On September 21st at noon EST Arcade1Up will start taking pre-orders for the Class of 1981 Ms. Pac-man / Galaga combo cabinet! Based on the same combo machine seen in the early ’80s, Arcade1Up celebrates forty years of Namco and Mid-Way.
The cabinets should start shipping in October. A price was not readily available, but given that many of Arcade1Up’s products have been shooting up in price this year, expect it to be $400+
Let’s start with the marquee games, celebrating 40 years(!) of enduring fun. Power up that nostalgia with the iconic Ms. PAC-MAN™, as you guide her through those infamous mazes while evading BLINKY, PINKY, INKY and SUE. Then, fend off endless descending swarms of alien enemies with GALAGA™.
Oh, and that’s just the start of the phenomenal game list packed inside:
GALAGA™ ‘88, GALAXIAN™, DIG DUG™, DIG DUG™ II, MAPPY™, RALLY-X™, ROLLING THUNDER™, ROMPERS™, TOWER OF DRUAGA™, and KING AND BALLOON™ are ALL also included. Switch up to any game at will, with the easy to navigate on-screen menus.
The Class of 1981 cabinet will measure 22.8 D x 20.9 W x 58.1 H when assembled and come with the following features:
- Light-UP Marquee
- Light-Up Deck Protector
- WIFI-LIVE for Leaderboards
- 12 Games in 1
I’ve owned a few Arcade1Up machines over the years. The best by far was the Star Wars cabinet. It was well built, and not a single part of it felt cheap. The original Pac-Man Countercade is also a stunning work of art. But then my heart was broken by a certain Miss Pac-Man.
The Ms. Pac-Man cabinet, on the other hand, was disappointing. The vinyl decals on the sides are already peeling, and the screen cover cuts off about 1/8″ of the LCD. It’s most noticeable when playing the other games that come with that machine, like Pac-Man Plus.
I’m hoping since this upcoming combo cabinet features better craftsmanship.
What are your thoughts on the Arcade1Up cabinets? Have you had any issues with the ones you’ve owned? Let us know in the comments.
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