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This $20 kit turns your Nintendo Switch into a mini arcade cabinet

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Jun 14, 2018

Hey, remember those large coin-op arcade games and the video games you could play at home that were miniature versions of those large arcade game cabinets? (For those of you who are looking confused, I’m primarily asking the readers who grew up in the ‘80s.)

Well, regardless of whether you were old enough to remember these mini-arcade games, a games accessory-maker is bringing them back. Nyko has created the PixelQuest Arcade Kit, a miniature cardboard arcade cabinet that resembles the arcade games of decades past. 

The kit, compatible with the Nintendo Switch, comes with two ball-top joysticks custom fit to attach to the Joy-Con analog sticks. Two custom-fit arcade sticks attach to the top of the Joy-Con analog sticks to offer the feeling of playing an original arcade game. Even the mechanical button remapping allows the Joy-Con’s shoulder buttons to be pressed like traditional arcade buttons, which is quite cool. 

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Courtesy of Nyko

And for those who miss the feeling of constantly pumping quarters into those arcade games to keep playing, fear not, because Nyko recreates that sensation for you by having cut-out ventilation slits and a working coin slot that serves as a piggy bank. Seriously.

This comes off the heels of Nintendo launching its own do-it-yourself cardboard construction kits this year called Nintendo Labo. So, clearly Nyko is counting on mini-arcade cabinets made from cardboard to be a competitive market. (I mean, it makes sense to us.) 

It will be available for sale in the fall and, get this: it only costs $20.

So, what do you think: a silly and unnecessary accessory, or an absolute must-have? Let us know where you stand on this matter in the comments below. And seriously, don’t pretend like you’re shy or indifferent.