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Awesome Arcade

Restoring a Mechanical Horse Racing Game

Restoring a Mechanical Horse Racing Game

We’ve always been fascinated by mechanical arcade games. Old Things Never Die shows off a vintage game where players placed bets on horses racing around in circles. It required extensive restoration work to fix its mechanism and return it to its former glory. It’s wonderful to see how fast it spins now.

Tiny Circuits Pocket Arcade

Tiny Circuits Pocket Arcade
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This arcade game is as small as they come. It runs on an Arduino-compatible 32-bit processor and has a tiny full-color OLED screen, a D-Pad, two pushbuttons, plus a built-in speaker. It comes pre-loaded with three homebrew games, and can be expanded with more games via a MicroSD card. Takes about 10 minutes to assemble.

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Making a Hidden 4-Player Arcade Cabinet

Making a Hidden 4-Player Arcade Cabinet

Arcade machines are lots of fun, but they aren’t typically living room friendly. Bob from I Like to Make Stuff shows off a piece of furniture that combines a storage unit with a Raspberry Pi arcade, and four sets of arcade controls in a hidden, slide-out shelf. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can buy the plans to build your own.

Stranger Things Arcade Desk Caddy

Stranger Things Arcade Desk Caddy
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With all the interdimensional monster battles, been a while since the kids on Stranger Things had time to play video games. This mini arcade machine desk caddy brings back memories of happier days for Hawkins and offers a great place to store your pens and pencils. The MDF wood cabinet measures 5.5″ tall.

Pac-Man Museum+

Pac-Man Museum+

A new compilation of the best games of the Pac-Man series, including maze games, puzzle games, and platformers. Titles include Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac-Land, Pac-Man Battle Royale, and more. SuperStar7650 posted a gameplay compilation of all 14 titles. Drops 5.27.22 on PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Atari Couchcade

Atari Couchcade
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Arcade1up brings 10 classic Atari arcade games to your TV screen, along with an arcade-quality controller you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch. Its base station plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, and the wireless controller has real arcade buttons, a trackball, a spinner, a soft bean bag bottom, and a built-in carrying handle.

Skillshot FX Digital Pinball Machine

Skillshot FX Digital Pinball Machine
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The makers of Skee-Ball present a uniquely-styled digital pinball machine. It’s not cheap, but it does come ready to play with 96 pinball machines, powered by Zen Studios’ Pinball FX3, and has a 55″ full HD playfield, arcade-quality sound, authentic launch and flipper buttons, haptic feedback, and undercabinet LED lighting.

Making a Hidden Arcade Machine

Making a Hidden Arcade Machine

We love playing classic arcade games. But an arcade cabinet isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d put right in the middle of most living rooms. Maker Alexandre Chappel shows us how he designed and built a 2-player arcade machine that hides inside of a sleek wood cabinet that hangs neatly on a wall.

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.

Stranger Things Arcade Machine Cat House

Stranger Things Arcade Machine Cat House
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Your cats will love hanging out in this old-school arcade cabinet, inspired by the Palace Arcade in Stranger Things. The cardboard cat house has two levels on which to lounge, each with a scratcher surface for kitty manicures and pedicures. No quarters required.

Retro Rifle Arcade Series 1 Shirt

Retro Rifle Arcade Series 1 Shirt
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Go back to the ’80s with Retro Rifle’s arcade shirt. The black short-sleeve shirt is covered with vibrant neon pixel art inspired by the classic arcade shooter Galaga. It’s made from a custom blend of materials designed for stretch, durability, and sweat resistance. The first in a series of four arcade shirts.

Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon

Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon
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A comprehensive history of one of video gaming’s greatest icons, Pac-Man. This 340-page hardcover book is packed with concept designs, archival imagery, and stories from the game’s designers, developers, and marketers. The Collector’s Edition includes a slipcase, a Pac-Man Fever record, and an arcade token.

Tanoshibe Arcade Cabinet

Tanoshibe Arcade Cabinet

Unlike most arcade cabinets, Tanoshibe works with your existing gaming systems. Available in 10″ or 24″ sizes, these tabletop cabinets feature arcade joysticks and buttons and work with Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, PC, and even smartphones. An optional emulator board and base upgrade it to a standalone arcade machine.

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Replicade Missile Command Cabinets

Replicade Missile Command Cabinets

One of our favorite arcade games is getting the 1/6th-scale treatment by New Wave Toys. These mini machines play the original Atari ROM and have a working Trak-Ball, lighted volcano buttons, and arcade artwork. The limited-run Field-Test Edition gets a light-up marquee, prototype control panel, and a triple-slot coin door.

Arcade1up TRON Arcade Machine

Arcade1up TRON Arcade Machine

The 1982 TRON arcade machine known as much for its awesome glowing blue joystick as it is for its gameplay. Now, Arcade1up has replicated the machine in a 3/4-scale version for home arcade enthusiasts, complete with a black light and reactive cabinet art. It also plays Discs of TRON. Pre-orders start 10.19.2021.

Cardboard Mario Kart Arcade Cabinet

Cardboard Mario Kart Arcade Cabinet

Nintendo Labo kits encourage players to build game accessories using cardboard. DanCreator took that idea to the next level by building a complete sit-down Mario Kart arcade machine to go with his Labo cardboard steering wheel. The total cost for the build was $150, not including the Nintendo Switch.

Mini LEGO Arcade Machines

Mini LEGO Arcade Machines
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These teensy arcade and vending machines come from The Brick Show Shop. In order to avoid licensing issues, the machines ended up with names like “Ms. Dot Man,” “Froggy,” and “Astrobricks,” but we still love them, and have already built a whole arcade for our minifigs to play in.

Arcade1Up The Simpsons Arcade Machine

Arcade1Up The Simpsons Arcade Machine

Arcade1Up adds to its line of 3/4-scale arcade machines with Konami’s 1991 4-player beat ’em up The Simpsons. The cabinet features authentic graphics, a 17″ LCD screen, arcade-quality controls, and supports online multiplayer. It sits on a custom riser and includes a stool and tin wall sign. Pre-orders open 8.16.2021.

Home Skee Ball Game

Home Skee Ball Game
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Trick out your game room with this home version of the classic skee ball arcade machine. This “Roll and Score” speedball game measures 10 feet long, and has built-in electronic scoring along with arcade sound effects. It sits on sturdy steel legs, auto ball return, and a metal safety cage to prevent balls from flying out.

Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

Transforming Virtual Pinball Machine

BuyStuffStore is working on something truly awesome – a TV stand that can transform from an arcade machine with a 50″ screen into a horizontal pinball table in seconds. It’s shown here with the AtGames Legends Gamer Pro. It’s not in production yet, but they are accepting a small number of participants for their beta tester program.

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Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers

Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers
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Italy’s Enth Creations builds these unique handmade game controllers from Iroko wood, a dense African timber. They feature authentic Sanwa arcade joysticks and buttons set into custom-cut plexiglass and 3D-printed PLA bezels. They also make all-button hitboxes for fighting games.

Replicade 1942 and 1943 Machines

Replicade 1942 and 1943 Machines
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New Wave Toys expands its collection of 1/6th-scale arcade machines with a duo of vertical scrollers. The Romstar low-boy 1942 machine is pristine, while the 1943 Overhaul Edition has a battle-worn coin door. Both cabinets play both games and include a mini arcade stick for 2-player action. Pre-order by 3.17.21 and save $20.

Arcade1Up PartyCade Portable Arcades

Arcade1Up PartyCade Portable Arcades
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Arcade1Up created these retro video game systems that you can put on a tabletop or mount on a wall. Each one features a 17″ color LCD screen, arcade-quality joystick and buttons, and comes loaded with eight licensed games. QVC sells the Asteroids, Pac-Man, or Ms. Pac-Man variants, while HSN has a Centipede version.

8BitDo Arcade Stick

8BitDo Arcade Stick
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Game accessory maker 8BitDo’s stick is the perfect controller for all of your favorite arcade games. Sporting a retro Nintendo-inspired look, it works via Bluetooth, 2.4Ghz, or wired connections, and encourages modders to swap components. Ideal for both PC and Nintendo Switch gaming.

K’NEX Pinball Machine

K’NEX Pinball Machine

Tyler Bower loves to make things from K’NEX construction toys. His masterpiece: a fully-functional, life-size pinball machine. It features ramps, automatic scoring, a digital scoreboard, and mechanical features like trap doors, chain lifts, and multiball. The whole thing shakes a bit, so it’s a good thing there’s no tilt sensor.

Arcade1Up Pong Pub Table

Arcade1Up Pong Pub Table
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Arcade1Up continues to build out its collection of retro-inspired video game cabinets with this stand-up system that lets four people play Pong at the same time. It also plays Warlords, Circus Atari, Tempest, Super Breakout, and a couple of other Pong variants. Pre-orders start shipping 4.1.2021.

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