If you follow the retro gaming scene closely, then the name Arcade1Up will instantly ring a bell. This relatively new company scored a sizeable coup by gaining the licence to create an arcade cabinet containing Konami’s classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, and it has followed up that release with a series of other cabinets, including titles such as Marvel vs. Capcom, Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter II.
The company is at CES showing off its latest line of games, as well as digital pinball machines and plug-and-play systems. However, gamers of a certain vintage will be most interested in the new NBA Jam cabinet, which comes in a four-player configuration and has the ability to host online games so you’re never short of someone to hop on the court with. The cab includes the original game as well as NBA Jam Tournament Edition and NBA Hangtime. The price hasn’t been confirmed, but an Arcade1Up representative says it should be between $399 and $499.
What really caught our eye, however, is the news that Arcade1Up is working on a cabinet with Sega which includes Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder, a 1992 arcade release which has never been ported to any home system.
The cab – which is expected to launch this May – also includes the arcade versions of Altered Beast, Shinobi, Wrestle War and the original Golden Axe. These games are basically officially-licenced ROMs running via emulation, but still, it’s impressive to note that Revenge of Death Adder – arguably the zenith of that cult series – is finally getting another release after all these years.
However, is it worth dropping 400 bucks on a massive machine in order to play it? That’s for you to decide, and we hope that the fact that it’s happening means that Sega could potentially be releasing it on other platforms, such as the Switch, via its Sega Ages range.
Cross those finger (and those swords).