Four new Arcade1Up cabinets revealed
While we won’t be getting any new consoles at E3 this year (delayed projects like the Intellivision Amico notwithstanding), we will at least be getting some fun new hardware announcements from Tastemakers.
Tastemakers is, of course, the company behind the Arcade1Up series of home arcade cabinets. Here’s a look at the four new releases they’ve now shown off as part of E3—though they might not be done with the announcements just yet.
Tastemakers has shown an admirable ability for getting licenses to some games that are hard to get, and The Simpsons definitely fits into that category. Original released in 1991, Konami’s arcade beat ’em up based on the long-running television series only ever saw a proper home released in 2012 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360—and that digital-only title has long since been delisted.
Preorders for The Simpsons will kick off on July 15th, and that’s supposedly when we’ll learn what the second game the cabinet will include is. Curious, though, is the fact that the cabinet has a trackball on it—which seems like it’d give a hint as to what we might be getting. And by “hint” I mean “giant arrow sign pointing to The Simpsons Bowling, since that’s another game created by Konami, and it utilized a trackball.”
Ms. Pac-Man / Galaga Class of 81’
Given the limited amount of space I have in my home office, I’ve been trying really hard to go beyond the one Arcade1Up cabinet I already own. However, if I were going to get another, the two most tempting ones for me are Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga, as they’re two of my favorite retro arcade games.
Of course, in arcades, we ended up getting a cabinet that featured both games in a “split cabinet” design. Now, the Ms. Pac-Man / Galaga Class of ’81 Arcade Machine isn’t the first time the duo have been together in an Arcade1Up cabinet, but it is the first time both have gotten equal billing like that proper arcade machine.
And, a big benefit to this model over the previous releases is that it comes with a much bigger selection of games. In addition to Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga, we get Galaga ’88, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Dig Dug II, Mappy, Rally-X, Rolling Thunder, Rompers, Tower of Druaga, and King and Balloon. Sadly, from what I can tell, still no option for speed hacked Ms. Pac-Man, the proper way to play the game.
Street Fighter ll “Big Blue”
While I thought my feelings of inferiority would come from Tastemakers releasing a Street Fighter Alpha cabinet and knowing I should have gone with that over my Street Fighter II machine, I now instead get to feel said inferiority from a better Street Fighter II machine.
Why is it better? Because, unlike my machine that contains three variations of Street Fighter II, the Street Fighter II Big Blue Arcade Machine features Street Fighter II: Championship Edition, Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Darkstalkers, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge, Darkstalkers 3, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Knights of the Round, Eco Fighters, Capcom Sports Club, and Muscle Bomber Duo.
Oh, and it also features a light-up marquee and wifi support, just to really rub it in.
Turtles in Time
So, this one is a new release, but also kinda isn’t. A while back, Tastemakers released (to much fanfare) a cabinet based around Konami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, which included Turtles in Time as a secondary game. This new unit now swaps things around, so that Turtles in Time is the theme for the cabinet’s branding, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the additional game.
There is, however, at least one big benefit here over the original release: the option for online multiplayer.
Mollie got her start in games media via the crazy world of gaming fanzines, and now works at EGM with the goal of covering all of the weird Japanese and niche releases that nobody else on staff cares about. She’s active in the gaming community on a personal level, and an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming, consumer rights, and good UI. Check her out on Twitter and Mastodon.