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Upon hearing Star Wars Battle Pod was set for a home release, I assumed PS4 & Xbone

As I neared my teen years, I was at a stage in life where I needed to play Space Invaders and Asteroids at home. I loved arcades, but the thrill of playing any time (pending completion of my homework) I felt like it was grand. I came into the Atari 2600 just as a lot of arcade games were making their way home.

Star Wars Battle Pods As we dropped quarters at the local arcades, we wondered when certain games would be released for the Atari. I was excited when I found a home version of Vanguard. In the early 80s we couldn't check for release dates online. We relied on Mom's station wagon taking us to one of the stores that sold Atari games.

Once in the store, it was a quest to figure out where the Atari stuff was. Retailers didn't know if these games should go in "electronics" or maybe they were toys. We looked high and low until we saw those familiar game boxes on a shelf.

The term "home release" referred to an arcade title that was available for a home console like the VCS or Intellivision. That concept kept going until most of the home game consoles could outpace the traditional arcade game. The gaming landscape changed dramatically to where arcade games no longer have a power supply linked to a PCB. Opening the back pannel of today's arcade games and you'll find a full blown PC, sound system, and internet connection!

Star Wars Battle Pod Home Edition

Namco Bandai's high tech Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game has a home release. Upon hearing this, I assumed it would be an upcoming release for Sony and Microsoft consoles. Then I began reading some of the releases specs... Leather seats? Exclusive carpeting? This was not the "home release" I was accustomed to! :)

Star Wars Battle Pods As it turns out, you can bring the entirety of this arcade game into your home - space permitting. At $35,000 for the standard edition, you can alternately opt for the Premium Edition that goes for $100,000.

If you haven't played this game, don't be put off by the six-figure pricing nonsense. It's a really cool and unique arcade experience. Track down a Dave & Buster's who have one of these units - you can use the Battle Pod locator to find a SWBP near you.


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