There is an important distinction between arcade video game cabinets. Being that they are built in two distinct styles – vertical or horizontal monitor orientation. For example, the computer screen that you are looking at right now is horizontally oriented. Turn the monitor on end, and it would then be oriented vertically. But, it would be real difficult to read. Because, the graphics are formatted for horizontal presentation, not vertical. And, so it is with arcade video games. Thus, there are two types of potential problem when deciding the cabinet to use for a multicade installation. First, the horizontal monitor will usually not fit in a vertical cabinet. And second, vertical screen images will not display correctly on a horizontally mounted monitor, and vice versa.
Almost all the classic arcade video games, like Ms Pac-Man, Galaga, Frogger, and Donkey Kong, are played using a vertically oriented (mounted) monitor. There are a few horizontal exceptions, like the Williams’ classics – Defender, Stargate, Joust, etc. Where as, almost all the modern fighting games, like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, use a horizontally oriented (mounted) monitor.