Last year, ALDI dropped a nice surprise in one of their weekly catalogues. Instead of bargain bin Xbox 360’s or a Bauhn-branded TV, the no-frills grocer was selling flatpack Gauntlet and Street Fighter cabinets.
The maker of those was Arcade1Up. Unsurprisingly, they’re expanding their line in 2019 with five more cabinets ranging from Mortal Kombat games to Final Fight and Karate Champ.
The first two new cabinets, featuring the colour and B&W versions of Space Invaders and a range of side-scrolling platformers like Final Fight, will be released in February. That’ll be followed up by a cabinet based on the Golden Tee golf games, with a Karate Champ and Mortal Kombat themed flatpack cabinets to be released in September.
The full list of games in each cabinet is as follows:
Final Fight Cabinet (Feb): Final Fight, 1944, Ghosts ‘N Goblins, Strider
Space Invaders Cabinet (Feb): Space Invaders Color, Space Invaders Black and White
Golden Tee Cabinet (June): GT Classic ’01, Golden Tee ‘2k, Golden Tee ’99, Golden Tee ’98
Mortal Kombat Cabinet (Sept): Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat 2, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Karate Champ Cabinet (Sept): Karate Champ, Bad Dudes, Burger Time, Caveman Ninja
There’s no word on whether any of these might be sold in ALDI again this year; that would probably be dependent on supply and the success of the previous cabinets, information that isn’t publicly available. EB Games stocked the same cabinets as ALDI last year, albeit at a higher price. Those cabinets aren’t available for purchase now, however. Arcade1Up do have a booth on the CES show floor though, so I’ll try and get in contact with the makers to confirm whether any of the 2019 cabinets will be released locally.