Capcom announces new plug-and-play system, Capcom Home Arcade

Capcom has unveiled Capcom Home Arcade, a new plug-and-play arcade machine featuring 16 of “the best Capcom titles from the golden age of arcade gaming”.

The mini-console – releasing on October 25th, 2019 –  is styled to looked like Capcom’s yellow and blue logo and will also feature a pair of “competition-class Sanwa sticks and buttons for the finest precision, response times and durability” to “enable these games to be played the way that they were meant to be played”.

“Break some high scores in single player, team up with a friend in co-op multi player or destroy them in a head to head battle,” the press release states. “Then upload your best scores via the Capcom Home Arcades on-board WiFi to a Worldwide High Score Leader board to see how you match up against other across the globe.”

The 16 pre-installed games – which are the original Capcom arcade ROMs with emulation provided by FBAlpha, “delivering an authentic and accurate arcade experience” – include: 1944: The Loop Master, Alien vs Predator, Armored Warriors, Capcom Sports Club, Captain Commando, Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness, Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, Eco Fighters, Final Fight, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Giga Wing, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Mega Man: The Power Battle, Progear, Strider, and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.

The Capcom Home Arcade will be available from October 25th, 2019, but unlike other mini-consoles that have retailed for around £100, the Capcom Home Arcade will retail for £200. Some players are seemingly unhappy with the price and at the time of writing, the reveal trailer has more dislikes than likes on YouTube.

Capcom isn’t the only company with a mini console coming out this year. Sega recently announced the Sega Mega Drive Mini, a new mini-console pre-loaded with 40 classic Sega games. The mini-console will release on September 19th, 2019, and sees Sega join Nintendo and Sony with its own mini-console replica. It remains to be seen if the console will set tills ringing like Nintendo’s inaugural NES Classic.

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond, including Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, IGN, MTV, and Variety.

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