Social distancing has its benefits, such as Arcade1up.
Being stuck in the house sucks. It does. We know how it is. That said, it’s ideal for gamers because they can go and enjoy video games whenever they please without having to socialize with anyone – well, save for those in chat, of course.
But let’s say you miss the feeling of the arcade. A lot of them are closed these days due to the Coronavirus, and there are those that are hunkering to feel the glory of coin-op machines. But how can they in a time of crisis? Well, the team at Tastemakers might just have a solution.
It’s called Arcade1up, and it’s a line-up of build-them-yourself arcade games that feel and look just like the real deal. In fact, many of the models come with multiple games built into the system, so you can enjoy a number of classics on a dedicated cabinet.
Arcade1up brings the classics directly to you.
The company began producing these games a while back, starting with collections featuring Atari and Namco favorites, like Galaga/Galaxian and Pac-Man/Pac-Man Plus. They’ve become hit sellers, but then the company went the extra mile with even more popular machines, including a three-pack of Star Wars arcade games and a two-pack of Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games. It’ll continue its run this summer with a number of new machines, including a dedicated NBA Jam cabinet with online play, as well as other favorites like a Golden Axe/Sega package (with five games!) and a Frogger/Time Pilot combo machine, as well as virtual pinball in conjunction with Zen Studios.
So why would Arcade1up be just the thing for you, especially now? Let’s look at some of the positives.
They’re easy to build. With the Arcade1up, all you essentially need to put together a cabinet is a Phillips head screwdriver. That’s it. All the other parts – screws, joints, panels – come with the game. You assemble it within a matter of hours, although it wouldn’t hurt to have someone else helping you out. Heck, make it a group project while you’re all quarantined together. There are some smaller screws that can be a bit of a challenge, but you’ll find it’s all worthwhile when the machine comes together and sits comfortably in your home.
There are Arcade1up machines for every taste. No matter what kind of games you’re into, Arcade1up has a good variety to choose from. It recently introduced a limited edition BurgerTime cabinet featuring a number of Data East classics, like Bad Dudes and Caveman Ninja (Joe and Mac). Again, later this summer, it’ll bring a three-pack of basketball classics with its NBA Jam cabinet, along with online play functionality. And it’ll also have some other favorites. For some strange reason, we’re hunkering for that Frogger/Time Pilot combo, just because we can.
And let’s not forget the Mortal Kombat three-pack, which has been one of its best-selling cabinets to date. It just goes to show that it has some variety to spare, with even more games to come. You’re going to need a bigger game room.
They’re easier to maintain than actual arcade games. One big advantage to the Arcade1up is that they’re easier to take care of than actual arcade machines since you don’t have to deal with all the architecture and wiring of an actual machine. Sure, they may not be exactly the same as a real coin-op, but they’re much more affordable and, again, easier to work with. And if anything does go wrong – like with one of the buttons or something – their customer service can make it right rather quickly.
Your wallet will thank you. Finally, let’s be honest. Purchasing arcade games for the home can be expensive. Try to find a dedicated Star Wars arcade cabinet these days that won’t push over a thousand dollars. Go ahead, we’ll wait. (And if you do, make sure you check the condition, yeah?)
Build a game room or spruce up your home with Arcade1up.
But with Arcade1up, you get something that feels like the actual arcade game and offers a number of choices for a convenient price. And what’s more, they’re a little smaller in size, which means you can fit more of them into your home. Imagine being able to build the arcade of your dreams, but without having to compromise space. That’s what we’re talking about.
Again, you can learn more about Arcade1up on its official page. It never hurts to take a look and see what they’ve got to offer – and more importantly, what’s on the horizon. We did mention NBA Jam, yes?