Retro games are big business. Whether it’s high-end, high-priced retro handhelds or mini arcade cabinets, there’s a huge audience and a host of companies out there willing to stoke our nostalgia, and one of the market leaders is now leading the way. things to the next level.
Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, creator of arcade replicas Arcade1Top is giving its range something of a higher level with its first ‘Pro Series’ arcade machines – full-fat, full-size cabinet recreations for true fans.
This new line is not a replacement for the existing Arcade1Up products, which have now sold nearly 3 million units, but rather a new mainstay of the company’s product lines. Joins traditional Arcade1Up machines (recreations of smaller three-quarter cabinets), Junior range (even smaller cabinets for kids), Infinity Game Table (an electronic table that can play digital board games), and electronic pinball machines .
The first of the Pro Series machines to be formally introduced is a recreation of the classic Killer Instinct cabinets from the 1990s. The Pro cabinets are full-size, with 19-inch screens, cosmetic enhancements throughout, and SuzoHapp buttons, a common brand of components in original arcade cabinets of the time, and a breakthrough over generic buttons and levers. on the standard A1U. machines. The Killer Instinct cabinet features KI, KI2, Battletoads Arcade, and the 8-bit and 16-bit versions of Battletoads. More Pro series machines will be released throughout 2022.
Also announced at CES were a trio of new three-quarter-size cabinets, each based on three companies. One is for Bandai-Namco, which features 14 games from that publisher’s stable, including Pac-Man. The Midway cabinet leads with Mortal Kombat but also features 14 games in total, while the Atari cabinet leads with Cetipede and again features 14 games in total. We’ve seen these ‘Legacy’ cabinets from the Arcade1Up publisher before, but these new 2022 variations feature two more games each.
Arcade1Up has done well for its parent company Tastemakers, LLC, and is quickly becoming a leading name in home arcades. Regular Jugo Mobile readers will know that I am a bit of a fan of arcade machines and have several original cabinets of my own, but Arcade1Up is one of the few companies that creates more affordable and size-conscious offerings for those who want a small slice of the eighties or older. ninety in his game room.
The new ‘Pro Series’ cabinets are expected to retail for around $ 1000 a piece, according to GameSpot. That puts it in an interesting category, since for that kind of price you can certainly build an original emulation-powered cabinet with a Raspberry Pi or similar, and it’s not even that far from the cost of buying an original machine. It’s starting to get into a tricky equation though, as if the build quality of the original cabinet was probably higher (they were designed to survive arcade abuse after all), they bring with them ongoing high maintenance and delivery costs. .
Despite supply chain problems wreaking havoc, 2021 was another exciting year for the home arcade world, with many new products and developments. I’ll keep an eye out for developments next year, and you might even pick up one of these full-size cabinets to check build quality. If I do, I will report back. But don’t tell my partner if I have one.