In Toy Story 2 there was a display case seen in the Buzz Lightyear aisle that would make for a neat arcade cabinet in my opinion. Unfortunately the illuminated moon and rocket would make this tough to produce for even the most-skilled custom arcade cabinet makers.
If I could spare no expense I would get this made, but only after I have a Last Starfighter cab in my possession.
This Nintendo design was inspired by a power strip I bought recently. It looked like a plain white generic thing, but when I plugged it in it became this TRON-like device thanks to some translucent blue plastic throughout the sides. It only used the one LED light located under the switch, and I thought it was a neat way to expand the light’s usage.
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This basketball arcade cabinet is styled after a shoe, the Air Jordan 5, because of its mesh sides. This could also be purposed into a desktop toy as well.
Forgive the presentation, the net would actually be lower and there would be a scoreboard above the net, but it was tough to keep everything in frame. There would also be a protective net between the basket and the shooter.
This would go nicely with the other rec room designs I’ve posted here.
Now that we have the technology, it is possible to create a Game Boy that looks exactly as it appeared on the original packaging. Basically a back-lit keyboard meets the Game Boy. Just an idea for a possible Game Boy Classic.
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.
Here are a bunch of products that came and went but deserve a second chance, in my opinion. In no particular order:
1. Clickwheel iPod. Right now the only iPod available is the Touch, but there are dozens of us still clinging to the old clickwheel models. I have a hunch that a clickwheel iPod will return in 2021 to mark the device’s 20th anniversary.
I remember Apple showing off a new line of iPods (5th Gen Nano I think), and I honestly thought the clickwheels were illuminated! I was wrong, of course. For the mockup above I included that feature. Bluetooth and wireless charging would also be welcome additions.
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I’d love to get a MAME arcade cabinet but they would just take up too much space, so I thought of building one into your average door. It would need wheels to support the weight of the flat TV/electronics, and a power source would be tricky to execute. All said, I think this is do-able.