Shuffled up the mini arcade.
First, I can no longer recommend the Legends Arcade available at Sams Club. My control panel died... completely... separate from any game modifications on it. Even with a factory reset it was dead. Looking online I'm not the only one with the problem. A video of it when I sold it is in this link if anyone wants details. https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/archive/127688
Even broken, the arcade sold at $200 within 8 minutes of listing on facebook as people love to by the cabinets to mod.
I ended up trading a set of used pinstadiums I wasn't using for the new Tempest cab. It's neat.
On the Arcade1up side I have discovered I can fit 4 machines into a part of my arcade I am not using at all... my back wall. Arcade1up sells "partycades" which are wall mounted and about 7 inches wide. The screen is as big as the original. I just bought the Defender and have been pleasantly surprised. Additionally, the partycades don't seem to hold their value like the 3/4 size cabinets do, so I can pick them up used. There are several about an hour away in the $100 to $200 range. I'll pick more up when they pop up close by.
Right now the plan is to keep my 60 in 1 and outrun 3/4 size cabs (really like them). I will eventually trade out Tempest in favor of a wall mounted partycade Asteroids when I find one. The side wall of my arcade can fit about 5 without going over budgeted space and I really like my outrun and ordered ridge racer. The plan is to slowly fill them with games that require odd peripherals (like racing games). As I find used deals I can slowly trade/rotate these.
Overall the Defender partycade is really neat. There are only controls for one player, but there is a USB input for additional players (never tried it ) and a headphone jack. To my knowledge, outside of the original machine this is the only place I've seen the full and correct button setup for Defender. The other games on it play well and I've been especially been enjoying Rootbeer tapper, gauntlet, rampage, and Defender.
I still recommend the Arcade1ups. Especially if you can get one use. Right now the best deal you can get is a retropi based 3/4 sized multicade built by others (check your local facebook). 20220115_064136 (resized).jpg20220115_064149 (resized).jpg20220115_064210 (resized).jpg20220115_064214 (resized).jpg