Atari’s classic Centipede is a gaming staple that a lot of people associate with some of their earliest gaming experiences. Now, thanks to a new Kickstarter from New Wave Toys and Atari, you can bring the nostalgia of Centipede into your home with these new mini Centipede arcade cabinets.
New Wave Toys, a company well versed in video game and pop culture collectibles, has recently created RepliCade Amusements. This new branch of the company will focus on bringing fans “fully-playable, original arcade video games” in miniature versions of the old arcade cabinets. The project has officially been licensed by Atari, and RepliCade X Centipede is first in the lineup.
These miniatures, measuring about a foot high, will feature the original artwork but contain new, modern hardware. According to their Kickstarter page, the technology behind rechargeable cabinets will be:
- Accurately reproduced 1/6th scale cabinet profile
- Mixed media cabinet appointments: wood, metal, plastic, rubber
- LED back-lit Marquee & cabinet accents
- Custom made mini Trackball and push buttons
- High-quality speaker, 3-watt amp for accurate audio reproduction
- RepliCade high-performance chipset for smooth, lag-free gameplay
As of this article being written, the Kickstarter still has 28 days to go, and they are already well over their goal. Like, $30,000 over their goal. Over 645 backers have chosen from six different tiers of prizes and goodies ranging from $25 to $550. However, a cabinet isn’t included in a tier until the $90 mark. After the crowdfunding campaign is complete, the Centipede will be available through RepliCade for $160.
When asked about the inspiration behind the project, founder, Shilo Prychak, had the following to say:
We created RepliCade Amusements to pay homage to the classic arcade games we love…There have been many ports of Centipede over the years, but we believe creating an authentic arcade game experience is as much about capturing the details of the cabinet art as it is recreating the gameplay.
There is still plenty of time to be a part of RepliCade’s crowdfunding campaign and to guarantee that you will be one of the first to get your hands on one of the miniature cabinets!