White Tower Arcades (Burj Al Abyad)

Post by Mark

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Back in the 90s, White Tower in Salmiya used to be similar to Rihab Complex, the whole top floor was full of video game stores but there were also a bunch of arcade shops. It was the place to go to if you wanted to play fighting games against other people but also if you wanted to play now classic games like Metal Slug. Oh the amount of money I spent on Metal Slug…

Anyway, I passed by White Tower a couple of days ago to see if anything was still open and to my surprise there was still one arcade shop still standing. It wasn’t in the best of state but they did have recent games. Some of the games they had were the following:

Street Fighter V
Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
King of Fighters (all of them)
Marvel vs Capcom

And if I understood correctly they had a bunch of NeoGeo games as well. Best part is it still costs exactly the same as it did back in the 90s to play a round, just 100fils. If you win you keep playing for free of course. If you don’t know where White Towers is, here it is on [Google Maps]


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8 comments, add your own...


  1. HOT DAMN!

    I need some arcade Cammy in my life right now.

    CANNON SPIKE!

    Thanks Mark.

  2. Saluw says:

    Memories, love that place I even took my wife there and we played

  3. Marcopolo says:

    Nostalgic place. However, don’t let looks deceive you, this place is alive and kickin, best SF players can be found lurking around there including the one who defeated Daigo Umehara few years ago.

  4. Ahmad says:

    The scene is still alive, there are major tournaments happening every year or so with top players around the world (Japan/Eu/USA) coming to Kuwait to compete.

    This is their channel
    https://www.youtube.com/user/WhiteTowerQ8/videos

    Twitter: WhiteTowerQ8

    This video from Last year’s tournament that happened in Kuwait which was part of Capcom Pro Tour (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capcom_Cup#2015):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Babc9PEIrMA

    Two Kuwaiti Players got Top 8 and one player from KSA got Top 8 in this event.

  5. Hamad says:

    ah the good ol’ days..
    I’m just here waiting for Tekken 7 to release on consoles so I get back kickin’ asses!

  6. Ali Sleeq says:

    I remember buying pirated PC floppy disks from a store over there. Had catalogs to choose the games. It was KD1 per floppy disk, and some adventure games had like 5 disks.

    Good times.


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