Following the success of Nintendo's mini consoles and with Sega about to enter the market with its own slimmed-down take on the Mega Drive, Capcom has now entered the fray with its own spin on the phenomenon - a massive £200 arcade stick that's shaped like the Capcom logo which allows players to enjoy 16 classics of the 90s.
Once you've gotten over the preposterous form factor of the Capcom Home Arcade - and the more I look at it, the more I grow to love it - there's a lot to admire, with Sanwa components ensuring a premium feel, and the selection of CPS1 and CPS2 games is full of certified bangers. And here's a list of those bangers before we move on:
- 1944: The Loop Master
- Alien™ vs Predator™
- Armored Warriors™
- Capcom Sports Club™
- Captain Commando™
- Cyberbots™: Fullmetal Madness
- Darkstalkers™: The Night Warriors
- Eco Fighters™
- Final Fight™
- Ghouls 'n Ghosts™
- Giga Wing™
- Street Fighter™ II: Hyper Fighting
- Mega Man: The Power Battle™
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo™
It's slightly disappointing that it doesn't stretch to CPS3 games - although that particular iteration of Capcom's arcade board never saw much support, it did host Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, arguably the high point for the highly-regarded fighting series. Still, the Capcom Home Arcade stick does boast bespoke emulation from FBAlpha, plus WiFi support so you can partake in global leaderboards (but not, it would seem, play online).
As with other mini consoles, it offers an HDMI out and is powered by Micro USB, and it's due out on October 25th.