Know what’s great? The feeling of being able to go into an arcade and enjoy a number of your favorites, one quarter at a time. But you know what’s not great? COVID-19, which has cut off any reasonable means to visiting an arcade for most of this year.
But fret not, gamers. We know what you need when it comes to getting those arcade thrills.
There are a number of manufacturers that are making arcade-style experiences to enjoy in your living room for a fraction of the price. Set up those man caves now, because you’re going to want to add all of these to your collection!
Sega Astro City Mini- $145 Plus Shipping
We talked about this new release earlier this week, if only because it’s just begun shipping to homes around the world. It’s the quintessential Sega arcade gaming experience, with 32 classics built into a mini cabinet, which you can either play on its own or connected to a TV.
These are some obscure arcade faves, including Arabian Fight and Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder; and they’re well worth investing in again for the price given. Get yours here, and save those quarters as you and a buddy play through Quartet 2!
NBA Jam Arcade1up Arcade Game Machine- $488
Kaboom! The Midway arcade legend lives on, thanks to the good people at Arcade1up. One of its latest releases in its star-studded line-up of hits, NBA Jam hit the sweet spot with us back when we reviewed it. And now there’s no better time to add it to your cave, especially with friends and family coming over to visit. Don’t have many of those to rely on or are just trying to avoid contact with anyone? Relax – you can play online as well! Get your cabinet here and put the nail in the boredom coffin!
Marvel vs. Capcom Arcade1up Arcade Game Machine- $499.99
Speaking of must-have Arcade1up machines for the holidays, Marvel vs. Capcom is an instant buy for anyone that loves Capcom’s iconic series. Featuring several Versus titles in its library, along with two separate Marvel Superheroes games, it’s really a nicely rounded package. And what’s more, it’s beautifully designed, right down to its custom Riser. It’s sold exclusively through Best Buy, but there’s a good amount of them in stock, so don’t miss out!
Dragon’s Lair Replicade Mini Arcade Game- $119.99
Hungry for old-school gaming? Hey, who isn’t these days? And that’s just what New Wave Toys does best, producing 1/6 scale arcade games for convenient play at home. But its latest release is a technical marvel, the outstanding 1983 laserdisc game Dragon’s Lair. This cabinet perfectly replicates the old-school Cinematronics design, right down to the light-up scoreboard and
attract screen. No dedicated gamer should be without this. Keep tabs on this page and prepare for retro goodness!
SNK Neo-Geo MVSX Home Arcade- $449.99
Last but definitely not least, SNK has once again brought an arcade-style cabinet for home play.
However, unlike the Neo-Geo International, this is a full-size replication of the original Neo-Geo, right down to the ability to select between multiple games. The unit itself makes for a great entertainment device on bartops and gaming shelves. But for an extra $50, you can also get a stand that makes it look like a full-sized arcade game. Sure, it could’ve used less fighting games and more action games, but there’s still more than 50 titles to choose from. Dig in and order your own here!
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