Would You Pay $999 For A ‘Killer Instinct’ Arcade Cabinet?

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Are you ready to pay a premium price for a “Pro” Killer Instinct cabinet from Arcade1Up?

I ask this question because our first-hand experience with Arcade1Up has been shaky at best. A few weeks ago, we discovered that the company was hiding important info about the censorship of NFL Blitz behind an FAQ, and retailers didn’t list this information on the product’s page. In addition, the $600 cabinet listed online scoreboards and multiplayer that was unavailable when the product launched, and as of today, we’ve not been able to start an online multiplayer game. Now the manufacture of retro video game arcade machines is asking for almost $1k for what seems like very minor upgrades.

So, when a “Pro” version of Killer Instinct was announced, I thought it had to feature a healthy array of improvements to warrant such a jump in price. However, the added features don’t appear to match the increased cost. One of the noticeable upgrades is the size. Where a typical cabinet is measured 22.5″ D x 18.75″ W x 60.75″ H, the “Pro” is now 23″ D x22.4″ W x 67.5″ H, without a riser.

Right now, the original Killer Instinct cabinet is discounted to $399 (which is the fair price for most of these machines in reality). So, what does the extra $600 get you if you buy the “Pro Series” cab? Check out the list below:

  • Wifi Online Multiplayer
  • Flush Cabinet Design stands at 67.5″ Tall!
  • 19″ LCD BOE Screen
  • HDMI video out for external monitor and streaming
  • Light-Up Marquee
  • Suzohapp Joysticks and Buttons
  • Twin Yamaha Speakers
  • Molded coin door with light-up coin slots for 1-2 player start.
  • Faux Metal Chrome Trim
  • Faux Metal Arcade1up Badge
  • Licensed Swivel Stool with Back Rest
  • Licensed Anti-fatigue mat included
  • Licensed Tin Sign 18″ x 24″

Aside from the sign, stool, and mat, most of these things should have been standard on these cabinets for a while now, considering Arcade1Up expects you to pay $500-$600 for basic models. Remember when they put coin slot stickers on the front of the machines and still asked you to spend half a grand?

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There’s a reason we’re seeing steep discounts on these arcade cabinets now. They’re not worth the MSRP, and consumers have caught on. I’ve purchased and modified a few machines from Arcade1Up, and $100-$200 worth of upgrades fixes most of the built-in flaws, but the average consumer isn’t going to do that. These “Pro” features need to become standard on all products in the future, or we’ll continue to see 40%-50% discounts way more often.

What do you think of Arcade1Up? Let us know below.

[Source: Arcade1Up]

Mike Phalin

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