For those of you who don’t remember the 90s, there was once a ball made of hundreds of rubber strands called the Koosh Ball, named after the noise it made when it hit the floor. Koosh Balls could be safely thrown around the house as they were soft enough to not break anything (unless you threw them really hard against a lamp). They were massively popular and before long, everybody had a Koosh Ball or two around the house…which put their maker, Oddzon Productions, in an awkward position.
If you think you’ve seen everything from Arcade1Up, you haven’t. They seemed to have covered all their bases with classic stuff like Pac-Man, 90s fighters like The Simpsons, Killer Instinct and Street Fighter, sports games like NBA Jam, and even racing cabinets like OutRun. If you’re asking what’s left, you forgot about light gun games. Arcade1Up’s first is heading your way this month.
It’s that time of year again…..a few hours before E3, which means it’s time for Arcade1Up’s annual dump of new products. They’re stretching the definition of “new” this go-round, though.
Arcade1Up is going to have a packed 2021. They just revealed their lineup of new products for the next few months, and there are some real killers coming your way, if you have the instinct.
Last month Arcade1Up finally announced a racing machine — their first. They are known for recreations of classic arcade machines for home purchase, and have offered near-authentic versions of everything from Pac-Man to NBA Jam (the only difference is a flatscreen instead of a CRT, and the fact that their cabinets are vertically smaller and require a booster box to raise to proper stand-up size). A racing cabinet was long overdue, and the game representing their foray was one of the finest examples, Sega’s OutRun.
Arcade1Up has brought many classic arcade machines to the home in their original form, from Pac-Man to NBA Jam, and they’ve done a great job all around. But while they’ve faithfully reproduced maze munchers, fighters and sports games, there’s one genre they’ve ignored entirely: racers. We’ve always found this strange — racing games are one of the few genres that would truly benefit from a home arcade conversion, with their steering wheel controls and physical brakes being a cool part of the experience.
If you want an arcade machine that plays Star Wars, just ignore AtGames’ suspicious “Legends Ultimate” cabinet and feast your eyes on the newest offerings from Arcade1up. A Star Wars cabinet was revealed on the show floor today, along with cabinets for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel properties.
Arcade1Up did well for itself over the holiday season, because we’re getting a lot more of them. For the uninitiated, these are stripped-down versions of classic arcade machines: they weigh less, they’re made with cheaper materials, and they’re a lot shorter (though they make a height extended to deal with this latter problem). But they get the job done.
Ask any gamer if they would like an arcade machine in their house, and they would respond with “Heck yeah.” What prohibits this from happening for most of us is the cost. An authentic roughed-up arcade unit from the Golden Age can run anyone $600 to $1000, or possibly more. If you don’t care about authenticity, there are independent contractors who make bootleg 100-in-one arcade stand-ups, but those can be pricey as well.