20 Best Retro Arcade Machines (2021 update)
Retro arcade machines (2021 update) Welcome to RetroSetup’s round-up of the best Arcade Machines available to buy right now in every style and at every price point.
To have your own Arcade Machine is a dream for most boys and men, keeping us entertained and distracted with fun games like in the old days in the arcades downtown.
I remember how I could use hours and hours, day in and day out playing those games and trying to beat my friend’s high scores and set a new personal.
Arcade Games have changed considerably over the years. There are now plenty of fancy features packed into the latest box from various companies, high-resolution games and all of them in one tiny box with a solid build quality, that’ll last for many years.
Let’s take a look at some of the best options out there.
Best Cocktail retro Arcade Machines with tilt
Creative Arcades Cocktail
Built-in 3500 games
32″ LED Monitor
Includes 2 stools
Tempered Glass Top
3 Years warranty
It’s got all the features you would ever look for:
– large screen (32 inches)
– tilting screen (for 3rd side horizontal games)
– trackball (to play Centipede the way it was intended)
– high quality 8-way Sanwa joysticks
– huge selection of games
– tempered glass (not all cocktail arcades use tempered glass)
– and the blue LEDs are a nice bonus.
The tilt screen takes a bit of force to close. I’ve only done it once so far and it was a little tough to get going. Hopefully it will get easier to close, otherwise, the screws holding the hydraulic arms could loosen up over time from stress.
Can’t recommend this cocktail arcade machine enough. I looked around quite a bit and the features this one offers took it over the top. I knew I would not be satisfied with another cocktail arcade machine with a small screen, low-quality joysticks, no trackball, or a mame-based system.
This one really offers everything! It’s a great combination of features to keep you happy with your purchase for years to come.
Best mini retro arcade machines
Golden Security Mini Arcade Machine
Built-in 156 games
Plug and Play
TV connection available
2.8 inch TFT screen
If there’s anything surprising about the Golden Security Mini, it’s how much fun such a little machine can be.
This is a time machine. Brought me back to my childhood. The controller is much smaller than the original obviously, and takes a little getting used to, but mimics the original just the same. The display is what you would expect in a mini game and is beautiful. I highly recommend this little arcade machine.
Some of the games on it are:
1 SUPER STREETFIGHT 2
2 STREETS OF RAGE 3
4 TWINKLE TALE
5 TINY TOON ACME
6 NINJA TURTLES
7 STRIDER 2
9 RAIDEN TRAD
10 SONIC 3D
Best retro Arcade Machines Emulator
HAAMIIQII 3D Pandora X Arcade
Built-in 3100 games
3D games:10, 2D games:3090
16GB ram system
80% faster than traditional arcade consoles
Nostalgia fix… it has almost too many games hahaha
It has literally hundreds of Street Fighter type games, so if you like old school fighting games this is a no brainer.
You can check out the video here to see a couple of the games in action.
Best Cocktail retro Arcade Machines
Prime Arcades LLC Cocktail
Built-in 1162 games
22″ LED Monitor
Includes 2 chrome stools
Tempered Glass Top
5 Years warranty
A great addition to any man cave! This classic arcade game machine includes all your favorite games! you can play for free or use the arcade machine to generate revenue with the paid operation.
Would also like all of you to know that the company is fantastic, and follows up on every question, and it has a 5-year warranty.
I have had the machine for a little over 3 weeks now, and I could not be happier with my decision to buy this. I had been looking for years before I finally found this, The machine for all retro gamers.
It has all the games you used to play as a kid. If you have been looking and are afraid to pull the trigger then don’t worry this will NOT disappoint.
Best Upright retro Arcade Machines
Prime Arcades LLC Upright
Built-in 3016 games
32″ LED Monitor
Custom Artwork Available
4 Players option
Most noteworthy is the ability to play classic 4 Player games like The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gauntlet, X-men, Sunset Riders, to name a few.
This machine has pretty much all the arcade games from the 80’s and 90’s you won’t get bored for a couple of years.
Like the Cocktail, this is also built with industrial quality in mind, it would be perfect for a bar a club or even a high-grade Man Cave.
Barrel-style retro arcade machines
Creative Arcades Pub Barrel
Built-in 412 games
19″ LED Monitor
Plug and Play
It’s got the 412 games as it says and it’s very professionally made.
Looks great in a game room with its unique barrel-style design!
You can use it for revenue in your pub or somewhere else, because of the working coin slot which takes up to a dollar.
Portable mini retro Arcade Machines
Portable Metal retro arcade machine
Built-in 1299 games
10.1″ LED Monitor
Funny little no brand portable mini arcade.
The arcade stick has a nice weight to it, lights up different colors and feels pretty solid and the sound plays through the console and through the HDMI cable.
Most popular Mini retro Arcade Machines
Neogeo Mini Pro retro arcade
Built-in 40 games
3.5″ LCD Monitor
Power by USB
Built-in instant save/load function
2 Players with controllers
Neogeo mini’s arcade design brings back precious memories from the famous Neogeo arcade machines.
This little unit is awesome and worth the buy. I would recommend a case for it you don’t want anything bad to happen to it.
I was told that you can hack it to add more games, but ill keep it the way it is.
It runs perfectly on itself but you can also, hook it up to your tv with an HDMI (mini) cable. It will do 720p and will look very good on bigger tv’s, one thing I would recommend, is to get the two controllers so you can play with your friends, it really makes the whole experience so much better.
Plug and play for kids
Frogger retro plug and play
Game: Frogger Classic
Perfect for kids
Works with all TV’s
As old school as it gets
A favorite for kids, Frogger as you remember it from back in the days, a really cheap but fun game system.
The next items will be focused more on games for your retro arcade
Basketball Arcade Machine
Pop-A-Shot Home dual shot
Large LED score system
Comes with 7 balls and pump
10 different games
I can’t think of a better word than ‘exceptional’! From the product reviews on Amazon, I was convinced this would be a quality product, and indeed it is. But as much as I read about how fun this would be, I knew that it would be an individual experience that I would have to wait and discover myself. (only one drawback – see below):
– kids, adults love it (usually more popular than foosball or others)
– fits comfortably under a 7ft ceiling
– very durable (frame, rims, backboard all top notch)
– 7 basketballs and pump included
– 6 different audio options (announcer is great) and volume can be adjusted
– folds up when not in use and has wheels
– 10 different games to choose from (some are just longer versions of the basic game)
– very accurate scoring system (it’s missed a few shots, but not many at all)
– assembly does take some time (and patience) but in the end, it’s definitely worth it!
Darts arcade game
EastPoint Sports Belmont
Heavy-duty steel spider
6 steel tip darts
- Multiple Players
I love this dartboard. It’s a great all-in-one, ready to play set. An actual bristle board like the ones you see in bars all over the world, mounted in a great looking cabinet, complete with 2 sets of darts. Just open the box, mount it on the wall, pour yourself a Guinness, and you’re ready to go!
The perfect, affordable addition to any man cave. If you’re in the market for a turn-key dart set, look no further, this is the one for you!
Darts soft tip arcade game
27 games with 195 scoring options
Easy to read control panel
Sturdy ABS cabinet
Includes 12 darts (40 extra soft tip dart points)
- Multiple Players
It is a little fidgety. The darts that come with it last about 10-20 games before they start breaking, upgrade the darts and it will work fine.
Would help if the power was at the bottom instead of the side, but all in all really good value for the money.
Best Air hockey table for arcade
MD Sports Air Hockey Titan
Electronic overhead scorer
Premium quality build
- Maximum stability
The MD Sports Air Hockey has awesome electronic sound/scoring, LED lighting effects, and instructions. I have put together a few entertainment products as a dad and this product was easy to assemble and is a blast to play.
It comes via freight trucking to your door (but it’s heavy). The packaging was tough and protected the product very well.
All in all a very nice table for.
Cheap table tennis set
MD Sports Table Tennis Set
Foldable for single-player practice
Complete with equipment
Premium quality build
This is a basement or rec room grade table. Not meant to be jumped on or have boxes of storage left on it.
It’s not going to serve as a workbench or an ironing table.
This is a light-duty ping pong table that should be folded up if not in use and put aside.
A budget table and it will take an hour or two to assemble, but it works when you’re done.
If you want something better qualitywise then you should get a JOOLA or a STIGA
Best pool table for home use
Barrington Springdale 90"
Full set with cues, balls and rack
Strong deck support
Parlor style drop pockets
- Timeless design
At a fraction of the cost of a ‘regular’ pool table.
The table has plastic leg covers for aesthetics but you won’t notice this at all, overall construction is very solid and heavy, it feels like a premium table.
The top is very flat and the table is easy to get level with the adjustable legs.
Overall impression gives you a pretty expensive feel and you won’t regret it if you choose it, I would say that this is one of the best choices out there if you don’t wanna pay 2000$ and upwards.
Best Soccer table for your Arcade
Harvil 56-Inch Beachcomber
Complete game table set
Less friction and smooth action
Great product, high quality. I would recommend paying Amazon the extra $$ to assemble as it took me 6 hours to assemble (has hundreds of parts) and I am a moderately handy person.
Sturdy design and materials. just short of five stars for 1) instructions that are a little hard to follow and 2) the playing surface gets pretty smudged by the black off the balls (this may be the balls fault but?).
Overall it was a good purchase for the price.