Classic Arcade Game Rental Costs
Classic arcade video games are considered to be those created in the first years of the birth of coin-operated video games and is considered the “golden-age” of video arcade games. In the last few years, we’ve seen an upward trend in events with a Retro theme which includes arcade game rentals. One of the first questions asked: “So how much does it cost to rent classic arcades for events?”
We’ve listed a few classic arcades and some general pricing. A few famous titles include:
- Ms. Pacman-Manufactured by Midway Manufacturing Co. in 1981
– Interesting tidbit: Original Ms. Pacman cabinets have the artwork painted on the sides. However, on the last production run of the game, adhesive sticker art was used instead of paint.
- Galaga-Manufactured by Namco in 1981
– Interesting tidbit: Namco also produced very small versions of these games, about the size of a 17-inch monitor, for buses and airplanes.
- Asteroids-Manufactured by Atari in 1979
– Interesting tidbit: After its release in the US, many arcade operators had to make larger coin boxes for the games so they could hold all of the quarters that these machines collected.
- Donkey Kong-Manufactured by Nintendo in 1981.
– Interesting tidbit: Mario Bros and Super Mario are spin offs from Donkey Kong.
A true classic arcade, The Galaxy Game, the earliest known coin-operated arcade video game, made its debut on the campus of Stanford University in 1971. While Atari’s Pong was quick to follow in the mid 70’s. Our family was the first in our neighborhood to own the home console version of Pong.
With the renewed interest in classic arcades, knock offs have been built as multicade games which include several or even hundreds of games all in one video game cabinet. Unfortunately, these type of units are not legal. Anyone selling or renting these types of units are typically doing so illegally. The unit is created, by using either old, bootlegged or counterfeit software, and/or hardware boards, usually made in China. Most of these games are cheaply constructed, have questionable quality control and warranties, and the fact that the person or firm who are selling or renting them knows they are doing so illegally should tell you something about the honesty and reputation of that company or individual. Namco continues to make their classic games and definitely do not allow their games to be paired with any other manufacturer’s game. Do you think that Apple would allow you to use the iPhone apps on a Samsung phone? Its pretty much the same thing.
Arcade Rental Costs
So how much does it cost to rent an arcade machine? Depending on your location and your event dynamics, a traditional original classic arcade game rental costs will range from $350-$500 per game and may not include a delivery or pickup fee. Keep in mind, this range will vary depending on your location.
If your event is in a location that does not have any or just a couple of game rental companies, that rental company can charge you whatever price they deem appropriate. Arcade Game Rentals are a very specialized niche industry. Most of the famous classic arcade video games were built in the 1980’s meaning they are at least 30 years old today and would be considered an antique or treasured collectible. The fact that a company has the video games much less that they are in working condition is amazing! Through the years, the number of technicians that can effectively work on the classic arcades have dwindled. So if you find a company that does rent and can repair their games, you have found a gem of a supplier.
Contact us if you need more information for renting these games for your event!