THE BEST Arcade

Pinball Isn’t Random

Pinball Isn’t Random

They may have lost the war to video games, but we still love the tactile feel and gameplay of pinball machines. In this clip from Vox, a pinball expert gives us insight into some of the tricks of the trade that make it much more of a game of skill than you might think.

OriginX Arcade Cabinet

OriginX Arcade Cabinet

Love Hulten’s wall-mounted arcade machine not only plays classic games, but is modeled after the design of the original 1972 Pong machine. It has dual arcade controls, and an 19″ LCD screen, and a software barrel-distortion mask to match its curved bezel.

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NEOGEO Mini Arcade

NEOGEO Mini Arcade

What was once one of the most costly arcade machines will soon be small enough and cheap enough to have on your desktop. The 6.4″ tall console has a 3.5″ LCD screen, HDMI output, arcade style joystick and buttons, and 40 classic games. Japan/ Int’l. versions are in the works.

Playing Video Games with a Laser

Playing Video Games with a Laser

Techmoan is usually showing off unusual retro tech, this time host Mat has something a bit different. Here, he shows how to play vector-style video games using Wicked Lasers’ LaserOS. Check out StandupMath’s video for a more impressive demo of a laser-based game.

LEGO Star Wars Podracer Arcade

LEGO Star Wars Podracer Arcade

LEGO enthusiasts Alexis Santos and Luis Baixinho paid homage to the classic podracing game Star Wars Episode 1: Racer with a one-of-a-kind arcade machine. Made entirely out of LEGO, the machine has you avoiding obstacles while you speed across the desert.

Namco Museum Greatest Hits Vinyl

Namco Museum Greatest Hits Vinyl

A limited-edition record packed with music and sound effects from classic Namco arcade games like Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Rally-X, Mappy, Galaga, Xevious and more. Each disc is pressed in sweet “pixel explosion” vinyl, and comes with an 8-page booklet about the games.

Mini Arcade & Pinball Machines

Mini Arcade & Pinball Machines

33 Games creates teensy (non-functional) replicas of classic arcade cabinets and pinball machines. They’re extremely detailed, down to the mini joysticks and on-screen graphics. They’re built to 1/12th scale, and measure about 6″ tall. They even make a change machine.

MintyPi Gaming Handheld

MintyPi Gaming Handheld

A retro gaming system built into an Altoids mint tin. It plays emulators for everything from the Amiga to the ZX Spectrum, and everything in-between. You can grab the 3D printed parts here, and follow the build guide from sudomod to DIY, or purchase a complete system here.

My Arcade: Data East Classics

My Arcade: Data East Classics

A handheld gaming system packed with hundreds of classic arcade games from the now defunct Data East, including Bad Dudes, Karate Champ, B-Wings, BurgerTime, Joe & Mac, and more. Available in landscape and GameBoy style designs.

JFCADE Arcade Briefcases

JFCADE Arcade Briefcases

Jason Fernandez takes retro hard-sided briefcases and kits them out with a Raspberry Pi-powered arcade emulator, an LCD screen, a removable arcade joystick, light-up buttons, and a lithium ion battery pack for portability. Now you can pack your Pac-Man anywhere!

Zette Portable Retro Gaming Console

Zette Portable Retro Gaming Console

The latest from gadget wizard Love Hulten. The Zette System looks like a toy boombox, but it’s actually a portable retro video game console. The tape deck splits into two controllers, and one of the speakers has a 480p projector. There’s also a variant that has an arcade stick.

Hydraulic Cardboard Claw Machine

Hydraulic Cardboard Claw Machine

We’ve seen how to make a claw machine from cardboard, but Seanscrafts’ version wasn’t exactly easy to operate with its string-based mechanism. Leave it to The Q to come up with a way to build a more refined machine that uses syringes, tubing, liquid, and popsicle sticks.

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

DIY Cardboard Claw Machine

After showing us how to make a sweet cardboard Skee-Ball machine, Seanscrafts is back to build another fun machine to add to your low-budget home arcade. As an added bonus, you can just reach in and grab the prizes if you get frustrated with the claw.

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8Bitdo NES30 Arcade Joystick

8Bitdo NES30 Arcade Joystick

8Bitdo’s upcoming NES-themed USB arcade joystick works with the Nintendo Switch and Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android devices. It will have force feedback, a turbo mode and support for USB-C and motion controls. The pre-order is exclusive to Massdrop until 7/31/17.

Matterfall (Gameplay)

Matterfall (Gameplay)

The latest PS4 title from Housemarque (Resogun, Super Stardust, Outland) looks like another winner. The side-scrolling shooter is packed with vivid imagery and explosions a-plenty as you take on an endless swarm of enemies with powerful weaponry.

TinyCircuits Tiny Arcade

TinyCircuits Tiny Arcade

It’s not quite for ants, but you can fit a couple of TinyCircuits’ DIY arcade machine kit in your hand. It’s easy to assemble – no soldering or special tools needed – and its games are free. You can also watch mp4 video files on it.

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.

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.

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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.

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