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#1 Jess Ragan OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Aug 3, 2007 6:34 PM

http://www.chess-boa...ade-Machine.htm

And this time, they've got full color screens! Are these next-generation Coleco-style tabletops any good?

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Posted Sun Aug 5, 2007 4:09 PM

Intresting i wonder how they play?

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Posted Sun Aug 5, 2007 5:05 PM

And this time, they've got full color screens! Are these next-generation Coleco-style tabletops any good?

I hate to dampen your enthusiasm, but unless they completely remade them - this is what it actually looks like. This is the same company that has been beating that piece of shit Space Invaders LCD thing to death in 50 different products. There's another thread here at AA with that crap.

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Posted Sun Aug 5, 2007 6:18 PM

http://www.chess-boa...ade-Machine.htm

And this time, they've got full color screens! Are these next-generation Coleco-style tabletops any good?

JR

I don't think the graphics they show are real (I think it's an artist's conception):
frogger tabletop
I think they use the same graphics as their handheld:
frogger handheld
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Posted Sun Aug 5, 2007 6:20 PM

Yeah its a real stinker. You could probably gut the case and put a Gameboy SP in there and have something pretty awesome then.

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Posted Sun Aug 5, 2007 7:38 PM

Aw, that's a shame! Yeah, at the very least, they could be used as part of a more ambitious project. I thought about taking an old LED handheld and transform it into a REAL mini-arcade, using a Game Boy Micro for the processor and display.

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Posted Tue Aug 7, 2007 5:11 AM

What they should have done is to release a single device (like the above) and like the flashback and similar) put all the old classics in there (via an emulator) for play on that system

I'd love to see an emulation of the so-so popular tomytronic 3d handheld games of yesteryear on a pc...they weren't bad games

#8 Jess Ragan OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 7, 2007 7:45 PM

What they should have done is to release a single device (like the above) and like the flashback and similar) put all the old classics in there (via an emulator) for play on that system

I'd love to see an emulation of the so-so popular tomytronic 3d handheld games of yesteryear on a pc...they weren't bad games


Oh, I can help you out with that!

http://www.handheld.....php?gamename=P
http://www.handheld.....php?gamename=T

You can download at least two simulated Tomytronic games just by following these links. Sadly, Scramble isn't on that list.

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Posted Tue Aug 7, 2007 8:11 PM

Yeah, I saw these on display/for sale at a Spencer Gifts a few months back (Frogger and Space Invaders) and they are pretty much ass. They only thing that's cool is that the Space Invaders one would look style-wise right at home with my collection of the REAL Coleco tabletops. Gameplay may suck, but at least the case and artwork would fit in.

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Posted Tue Aug 7, 2007 8:23 PM

remowilliams pretty much hit it on the head.. the Space Invaders for example is the EXACT SAME GAME I bought in the mid 90's on a keychain. The same game has been put into so many shells over the past 10 years, and this is just the most recent.

Although, these things have been around for a while.. I think we talked about them here a couple of years ago. I'm surprised you only saw them now ;)

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Posted Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:53 PM

I'd have to say, if you compare the excalibur frogger to coleco pac man,ms pac,donkey kong,or galaxian: its crap,
but if you compare it to coleco frogger, it's moderate; better graphics same gameplay.

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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:21 PM

Resurrecting a 2-year-old thread before he's even made 10 posts?

Yeah, pacgreg is going to fit in here just fine.

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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:25 PM

Heh. How the heck do people even find these random old threads, and why do they feel a need to respond to them?

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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:10 PM

That's what's great about a message board. It's a different beast from something like IRC or chat because conversations never die! I don't see a problem responding to a question 2-6 years later. It's there for all to read anyway. :)

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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:54 PM

as long as the thread maybe as relevant today as way back when so what :)
nice to see some NOT all older posts pop up now and then I may have missed something good

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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:03 PM

Since I missed this thread 2 years ago, I'll chime in now... :)

IMO, the ultimate in handheld/tabletops was a couple years back at arcadeathome.com I think was the site. They had amini-mame contest, and someone hacked up a Coleco tabletop, put a Casio Cassiopeia in it, and had a full color, playable portable mame unit. I've tried to find more info over the years to no avail, but it was one of the coolest things I've seen in the past 10 years! (see another old thread for more... the thread is what came up when I just googled the thing! lol http://www.atariage....howtopic=112324 )

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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:28 PM

I don't see a problem responding to a question 2-6 years later.

Most questions asked on message boards are not of the variety that the original poster is likely to still be seeking an answer YEARS later. Odds are they won't even be reading that board anymore.

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Posted Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:09 PM

I don't see a problem responding to a question 2-6 years later.

Most questions asked on message boards are not of the variety that the original poster is likely to still be seeking an answer YEARS later. Odds are they won't even be reading that board anymore.


So you're saying there's a chance?? :)

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Posted Mon May 11, 2009 3:16 PM

A mini mame(ish) portable arcade looking arcade cab would be cool.

Those are unfortunately the same shitty LCD games that VGM has been releaseing repeatedly for the past ten years or so.

Pitty, I'd have loved to see proper remakes of the old coleco table top arcades, of course, they would have to remake the screens, as the originals were VFD....IIRC.

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Posted Wed May 13, 2009 2:45 PM

Sears is still selling them to this day-

Excalibur Mini Arcade Cabinets

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Posted Wed May 13, 2009 3:14 PM

Sears is still selling them to this day-

Excalibur Mini Arcade Cabinets

For those who don't know, be forewarned: those Excalibur versions suck pretty bad. The Space Invaders wouldn't be so bad except that the playfield is two screens wide, so when you get all the way to the right, you are then transported to the left side of the second half of the playfield, invariably with an invader above you who kills you. I bought this game for $4 at a swap meet and am still unhappy with it, although it looks cool on my shelf.

The Frogger wouldn't be so bad except that for some unknown reason, the screen is reflected with a mirror which makes it hard to see, lots of glare, etc.

If I remember correctly, I think there are youtube videos of each of them for anyone who wants to see.

The old VFD games were much better. It's a shame, since the new Excalibur ones are a near-miss, but a miss just the same.

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Posted Wed May 13, 2009 8:07 PM

On that note I've picked up some recent LCD games.. I haven't opened them up to try them but at least the Space Invaders looks like a NEW one. I also got a Crazy Climber one. There's also an Elevator Action LCD game that came out the same time as these.. I missed that one though :(

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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 1:49 PM

Back in 2003, they had mini keychain versions of Space Invaders and Super Breakout. what Happened to those?

oh, and it would be neat to have a portable or even keychain version of MAME.

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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 3:11 PM

Back in 2003, they had mini keychain versions of Space Invaders and Super Breakout. what Happened to those?

oh, and it would be neat to have a portable or even keychain version of MAME.


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Posted Sat Jul 4, 2009 3:18 PM

On that note I've picked up some recent LCD games.. I haven't opened them up to try them but at least the Space Invaders looks like a NEW one. I also got a Crazy Climber one. There's also an Elevator Action LCD game that came out the same time as these.. I missed that one though :(

Here are some more of the pocketboy series of games, no elevator action listed though




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