Some of the best arcade games of yesteryear--but with some modern enhancements--are now on sale at Amazon.
By Darryn Bonthuys on
For anyone yearning to revisit the glory days of arcade gaming, Arcade1Up's line of retro gear is worth looking at. Arcade1Up's arcade cabinets sport period-accurate decals, crisp displays, and authentic controls that recapture the spirit of arcades. They also often have boast like Wi-F i functionality, multiplayer, online leaderboards, and light-up marquees. Over at Amazon, a bunch of Arcade1Up machines are on sale, and there's a nice variety here.
Not everyone has space for a full-size arcade cabinet, and that's where the Countercades come in. These are essentially arcade units without the stand, meaning that you can place them on a desk or table and still get an authentic gaming experience out of them.
NBA Jam is the highlight of the countercade deal, and depending on your love for the game, you can grab either a standard edition that looks like it was ripped straight from a 1993 arcade, for $160 (normally $230). There's also a Pong Countercade available, which has a delightful '70s style design to it and controls that replicate the input system of the original machine.
If you do have standing space, there's a great selection of Arcade1Up machines to choose from. NFL Blitz is an eye-catching machine that comes with multiple iterations of the arcade football game; the Pacmania unit offers a treasure trove of Pac-Man games for a steeply discounted price; fighting game fans will love the Marvel vs. Capcom machine which comes in a head-to-head configuration that's made for two players to duke it out on; and X-Men fans can save a whopping $250 on a set that includes a matching barstool.
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