Arcade1Up / ALDI arcade cabinets

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  1. chook

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    Didn't think to check which games. I am just up the road in Toowoomba so can have a look and see if there is a Rampage one for you.
     
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  2. chook

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    Had to go tonight. Teenage son decide to eat all of the things. Aldi at Clifford Gardens has three Rampage cabs and still the ten machines total.
     
  3. Sipheren

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    Cool, bit of a ways away, but if I can't find one local might have to go for a drive.

    Cheers for that, I've checked a couple around, only SF.
     
  4. shredder

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    Ha, Clifford Gardens, what a blast from the past. Lived 5 minutes walk from it as a 12yo.
     
  5. Sipheren

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    Found one local, great little machine, just need a pie now :)

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  6. AussieTemplar

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    These are also for sale at Toymate stores in Sydney. The only one that has it in stock is Bankstown (ex-TRU building), which has 3 left.
    They are $799 there, but they will price match for you. www.toymate.com.au
     
  7. Franc

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    I am sitting next to an arcade cab (bought years ago from OCAU as a matter of fact). Its bloody huge, I can understand wanting a smaller machine - but this is too small imo.
     
  8. Phido

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    If they wanted a smaller setup, a table top offering would be great.

    I have a 5 year old who is just getting into arcade games and a 3 year old who loves to imitate. If they do a price drop, I might be tempted to pick one of these up.
     
  9. broccoli

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    They have a Streetfighter arcade machine up at the Cash Converters which is gigantic, as you say. You don't realise how enormous those things are when you see(saw) them in a pub or arcade. When they are "out of context" you realise their size. You need a big bit of space or a dedicated man cave like Elvis to consider one.
     
  10. Franc

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    If the aldi machine was a table top i would have been sorely tempted.
     
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  11. mAJORD

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    These have now dropped to $399 in some stores :thumbup:
     
  12. timdotexe

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    $299 i got mine for at local aldi on the weekend. Couldn't resist at that price.

    https://imgur.com/a/PRu8tqZ
     
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  13. Franc

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    Yeah $299 is a doer ill have a look tommorow!
     
  14. Vanne

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    I just had a go of a Galaga in wallmart. I was actually very pleasantly suprised at how nicely this thing is put together.
    And it actually played really nice, the screen looked crisp, with no bleeding or rubbish distortion.. actually very surprised.. might pick one up for the kids..
     
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  15. flain

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    Make sure you cover the control panel with clear contact or something. Apparently a common problem is the control panel decals rub off after only a day or two of using them. Arcade 1up apparently also have some clear covers you can put on top but you need to call their customer service.
     
  16. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    But for how long will that last : )

    $299 is a great price though.
     
  17. shredder

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    It's a nice price but bottom line is I'm not going to spend much time playing those games, at any price.

    I'd play the SF2 family, but I'd roll my own rig (controls in particular) for that.

    Great for people who wouldn't, however.
     
  18. BuuBox

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    How widespread is the price drop? Presumably these weren't a big seller.

    Bit of a shame really. Will probably mean less interest from other regular sellers and lower resale on the secondhand market.
     
  19. elvis

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    It's a tricky one. Video game nostalgia is at an all-time high, but these cabinets are losing most of their cost in the product itself. Wood, monitor, controls, artwork, shipping. You eat into the dollar cost of materials pretty quick before you're even dealing with the big expenses of licensing.

    Compare and contrast to mini consoles which are $50 worth of hardware, some software R&D, and the rest is licensing overhead.

    I've built cabinets myself for years, and constantly get people telling me I should "retire and just make arcade machines". One-offs are weeks of work. Mass produced you're still in the hundreds of dollars and tens of hours to assemble one unit. In a market where people can pick up a Nintendo/Sony mini console for $100-150 with 20-30 games, selling a bulky arcade machine with bugger all software is a big ask.

    You could do like half the dodgy bastards on eBay and sell them full of MAME ROMs, but get ready to lose your whole business overnight when the spotlight is shone on you for obvious mass copyright infringement.

    I'm happy that these guys had a go at it, but having seriously considered the same thing for a long time, I couldn't ever see a way to make it work financially. And that's the reason that retro gaming is still only a hobby for me, and not a source of income (and isn't likely to ever be, unless someone wants to hire me as a writer).
     
  20. power

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    they don't work because china piracy box is a "legitimate option".
     
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