Capcom has put an end to its teasing and revealed its exciting new hardware announcement! It’s a plug-and-play fight stick arcade system pre-installed with 16 ancient games. Errr…
Visually, the Capcom Home Arcade is quite the abomination. Capcom has just taken its logo, ballooned it up in size, and slapped a couple of joysticks with 8-way GT-Y direction gates on it. It really is a sight to behold.
“Break some high scores in single player, team up with a friend in co-op multiplayer or destroy them in a head-to-head battle,” says Capcom. “Then upload your best scores via the Capcom Home Arcade's onboard WiFi to a Worldwide High Score Leaderboard to see how you match up against other players across the globe.”
The 16 games that come installed on the Capcom comprising 1944, Alien vs Predator (not that one), Armored Warriors, Capcom Sports Club, Captain Commando, Cyberbots, Darkstalkers, Eco Fighters, Final Fight, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Gigawing, Mega Mega Power Battle, Progear, Street Fighter 2, Strider, and Puzzle Fighter II.
This natty little number comes with proper two-player support, naturally, and just needs o be plugged into a spare HDMI port on your TV, no other hardware required. The Capcom Home Arcade will be launching on October 25th and will set you back - wait for it - €229.99 / $259.99. INSANITY. You can buy a Nintendo Switch for that sort of money if you shop around.
For all the good that Capcom has done recently, it’s almost nice and reassuring to be reminded of the absolute dross they’re also capable of from time to time. When Capcom was Crapcom. Still, there’s a certain odd charm to the thing, although it’s horrendously overpriced. The fight sticks may be good quality but when you can’t actually hook it up to a PC (without messing around) or consoles for modern fighting games it all feels a little, well, pointless.