October 26, 2017 at 2:26 am #21648
A company has created working miniature Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man arcade cabs that are roughly the size of the old Hallmark arcade ornaments. I’ve been wishing somebody would get around to this kind of thing. It’s a shame that the screen is so low quality, but if it’s playing a true emulation of Pac-Man, it won’t matter to me. I wonder what other arcade games could look decent on that tiny low-rez screen.
They’re supposed to be at places like Target and Wal-Mart, but I went into both tonight and didn’t find anything. Have you guys spotted them yet?October 26, 2017 at 10:51 am #21656
I have gotten all four of them – Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, Space Invaders – at, of all places, the local Cracker Barrel. (I only looked there after a friend in Texas reported finding them there in his area.) They’re neato, but the article is so not kidding about the eye strain.
I think what I’ll wind up using these for is, ironically…Christmas ornaments. Each one has a short metal chain terminating in a clasp-style keyring, meaning they’re pretty much ready made to hang from the tree. (I can’t imagine anyone using these as an actual keyring, so…what the hell?)October 28, 2017 at 1:26 am #21669
I go to the manufacturer’s website and look for places to buy them, and there’s nothing in this state. The closest place is around Little Rock, one location they list is out of business. I can’t find them on Amazon, so I checked Target and Wal-Mart’s websites since they supposedly have them for sale there, and no dice. Guess I’m off to Cracker Barrel at some point (my next day off I actually have jury duty, ugh).October 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm #21673
Any UPC codes?
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene KranzOctober 29, 2017 at 9:46 am #21675October 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm #21693
Well, I ordered Pac-Man and Galaga through the Store. I couldn’t find them on Amazon on previous searches, so thanks for that link. If they live up to my expectations I’ll end up ordering the other two.November 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm #21699
As long as your expectations don’t include “spending a lot of time looking at the tiny screens”, you’ll probably like them. 😆November 8, 2017 at 12:27 am #21748
They finally came in today. Took a while. They’re really nice, the screen quality is a little better than I had predicted, but the resolution is still pretty low.
Do you think it’s using original code under emulation? The splash screen has the “BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.” on it, which is obviously new (gotta keep those copyright notices up to date). If I get the chance, I’ll try and fire up OpenEmu and get Pac-Man running so I can see how closely it matches.
I’m waiting for somebody to drop in a Raspberry Pi board (don’t they make one that’s watch-sized?) and run a variety of arcade games on it.January 10, 2018 at 1:30 pm #22112
Looks like Namco will let anybody have the license to do these. [LINK]
Bandai Namco and My Arcade have teamed up to produce a new line of collectible table-top arcade machines and portable handhelds.
The initial lineup of mini arcade cabinets will include games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug.
The actual cabinet itself is My Arcade’s design, the Micro Player, which features artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinets. Fans can also expect the players to have full color displays, backlit coin traps, and even a removable joystick for those who prefer directional pad movement.
The aforementioned Micro Player Arcade cabinets and handhelds will be arriving on store shelves in late Spring of this year, with an MSRP set for $35 and up.
I’m guessing these are bigger than the Tiny Arcades that started this thread, and more in line with the Basic Fun mini-cabinets sold at Wal-Mart. They’re getting mighty pricey though – for $35, I’d like an SD card slot that can add more games to any given machine.February 18, 2018 at 12:26 am #22453
Fear not, that doesn’t mean that Namco isn’t also licensing the same titles out for the second wave of World’s Tiniest Arcade machines.
As neato as the MyArcade cabs are, $20 beats $35 any day, and I can continue to turn my Christmas tree into a functioning arcade year after year. (One that even I can play, now that I have reading glasses.)
I will add these to the store as soon as they dare to show their tiny LCD faces on Amazon.February 18, 2018 at 3:09 am #22459
Ooh, I hear that Frogger and Dig Dug calling my name!February 19, 2018 at 1:10 am #22466
I hear ya. My action figures are going to have a bitchin’ arcade when it’s not the holidays. I kind of envy them.
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