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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.6
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.0

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Just Games Retro (Jul 20, 2001)
Sports games in the arcades basically fell into two categories, neither of which ever attempted to be simulations. The first, and the first to come along, were the games like Ice Hockey and Soccer that offered loose simulations of the actual sports. Complicated or time-consuming rules were dropped or lessened to promote faster gameplay. Building on that idea came this game, which set up the second type of arcade genre known as the "dirty sport." These are games like Mutant League Football, that basically take all of the rules to keep sports clean and fair, and toss them right out the 'ol window. The intent becomes to play aggressive; like a hyperviolent parody of the games they are based on. Though neither bloody or deadly, Arch Rivals, by self-admission, did create the whole concept of the basketbrawl.
VideoGame (Jun, 1991)
Imagine um jogo de basquete engraçado, no qual você pode fazer de tudo para acertar a cesta. Vale até mesmo socar os adversários para roubar a bola - afinal, não há faltas. Assim é Arch Rivals, um game realmente divertido e de excelentes gráficos.
NES Times (Feb 06, 2009)
Overall Arch Rivals is a very faithful translation of the arcade game as well as a decent 8-bit basketball title. Rare was able to fit much of the arcade into this game pak, sacrificing only a few things like the detailed graphics and voice clips. This cartridge is a fun fast-paced contest that's easy to play and get into, as well as fun to watch. Plus it's just fun to knock your opponents around with out having to put up with fouls. The lack of replayability and depth does hurt the game somewhat, and you'll mainly get enjoyment playing this game in short spurts with a friend. But for quick b-ball games with a lot of mayhem, Arch Rivals still makes the cut. Arch Rivals isn't a champion but it still does the sport proud.
67 (Jan, 2011)
Two-player simplistic basketball with fighting, you say? I’m still not a b-ball fan (or b-brawl, for that matter), but compared to All-Pro Basketball‘s overwhelming amount of suck, Arch Rivals is downright playable.
While the game retains most of the game play from the coin-op, it's plagued with choppy animation and poor control. Despite its shortcomings the game is still fun to play, especially in the 2-player mode.
Power Play (May, 1991)
Rabiate Sportspiele kommen in Mode: Nach Konamis Arcade-Hit "Punk Shot" läßt Acclaim ein ganz und gar unfaires Basketball-Gekloppe auf die NES-Besitzer los. Doch keine Bange, neben gezielten Unterleibattacken kommt der Basketball-Sport nicht zu kurz. Wer ordentlich geübt hat, der bringt ein ganz flottes Spielchen zusammen. Dank der guten Aufmachung (u.a. Statistiken in den Pausen) und der technisch einwandfreien Ausführung kommt durchaus Stimmung auf - besonders zu zweit. Wer immer nur alleine antritt, wird schon nach kurzer Zeit spielerische Finessen vermissen.
Video Games (Mar, 1991)
Diese Idee ist nicht die allerübelste: Man nehme eine sattsam bekannte Sportart und reichere sie mit (erlaubten) Foul-Einlagen an. Schon schwillt der Schadenfreudefaktor an; die Kontrahenten können sich ohne Gefahr für Leib und Seele eine Backpfeifenorgie liefern. Doch vor allem, wenn man alleine spielt, wirkt Arch Rivals etwas zu schwachbrüstig. Durch die abgespeckten Mannschaften (beim "echten" Basketball gibt's fünf Spieler pro Team) kann man nicht allzuviel herumtricksen; der Ablauf entspricht mehr einem Actionsportspiel als einer komplizierten Sportsimulation. Wer mit dieser Einschränkung leben kann, Basketball im allgemeinen nicht abgeneigt ist und öfters einen Mitspieler zur Hand hat, wird durchaus seinen Spaß an dem Modul haben. Die recht witzige Grafik und der flotte Sound geben keinen Anlaß zur Klage; über den Nährwert des Spielprinzips kann man allerdings geteilter Meinung sein.
Arch Rivals is not a basketball title I'd recommend for casual gamers, or even hardcore NES fans. It's not very fun unless you're playing with someone else, there are hardly any features to speak of, the gameplay is repetitive and shallow, and there isn't a bit of skill involved in winning. The basic idea is cool, but they copped out in the end and left us with what amounts to an unfinished games in many ways. Should have left this one on the shelf. I don't even know why I still own it.
The game is fun, but control feels slippery and games drag on for longer than necessary, making blowouts painful and close games exhausting. It doesn’t help that after every made shot, there’s a short cutscene showing a coach, the crowd, a cheerleader, or the miniscule ref, grinding the game to a halt. Shattering the backglass with a dunk is always satisfying, however.
NES Archives (Jan 23, 2008)
I would only recommend this game to huge fans of NBA Jam or the Detroit Pistons since Arch Rivals is the prototype of that game and that team. It is way too easy and has virtually no features that give it any replay value.
Arcade Attack (May 04, 2015)
I can’t express in words how bad this truly is – run away from it fast, as fast as a chicken nugget!