Arcade1Up specializes in recreating retro arcade gaming cabinets with classic titles such as Street Fighter, Asteroids, Missile Command, Centipede and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but scaled down in size from the originals and for a fraction of their price, too, typically between $250 and $500. With its new cabinet for '90s two-on-two basketball game NBA Jam, it's adding a modern touch: online play.
QUARTERS WERE everything to an ’80s kid like me. They could get you five pieces of jaw-shattering candy or 45 seconds in a star fighter’s seat hunting down aliens. Most quarters I earned as a youth were pumped into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade at the local cineplex in the minutes before the feature rolled (though I always saved one to call for a ride home).
A few years ago, in a late-night fit of nostalgia, I scrolled eBay in search of that same cabinet. The sole result: one beaten to hell and barely operational...
Retro arcade cabinet maker Arcade1up introduced several new cabinets at CES 2020, including NBA Jam, a sit-down Star Wars, special edition Burger Time, as well as a partnership with Zen Studios for 3/4 scale digital pinball machines.
The NBA Jam cabinet features online functionality "allowing users to play with other Arcade1Up cabinets in drop-in style games" in North America and features NBA Jam, NBA Jam Tournament Edition, and NBA Hangtime.
When I was a kid, I always thought that owning an arcade cabinet was a sign that you've made it. Having a large appliance solely dedicated to playing games meant you had enough disposable income to afford such an unnecessary (but fun!) toy, and enough space to house such a cumbersome object.
Arcade1Up is looking to change that equation. Instead of a massive, expensive cabinet, it sells a smaller, but faithfully reproduced, arcade cabinet with your favorite games pre-installed — for cheap. It looks nice and, at $299, could be the gaming centerpiece you never realized you wanted.
The sound of coins falling into a machine. The feel of a joystick and the clack of buttons being mashed. 1 player or 2 players, make your choice …
“Galaga,” “Asteroids,” “Centipede,” “Dragon’s Lair” … No this isn’t the latest trailer for “Stranger Things” Season 3.
‘Retro Arcades’ are popping up all across the country, bringing us children of the 80s back to a simpler time. Days when we would run out of the house with our friends and head to the local arcade to spend our entire allowances trying to get the high score on “Pac-Man,” or finally pull off that elusive ‘Fatality’ in “Mortal Kombat.”
It’s weird to love a $300 video game. But that’s the funny thing about nostalgia.
The retro gaming trend gives us many ways to spend new money reliving old memories. Systems like SNES Classic, C64 Mini and the upcoming PlayStation Classic top the gift charts as consumers yearn for the good ol' days.