Was looking at getting a home arcade unit and my head was spinning for weeks. I eventually decided what I was gonna get but thought I should start a thread about the options and get some other opinions on the matter.
At first, I was looking at arcade legends, but was disapponted that it was missing some key games (Ms PacMan, Galaga, Donkey Kong, etc). I then found that you could load these game, but some sites were charging several hundred dollars per game.
I also thought (quite naively) that you could get every clasic game to work well on one unit. I have learned better.
Every arcade game has it's own qwerks. Some games need a horizontal orientation to the monitor (Joust, Defender, Stargate,etc) others need a Vertical orientation (Donkey Kong, Frogger, Ms PacMan, Galaga). Some just need a joystick (PacMan), some a Joystick and a fire button (Galaga), Some need a trackball (Centipede), some a joystick and a ton of buttons (Defender, Mortal Kombat), some need 2 player side by side compatibity (Mortal Combat, Street Fighter), some need 2 joystick (Robotron), some need a flight yoke (Star Wars), some need a steering wheel accelerator and buttons (Spy Hunter), etc...
There is no system out there that accomidate these needs.
So, I came to decide that I need to figure out what my priorities are:
1) Standup vs cocktail
2) Vertical vs Horizontal
3) What kind of games do you want
4) Computer based (MAME) vs some board based design.
I ended up going with this:
The advantages of this system (for me) is that it is a cocktail (I had limited space), it allows horizontal and vertical controls and has 70 games. It is plug and play (no computer) and has most of the games I want (missing Asteroids, QBert, Missle Command. Tetris). And missing any sports games or fighting games.
The cons is lack of trackball (they include Centipede and there is no trackball...grrr) and it is really NOT upgradable.
Cost: $3200 (shipped into my rec room). Probably overpaid...
So, I am just curious about what systems people bought and why. Would you buy it again or recomend it to friends? Why or why not?
I just found this to be far more complicated purchase than I anticipated.