No matter how many advances are made in video games, there will always be the those that love playing the classics. Finding places stocked with old arcade machines is rare but more and more companies are realizing that there is interest in playing these old games. My Arcade is one of these entities that understands the appreciation for those crusty old titles and has a few items that will be released in the coming months. Hardcore Gamer recently got a chance to check out some of these items, so here are some things that may be of interest to retro gamers.
The first item we have on display is sure to get retro arcade fans salivating and that is the Namco Museum Mini Arcade. This miniature cabinet features a vertically oriented screen for an authentic arcade experience and forward facing speakers for enhanced audio, complete with volume control and 35mm headphone jack. The glowing coin trap contributes to the nostalgia factor of the gold age of coin operated games, and best of all this includes Pac-Man, Pac-Man 2 The New Adventures, Pac-Panic, Pac-Mania, Galaga, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Dig Dug II, Mappy, Sky Kid, Rolling Thunder, Rolling Thunder 2, Rolling Thunder 3, Splatterhouse, Splatterhouse 2, Dragon Spirit, The Tower of Druaga, Xevious, Phelios and Battle City. The Namco Museum Mini Arcade will be available this holiday season for $99.99.
The Pocket Player Handheld is the portable gaming solution for the Pac-Maniac. This yellow handheld has a 2.8″ full color screen and is powered by either micro USB or four AAA batteries (not included). Included with this are three games, Pac-Man, Pac-Panic and Pac-Mania. This really just boils down to whether or not you like Pac-Man. Pac-Fans can get a lot of enjoyment out of this but the target audience doesn’t exist beyond that demographic. The Pocket Player Handheld will be out sometime in August for $39.99.
During the days of the NES and SNES there were a lot of games American gamers missed out. RPG fans know this pain all too well, when all it takes is to look at the gap in Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy where the series went from IV to VII and III to VII respectively, though the details regarding the number discrepancy vary, but that’s a topic for another time. Beyond those franchises there are other missing entries, like the real Super Mario Bros. 2 and some weird game called Doki Doki Panic. Famicom and Super Famicom games are collectibles and My Arcade makes it a little easier to enjoy these imported titles with the Cartridge Converter and Super Cartridge Converter.
These two devices are essentially the same idea, one is for the NES and the other is for the SNES. They are compatible with all Famicom and Super Famicom games and allow the cartridges to face forward in the SNES and toaster style NES, though the Cartridge converter is compatible with both NES models. These two devices are sold separately and will retail for $14.99 each when they become available this holiday season and seem like they will be a convenient and practical way to enjoy Japanese import titles.