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$299 New Arcade Cabinets-Street Fighter, Centipede, Tempest

By vid1900

9 months ago

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#1255 4 months ago

Wow! Having just got one of these (a Centipede+ one) for Christmas, I came on here hoping to find a bit of a club thread. And while there is some love, there is also a lot of negativity as well. Not sure I understand it. I own four pins and have been wanting an arcade cabinet for some time to complete my game room. But the 1000 plus Mame ones seem overwhelming to me and quite expensive. The old ones from the 80's are prone to break down, and while I can solder a switch on a pin back in place, I have no experience repairing boards. So, this seemed like a great solution. It is easy to move around and plays great. Yeah, it is not built like a tank and probably can't take that much abuse. But, I'm not putting it in an arcade. I'm putting it in my basement where it will get played maybe a handful of times a day. It fits in perfectly. And, the best part, I'm playing Centipede again and having a blast! My wife and I used to play in college and compete against each other to get the highest score. It is fun reliving those memories. I get the criticism, but for those who want something better, just get something better.

#1303 4 months ago
Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

Got to build my rampage last night. Im still not sure why these get so much hate. I secretly opened the box a couple weeks ago and clear coated the control panel to increase the durability without having to add the acrylic overlay.
My dad and I played gauntlet last night until our hands hurt.
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I love Gauntlet and Joust! I may have to get another one. Have you tried playing three players at once, and does it feel cramped?

It would be nice if you could choose the artwork for the main game, as I’m not a huge fan of Rampage, but I imagine that having that many SKUs would not make sense for them cost wise. Perhaps an add on overlay that they could sell . . . .

#1305 4 months ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Arcadegraphix.com has overlays, but the selection is pretty limited right now.
Tron just released. They also have TMNT, The Simpsons, etc. [quoted image]

Wow, nice but half the cost of a game.

#1309 4 months ago

On some of my games, like Centipede, my high scores are maintained. On others, like Crystal Castles, which is in the same cab, they are not. Anyone else notice this, and is there anything I’m doing wrong?

#1311 4 months ago
Quoted from BudManPinFan:

I’ve noticed the same thing on my 12-1 cab.

Just found an earlier post that said that saving high scores only applies for some games and is inconsistent. That’s a bummer as it’s nice to keep track of your scores and compete against yourself and your family.

#1329 4 months ago
Quoted from ezeltmann:

Also wanted to report about Arcade1up customer service. I sent a request through their web site about my trackball issue (doesnt move properly) , which they never replied to.
Waited on hold for about 1.5 hrs today , but they took care of me over the phone very quickly (once answered) . Also they asked me if i wanted an overlay , which i had already requested via the online site already.
Galaga is working perfectly and hopefully the trackball fixes Centipede.

My guess is that they are swamped after the holidays. Hopefully things will settle down a bit.

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#1381 4 months ago
Quoted from vid1900:

The bad part is, is that A1U says that they will be discontinuing the older games, and replacing them with their new Spring and Fall releases.
I was unrealistically thinking that they were going to keep them all in production.

Oh, no. I want to get the Rampage/Joust/Gauntlet/Defender but not for a while. Perhaps I need to buy sooner than I wanted.

#1384 4 months ago
Quoted from vid1900:

I was the same way, thinking I could grab them whenever WM had a title for $99
Like, I'd want the Centipede with the vertical monitor, rather than the horizontal on the other version....

I wonder what the crazy resale prices on ebay will go to once they discontinue some versions. Hopefully, there will be a solid amount in inventory to make them available for a while. I need to wait until at least April. Can't justify spending another $300 so soon after the holidays, and the sales seem harder to come by.

#1458 4 months ago

So, we know the new release dates. Do we know the discontinuation dates for the old/current models?

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#1598 4 months ago
Quoted from konghusker:

How are you guys liking these cabs? I'm considering collecting most of them to make a little garage arcade. I'm torn between getting real cabs, but the price, multiple games and size are very tempting. Thoughts on getting these vs spend much more on dedicated cabs?

I’m loving my Centipede one. The side graphics look great. While the size is smaller than a real cab even with the riser, you completely forget you’re not playing an original when you play it. It feels authentic, and the controls work well. Definitely a good buy for the money, even if you can’t find one on sale.

#1610 4 months ago
Quoted from goingincirclez:

My main gripe is that many scores don't save, which is disappointing. Even on Centipede, anything over 30K won't save. I'm pretty shocked they don't have a simple score save feature.

Agree with this. I just don’t get it, and that is disappointing. I’m thinking of getting a chalk board or something to hang next to the cab to keep track of high scores.

#1684 4 months ago

Crap -- the paint on my Centipede control panel has started to rub off. I've ordered a plastic protector, but I'm still a few weeks away from getting one. I thought I read that the protectors come with reproduction graphics printed on the back side. Is that right? If so, I'll feel a little better.

#1687 4 months ago
Quoted from woody24:

*EDIT* It's heavier cardstock. Not a sheet of paper. But still paper.

Got it. I assume it still looks ok?

It's amazing how quick the paint wore off. I didn't consider myself as having played a lot, but there is still a white spot under the area where my wrist rests.

#1693 4 months ago
Quoted from Jason43:

They do, but the fitment is hit or miss. The artwork they sent me didn't line up to the existing cp very well. I'd try and protect what you have until the plexi overlay gets there.

It is only a little bit of wear at this point. Makes it look more authentic. The trick is going to be trying to keep myself from playing until the protector arrives.

#1702 4 months ago

Who can guess?


#1714 4 months ago
Quoted from Nokoro:

Who can guess?

It’s the Centipede letters spelled backward the way they look on the side of the cab. I don’t know — my wife and I noticed while sitting on the couch last night, and then I couldn’t get that out of my head.

#1724 4 months ago
Quoted from dsmoke1986:

You are correct, they are the equivalent of the Zizzle or Stern home pin.

Not so. Zizzles aren’t full feature pins, nor are they recreations of the original pin. These are faithful, full feature recreations that are just a little smaller.

#1786 3 months ago

Ugh, I just got my deck protector for Centipede, and it doesn't fit. The holes are all off. I can't get it to sit properly at all. I just emailed them. Hopefully, they can send a new one promptly.

#1902 3 months ago
Quoted from Nepi23:

Acrade1Up risers do not seem to be available in Europe as of yet atleast. I ordered a Ikea Lack table to put under the cabinet. Its 55x55x45 cm:s (lxwxh). There must be a suitable table somewhere to hold more cabinets as well.
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Be careful with this. I have one that I keep a pachinko machine on. I'm not sure I would consider it stable enough for an Arcade1Up, but you can see for yourself.

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#2058 3 months ago
Quoted from konghusker:

Still waiting on my cpo protectors. How long did it take others to receive theirs? I never got any shipping notification or anything. Ordered over the phone and that was it. Been a couple weeks.

Took 4 weeks. Then when it came, the holes were all slightly off so it didn’t fit. Now I’m waiting on another one. They said they would try to hurry it up but that it could still be another 4-6 weeks. It’s been another two so far.

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#2365 37 days ago

My track ball on Centipede just stopped working yesterday. All connections look good, but I didn’t remove the ball itself. Any ideas?

#2367 37 days ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

Probably a fluke component failure. I’d contact arcade1up for a replacement, then pull that ball out of the game and try to repair it.

I took the ball out, and it all looks fine. Though if there was a tiny tiny wire or trace on the board that failed, I’m not sure I would see it. I’ll email them. Thanks.

#2369 36 days ago
Quoted from Luckydogg420:

I haven’t pulled apart an arcade1up track ball, but these usually work like an old ball mouse. The ball sits on two rollers. One for up/down. One left/right. Then they usually have a calibration disc with slots spaced around it. Then there’s an optical sensor that reads the disc as it moves back and forth.
My guess would be the optical sensor, if the doesn’t look like a loose connection or broken wire.

Yep. That’s exactly what it looks like. But, I would think if it was one of the sensors, it would at least move the player in one direction. But it doesn’t move at all which makes me think it is a wire, but I may not know what I’m talking about.

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#2419 24 days ago

How accurate is brickseek? They listed the Rampage cabinet at a local Walmart for $199 but when I got there it was full price.

(Perhaps I just answered my own question.)

#2421 24 days ago
Quoted from winteriscoming:

I have no experience, but I've read that you should get a price check because it might ring up at the lower price even if they haven't marked it down on the tag.

I asked one of the assistants, and he looked it up. Though, I don’t think he scanned it.

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#2442 16 days ago

My track ball stopped working. Didn’t move in any direction. I got a new one promptly from Arcade1up, but I figured I would try to fix the old just to have a spare. Problem is I don’t know what I’m doing. Anyone have any ideas. It looks fine, and all connections look ok. I may try to reflow the solder to see if that does anything.

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#2450 15 days ago
Quoted from mcluvin:

Cold solder joint? One spot in the middle of the first pic doesn't look right.

The four holes in the middle are empty, if that is what you mean. But, yeah, I think I should try reflowing the solder everywhere just to make sure. If that doesn’t work, I’ll probably just have to throw it away.

#2455 14 days ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

From the pic none of the solder joints for the 4 wires looks awe-inspiring to me. Especially Tx and Rx. And those presumably are for transmit and receive so if either of those is bad it might make the whole thing dead.

Good eye. Yeah, you may be right. Alright, there's my rainy day project for the moment. Thanks.

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