If you’re anything like me you grew up going to the local arcades. There was one in the mall right by my house that I would love to go to before movies, or while my mom did some shopping. To this day those arcade experiences still make up some of my most cherished gaming memories. I remember the first time I saw Sub-Zero rip out someone’s spine in Mortal Kombat, the first time I wailed on Comic Book Guy with a skateboard in The Simpsons Arcade Game, and the first time I picked up a light gun and blew away color-coordinated aliens in Area 51. Unfortunately arcades are a lost art on newer generations, but there’s a company that’s setting out to bring scale models of traditional arcade machines to home users, and they’re calling it the Nanoarcade.
Nonoarcade is a brilliant idea in a tiny little package. Take the flair and style that retro arcade machines had and bring them to a new audience. Sporting inspiration and combining it with the ease and accessibility of modern technology, Eric Lin (creator) has set out to make something really special that will appeal to a wide-range of audiences. With three separate customizable skins, you’re sure to find a unique style to compliment your taste, and the build-quality seems to be top-notch. The joystick and action buttons look ideal for retro-inspired arcade gaming, and closely resemble the layouts of the old arcade cabinets, making older gamers (like myself) feel right and home yet still appealing to a younger audience that may never have had the chance to experience this kind of thing.
The Nanoarcade will be 100% compatible with any Java-based J2ME game, and will launch with a library of over 100 games created exclusively by the Nanoarcade team. The miniature cabinet will come with a MicroUSB 2.0 built right into the machine to allow for installation of new games ensuring you’ll never get bored with your library of titles. Of course the machine also has its own built in speakers, but for those that prefer headphones, you can take comfort knowing that there is a 3.5mm audio jack ready to be taken advantage of as well.
So, if you’re interested in it for nostalgia, décor, or you just want one for your gaming collection then go check them out. If you want to support Eric Lin and his team then head on over to their Kickstarter page here and pledge. They have multiple tiers with which you can donate, so they ought to appeal to any budget. Obviously any new console launch is only as strong as its supporting library of games, so time will tell if the Java-based lineup can stand on its own and appeal to the audience it’s trying to target, but if the success of the Kickstarter campaign is any indication then this ought to be more than just a flash in the pan. I know I’m looking forward to getting a chance to really check them out in the coming months.
Article by: Palmer Sturman