Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Waiting for the console port of a cherished arcade game used to be a big deal. Nowadays, though, the games you play at home are more likely to find their way to arcades instead – Flappy Bird included. So Bandai Namco is attempting to reignite the excitement with a more full-on approach. Star Wars: Battle Pod would feel flat without its air jets, wraparound screen and cradling cockpit, so the company is skipping a console iteration and offering home versions of the actual cabinet.
You’ll have to drop a whole lot more than the £45 the Saturn version of Sega Rally set you back, however: the standard version of Battle Pod clocks in at $35,000 (or £24,000 in the UK) – and that’s before delivery costs. If you really want to splash out, there’s also a built-to-order Premium Edition, which comes in either a Rebel Alliance or Darth Vader design, sports an engraved plate featuring your name next to the machine’s serial number, and offers – yes! – “exclusive carpeting”. In addition, you’ll receive a specially bound owner’s manual and even have your name included in the game’s credits. How much for all this? A Kanye West-friendly $100,000.
If these prices are out of reach, Bandai Namco has responded to the cabinet’s popularity with a locator tool on its official website (www.starwarsbattlepod.com), giving you the opportunity to track down a local one and play it until your pockets run dry.
Game StarWars:BattlePod Manufacturer Bandai Namco