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Arcade

Master of the Claw Machine

Master of the Claw Machine

Chen Zhitong has scored a victory for all of us arcade losers, winning an incredible 15,000 toys from claw machines – and that was just in 2016. To top off his everyman’s heroics, he’s donated a number of the toys to children in need.

Pac-Man Clock

Pac-Man Clock

Retro video game fans will love this clock which displays animated pixel art from the classic arcade game. Its 512 individual LEDs show the time along with pixel-perfect art of Pac-Man and his ghostly nemeses. Officially licensed by Bandai Namco. Measures 7.8″w x 4.2″h x 2″d.

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RetroEngine Sigma

RetroEngine Sigma

One of the hottest gifts this year is the miniature remake of the NES, but we’re thinking of investing our cash in this versatile palm-sized console instead. It works with a variety of retro game emulators and USB controllers, has an HDMI output, and works as a 4K media player.

Tiny MAME

Tiny MAME

Adafruit maker Phillip Burgess wanted an arcade cabinet he could take anywhere, so he set about making what is apparently the world’s smallest MAME cab. This ridiculously teensy system saves space by using its Raspberry Pi and its other components as the cabinet.

Xtension Retro Arcade Controller

Xtension Retro Arcade Controller

Turn any PC or Mac into a retro arcade system with Rec Room Masters‘ Xtension control board. It packs arcade-grade buttons and joysticks for 2 players, a trackball, and 10 LED menu buttons. Preconfigured for MAME. Also available in classic game color schemes.

Mechanical PONG

Mechanical PONG

It took quite a bit of planning and engineering prowess, but the end result of Daniel Perdomo’s recreation of Atari’s arcade classic PONG as a game played with mechanical paddles and ball cube is quite impressive. (Thanks Philip!)

Vertigo Virtual Pinball/Arcade Cabinet

Vertigo Virtual Pinball/Arcade Cabinet

VPCabs‘ amazing new home arcade machine uses a 32″ vertical display to play both virtual pinball and arcade games. A 15.6″ secondary display displays game marquees and doubles as a pinball scoreboard. Includes all current Pinball FX2 tables, and 60 arcade classics.

Starforce Pi Mini Arcade Machine

Starforce Pi Mini Arcade Machine

This portable arcade machine can emulate classic games and play new homebrew titles on its 4.2″ display, mounted behind a magnifier for a vintage arcade look. Has an arcade joystick and buttons, stereo speakers, HDMI out, and a rechargeable battery pack. More on Technabob.

X-Arcade Cocktail Cabinet

X-Arcade Cocktail Cabinet

X-Arcade’s sit-down console offers head-to-head gameplay (for games that support cocktail mode), and has a 19″ LCD screen, surround sound, and arcade quality controls. Comes with 250+ classic arcade games pre-loaded. We love Josh Ellington’s Space Race cabinet art too.

Shooty Skies

Shooty Skies

The latest mobile game from the team behind the frustratingly addictive Crossy Road. It combines their quirky retro aesthetic with the good old vertical shmup genre. Crossy Road is to Frogger as Shooty Skies is to Xevious. iOS only so far; hopefully on Android soon.

World’s Largest Arcade Machine

World’s Largest Arcade Machine

Chicago arcade cabinet builder Jason Camberis created this gargantuan 14 foot-tall machine to bring back memories of how it felt to reach up to the controls on arcade machines when he was growing up. The record-breaking machine plays games from a variety of consoles too.

Battlecade

Battlecade

A one-off portable two-player arcade machine by retro game machine craftsman Love Hultén. The Battlecade mimics Battleship‘s back-to-back layout. It has two 12″ LCD screens and a compartment for the sticks and power brick.

MaxCade Arcade Pedestal

MaxCade Arcade Pedestal

Create a complete arcade with any HDTV with one of MaxCade’s custom-built pedestals. They play thousands of classic arcade and home console games, have two-player arcade controls, and built in sound system with subwoofer.

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Video Game Music Megamix

Video Game Music Megamix

Video editor The Peterson created this flawless mix of numerous classic arcade and console games, all rolled into a single epic chiptune. Challenge: see if you can name all the games without looking at the YouTube description.

Eitr

Eitr

If you longed for the times when Diablo was actually creepy, check out Eitr. It’s an upcoming indie action RPG inspired by Blizzard’s series as well as Dark Souls. The art style and the sound effects are pretty neat if you ask us. More here.

The Internet Arcade

The Internet Arcade

Jason Scott and the folks at the Internet Archive made a Javascript version of a console emulator and used that to port about 900 classic arcade games, all playable (albeit with some glitches) right in your web browser.

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

While we still ponder how we managed to draw a cube that one time in art class sophomore year, Chris Carlson impresses with this 3D chalk art time lapse of Donkey Kong versus Escher; bonus stop-motion scene included.

321 Fight: Cat vs. Dog

321 Fight: Cat vs. Dog

Despite being done in the style of classic arcade fighters, this battle between the internet’s best friend and man’s best friend is surprisingly accurate. Plus, whether you’re a cat lover or a dog lover, there’s a satisfying ending for you.

Mini Arcade Machines

Mini Arcade Machines

A UK-based shop makes compact arcade machines that can fit on your desk. The machines come with 15″-19″ LCD screens, retro designed cabinets and can play either arcade and console classics or PC games. Videos here.

Tiny Arcade Machine

Tiny Arcade Machine

Gaming geek Jeroen Domburg has created a fully-functional mini arcade machine, using a Raspberry Pi, a custom acrylic case, a 2.4″ LCD and a tiny OLED marquee. It plays classic games using MAME.

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Neo Geo X Gold

Neo Geo X Gold

The ultimate holiday gift for the SNK fan. The Neo Geo X Gold edition includes a handheld system, a base station to connect the system to a TV via HDMI or AV, an arcade stick and 21 classic SNK games.

Pinel & Pinel PlayStation Trunk

Pinel & Pinel PlayStation Trunk

For the high-rolling PlayStation fan. Pinel & Pinel’s Arcade PS Trunk has a 55″ Sony LED 3D HDTV, a PS3, 24 games, an 1800W sound system and all the controllers and microphones you need to party.

Arcane Arcade Table

Arcane Arcade Table

A highly customizable wooden arcade table. It has a 26″ LCD, Sanwa joysticks and buttons, a trackball, DVD-drive, Wi-Fi support, HDMI and USB ports and comes with lots of old arcade games.

Power-Up Arcade Light Switch

Power-Up Arcade Light Switch

If you thought the Arcade Button light switch wasn’t geeky enough, check out the Power-Up Arcade light switch. The joystick serves as the switch; press the buttons for arcade sound effects.

Trials Evolution (Launch Trailer)

Trials Evolution (Launch Trailer)

Trials Evolution seems like the Xbox 360’s answer to LittleBigPlanet. The game’s level editor lets players make not just stages but entirely new games as well, from platformers to shooters.

Trials Evolution

Trials Evolution

The sequel to one of the best Xbox 360 exclusives takes the mayhem to the max. Trials Evolution adds outdoor tracks, local and online multiplayer, and most importantly a track editor.

Arcade Button Light Switch

Arcade Button Light Switch

A good way to get the kids or that lazy roommate to turn off the damn lights when they leave, Leet Dreams’ Arcade Light Switch also eases arcade-withdrawal symptoms. No button mashing.

Pacman Tube Map

Pacman Tube Map

Everyone who has that one dream where they’re trapped in a Pacman game that is also the London Underground system will appreciate this funny print from the clever folks at publicgriefjunkie.

How Not To Dunk in HORSE

How Not To Dunk in HORSE

It’s funny what can happen during a simple game of HORSE, especially when you’re trying to one-up your buddies like this guy. After all that, in classic dude fashion, he only wants to know if it went in.

Rush N’ Attack: Ex-Patriot

Rush N’ Attack: Ex-Patriot

It’s been a long time since any of us played the arcade classic Rush N’ Attack, but the guys at Konami are readying an modern remake of the side-scroller for PSN and XBLA that looks great.

100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade

100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade

Arcades are virtually extinct in America, but in Japan, they’re still incredibly popular. Go inside the world of Japan’s arcades, and support the project to see it turned into an hour-long documentary.

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