Classic Retro Video Game Blog

8 Bit Central - Retro Gaming Blog

January 2019 Retro Gaming Article

January 10, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Arcade1Up is showing off more arcade titles at CES

Arcade1Up at the CES trade show
After overcoming some growing pains with the initial games, Arcade1Up seems to have four new cabinets coming soon!
I think it's cool that Arcade1Up is forging ahead and adding new titles to it's line of 3/4 size arcade cabinets. Casual arcade buffs can now add more vintage titles to their mancaves and game rooms.

I haven't seen an official game list, but from the Arcade1Up website and around the Net, one can make some fairly conclusive guesses about the upcoming titles. The feature titles of each of the new cabinets are Mortal Kombat, Final Fight, Golden Tee, Space Invaders, and Krate Champ.

While the initial lineup of games offered two to four titles. These newer ones seem more game centric with variations of the feature game. The Mortal Kombat cab seems to have severa different versions and the same seems true for the Golden Tee cabinet. Space Invaders seems to include a few SI variaitoins - not sure on that one. The Final Fight cab seems to have 3 other titles unrelated to Final Fight.

Keep an eye on the press releases coming from the CES trade show for all the latest info!

Arcade1Up at the CES trade show Arcade1Up at the CES trade show.
Arcade1Up at the CES trade show Arcade1Up at the CES trade show.

The initial units we saw in stores during the 2018 holiday season, drew a fair amount of controversy among gamers. Many longed for an "arcade experience" at home, but didn't want to spend $3,000 for a real single-game cabinet. Arcade1Up offers a casual gaming experience that should satisfy the casual gamer who wants to relive some of the childhood memories of playing in arcades. Sized to be played from a seated position on a 17" monitor, clearly they were not competing with the arcade games we played in arcades of the 80's.

Like AtGames and their game consoles with built-in games, these devices are not meant to replace the real hardware. Not even close. These companies deliver a cool jolt of nostalgia... and that's not a bad thing. I feel too many retro gamers wanted these devices to replicate their memories and experiences, but that's not what these companies deliver. At a reasonable price-point (compared to actual hardware) the casual gamer should be delighted.

Consumers - mostly retro gamers - put desire ahead of function. They so desperately wanted an arcade experience, they ignored what they were actually buying. I owned several full size game cabinets in the late nineties and they were between $300 and $800 each. Today, all the games I once owned sell for over $3,000 each! Arcade1Up delivers a slick casual experience for a descent price... as long as you realize they cater to casual gamers. The hardcore gaming folks will be disappointed. If you seek a Ferrari, don't start off at the Chevy dealership.

« Return to the main Retro Gaming Blog 2019