My Arcade Unveils Portable NES and More Retro Goodness at CES 2019

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CES 2019 is in full swing today and already some cool gaming related gear is being shown. If you’re a fan of retro games, you’re probably already somewhat familiar with My Arcade’s products. Their small re-imagining of various older games/arcades were all over the place leading up to Christmas, and today they’ve pulled the curtain back on a few more. 

The most exciting of which, at least for THIS nerd, is the Retro Champ Console. This thing plays (requires) original NES and Famicon cartridges, but does so in a portable format. Almost like a Nintendo Switch, it can be played on the built in screen or connected to the TV via HDMI, but allows you to take your favorite classic titles wherever you go: 

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The Retro Champ Console breathes new life into retro gamers’ NES and Famicom cartridges without the need for a legacy console. My Arcade’s new console includes a built-in 7 inch screen that allows for portable play with 35 hours of playtime via the built-in rechargeable batteries. Retro gamers looking to play from the comfort of their couches can connect the Retro Champ to their TVs via the console’s HDMI output and pair with My Arcade wireless controllers (sold separately). Also included is a built-in cartridge cleaning kit — no more blowing on cartridges! The device is ideal for game collectors, cartridge hunters, and convention/expo goers that need a portable device to test potential new purchases.

I’m digging this if only because it gives the chance for old-school gamers to play some classic games that haven’t quite made their way to Nintendo Switch’s online system along with Japanese titles you may have never been able to play before. It’s a neat idea and I’m eager to get some hands-on time with it when it launches. That’s not all My Arcade brought to CES, however, as they revealed new Micro/Pocket Players in partnership with TAITO and Bandai Namco: 

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Bubble Bobble and Elevator Action Micro Players: The same arcade cabinets that gamers know and love, scaled down to 6.75” for desktop play. Each Micro Player features artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinets as well as a full color, 2.75” screen with volume control and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Bubble Bobble Pocket Player: Now gamers can get their retro fix on-the-go with the iconic titles Bubble Bobble and hard-to-find cult classics Bubble Bobble™ Part 2 and Rainbow Island™. These TAITO classics are available in portable format on My Arcade’s signature Pocket Player, featuring a 2.75” full color screen and ergonomic design.

Don Doko Don Pocket Player: For the first time on a handheld in the West, Japanese platform adventure game Don Doko Don and its sequel, Don Doko Don 2™, are available along with the quirky classic Chack’n Pop™. Players can enjoy hours upon hours of exciting action and challenging gameplay in a convenient portable format.

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PAC-MAN® Micro Player: Scaled down to 6.75” for desktop play, the Ms.PAC-MAN® Micro Player features artwork inspired by the original arcade cabinet as well as a full color, 2.75” screen displaying 8-bit graphics with volume control and 3.5mm headphone jack.

PAC-MAN® Pocket Player: This new Pocket Player includes fully playable 8-bit versions of Ms.PAC-MAN®, SKY KID®, and MAPPY® games. Featuring a full-color 2.75” screen to brightly display Ms.PAC-MAN® in all of her 8-bit glory, My Arcade’s signature Pocket Player is fine-tuned for hours of play through its emphasis on ergonomics and compact design.

GALAGA® Pocket Player: Shooter fanatics can now enjoy three out-of-this-world classics, GALAGA®, GALAXIAN®, and XEVIOUS®, on a compact game system perfect for retro gamers on-the-go.

DIG DUG® Pocket Player: Enjoy all time classic DIG DUG® and its lesser known sequel, DIG DUG®ll , join cult favorite THE TOWER OF DRUAGA® in an epic handheld which is sure to provide hours of enjoyment.

Which of these new retrogaming products are you most excited about getting later this year? 

-Jordan