The newest addition to Arcade1Up’s line of arcade cabinet recreations is Midway’s 1991 rail-shooter adaptation of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Pre-orders for the T2 cabinet opened on Monday, November 1st, via Arcade1Up’s website. As with most Arcade1Up machines to date, T2 is a 3/4-scale recreation of the original 1991 arcade stand-up, and includes two big light-guns with force feedback for use with the game.
Arcade1Up’s T2 does depart slightly from the original arcade model in that the guns are on short cords, rather than attached to the machine. Both guns are also more overtly fake than the two not-Uzis-really that Midway included with the 1991 machine. Both guns still feature built-in rumble and sound effects.
The Terminator 2 arcade game debuted a few months after the movie did, on Halloween 1991, and reportedly entered development at around the same time James Cameron signed on to direct T2. After its arcade run, it was adapted by Acclaim for multiple console ports, including the Genesis, Sega Master System, Super Nintendo, and Game Boy.
Notably, the first four stages of the T2 game are all set before the events of the film, during the war against Skynet’s forces in 2029. Players take on the role of the reprogrammed T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as it fights alongside an adult John Connor.
At the end of the fourth stage, the player is sent back in time to pursue a new model of Terminator (Robert Patrick) that Skynet’s dispatched to assassinate John as a child (Edward Furlong). The last three levels of T2 are a rough adaptation of the last act of the film, including the attack on Cyberdyne and the famous liquid-nitrogen scene.
The Terminator 2 Arcade1Up cabinet, like other games in the same line, will ship disassembled, with a skinny LCD monitor panel, a light-up marquee, and on-chip hardware running both proprietary and licensed game emulators. T2 will cost $699.99, with a planned “post-holiday ship date.”
The surprise announcement of the Terminator 2 machine from Arcade1Up joins several other new machines in its holiday lineup. It recently opened pre-orders, which have since sold out, for a recreated version of the 1982 Tron arcade game.
Other upcoming Arcade1Up cabinets include Killer Instinct (pre-orders on November 10th), which will include KI, KI2, the arcade version of Battletoads, and other games that are “hidden as Easter eggs”; and Ridge Racer (pre-orders on November 22nd), which features the title game, its 1992 sequel, Rave Racer, Ace Driver, and Ace Driver: Victory Lap.
Arcade1Up also announced in late October that, following its recent relocation from New York City to Miami, it has signed a multi-year deal to create a “gaming experience lounge” in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. The lounge is planned to feature 50 retro arcade machines, including Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter, NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, and Star Wars Pinball.