April 22, 2022 — Arcade 1Up has become the industry standard for home arcade units for a couple of years now. Their catalog started small but has since grown to offer a wide arrange of genres for all types of gamers. Want some classic fighting games? They got it. Want to pummel hundreds of enemies with a brawler, or two? We bring the latest from Arcade1Up.
The Infinity Game Table
It’s hard to imagine a world where tablets did not exist. Whether you have one that’s just for books or one dedicated to games, chances are there is a tablet in your house. However, I can bet your tablet isn’t 32 inches big. Arcade1Up is offering that size screen with the Infinity Game Table— which is a giant tablet mounted on a small metal foundation. The idea is to get rid of the clutter of board games and to make game night into an easy, all-digital future.
In their advertisement, they show off people playing Chutes and Ladders along with Chess. Those two examples alone mean this table can accommodate many types of multiplayer situations from big groups to more intimate one-on-one scenarios. Also, the table is battery-operated and can go without a charge for around three-four hours, or it can be plugged in for uninterrupted gaming. Don’t like the legs? Those can be removed. The Infinity Game Table can be yours right now for $900 — heck, no one ever said the future was cheap!
What about something that is not going to cost you an arm and a leg? Arcade1Up is currently having a sale on several of its arcade full-standing units. Ms. Pac-Man is $100 off, while Terminator 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time are $150 off each. In addition, The Simpsons and X-Men are $200 off.
There are also table units on sale like Mortal Kombat as well as countertop machines like NBA Jam. What about some pinball machines? Again, Arcade 1Up has you covered on all fronts. The sale will be going on for a while longer. If you’ve had your eye on stepping up your living area with a classy arcade machine, now is the time to make your move.
Dragon’s Lair Is Coming
One of the most iconic arcade games of the 80s was Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair. That’s because it was something completely different than anything on the market at the time using a technique called LaserDisc. It was sort of a choose your own adventure game except for the fact that if you made the wrong choice, you died immediately. If you grew up in the 80s, or even 90s when Dragon’s Lair was still ubiquitous, you probably lost $20 easily in quarters and didn’t even come close to beating it. The game was brutally punishing, to say the least.
Brutally gorgeous that is. The animation of Dragon’s Lair was its main selling point as it was done by Don Bluth’s animation studio. You may know some of their classic animated films like The Secret of NIMH (1982) and All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) — the former of which is said to have inspired Ralph Bakshi’s Franzetta-inspired Fire and Ice (1983). Over the years Dragon’s Lair has been ported to Commodore 64, the now-forgotten 3DO, and even Sega CD (a mildly popular accessory to Sega Genesis/Mega Drive) — the ports made the game a lot more accessible, of course. No quarters? No problem. However, there’s nothing quite like that original, 1980s arcade feeling — which is exactly why Arcade1Up is developing a home unit.
There is no exact release date for Dragon’s Lair, but it is expected to launch sometime this Summer. Those who pre-order now can save $50, which puts the upcoming arcade machine at $600. That may seem like a lot now, but getting in your order is a surefire way to impress, or more likely torture, your friends sooner rather than later. It should also be mentioned the Dragon’s Lair unit will include its sequel, Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp, and even Don Bluth’s lesser-known but equally appreciated spinoff, Space Ace.
Below you’ll find some more screenshots of the Infinity Game Table.