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BATTLECADE Could Be the Perfectly Portable Arcade Challenge

Swedish designer Love Hultén has taken two classic concepts and built the ultimate nostalgia machine. BATTLECADE, a prototype design that Hultén created, is inspired by the fun and excitement of multiplayer arcade games as well as the head-to-head competition of board games like Battleship. According to Hultén’s website, the BATTLECADE features “a side-by-side set up, the two opponents sit face to face, each looking at their own 12″ LCD screen and controllers, without being able to see the other person’s moves.”

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This is truly a genius concept that it surprises me has yet to be implemented on an actual arcade game – at least as far as my research has shown. The case offers a foldable and easily portable design that holds both a slick modern feel as a well as a retro aesthetic that comes from the American Walnut finish around the cabinet. The console also has a small storage compartment to hold both of the detachable joysticks and the power supply cord to run the whole thing.

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The BATTLECADE is not Hultén’s first venture into building arcade cabinets; in fact, that seems to be his niche. Visitors to his site also have the ability to purchase two types of custom game cabinets that Hultén designs and builds as made-to-order pieces. These include the one-player portable unit called the R-KAID-R, as well as a the full-sized PIXELKABINETT 42. Of course, they may just remain a dream for most of us, with their converted prices running to $2,785 and $4,125 respectively. That’s before Shipping and Handling from Switzerland, too. Alas, sometimes we are doomed only to dream.

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Head over to Hultén’s website to check out a whole bunch of pictures and more of his amazing gaming cabinets, and also head down to the comment section and tell us about your best arcade game experience.

HT – Laughing Squid

Images – Love Hultén

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