Enter The Grid With Arcade1Up’s ‘TRON’ Cabinet

Arcade1Up has finally made the cabinet I’ve been waiting for: TRON! Based on the cult classic science fiction epic from Disney, the TRON arcade game was made up of several mini-games base on iconic scenes from the film. Later, cabinets were released with a new game, Discs of TRON.
Pre-orders will start on October 19th. The price was not readily available, but this one will probably range between $500-$600.
The TRON cabinet stood out in any dark bar, arcade, or dingy Chuck E. Cheese’s. Somehow it was always awash in UV light, and that blue glow of the translucent yoke practically dared you to give it all your quarters.

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The Arcade1Up Tron™ home arcade cabinet stays true to what made the game such a draw in 1982, right down to its signature inner lit blue joystick. Also included is the marquee game’s sequel, Discs of Tron™.
With its beautifully vibrant cabinet artwork, along with matching riser, stool, and crisp display graphics, the Arcade1Up Tron™ home arcade cabinet is an icon of ‘80s culture, and a stunning addition to your home.

TRON will have many of the same features as other Arcade1Up cabinets, but with a few added extras by way of lighting:

  • Responsive ink on control deck and screen adjacent inner side panels, illuminated by included blacklight under marquee.
  • Light-up front panel
  • Light-up flight stick
  • Light-up marquee
  • Custom designed cabinet and riser
  • Official Matching Stool Included
  • WIFI Enabled Leaderboard
  • Assembled Dimensions: 22.13 D x 19.72 W x 64.72 H
  • Box Dimensions: 12.38 D x 23.75 W x 47.75 H
  • Weight: 95.24lbs.
  • Adjustable Variable Volume
  • Clear Deck Protector
  • Anti-Tip Over Strap

Now, I’d like to give a word of warning to those looking to purchase Arcade1Up machines, especially since the products have undergone an enormous price increase.
I’ve owned several cabinets from this company. Over the past two weeks, I’ve purchased their original Pac-Man cabinet and Mortal Kombat. The company has been making improvements over the years, but one thing that has irked me has been the price point.
Inflation has caused the cabinets’ price to skyrocket, taking a $400 machine up over $600. I hope Arcade1Up finds a way to counteract these increases because a cabinet with two or three games on is easily outpriced by a Retro Pi setup with a custom cabinet from Esty.
What sets TRON apart from the others is that the cabinet itself is also an experience. I wouldn’t mod this thing … too much. Arcade1Up machines are notorious for having cheap buttons and sticks.
The guy I bought the Pac-Man machine from said he only played it a dozen times before the stick would no longer register the down microswitch. It was a $10 fix, but when I took apart the control panel for the first time, I was amazed at the shoddy job someone did of soldering. There was glue all over the place, too.
It was a similar circumstance when I disassembled the MKII cabinet this past week. Glue was gunking up some soldered connections, making it a pain to fix, when I noticed the speaker crackling at the higher volume setting.
At that point, I decided to take out all the buttons, sticks, and speakers. I replaced them with a kit from Amazon, complete with LED buttons. Man, after drilling a couple of new holds and getting everything wired, it became a great cabinet. It currently resides in my office for when my employees need to vent some frustration.
Arcade1Up cabs come with highs and lows. The newer displays are good, and the disassembly and rewiring are so simple that even those with little to no electronics experience can do it without messing anything up. The price point and workmanship make me a little sour on buying these things brand new.
Nearly all of the ones I’ve purchased lately have been second-hand and at about 1/4 of the initial MSRP. A lot of buyers remorse. That’s the common reason why people are selling them so low. They buy a game they remember fondly, realize that’s all there is in the cabinet, then let it gather dust.
So, if you’re going to buy one, make sure that it is something you can see yourself keeping for a while. Luckily the TRON machine has so many aesthetic features that it can quickly become another piece of furniture in your home.
[Source: Arcade1Up]

Mike Phalin

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