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Rampage N Joust MiniCades!

Released in November (2017) by Bridge Direct under the Basic Fun label, these are number 08 (Joust) and 10 (Rampage) in the Arcade Classics Series exclusive to Walmart stores. UPC Labels – Joust: 88556109593 / Rampage: 88556109591 These minicades feature …

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Tiny Arcade Ms. Pac Man!

  Released in October 2017 by Super Impulse – Worlds Smallest.  This little arcade machine has some nice features for what it is. The packaging is really nice and colorful.  Being clear it allows you to see all sides of …

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2017 Atari Flashback Portable 2.0

Released by Atgames September 2017, this little portable game player lets you take 70 classic Atari 2600 games on the go!  Plus it has a SD card slot!   Not all Atari 2600 games will work with this device though, so …

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Walmart Exclusive Frogger MiniCade by Basic Fun!

  Released in August (2017) by Bridge Direct under the Basic Fun label, this is Number 06 in the Arcade Classics Series! UPC: 88556109551.  Exclusive to Walmart stores This minicade features the much nicer OLED full color screen like the …

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Super Circus AtariAge!

  Programmed by Bob DeCrescenzo (PacManPlus) and now available on the AtariAge store, this 32k game is loads of fun! Back in the late 70’s when I would hang out at my local arcade with my older brother, I remember …

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Mattel Electronic’s Gravity!

Released in 1980, this game originally was known as Catastrophe in early production.  The game had a black case and a drawing of a cityscape on the main screen. (image from Handheldmuseum.com) It was never released in this form, it …

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Asteroids! MiniCade from Basic Fun!

Released in August (2017) by Bridge Direct under the Basic Fun label, this is Number 05 in the Arcade Classics Series! SKU:88556109563 This minicade features the older LCD screen (not the TFT like Qbert) so there are limitations to the …

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Basic Fun Atari 2600 10 N’ One Plug N’ Play Joystick!

Released recently (2nd quarter 2017) by Bridge Direct under the Basic Fun label, this is a new Atari 2600 plug n play joystick.  Similar to the earlier ones done by Jakks Pacific.  However there are differences. It comes in a …

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Basic Fun COLOR Pac Man MiniCade!

Released in July (2017) by Bridge Direct under the Basic Fun label, this is a updated version of their original Pac Man MiniCade release in 2016.  Number 07 in the Arcade Series! As with the first release, there are two …

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Frogger MiniCade from Basic Fun!

Released by Basic Fun (basicfun.com) in July of this year (2017)  this little minicade does a somewhat decent job at representing the arcade game frogger in a small low cost tabletop game. Just as in the other minicades, there is …

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Tempest Elite! for the Atari XL/XE Computers!

Released July 2017 by Video61 (Atarisales.com), this is a great port of Tempest to the Atari XL/XE/XEGS line of computers.   The game was programmed by Peter J. Meyer with cartridge manufacturing done by Lance Ringquist. Tempest Elite is a enhanced …

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Data East Classic’s MyArcade Pixel Classic Handheld

Recently shown at E3 2017, this little handheld features 308 games!   Eight of the games are classics from the Data East library! Data East Games included are: Bad Dudes Break Thru Joe & Mac Heavy Barrel Side Pocket B Wings …

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Intellivision Jr Pac-Man Sneak Peek!

Jr. Pac-Man for the Intellivision is a wonderful port of the arcade game!  Has many cool features and great gameplay! Some features are: All seven of the original arcade levels are present Includes seven NEW Intellivision exclusive levels All fourteen …

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Atari 2600 Space invaders remake for the PC!

Released in April 2017, this was a project done by Richard Langford of Langfordproductions.com.  He challenged himself to remake the classic 2600 space invaders on the PC in just one day.  He accomplished this goal and then decided to add …

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Q-Bert Color LCD MiniCade from Basic Fun!

Released by Basic Fun (basicfun.com) in January of this year (2017)  this little minicade is actually quite a bit of fun.   It has the same cabinet design as the earlier Pac Man and Space Invaders but has one major difference.  …

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LTO Flash Multicart for the Intellivision!

Released by Left Turn Only in late 2016, this new flash multicart is incredible!  When you order the cartridge you get a nice gatefold full color box, a color manual and a USB interface cable.   the software needed to put …

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Atari 2600 Flashback Portable From AtGames!

This unit being reviewed is a pre-production version, the final version will have a slightly different game list included. Released by Atgames November 2016, this little portable game player lets you take 60 classic Atari 2600 games on the go!  …

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Hashy Toys Tetris MiniCade Bank Review!

  Released by Hashy Toys, this Tetris MiniCade Bank was mainly only available in Japan.   Based on the same molds as the Excalibur MiniCades, the build quality is quite good.   The controls work very well.  The sounds can get annoying …

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Mini LCD Space Invaders Arcade by Basic Fun!

Released by Basic Fun (basicfun.com) this year (2016) this little minicade is actually quite a bit of fun.   It has the same cabinet design as the earlier Pac Man but the packaging is much different.  Whereas the Pac Man minicade …

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Basic Fun Pac Man LCD MiniCade!

Released by Basic Fun, this little Pac Man LCD Minicade is quite well done.   The unit features arcade authentic sounds and game play plus includes a second game called chase!  In this bonus game you try to eat one of …

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Pac Man L.E.D Desktop Clock by Raw Thrills!

Raw Thrills the people behind Galaga Assault, Worlds Biggest Pac Man, Aliens Armageddon and many other cool modern arcade games comes this awesome Pac Man Premium L.E.D. desktop clock! This is an officially licensed product from Bandai Namco and is …

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Incredible Treasures at Matt’s Game Exchange!

I was asked by my friends Matt and Gerald (owners of Matt’s Game Exchange) to stop by their Greensboro NC store to check out a recent 187 console collection they recently acquired!   As was told to me, a older gentleman …

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Hashy Toys Breakout MiniCade Bank!

  Released by Hashy Toys, this Breakout MiniCade Bank was mainly only available in Japan.   Based on the same molds as the Excalibur MiniCades, the build quality is quite good.   The controls however do suffer a bit, the joystick does …

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Space Invaders MiniCade by Excalibur Electronics!

  Released in 2005 by Excalibur Electronics, this mini arcade machine is loosely based on the classic Coleco Tabletop Mini Arcades of the 80’s.    Although it does not have the “classic” VFD (Vacuum Florescent Display) screen, it does have a …

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Haynes Retro Arcade Kit!

  Most of us Gearheads are familiar with the name Haynes that publishes auto repair manuals.  Now they are getting into making electronic kits in that same style!  From retro radio kits to visible engines, these kits from Haynes are …

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Vectrex – Whack A Mole Alpha 3 Version Review

Binary Star Software (binarystarsoftware.com) is working on a new game for the Vectrex called Whack A Mole!   Based on the popular arcade game, the player takes a hammer to “bop” moles back into the ground for points!   The latest build …

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Soundlogic XT MultiCade 230 Review

  A interesting desktop mini arcade machine with 230 built in games by Soundlogic XT.   These games are divided up into 4 main categories – Sports, Shooting, Puzzle and Arcade.   Each category has a nice selection of games for the …

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Arcade USA – Bump n’ Jump!

  Developed by Data East published by Bally Midway, this game puts the player in the shoes of Jumpin’ John.   Jumpin’ John has a special race car that has the ability to jump!  it only works once the car gets …

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Arcade USA – Turtles! by Stern Electronics!

  Developed by Konami and released by Stern, Turtles features the player taking the role of a mama turtle trying to rescue her babies in a 8 story building. The game features four different mazes that change every 2 levels(floors) …

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Arcade USA Toy Review Dreamgear’s My Arcade!

While browsing through my local Toys R Us, I came upon this little arcade machine toy called My Arcade by Dreamgear.  Now I am familiar with Dreamgear products and know what types of games typically are on their devices.  This …

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Arcade USA – CheckMate by Midway Games

  Released by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1977,  CheckMate is an action strategy game where 1 to 4 players try to run each other into their walls (I always wondered if the writers for Tron were inspired by this game …

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Arcade USA – DogPatch! by Midway Games

A game from 1978 by Midway.  Features cool Mountain Folk artwork on the cab (the sides look like a outhouse door!) including some interesting cardboard inserts on the bezel similar to the art style of the comic strip Lil’ Abner.   …

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Colecovision Super Arcade Controller and Adapter Kickstarter!

The kickstarter campaign for the Super Arcade Controller and Adapter for the colecovision and colecovision flashback system has gone live!  It started January 20th, 2016 and will continue for 29 days.  So far Edladdin has raised $1,565 of their $9,650 …

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Arcade USA Breakout!

    Let’s take a look at one of my favorite arcade games from the late 70’s. Breakout! by Atari.  Released in 1976, this was a discrete logic game (no CPU).  The game control was very simple, a paddle and …

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