In recent years, Super Impulse has miniaturized nostalgia with tiny classic arcade replicas and popular hugging retro games in credit card format console. For his next turn, it’s focus more on authenticity (relatively speaking) with a pair of retro gaming experiences that look and play exactly like the originals did, but at a fraction of their original size.
We all carry smartphones capable of playing games that rival even those available on modern consoles, as well as almost every retro title imaginable through emulation. But much of the game’s nostalgia wasn’t the games, but the experience of playing them; whether it’s in a crowded arcade or huddled around an old CRT with joysticks in someone’s hand in someone’s basement.
Typing on a touchscreen while taking the bus to work just isn’t the same experience, but at the same time few of us have a free room to fill with classic arcade cabinets. Where there is every point in resurrecting an old tube TV the size of a small sedan. This is why companies like Arcade1Up who manufacture three-quarter scale replicas of classic gaming setups have been very successful in recent years, but why fill a corner of your living room or office with retro material when you can fill a small corner of your office instead?
Next month, Super Impulse will release two new additions to its line of electronic arcades, and for active adults who were kids of the late ’70s and early’ 80s, the Tiny Arcade Atari 2600 will be the one you can’t pass up. Instead of wrapping a bunch of classic Atari titles in a miniature arcade machine, Super Impulse recreated the full setup many of us cut their teeth on, with a tiny Atari console and joystick connected to a TV. just as small. There’s even a tiny replica of an RF modulator – a technology that kids who grew up with HDMI cables will find utterly confusing.
The TV has a pair of folding feet so it can be used on its own or used with an equally small Ikea entertainment center, but instead of a CRT the screen has been upgraded to a 1.5 inch color LCD screen that can be tilted for optimal viewing angles. When the Atari is powered on, players can choose from a decent selection of retro titles, including Pac-Man, Combat, Asteroids, Warlords, Centipede, Breakout, Tempest, Missile Command, Millipede, and Pong. They are all playable, with authentic Atari graphics (Pac-Man still looks awful on the 2600), and while the joystick does work, don’t expect to set too many high scores with this setup. But as the perfect distraction on a Zoom call, it’s totally worth the $ 25 price tag.
If you are looking for a less casual place way to kill time while you’re on the clock at work, Super Impulse also tuned its machine back to 1998 with a tiny replica of the Dance Dance Revolution arcade. It includes a slightly larger LCD screen than the Atari 2600, but instead of a joystick you get the oversized game. four-way directional controls which have been reduced so you can press them with your fingers instead of your feet.
The miniature version of the game is not as frantic as the arcade version. Flashing lights are limited to the four arrow buttons, and the included speaker doesn’t exactly fill a room with booming sound. But it’s more than loud enough to hear any of the three tracks included in the game (Keep moving, paranoia, and Do it better) and to make you incredibly stressed out as your fingers try to keep up with the onslaught of arrows flying across the screen. For $ 25, it’s not exactly a desk toy that will de-stress you, but as you play rhythm games, DDR is still incredibly fun, even on this scale.
The Super Impulse Atari 2600 and Dance Dance Revolution Electronic arcades will be available at Target starting next month.