how are y'all liking Capcom Arcade Stadium? if this is your first time experience any or all of these games, or you just want to learn about the making of some of Capcom's all-time classics, there's a ton of relevant material on the @shmuplations archive (thread):
in this article, Capcom arcade leaders Yoshiki Okamoto & Noritaka Funamizu discuss the then-new CPS-1 arcade platform, alongside dev comments for every Capcom arcade game from 1984 to 1990, as well as comments from many of their signature illustrators
here's another, more casual 1991 retrospective with Yoshiki Okamoto, Noritaka Funamizu & Akira Nishitani on the origins of Capcom and many of the games they'd worked on
this interview with Ghosts 'n Goblins/Makaimura series creator (& director of the upcoming Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection), Tokuru Fujiwara, shares some brief background on the creation of the two arcade games, as well as Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins for PSP
there's also another interview with Tokuro Fujiwara and planner Hiroshi Yamamoto about the making of Ghouls 'n Ghosts, the much-anticipated followup to Capcom's first really massive arcade hit
this collection of interviews concerning the development of 19XX: The War Against Destiny, a 1942 series game that had never been ported to home platforms until today, covers the making of the game, the soundtrack, concept art and a light-hearted dev diary
this long interview with Capcom's legendary artist Akiman, conducted shortly after leaving the company in 2003, covers his origins and his long work history at Capcom, including the likes of Forgotten Worlds, Final Fight and Street Fighter II
this interview with mastermind Akira Nishitani covers the making & release of the original Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and goes over their initial concepts, many scrapped & unseen game ideas and a reminder that SFII was, in fact, a PvP game…
this roundtable interview from 1986 saw participants from SNK, Nichibutsu and Capcom, including Yoshiki Okamoto & classic arcade composer Ayako Mori, talking about the craft of creating & composing music for video games
here's a 1999 interview with another of Capcom's legendary illustrators & designers, Kinu Nishimura, on her background, her opinions on her own work, working with Akiman and the games she contributed to, incluing Cyberbots & Armored Warriors (Powered Gear)
this interview with Capcom's Nortiaka Funamizu and the developers at Takumi covers the making of the Giga Wing games, which were borne out of a third-party alliance spearheaded by Capcom as one of their last big pushes to bolster the future of arcades
surprisingly, there aren't any articles on shmuplations dedicated to Progear, the horizontal STG developed by CAVE for Capcom, but this CAVE retrospective does include a couple of comments about the game
this 2011 interview with composer and sound designer Harumi Fujita covers her long work history and the games she worked on before, after and during her stint at Capcom, including the likes of Ghouls 'n Ghosts and Bionic Commando
lastly, here's a very simple multi-company questionnaire from 1985 that features some of the very earliest appearances from Yoshiki Okamoto, Tokuro Fujiwara and Noritaka Funamizu, such as they are…
...and that's that, but there's tons more Capcom & non-Capcom material in the vault that, with your assistance, could be translated sooner rather than later, so if you enjoyed reading any of these interviews, please consider becoming a patron!
oh and that's "experiencing", today ain't my day

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