We recently reviewed some of the My Arcade Micro Player Retro Games Cabinets, and now we have two more – this time from Data East.

My Arcade products are shipping now to selected retailers across Europe. The My Arcade range consists of staggeringly authentic table-top arcade machines and portable devices, allowing gamers to play the classics they love in the way they remember. With real, working arcade sticks and action buttons, long lasting battery operation and authentic arcade marque artwork, the range is a must for any and all arcade and gadget fans.

The Micro Player arcades feature artwork inspired by the original cabinets, large full-colored screens, backlit coin traps, plus a removable joystick for those who prefer to use a directional pad to play. 

Karate Champ

Karate Champ, the grand daddy of fighting games, was released in 1984 and has since been hailed as the earliest influencer of the modern fighting genre. Its tournament style game play and unique character controls continue to challenge gamers today, a reminder of the important role its played in video gaming history.

Features
• Features artwork inspired by the original Karate Champ arcade cabinet.
• Removable joystick.
• Perfect for any game room, office, or display case!
• Volume control and 3.5mm headphone jack.
• 4 AA batteries required, not included.
• 6.75 inches tall.

BurgerTime

Armed with only a pepper shaker, Peter Pepper stepped into the arcade and into our hearts in 1982. Its highly addictive game play, unusual characters, and comedic storyline made BurgerTimean arcade classic. A game that’s still challenging, exceedingly fun, and a shining reminder of the family friendly vibe and excitement that defined the early days of video games.

Features
• Features artwork inspired by the original BurgerTime arcade cabinet.
• Removable joystick.
• Perfect for any game room, office, or display case!
• Volume control and 3.5mm headphone jack.
• 4 AA batteries required, not included.
• 6.75 inches tall.

Final Thoughts

The first thing you notice is how cool each of the cabinets actually look. They have the same artwork as the original cabinets which adds a nice little touch.

They are fairly lightweight and can be easily carried. You need to peel the sticker off that is protecting the screen then you have to either put 4 batteries into the back, or you can use a micro-USB cable to power it – the choice is yours. Neither batteries or the cable come with them though so make sure you have one or the other to hand.

Switching them on involves you pressing the power button, which is where the coin slot is, which is also a nice little touch.

Then the familiar music starts playing the and screen comes alive and you are back in that arcade again playing your favourite game!

Both the sound, video and gameplay is excellent, with the controls being easy to use. Each game is a perfect replica of the arcade original.

I spent many MANY hours in arcades as a kid, and getting to play these again on the mini cabinets really brought a smile to my face and made me relive a little part of my youth.

Available now priced around £34.95, these are a must for any retro gaming fan and will make an excellent Christmas gift for the gamer in your family. I can’t wait to get my hands on the others!

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