Mini arcade cabinets are all the rage these days, even SEGA is getting in on the act! My hope is that a company like Basic Fun or My Arcade will issue a Last Starfighter-themed mini cabinet. Or even better, Arcade 1UP releases a bartop cabinet.
While there are fan-made video games of what was featured in the film, I think the twin flight sticks may make things difficult to execute. I would settle for a Galaga or Missile Command re-skin, or a generic shmup will do. As long as the iconic attract mode from the film is present in some form.
Even a Hallmark keepsake ornament (like this) would be neat. One can dream.
I’ve looked into building a bartop cabinet of this recently (I made the above mockup for that purpose), but I’ve hit a wall: all my email inquiries for custom side panels and vinyl prints have gone unanswered! Probably due to the recent worldwide hullabaloo.
NHL ’94 turns 25 in a few months! If it were up to me, I would re-release it in this nifty cartridge with a built-in goal light. The LED light would illuminate when a goal is scored (unless the scoring team is the Canucks or Oilers).
The idea isn’t so far-fetched. Recently there have been commemorative cartridge re-releases for Street Fighter II, Mega Man 2, Mega Man X, and Holy Diver to name a few. Are retro game cartridges following the same footsteps as vinyl albums? Time will tell.
I doubt NHL ’94 would get the re-release treatment, despite the game’s cult following. However this cartridge would make for a cool Budweiser Red Light or a Hallmark ornament.
The light gimmick would be great for other cartridge games. The buzzer in NBA Jam, fatalities in Mortal Kombat, low health in Zelda, getting damage in Goldeneye 64 — I can go on forever. The trick is programming the light to react to an in-game event.
There have been several iterations of this SEGA handheld released by AtGames over the years, and I always thought they looked soooo close to resembling the Dreamcasts’s VMU device. Thought I’d post a mockup.
These handhelds are decent for the price. They have a good screen, rechargeable battery via USB, some built-in games, and an SD card slot so you can add some more games. I never pulled the trigger on one because of their well-known sound issues.
However if they did release a VMU or Game Gear-styled version, that may be enough for me to buy one.
Continue reading ➞ AtGames SEGA Handheld Redesign
This is from the cutting room floor of the jewel case console design a few posts back. I went with that design because it could be used for ALL platforms, however I did start things off with a Genesis-only design, thought I’d share it here.
Continue reading ➞ SEGA Genesis Cartridge Cover System
EverDrive Cartridges are game cartridges that feature an SD card slot for storing a large collection of game ROMs, essentially a multi-cart with a library you can edit. They are made for just about every cartridge-based console from yesteryear, from the NES to the N64. I think these products are great for allowing gamers to collect and play older games, despite the ROM piracy. Some games are tough to come by after a few decades.
I’d like to take the Everdrive a step further by including a screen and some play controls, transforming the cartridge into portable handheld console as well. It still plugs into a console for big screen gaming, but now you can take it on the road too. Sort of like a Nintendo Switch!
Continue reading ➞ EverDrive Cartridge Handheld Design
SEGA will be offering a new version of the Genesis Flashback later this year, their answer to the wildly popular NES/SNES Classic editions offered by Nintendo. It features HDMI output and 2 wireless controllers, so what’s not to love? Well it’s made by AtGames, so I strongly advise folks to wait for reviews before buying.
Continue reading ➞ SEGA Genesis Classic Design
Here’s a pair of smartphone dock designs that pay homage to a time when we plugged cartridges into other cartridges to play games. Back in the early 90’s such adapter cartridges like Sonic & Knuckles, Super Game Boy, and Game Genies were pretty cool, you kids will have to take my word for it.
Continue reading ➞ Sega And Nintendo Smartphone Docks