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September 1, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Arcade1Up adds Galaga & Galaxian to it's lineup along with a 12-in-one cabinet plus a riser

Arcade1Up adds Galaga/Galaxian
For $499 you can get a 12-game cabinet with a riser. I suspect buying options will be increasingly complex as more options arise.
Arcade1Up adds Galaga/Galaxian Arcade1Up is offering 3/4 size arcade cabinets with a few games built in to each cabinet. We wrote up an article about Arcade1Up not long ago, but more options are being presented. Some SKUs have two games while others have four. Now there is a twelve-game model available for pre-order.

I"m not surprised to see Galaga and Galaxian added to the lineup. The game selection is downright devious (not in a bad way). Each cabinet has at least two must-have games, another good game, and one of lesser interest. It's a devious selection :) Maybe it's just me, but the folks a Arcade1Up don't want you to buy just one. Can you blame them?.

However, I can't figure if the pricing is based on the games themselves or other options. I wouldn't want to pay the same price for 2 games compared to 4 games. There must be licensing deals with each of these, but as gamers, we are trained to think old games are free. They are not. Just because you have 5,000 arcade ROMs on a hard drive and you haven't been locked up, doesn't mean it's legal.

Benefits To RetroGaming

I must admit I'm fascinated by these products. I'm not sure it's the right product for me, but I see great value to the right consumer. I think they're great for RetroGaming in general. What a great way to put games like Defender, Asteroids, Joust, and others front and center in retail locations! Additionally, the "arcade experience" of the stand-up cabinets with joysticks and buttons totally removes the console feeling. Joust is fun, but holding a controller ruins the arcade aspect for me. Both of these things make Arcade1Up's cabinets very compelling.

However, the 3/4 sizing, smaller display, and pricing don't work for me as a consumer. That's just a personal thing for me. And now they up the ante to twelve games plus a riser for $499. This model features: Asteroids, Centipede, Major Havoc, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Crystal Castles, Tempest, Millipede, Gravitar, Liberator, Asteroids Deluxe, and Quantum. The cabinet includes joystick, Trackball and dial controls for the variety of included games.

Arcade1Up - For $499 you can get a 12-game cabinet with a riser Best Buy has this model listed for only $399, but make no mention of the riser. Other sites list the riser (for stand-up play) as part of the package and list it at $499. Emulators and ROMs have long been a staple of RetroGaming, but projects like this may help bring those old games back as money-makers for the companies who created them or own the rights.

Companies aren't going to support old games when widespread piracy is occurring, yet gamers want these games to live on. This is one way that can happen and may shine light on the ROM issues and offer new revenue streams. Time will tell.

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