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Arcade1Up Announces Its Best Retro Arcade Lineup Ever – Review Geek



Three Arcade Machines side by side
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It’s hard to break the wave of CES announcements right now, but Arcade1

Up did just that today. In its latest wave of replica arcade machines, the company unveiled cabinets containing Dragon’s Lair, Killer Instinct, Battletoads, and the X-Men Arcade for 4 players Game with new machine designs. Shut up and take our leave.

A headroom 'Pong' Table.
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Before we get to the traditional home halls that Arcade1Up is best known for, let’s talk about new form factors. Like you Pong and Break out? Of course you do. Arcade1Up will soon be releasing a Head to Head Cabinet for four players with eight classics, including Pong, Pong doubles, Storm, and Super getaway. And unlike the previous pub-style machine, this one is standing height.

A classic looking 'Atari' machine
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And if you want some classic games in more traditional form factors, then look out for Arcade1Up’s upcoming Legacy Edition Arcade Cabinets. These new cabinets will focus on BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, Capcom and Atari games. While those names have graced Arcade1Up machines before, the cabinets themselves are new. According to Arcade1Up, they have a “mirror image” design of the original formats from the 80s and 90s.

But if you’re looking for all-new games from Arcade1Up, you won’t be disappointed. The company announced three new slot machines, some of which have features not featured on the originals. And they are everything we’ve always wanted. Well, almost everything – we have a wish list. And for the first time since then Burger time, Arcade1Up changes the look of its cabinets to be more like the original machines. That even means that a “coin slot” sticker must be affixed to the front.

Here are dragons

A full size 'Dragon's Lair' arcade machine.
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First is one Dragon’s Lair machine. Yes that Dragon’s Lair. So far the best you could do for take away Dragon’s Lair was the $ 120 replica version which is just inches tall. But that’s not the case here. Arcade1Up promises that this version will be the exact shape and size of the original early 80’s arcade. That means it looks markedly different from most Arcade1Up cabinets.

And you don’t get alone Dragon’s Lair on the machine. It also comes along Dragon Lair’s 2, and Space Ace. Arcade1Up says you get accuracy too. The company says Dragon’s Lair will contain the original 4 by 3 HD transfer of the original arcade game.

You need some Killer Instinct

A full size 'Killer Instinct' machine
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Arcade1Up has no shortage of fighters, thanks to a partnership with Capcom. But this time, the company dives into rare archives (pun not intended). The Killer Instinct machine comes with the original game, Killer Instinct 2, Battletoads / Double Dragon, and Battle Toads Arcade. The latter two aren’t fighting games, but are solid inclusions nonetheless. Fight toads defined the scrolling beat ’em up genre in the 90s. And a Battletoads crossover with Double dragon should hit all nostalgia buds.

Whether it’s a fighter or a side scroller, these games are best when played with others. That’s why it’s exciting to see that, just like NBA Jam, Arcade1up will feature online games for these games. That means coming face-to-face with someone else who owns the arcade long after your kids have stopped playing because you have played every round of Killer Instinct.

I’m calling Wolverine!

A full size 'X-Men' slot machine.
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If you’re a kid of the ’80s, there’s probably a side-scrolling beat’ em up four-player arcade machine you’ve been dipping all your quarters into. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and the sequel Turtles over time) is on that list. But the four player X-Men arcade may be a draw. And you can bring it home soon.

Arcade1Up’s X-Men Live packs in the famous X-men game, but also includes Captain America and The Avengers and The Avengers in Galactic Storm. The first is a side-scrolling beat ’em up along the lines of X-men, but the latter is the rare Marvel-themed fighting game that comes from a different company than Capcom. It’s also notable for being the first modern fighting game to feature helper characters you could name mid-fight, a staple used by many battles to follow.

Like it Killer Instinct, Arcade1Up knows that these machines are best experienced together with others. So it also includes online possibilities. You can keep playing with other people even when you are home alone.


Arcade1Up didn’t announce any pricing and release dates today, but we’ll let you know when the company does. Still, it’s hard not to like great submissions (pun intended this time) Killer Instinct and Dragon’s Lair. That the company is experimenting with new form factors only adds to that excitement. But until the latest machines hit the store, you can always pick up Hamburger Time, Big Buck World, or OutRun.




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