My Arcade is back at it again with another micro player. This time around, gamers can get their hands on a miniaturized Caveman Ninja (Joe & Mac) arcade cab. It was originally released in 1991 across many systems, including the Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, PC and of course could be found at your local arcade.
I missed out on playing this one at the arcades, but I did put in some serious time into the SNES port. The port on this Micro Player seems to be the original, as the Super Nintendo version had some larger sprites and slight differences in level design. The game itself looks fantastic, featuring all the bright pixels and colorful visuals I remembered.
The controls are also spot on with controlling Joe or Mac. Attack other caveman, Pterodactyls and the mighty T-Rex with boomerangs, bones, stone wheels, and clubs. There are two main buttons, one for jump and one for attack; as well as a start and reset button up top. For some serious height, hold forward while jumping and Joe will somersault into the air. This allows you to clear enemies or throw your weapons at a greater distance and height. As with their other models, the mini joystick does a great job in controlling the action, and can also be removed if you would rather play the game via the directional pad.
The mini arcade cab is highly detailed, featuring the original Caveman Ninja arcade artwork and marquee. It stands 6.75 inches tall and features a 2.75 inch screen. The Micro Player Arcade Cab boots up by pressing in the coin slot door on the front. It lights up red when powered up, which looks really cool. To power the mini arcade cab, you’ll need 4 AA batteries. While it would be nice to have had these included, My Arcade did implement a USB port on the back as a secondary power option. The sound quality is nice and clear. The volume buttons are located on the back, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
• Features artwork inspired by the original Caveman Ninja arcade cabinet.
• Full color, 2.75” screen.
• Removable joystick.
• Perfect for any game room, office, or display case!
• Volume control and 3.5mm headphone jack.
• Power with a Micro-USB cable or 4 AA batteries (not included).
• 6.75 inches tall.
My Arcade Caveman Ninja Micro Player is a phenomenal miniaturized replica of the original Arcade cab from 1991. It’s composed of the same high quality parts and details of their other units that we have come to admire and collect. I hope they continue to release and expand their offerings to other classics, as these are a great bargain at $34.99. Check out their full selection of mini cabs here.
Avid gamer who enjoys the older nostalgic titles as much as the latest AAA releases. Remakes from the classic 8 and 16-bit era will always entice me and I love experiencing new IP’s across each and every gaming platform. I’ve grown more and more fond of the Indie scene that has seen incredibly growth lately and it’s great to see these smaller teams getting the spotlight for all their hardwork and passion for the industry. I was lucky enough to start out gaming in the NES era. Since this rebirth of the industry, I have witnessed the evolution of gaming and its incredible growth in overall popularity as an entertainment medium juggernaut. With a staggering amount of choices from the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PSVR and Xbox One X, there simply hasn’t been a better time to be a gamer.