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Best Retro Video Game Machines to Transform Your Game Room

A blast from the past that retro gamers have been looking for.

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When it comes to capturing the essence of ’90s arcade games, retro video game machines are the way to go. You may not realize it, but playing an arcade game can transport you right back to the good old days of hitting up your local arcade to play your favorite video games — sometimes for hours on end.

To help you channel the spirit of the nostalgic ‘90s, we put together a list of the best arcade machines out there. These machines are a step above your typical vintage gaming consoles, and they might cost you a bit more, but the amount of fun that you’ll have will be well worth the price tag.

You can transform your game room (or just about any room in the house) with an arcade machine and you won’t need any coins to play. Apart from being a conversation piece, gaming machines make great gifts for a range of age groups. And they come in different sizes, so you won’t have to worry about taking up too much space as some of the machines listed are small enough to fit in an average-sized bedroom, or on a countertop. These gaming machines are loaded up with pretty much all of the nostalgic video games including “Streetfighter,” “Pac Man,” “Tetris,” “NBA James,” “Tron,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and tons more (seriously, some of them have over 1,000 games). Many of the gaming machines listed below are available on Amazon, which offers free two-day shipping for Prime Members. If you’re not a Prime Member, you can sign up for just $12.99 a month. But you’ll get more than just shipping perks with Amazon. Subscribers receive access to countless TV shows and movies through Prime Video.

For more nostalgia, check out the best ’90s sitcoms that you can currently watch on Prime Video, HBO Max, Hulu and more streaming platforms. Below, find our picks for the best arcade game machines.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Game 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were a big part of the ’90s. From video games to movies, to pizza parties, it seems that just about every video game fan can find something that they like about the beloved heroes in a half shell. The TMNT arcade game will make you feel like you’re right back in the pizzeria ordering a slice, playing video games, and trying not to get the joysticks too greasy. This particular machine is already loaded with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and  “TMNT: Turtles in Time.” Designed for up to four players, the gaming machine has a 17” color LCD Screen with usual arcade controls (and multiple joysticks).

Prime Arcades Cocktails Arcade Machine

There’s really no other way to put it: this gaming console is pricey, but it’s pretty awesome. Perfect for a gaming room, den, or bar space, the gaming behemoth features all of the beloved video games including multiple “Streetfighter” games, “Donkey Kong,” “Pac-Man,” “Ms. Pac-Man,” “X-Men vs. Streetfighter,” “Blade Master,” “The Simpsons,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The 26“ LED monitor is covered with a thick, tempered glass top. The wide layout makes it so that multiple users can play at once without worrying about bumping elbows. The game also comes fully assembled, with two chrome stools.


NBA Jam Arcade Machine

Boomshakalaka! “NBA Jam” is easily one of the most iconic video games to come out of the ’90s. Developed by Midway Games, “NBA Jam” ushered in a new era in sports gaming, and became one of the first basketball games where users can play as digitized versions of NBA players. This arcade machine lets you recapture the legendary video game from the comforts of home. At nearly 5” tall (with a riser) 31” wide, and a depth of 22.75,” the console is slim enough to fit in a bedroom or hallway. The WiFi-enabled arcade machine features all three games from the series: “NBA Jam,” “NBA Jam Tournament” and “NBA Hangtime.” It has a large 17” screen and a control deck designed for four players.

Doc and Pies Arcade Factory Classic Home Arcade Machine

A tabletop arcade machine is a nice gaming alternative to the larger machines, especially if you don’t have the space for a huge console. The Doc and Pies Arcade Factor Classic Home Arcade Machine is versatile enough to fit in a residence or a business, such as a comic book store, pizza parlor, you name it. The console includes 412 video games, a 19” LCD screen with full-size arcade buttons and a bright red joystick. You can play “Ms. Pac-Man, “Tetris” “Donkey Kong,” “Donkey Kong Jr.” “Pinball Action,” “Rug Rats,” and so many more favorites. There’s also a cheaper tabletop option (featuring 60 games) for $699.99.

ATGames Legends Ultimate Home Arcade Machine

The Legends Ultimate Home Arcade from ATGames has a variety of 300 games, which is more than enough for the whole family to enjoy. If you have a large family or friend group, and you love gaming, this arcade machine has just enough options so that everyone can find something that they like but you won’t feel too overwhelmed with choice. The list of games include “Space Invaders,” “Aladin,”“Casino,”  “D-Day,” “Gargoyles,” “Starship,” “Tetris,” “Tron,” and “Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” You can also play golf, football, basketball, baseball, and more sports games. The console features a 24” LCD monitor with bright picturing, two joysticks, two spinners, a trackball, action buttons, Bluetooth technology, and a USB PORT.


Arcade 1Up Marvel Super Heroes At-Home Arcade Machine

Becoming a Marvel super hero has never been easier. The Arcade1Up’s Capcom’s Marvel Super Heroes Home Arcade Game lets players battle through iconic Marvel characters, and if you make if far enough, you’ll get to face off with Thanos. The machine comes equipped with “X-Men Children of the Atom,” “The Punisher,” and “Marvel Superheroes.” Users can chose from to play the game as Marvel heroes such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Magneto, and Captain America. 

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