For those of us that grew up going to bowling alleys and mall arcades to play our favorite video games, the thought of owning a cabinet or several has definitely crossed our minds. But of course as kids, the four digit price tags and lack of space shattered our dreams. Realistically, our parents wouldn’t have been cool with the electrical bill either. These days we have conventions like Magfest or Pax/Pax East to enjoy unlimited retro and modern video gaming without having to stockpile up quarters.
Now if the question is how do I own a portable arcade cabinet, San Francisco based game developer, Eric Lin, and team is here to answer prayers. Called the Nanoarcade, they have developed a handheld six button and joystick arcade cabinet. At a price point of $40 bucks (for the early bird backer reward), those interested can have access to multiple games via Nanoarcade’s dedicated repository. Or folks can simply google “free J2ME games” and download the .jar files. Higher tiers offer more accessories like console template stickers, certified micrUSB cables and of course multiple units.
There are currently 26 days left until the project funds. Those interested should head to the KICKSTARTER campaign or refer their game loving friends to it. [Link]