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Space Invaders Quarter Arcades coin-ops could be best yet



(Pocket-lint) – Numskull Designs first introduced its Quarter Arcades mini-coin-up machines four years ago, with the launch of Pac-Man, but its next two units could very well be its best yet.

Limited edition quarter-sized versions of Space Invaders and Space Invaders Part II will join the expanding line-up as part of the classic shoot-em-up’s 45th anniversary next year, and they are now available to pre-order.

There are also special edition versions that will be made available to those quick to order – 78 Space Invaders cabinets and 79 of the follow-up have been signed by the game’s creator, Tomohiro Nishikado. The numbers represent the years they were respectively released and you’ll also get a bundle of other goodies, including a collector’s certificate of authenticity, postcard, and collector’s coin. An official Taito Space Invaders stool, designed to scale, will be part of the package too.

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This limited edition set will be exclusive to JustGeek.

The standard models have the same features, however – a wooden shell, realistic artwork, shape and buttons, the original arcade ROM, plus 5-inch full-colour TFT screen (4:3). The display is also mirrored, as the original, with the “Pepper’s ghost effect” that made it so iconic.

Both cabinets measure 440 x 166 x 225mm and come with a built-in 3W speaker (with volume control). You can charge each through an included lithium battery.

Orders will be delivered July/August 2023 with pricing yet to be revealed. Current Quarter Arcade machines cost around £150 in the UK, $160 in the US.

Writing by Rik Henderson.





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