Gamestop re­veals new ar­cade range

Pop­u­lar re­tailer re­leases a new set of ar­cade classics


What makes a videogame feel great? Is it the game it­self, the friends you en­joy play­ing it with, or the ma­chine pow­er­ing the amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that you’re com­pletely en­grossed in? For most of us, the an­swer is all three. And if you hap­pened to chance upon a bustling amuse­ment ar­cade dur­ing your youth then you’ll fully un­der­stand why.

Games played on a clas­sic ar­cade cab­i­net seemed to come alive. They’d pull you in with graph­ics that would pop from the screen and pro­vide ro­bust, chunky con­trols that per­fectly com­ple­mented the game.

Above all else, though, they would en­tice you with au­dio that would not only scream to be heard over the sounds from other games but com­pete with the chat­ter and laugh­ter fill­ing the room. That’s be­cause ar­cades used to be a des­ti­na­tion, a place for you to hang out with your pals and sim­ply have fun. And if you want to repli­cate that en­joy­ment, then how bet­ter than a mod­ern ar­cade cab­i­net packed with the great­est of hits?

Step for­ward the Ar­cade1up cab­i­nets, a range of amaz­ing ma­chines that bring the ar­cade home with no coins or to­kens re­quired. They al­low your favourite games from yes­ter­year to come back to life in the way that they should al­ways be played – with ar­cade-style joy­sticks, track­balls and but­tons. They’re avail­able at a wal­let­friendly in­tro­duc­tory rate of $299 and cover a va­ri­ety of clas­sic games. But if you want to guar­an­tee one, then you’ll need to be quick. Gamestop, which is the only re­tailer al­low­ing pre­orders in store, ex­pects them to sell as fast as your re­ac­tions will need to be to mas­ter these games. You can, how­ever, also or­der at

But why are they set to be pop­u­lar? Well, the cab­i­nets will in­evitably light up your room thanks to a 17-inch LCD screen that will per­fectly show­case the games in their orig­i­nal form, with the same graph­ics and sounds that made them in­stantly ap­peal­ing the first time around. The ma­chines will also turn heads for their sheer pres­ence since each cab­i­net stands at three-quar­ters the size of the orig­i­nal ma­chine.

Most cru­cially, how­ever, are the clas­sic games you’ll be able to en­joy.

Gamestop will have a fin­ger­twitch­ing four cab­i­nets in to­tal and each one con­tains up to four games.

The As­ter­oids-led cab­i­net comes with the ad­di­tion of Ma­jor Havoc, Lu­nar Lan­der and Tem­pest.

Ram­page is bun­dled with Gaunt­let, Joust and De­fender.

Cen­tipede in­cludes Mis­sile Com­mand, Crys­tal Cas­tles and Atari Mil­li­pede.

Street Fighter II Cham­pion Edi­tion has the ad­di­tion of Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Super Street Fighter II: The New Chal­lengers.

But just as im­por­tant as the se­lec­tion of games, is the look of the cab­i­nets, each of which are faith­fully dec­o­rated with the eye-catch­ing mar­quee and side art­work of the lead­ing ti­tle. This was no mean feat for Ar­cade1up, which went to great lengths to find the orig­i­nal art sheets in or­der to recre­ate them, help­ing those mem­o­ries to come flood­ing back.

To add to the fun, the cab­i­nets need to be self-as­sem­bled so you get a chance to go be­hind the scenes of the ma­chines and get up close with each of the parts inside and out. This is a very sim­ple process and it has en­abled the mak­ers to keep the cost of these im­pres­sive cab­i­nets down.

Don’t for­get, you need to get your pre­order in to guar­an­tee one or more of the cab­i­nets, though. Ask the staff at your lo­cal Gamestop for more in­for­ma­tion or head over to its web­site at

The con­trols are au­then­ti­cally retro, so fans of clas­sic ar­cade ma­chines should feel at home. The cab­i­nets aren’t full size, mean­ing they should be rel­a­tively easy to move around.

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