New Wave Toys has launched a Kickstarter for an officially licensed, and playable, mini arcade cabinet. The RepliCade x Centipede cabinet is an âaccurately reproducedâ model of the original Centipede arcade cabinet, and it even features the retro-styled Trackball and push buttons. Itâs the same machine as some older gamers may remember but only 1/6th of the size, coming in at 11.8â.
The RepliCade is squeezing quite a bit into its tiny frame. Each mini-cabinet runs the original arcade ROM of Centipede, which is shown on a 4:3 ratio, 3.5â LCD screen. Itâll be powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you can even take it out and show it off to your mates. Then theyâll go back to their Battlefields and FIFAs.
The detailing is pretty spot on, and each RepliCadeâs made with a combination of wood, plastic, metal, rubber, and finished with the original artwork in laminated vinyl on each side of the unit. The RepliCade also features an LED back-lit Marquee, for that proper arcade experience. You can even fiddle with the coin slot to add more credits.
So how much does it cost for all this nostalgia-fueled madness? The finished version of the RepliCade will cost $160, which is around Â£122 going by todayâs exchange rate. But if youâre quick you can still pledge towards the Kickstarter and pick up the Super Early Bird version for $90, which is roughly Â£70.
The RepliCade has already met its Kickstarter goal, and those whoâve chipped in should be getting their mini-cabinets from April 2018, if all goes well. A retail version is planned for sometime in 2018, but New Wave Toys has to sort out the backers first. New Wave Toys has said that if itâs successful then this could be the first in a series of scaled-down arcade classics further down the line.