Fun N' Games - it was dark, dirty, smelly, almost every single cabinet had damaged or broken hardware ... and I never even remember the place being "staffed". It was kind of like one of those 24 hour laundromats...sometimes there'd be somebody in there to help you with getting change, and sometimes there wouldn't.
    Heh, you just described half the arcades I went to as a kid. The only nice arcades I went to back then were at malls, and even some of those were pretty dark and scary. The arcade near my house had an unguarded cigarette machine in the back that took quarters (and maybe tokens, who knows). Half the time, part of the thrill of playing a game was worrying that you might get abducted at some point during the game.

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    Alright, you want to talk about an old dumpy arcade! Well, does anyone else remember the kiddie amusement park up on Route 46 in Pine Brook, NJ? After Googling I found the name was Kiddie Karnival, and closed in 1987 to expand the highway. I remember there was one room, which I think was a shack or garage, that had early 80's games like Space Invaders, Tron, etc. It was like a county fair that never moved.
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