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January 12, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

In a drastic turn from the Flashback emulation consoles, AtGames is taking pre-orders on a full size arcade cab

AtGames Legends Ultimate arcade cabinet
The Ultimate Legends arcade is a curious product from a company known for miniature home consoles emulating 8 & 16 bit games.
AtGames Legends Ultimate arcade cabinet AtGames Ultimate Legends is a full size arcade cabinet with 350 built-in games and a variety of controls on the deck for two players. It contains a mix of console and arcade games from a limited selection of developers with connectivity for streaming PC games from Steam as well as arcadeNet. For $600, it seems pretty limited in terms of the games it will play.

Looking at AtGames history of emulation, they've been renown for cheap consoles with poor emulation. While the Legends Ultimate cabinet looks impressive with joysticks, spinners, and a trackball, if its full of janky ROMs like past products - gorget it. I originally thought these were going to be a $300 product and was surprised to see $600. The game list does not support this price and I'm not sure the USB compatibility and Internet connection make up the difference.

Every time on of these multi-game products come along, I remember the annoying call of the "Raspberry Pi Guy." He's the one who always suggests a Pi solution to every product known to man in online forums and comments. Sure, on occasion a Raspberry Pi does the trick, but that dude is so irritating. But in this instance, I'm thinking a Pi arcade with a ton of MAME ROMs would put me in heaven. The Legends Ultimate doesn't have nearly enough of my favorite 80s and 90s era arcade games to keep me interested.


Legends Ultimate Game List

As I look over this list, the omissions are what really gets me. Sure it has 350 games, but so many seem to be lame console games no one wants.

  1. 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe - Console
  2. 64th Street - A Detective Story - Arcade
  3. 8 Eyes - Arcade
  4. Act-Fancer Cybernetick Hyper Weapon - Arcade
  5. Adventure - Console
  6. Adventure II - Console
  7. Air Cavalry - Console
  8. Air-Sea Battle - Console
  9. Aladdin - Console
  10. Alphabet Zoo - Console
  11. Antarctic Adventure - Console
  12. Apocalypse II - Console
  13. Aquattack - Console
  14. Aquaventure - Console
  15. Argus - Arcade
  16. Artillery Duel - Console
  17. Asteroids® - Arcade
  18. Asteroids® - Console
  19. Asteroids® Deluxe - Arcade
  20. Astro Fantasia - Arcade
  21. Atari Baseball - Arcade
  22. Atari Basketball - Arcade
  23. Atari Football - Arcade
  24. Atari Soccer - Arcade
  25. Atari Video Cube - Console
  26. Avalanche - Arcade
  27. Avenging Spirit - Arcade
  28. Backgammon - Console
  29. Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja - Arcade
  30. Basic Math / Fun With Numbers - Console
  31. Basketball - Console
  32. Battle Wings / B-Wings - Arcade
  33. Best Bout Boxing - Arcade
  34. Big Run - Arcade
  35. Black Widow - Arcade
  36. Blackjack - Console
  37. BlackJack / Poker - Console
  38. Bloody Wolf / Battle Rangers - Arcade
  39. Boogie Wings - Arcade
  40. Bowling - Console
  41. Brain Games - Console
  42. Brain Strainers - Console
  43. Brave Battle Saga - Console
  44. Break Thru - Arcade
  45. Breakout® - Console
  46. Brutal Sports Football / Beastball - Console
  47. BurgerTime - Console
  48. BurgerTime - Arcade
  49. BurgerTime - Console
  50. Burnin' Rubber - Arcade
  51. Burnin' Rubber - Console
  52. Canyon Bomber® - Console
  53. Canyon Bomber® - Arcade
  54. Captain Silver - Arcade
  55. Carrier Aces - Console
  56. Casino - Console
  57. Centipede® - Arcade
  58. Centipede® - Console
  59. Chameleon - Arcade
  60. Champions World Class Soccer - Console
  61. Championship Soccer - Console
  62. Checkers - Console
  63. Chess - Console
  64. Chimera Beast - Arcade
  65. Choplifter! - Console
  66. Circus Atari® - Console
  67. City Connection - Arcade
  68. Cluster Buster - Arcade
  69. Code Breaker - Console
  70. Combat® - Console
  71. Competition Golf - Arcade
  72. Congo's Caper - Arcade
  73. Cosmic Avenger - Console
  74. Crude Buster - Arcade
  75. Crystal Castles® - Arcade
  76. Crystal Castles® - Console
  77. Cybattler - Arcade
  78. D-Day - Arcade
  79. Darwin 4078 - Arcade
  80. Dash Galaxy In The Alien Asylum - Console
  81. Demons To Diamonds - Console
  82. Desert Assault / Desert Storm Gulf War / Thunder Zone - Arcade
  83. Desert Falcon - Console
  84. Desert War - Arcade
  85. Destroyer - Arcade
  86. Disco No.1 - Arcade
  87. Dodge 'Em - Console
  88. Dominos - Arcade
  89. Donald In Maui Mallard - Console
  90. Dorke And Ymp - Console
  91. Double Dunk - Console
  92. Drag Race - Arcade
  93. Dragonfire - Console
  94. Dragonview - Console
  95. Drakkhen - Console
  96. Dual Assault / Liberation - Arcade
  97. Dunk Dream 95 / Street Slam / Street Hoop - Arcade
  98. E.D.F. Earth Defense Force - Arcade
  99. Edward Randy, The Cliffhanger - Arcade
  100. Eliminator Boat Duel - Console
  101. Evolution - Console
  102. Exerion - Arcade
  103. Express Raider / Western Express - Arcade
  104. Facemaker - Console
  105. Fatal Run - Console
  106. Fathom - Console
  107. Field Combat - Arcade
  108. Fighter's History Dynamite / Karnov's Revenge - Arcade
  109. Fighting Fantasy / Hippodrome - Arcade
  110. Fighting Ice Hockey - Arcade
  111. Fire Truck - Arcade
  112. Fix-It Felix, Jr. - Arcade
  113. Flag Capture - Console
  114. Flipper Slipper - Console
  115. Football - Console
  116. Formation Z - Arcade
  117. Fortune Builder - Console
  118. Frantic Freddy - Console
  119. Frenzy - Console
  120. Frog Pond - Console
  121. Full Throttle - All American Racing - Console
  122. Gargoyles - Console
  123. Gate Of Doom / Dark Seal - Arcade
  124. Generals Of The Yang Family - Console
  125. Genesis / Boomer Rang'r - Arcade
  126. Golf - Console
  127. Gondomania - Arcade
  128. Gourmet Sentai Bara Yarou - Console
  129. Gratia - Arcade
  130. Gravitar® - Arcade
  131. Gravitar® - Console
  132. Gun Ball / Nitro Ball - Arcade
  133. Hachoo! - Arcade
  134. Hangman - Console
  135. Haunted House® - Console
  136. Heavy Barrel - Arcade
  137. Home Run - Console
  138. Homerun Nighter '90 The Pennant League - Arcade
  139. Hostages - Console
  140. Human Cannonball - Console
  141. Iga Ninjyutsuden: Itsushin No Kaku - Arcade
  142. Iron Commando - Console
  143. Jaleco Rally Big Run: The Supreme 4WD Challenge - Arcade
  144. Jim Power - Console
  145. Joe & Mac 2: Lost In The Tropics - Arcade
  146. Joe & Mac Returns - Arcade
  147. Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja - Arcade
  148. Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja - Console
  149. Judge Dredd 95 - Console
  150. Jumpman Junior - Console
  151. Jungle Hunt - Console
  152. Kamikaze Cabbie / Yellow Cab - Arcade
  153. Karate Champ - Arcade
  154. Last Mission - Arcade
  155. Legend - Console
  156. Legend Of Makai - Arcade
  157. Liberator - Arcade
  158. Little Lancelot - Console
  159. Lock 'N' Chase - Arcade
  160. Lock 'N' Chase - Console
  161. Lucky Poker - Arcade
  162. Lunar Lander - Arcade
  163. Magic Girl / Spell Damsel - Console
  164. Magical Drop / Chain Reaction - Arcade
  165. Magical Drop III - Arcade
  166. Major Havoc - Arcade
  167. Maze Craze - Console
  168. Meikyu Hunter G (The Real Ghostbusters) - Arcade
  169. Mermaids Of Atlantis: The Riddle Of The Magic Bubble - Console
  170. Metal Clash - Arcade
  171. Metal Mech - Console
  172. Midnight Resistance - Arcade
  173. Millipede® - Arcade
  174. Millipede® - Console
  175. Miner 2049er - Console
  1. Miniature Golf - Console
  2. Missile Command® - Arcade
  3. Missile Command® - Console
  4. Mission X - Arcade
  5. Monte Carlo - Arcade
  6. Montezuma's Revenge - Console
  7. Moonsweeper - Console
  8. Motor City Patrol - Console
  9. MotoRodeo - Console
  10. Mountain Bike Rally - Console
  11. Mountain King - Console
  12. Mr. Bloopy - Saves The World - Console
  13. Ms. Space Fury - Console
  14. Mutant Fighters: Death Brade - Arcade
  15. Naughty Boy - Arcade
  16. Night Driver - Console
  17. Night Slashers - Arcade
  18. Night Star - Arcade
  19. Nightshade - Console
  20. Nova Blast - Console
  21. Off The Wall - Console
  22. Oil's Well - Console
  23. Omega Race - Console
  24. Outlaw - Console
  25. P-47: The Phantom Fighter - Arcade
  26. Parallel Turn - Arcade
  27. Pepper II - Console
  28. Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory - Arcade
  29. Pinbo - Arcade
  30. Pinkie - Console
  31. Plus Alpha - Arcade
  32. Pong® - Arcade
  33. Pool Shark - Arcade
  34. Pop Flamer - Arcade
  35. Power Piggs Of The Dark Age - Console
  36. Power Punch II - Console
  37. Pro Bowling - Arcade
  38. Pro Soccer - Arcade
  39. Pro Tennis - Arcade
  40. Psychic 5 - Arcade
  41. Psycho-Nics Oscar - Arcade
  42. Pyramids Of Ra / Scarabeus - Console
  43. Quadrun - Console
  44. Quest For Quintana Roo - Console
  45. Race / Indy 500 - Console
  46. Radar Lock - Console
  47. Radical Rex - Console
  48. Realsports® Baseball - Console
  49. Realsports® Basketball - Console
  50. Realsports® Boxing - Console
  51. Realsports® Football - Console
  52. Realsports® Soccer - Console
  53. Realsports® Tennis - Console
  54. Realsports® Volleyball - Console
  55. Red Baron - Arcade
  56. Return To Haunted House - Console
  57. Rod-Land - Arcade
  58. Rolloverture - Console
  59. Rootin' Tootin' - Arcade
  60. Saboteur® - Console
  61. Saint Dragon - Arcade
  62. Sammy Lightfoot - Console
  63. Saturn - Arcade
  64. Save Mary - Console
  65. Scrum Try - Arcade
  66. Secret Agent / Sly Spy - Arcade
  67. Secret Quest - Console
  68. Shackled / Breywood - Arcade
  69. Shoot Out - Arcade
  70. Side Pocket - Arcade
  71. Side Pocket - Console
  72. Sir Lancelot - Console
  73. Sküljagger: Revolt Of The Westicans - Console
  74. Sky Diver - Arcade
  75. Sky Diver - Console
  76. Sky Fox - Arcade
  77. Slot Machine - Console
  78. Slot Racers - Console
  79. Soccer Kid - Console
  80. Soldam - Arcade
  81. Space Duel - Arcade
  82. Space Fury - Console
  83. Space Panic - Console
  84. Space War - Console
  85. Spinmaster / Miracle Adventure - Arcade
  86. Sprint - Arcade
  87. Sprint Master - Console
  88. Squirrel King - Console
  89. Squish 'Em Featuring Sam - Console
  90. Stadium Hero - Arcade
  91. Stanley: The Search For Dr. Livingston - Console
  92. Starship - Console
  93. Steeplechase - Console
  94. Stellar Track - Console
  95. Street Racer - Console
  96. Stunt Cycle - Console
  97. Submarine Commander® - Console
  98. Super Action Baseball - Console
  99. Super Action Boxing - Console
  100. Super Action Football - Console
  101. Super Baseball - Console
  102. Super Birdie Rush - Arcade
  103. Super Breakout® - Arcade
  104. Super Breakout® - Console
  105. Super Bug - Arcade
  106. Super Burger Time - Arcade
  107. Super Doubles Tennis - Arcade
  108. Super Football - Console
  109. Super Magician / Elf World - Console
  110. Super Pool III - Arcade
  111. Super Real Darwin - Arcade
  112. Super Real Darwin (Darwin 4081) - Console
  113. Super Star Wars - Console
  114. Super Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi - Console
  115. Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Console
  116. Super Cross Force - Console
  117. Surround - Console
  118. Switchblade - Console
  119. Sword Of Sodan - Console
  120. SWORDQUEST® Earthworld - Console
  121. SWORDQUEST® Fireworld - Console
  122. SWORDQUEST® Waterworld - Console
  123. Takeda Shingen - Arcade
  124. Target Renegade - Console
  125. Telly Turtle - Console
  126. Tempest® - Arcade
  127. Tempest® - Console
  128. Terranean - Arcade
  129. Tetris® - Console
  130. Tetris® Plus - Arcade
  131. Tetris® Plus 2 - Arcade
  132. The Astyanax - Arcade
  133. The Gadget Twins - Console
  134. The Heist - Console
  135. The Humans - Console
  136. The Immortal - Console
  137. The Jungle Book - Console
  138. The Lion King - Console
  139. The Mutant Virus - Console
  140. The Way Of The Exploding Fist - Console
  141. Threshold - Console
  142. Thunderbolt II - Console
  143. Tinhead - Console
  144. Tomarc The Barbarian - Console
  145. Top Racer - Console
  146. Top Racer 2 - Console
  147. Tournament Pro Golf - Arcade
  148. Tournament Tennis - Console
  149. Trio The Punch - Never Forget Me... - Arcade
  150. Tron - Arcade
  151. Tryout - Arcade
  152. Tumble Pop - Arcade
  153. Valtric - Arcade
  154. Venture - Console
  155. Video Olympics - Console
  156. Video Pinball - Console
  157. War Room - Console
  158. Warlords® - Arcade
  159. Warlords® - Console
  160. Warpspeed - Console
  161. Water Margin - The Tale Of Clouds And Wind - Console
  162. Wing War - Console
  163. Winner's Cup - Arcade
  164. Wizard - Console
  165. Wizard Fire / Dark Seal II - Arcade
  166. Wonder Planet - Arcade
  167. World Grand Prix Pole To Finish / Al Unser Turbo Racing / Turbo Racing - Arcade
  168. World Trophy Soccer - Console
  169. Yars' Return - Console
  170. Yars' Revenge® - Console
  171. Zaviga - Arcade
  172. Zaxxon - Console
  173. Zero Tolerance - Console
  174. Zippy Bug - Arcade
  175. Zombies Ate My Neighbors - Console

I've enjoyed several of the Atari Flashback consoles and I wish they had branched out to offer more variations of the Colecovision and Intellivision Flashbacks. Those two seemed to be one-off deals unlike the many Atari and Sega Genesis versions. I liked the concept of the Blast HDMI dongles. I've got enough mini consoles that sort of look like etro consoles. Just give me the guts so I can play some cool games. Thats what Blast was to me.

It shall be interesting to see how the Legends Ultimate does especially in an era of Arcade1up cabinets. Retro gaming is getting pretty popular these days!

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