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You might have to hold back the tears as you watch these clips from Super Arcade's final evening

GGs to Watson and all who made Super into the wonderful FGC memory that it will forever be

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 30, 2019 at 3:55 p.m. PDT • Comments: 29

If there's one thing that Mike Watson is not, it's a sap, but even he got a little choked up this past weekend when he finally closed the doors for good at Super Arcade.

Fighting game sub-communities representing a handful of popular titles made special visits to Super last week as the arcade neared its September 28 finale. Saturday's closing party saw patrons from all over Southern California come to pay respects and enjoy one last emotional evening at a venue that was so important for so many.

Super actually closed up shop back in late 2014, and after three long years of trying to find a location and meet city-imposed requirements, it re-opened in April of 2018.

It's been over a year of ups and downs since that time, (you can read all about it in the NSFW Trials and Tribulations of Super Arcade blog) but as with so many arcades after the conclusion of the golden age, Super has shut down for good.

It's an understatement to say that it's hard for arcades to flourish in modern times, and the fighting game community will have to look to the history books to experience the magic of Super Arcade from this point on.

Below you'll see some video footage, first of Watson's farewell speech to a sea of grateful patrons, and then of the local Tekken community as they line up to specifically shake Watson's hand and personally thank him one at a time. The owner had this to say of that particular moment:

"This moment... this f***ing video... I was trying my absolute best not to break down. I was always a Street Fighter guy and the Tekken community did this for me. 😭. What an amazing group. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."


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I personally have Super to thank in no small part for my personal FGC journey. The arcade quickly became my fighting game home when I lived in SoCal, and there's a very good chance I would not be writing for this site today without the opportunities playing at Super afforded me.

On behalf of myself as well as the entire EventHubs team, thank you to Mike Watson and all the knowledgable staff he surrounded himself with. You all made Super go and you all made it into an entity that offered countless hours of fun, learning, and hard-to-swallow character-building experiences to so many players.

The fighting game community is forever indebted to Super Arcade as the gifts it gave us were priceless.

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