Black Friday at Walmart: Big sale on retro arcade cabinets including Star Wars and Pac-Man

CNET | 11/29/2019 | Staff
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Sure, you can get plenty of Black Friday deals aplenty on current consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One, but Arcade1Up's retro arcade cabinets offer a true gaming treasure for your home and are currently on deep discount at Walmart. These are three-quarter scale replicas of the old-school arcade machines into which many of us old-timers remember pumping endless stacks of quarters, and are subtly upgraded for the modern era. Most, for example, have sharp and colorful 17-inch color LCD displays. Normally, these cabinets run $300 to $500, but for Black Friday, Walmart is offering some of the best prices ever on some of these cabinets, and they are selling out (alas, we hardly knew you, Centipede).

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The deals are online-only, and you save anywhere from 15% to 50%, depending on the cabinet that catches your fancy. Remember, though: With the exception of the Star Wars and TMNT cabinets, these prices are only for the game cabinet, and don't include the $45 riser (which raises it to adult height), which is sold separately.

These units all ship in Ikea-style flatpack boxes, and some assembly is required. But we've done it ourselves, and it's not too tough.

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It's hard to describe this particular cabinet without getting giddy. This is the classic vector-graphics Star Wars game from 1983, in which you used a cool-looking flight yoke to alternate between shooting TIE fighters in space and running trenches on the Death Star. This cabinet displays three games (based on Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) on a 17-inch LCD display and includes the riser to position the controls at adult height.

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