Welcome friends, to another edition of Newsbytes. This collection of quick arcade-related news items should tide you over until the next story of the week. We’ve had an interesting week of stories at that, starting with a new light-gun game, then the release of Centipede Chaos and the sighting of a new Frogger arcade game. Let’s see how next week works out!
E3 And The Continued Rise Of Home Arcade Machines
For people who want to have an arcade machine at home, but don’t want to deal with maintaining a 30/40+ year old game, more than one company has come to the rescue with mini-arcade cabinets and licensed software. Arcade 1up has been at the forefront of this effort, with consumers being able to find their machines in the video game aisles of Wal-Mart and other retailers.
With E3 taking place this week, the company was there to show off shiny new licenses, which showcased three titles: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the Konami original and Turtles In Time), Marvel Superheroes/X-Men: Children of the Atom/The Punisher and Atari Star Wars (which will feature all three Atari arcade releases). Two videos for those:
Here it is — the moment that @arcade_1up officially announced ATARI #StarWars at #E3! Read more details here —-> https://t.co/82FCZuFgWJ #fuelyourfandom @starwars pic.twitter.com/t8rUIK4GDA
— The Pop Insider (@thepopinsider) June 12, 2019
They aren’t alone in the mini-arcade or home arcade craze, as AtGames (creators of many of the mini consoles out there, including previous iterations of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and several Atari Flashback consoles) has their sights on the home market with the upcoming Legends Ultimate machine. I have a hunch that they wanted to call this Arcade Legends, but Chicago Gaming has already been using that for well over a decade on their own full-sized multigame collection. Between Arcade 1up and this AtGames