Console companies are riding a never-ending wave of nostalgia. In the wake of successful retrofitted gaming consoles like the PlayStation Classic and Nintendo Classic Mini, Capcom has unveiled a reimagining of the arcade experience: The Home Arcade console.
The unveiling came a day after the console was first teased. Unlike other retro consoles that follow their ancestors in design and build, the new unit has been built from the ground up. It features two-player controls comprised of a joystick and six buttons each. Two of each of the players’ buttons serve as the coin and start inputs, and the unit is wired for wi-fi connectivity while also plugged into your TV. Power is sourced via Micro USB. The build forms that of the Capcom logo, which is impressive, but somewhat outlandish. The design results in multiple curves and a bulky structure. Though not unlike other console stick controllers predominantly used for arcade fighting games.
Games wise, the Home Arcade features 16 pre-installed titles, featuring titles from both the CPS 1 and CPS 2 system boards. This includes Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Mega Man: The Power Battle, and Final Fight. The list also includes the licensed Alien Vs. Predator game, which makes it’s first re-appearance since it’s debut way back in 1994.
Capcom have taken several steps to try and best replicate the arcade experience with the new console. The joysticks are competition-class SANWA, with parts being of actual arcade quality. Meanwhile, the games and their emulation are handled by Finalburn Alpha. For more details, check out the video below:
Pre-orders for the Capcom Home Arcade are now available, and the unit will go on sale on October 25th. One will set you back 230 Euros (approximately R3,630 at the time of publication).