It’s been two years since we first revealed the effort to create a new conversion kit platform for arcades by the name of the Exa-Arcadia, and after a variety of stories regarding the platform, I finally have one in my hands. The system is the first versatile kit system this industry has seen since the launch of the Airframe, promising to reinvigorate arcades with a flood of content. A number of developers have been revealed as working on games for the Exa over this time, and with the official worldwide launch offering five games for purchase (Aka & Blue Type-R; The Kung Fu Vs. Karate Champ; Infinos Exa; Akyrios Exa & Super Hydorah AC). Pre-orders opened back in November, but orders began shipping in January.
As the system was developed primarily in Japan, most of the testing has taken place there, with the system intended to go into existing Japanese JVS arcade cabinets such as those belonging to the Vewlix series or the Lindbergh Universal. Unfortunately, generic cabinets in the United States hasn’t really been a thing since the 1990’s, although there are exceptions.
After seeing that it would take a while to get my hands on the proper Vewlix model (one with low input lag), I decided to go for an aforementioned exception in the form of the FunGlo V4 by Fun Company. Based out of Wisconsin, FunGlo cabinets have generally been created for titles by Incredible Technologies (Golden Tee, Silver Strike, etc.), but they also make it with a joystick and buttons along with a JAMMA harness so it can work with a typical JAMMA board. I ordered one of those, taking advantage of their customization options which included featuring any logo I wanted etched into the plexiglass on the sides. Since I received my cabinet weeks before the Exa