Arcade1up has gone through approximately 4 generations marked by differences in their cabinets, upgrades and options. We are basing this list on the technology, the quality improvements of the machines, and the launch dates. Everything here is extreme debatable and we'll gladly update it as we get feedback. Let us know your thoughts!
The first generation of Arcade1up cabinets. These cabinets have little extra features, no light up marquees, basic sound, originally did not come with deck protectors, and in most cases did not come with risers.
Generation 2 had minor upgrades over generation 1. These included deck protectors shipping as a default option, improved sound, and monitor improvements.
Generation 3 was a major update from now including lighted marquees, much improved sound and monitor quality, the introduction of both 4-player (Turtles) and extremely unique controls (yoke for Star Wars), it was a huge step in the right direction for many fans of Arcade1up games. Mortal Kombat saw a release including an improved monitor, branded riser and light up marquee.
Generation 4, much like generation 3, saw small improvements over the existing cabinet designs. Like Star Wars before it, the limited edition Burger Time has a very unique shape. Online play launched with NBA Jam, changing the way Arcade1up cabinets can be played. Lighted deck protectors were also introduced, scanlines as an option, and a sales strategy marked by good ($299), better ($399), best ($499) cabinets, offering a variety of packing from basic options to those that include branded risers and stools.
We'll have a future post with updates on Head-to-head, Countercades and Partycades - Plus all the latest Arcades launching soon.