Arcade1Up says they've tried to talk with Nintendo about a collaboration

Make it happen, Nintendo!

The Arcade1Up series of arcade cabinets and more aims to bring the arcade experience home. The company has released a number of classic arcade units like Pac-Man, NBA Jam, Golden Axe, and more. The one company Arcade1Up hasn't worked with is Nintendo, but they're definitely trying to.

In an interview with Comicbook.com, Tastemakers LLC's Marketing Director David McIntosh says that his team has been trying to work something out with Nintendo, but it seems there's been no movement so far.

"We've been trying to get Nintendo for the longest time, so if you have any connections over there, you let us know. But for us, it's just been like we want to do Nintendo. There's no reason not to. We have, I think it's eight or nine, I think it's nine out of 10 of the top arcade games of all time, and the 10th is the one we don't have, which is under Nintendo's IP. So that's been the one we've been really looking out for. The rest of them we either have secured the rights for and it's on its way or we've already done in the past all but Nintendo at this point."

Obviously Arcade1Up wants to work with Nintendo for a Donkey Kong cabinet release. Will the Big N ever allow the collaboration? Perhaps if fans share interest, the wheels could be put in motion.

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Weren't Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Popeye and Mario Bros. in the middle of a dispute?

Granted we've gotten the Arcade Archives versions, but still, did they solve it?

I was hoping they did, but who knows how that one worked out... maybe they simply payed royalties for the Arcade Archives version.

I'd love to get some of their early arcade games you can't really "port" well like Vs. Duck Hunt.

I've heard nothing but bad things about the emulation and the quality of the screens used on Arcade1Up's cabinets. So that's probably one of the reasons why Nintendo won't work with them. Nintendo is very strict regarding the quality of their products.

Nintendo draws a hard line with hardware. If there is ever a mini arcade machine with Nintendo games on it, Nintendo itself will make it and sell it. They'll never license it out.

I imagine Nintendo views letting Arcade 1Up sell its games the same way it views putting its games on PC.

Besides Donkey Kong, their arcade efforts were rather limited and didn't do so much for them in the grand scheme of things. So Its only natural that they would choose not to collaborate especially considering that they already got most of their arcade games at arcade archive.

Arcade 1 Up uses trash tier components to replicate 1980's technology. The actual Nintendo cabinets were very well engineered and are easy to work on. Nintendo arcade games also tend to use guides for the joysticks, for example in Mario Bros there is a piece of metal between the stick and the switches that physically limits it to only move horizontally. Donkey Kong has a cardinal guide to move in only 4 directions. These games were programmed based on the physical limitations of the stick.

You can buy special MAME joysticks that are 4 way to support Pac-Man because they software simply doesn't know what to do under certain input conditions that were impossible.

Given 1-Up's existing price structure, Nintendo's answer, "Baby, you couldn't afford it".


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