Star Wars Battle Pod is the first Star Wars arcade game in years. I guess because playing it in game centres isn't enough, Bandai Namco is selling it to the Japanese public. There's a catch! And it's the price.
The premium Star Wars Battle Pod cabinet will set you back 12 million yen, which is around US$98,000. These are different from the ones in arcades. What's the difference? And why's this so expensive?
The designs — a Rebel pilot's helmet and Darth Vader — are unique to the premium versions. The pod's movable seats are covered with real leather, the cabinet has exclusive carpeting, and the machine comes with a specially bound owner's manual.
Each cabinet is numbered and emblazoned with the owner's name on a plaque. And in the game, the owner's name appears in the credit scroll. And so, a hundred grand price tag.
You can also buy the same Star Wars Battle Pod that's in arcades for a mere 4.6 million yen ($US37,000). Instead of buying a new sedan, you can buy this!
Bandai Namco is making these cabinets available for purchase in Japan. No word yet if a similar offer will be made internationally.
In case you missed it, check out Kotaku's Star Wars Battle Pod impressions.