Ricky Schroeder may have been the Tiger Beat star of the 80s sitcom Silver Spoons, but what caught my eye (and the attention of my friends) about the show back then was that the Rickster and his infantalized father had an arcade in their house.
Sure, I had an Atari, but actual stand up arcade games in your great room? That was some real one percent [expletive] right there.
Fast forward an ungodly number of years to today where my PS4, and Switch, and heck, even my phone have more gaming power than anything in Edward Stratton’s mansion. But still…. there is something about stand up arcade cabinets. Call it nostalgia. Call it stupidity. But there are times when I look at the empty corner of my den and think how cool would the old Star Wars arcade game look there.
I bring it up because there are now more options than ever to re-create the 80s arcade complete with stand up cabinets in your house. Arcade 1Up sells a Star Wars arcade cabinet that includes the original vector-based game, as well as The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi games for $533. Arcade 1Up also makes cabinets for NBA Jam, Marvel Super Heroes, Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat and more.
If none of those work for you, MVSX unveiled its own NEOGEO stand up arcade cabinet this week that comes with 50 games including The King of Fighters series, Samurai Showdown series, Fatal Fury and more. That cabinet is being release in November 2020 for $499.
I realize that sitting on my couch and playing Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey will be a much more rewarding gaming experience than standing up to play a round of Rampage. Plus, the most fun thing about having a stand up arcade like that would be playing with/against friends but, you may not be aware of this, we are in the midst of a pandemic, so having people over is something that’s not really happening right now.
Who knows, maybe once all this is over, I’ll save up and splurge on an arcade cabinet. And then I’ll move on to a rideable train like the one Ricky’s dad used to get around the house.
Super Mario Bros. turned 35
Let that headline sink in for a moment. Mario’s old enough to subscribe to this newsletter.
Anyhoo. To celebrate Super Mario’s anniversary, Nintendo announced a bunch of stuff this week including:
- Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are being bundled and released for the Switch
- A Super Mario Game and Watch collectible device is being released
- Real life RC cars + an AR Mario Kart game that you can control with the Switch
Check out IGN for a full list of everything Mario that Nintendo announced.
Scorbit launched this week. Technically this is about pinball, but hey — arcade stuff, and it’s co-founded and CEOd by a friend of 40 Bit, so we are happy to plug it here. Scorbit turns any pinball machine into a cloud-connected device so you can find places to play pinball, share high scores, and challenge your friends.
So, Is Marvel’s Avengers An Endless Grindfest Or Not? (Kotaku) The new superhero game came out today and I’m not sure if it’s MCU fatigue, but I just can’t get too excited about it. But feel free to assemble, if you like.
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