Retro gaming is big business. Be it high-end, high-priced vintage handhelds or arcade mini-bars, there’s a huge audience and companies ready to ignite our nostalgia – and one of the market leaders. now taking things to the next level.
Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, clone video game creator Arcade1Up is giving their range something classy with its first ‘Pro Series’ arcade machines – full fat, full size cabinet arcade games for real heavy players the.
The new line is not a replacement for existing Arcade1Up products, which have now sold nearly 3 million units, but a new mainstay in the company’s product lines. It combines the traditional Arcade1Up machines (a three-quarters smaller arcade cabinet), the Junior range (even smaller cabinets for kids), the Infinity Game Table (an electronic table top that can play games). digital board) and electronic Pinball machines.
The first of the Pro Series machines to be officially introduced was a remake of the classic Killer Instinct cabinets from the ’90s. The full-sized Pro cabinets, with 19-inch screens, are a huge improvement in terms of aspects. aesthetic and buttons SuzoHapp – a component brand that was popular in original arcade cabinets at the time and a huge step up from the usual buttons and bars in the machine-standard A1U. The Killer Instinct Cabinet has KI, KI2, Battletoads Arcade, and both 8- and 16-bit versions of Battletoads. More Pro series models will be available throughout 2022.
Also announced at CES was a trio of new three-quarter size cabinets, each based on the three companies. One is for Bandai-Namco, which has 14 games from that publisher’s stable of games including Pac-Man. Midway cabinets led with Mortal Kombat but also had a total of 14 games, while Atari cabinets led with Cetipede and again, with a total of 14 games. We’ve seen this publisher’s ‘Legacy’ cabinets from Arcade1Up before, but these new 2022 variants add two games each.
Arcade1Up has continued to do well for parent company Tastemakers, LLC, and is quickly becoming a leading name in home video games. Regular VG247 readers will know that I’m a huge fan of video games and own some of my own original cabinets – but Arcade1Up is one of the few companies that makes more affordable offerings. and size conscious for those who want a bit of the eighties or nineties in their 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 price you can certainly build an original emulator powered cabinet with a Raspberry Pi or similar in it – and it’s not even that far away. the cost of buying an original machine. However, it starts to become a complicated equation – as if the original cabinet build quality could have been higher (they’re designed to survive video game abuse, after all), they bring under huge ongoing maintenance and delivery costs.
Despite devastating supply chain issues, 2021 is yet another exciting year for the world of home video games, packed with new products and developments. I’ll be keeping an eye on developments for the coming year – and I might even pick up one of these full-size cabinets to test the build quality. If so, I’ll report it. Just don’t tell my partner if I get it.
https://www.vg247.com/arcade1up-steps-up-its-replica-arcade-cabinets-with-full-size-pro-machines Arcade1Up upgrades its replica arcade cabinet with full-size ‘pro’ machines