How Much does an Arcade Machine Cost in 2023?

Understanding the cost of Arcade Machines.

Arcade machines have been a popular form of entertainment for decades and with the recent interest in all things nostalgia in the social media era, interest in owning an arcade machine for personal and commercial use have been increasing.

Having said that, understanding the cost of arcade machines is important for business owners and enthusiasts who are considering purchasing one for personal use.

In this article, we will explore the factors that affect the price range, types of arcade machines available, and other considerations when it comes to buying an arcade machine.

Factors Affecting Price Range

Prices in the arcade machine industry can vary wildly in price range, and several factors can influence how much they cost. One primary factor that affects the price range is the make and model of the machine. Machines that are more complex, with larger and more sophisticated hardwares are bound to be more costly. As an example, a Basketball Machine with an all-new LCD backboard interface will cost near double that of it’s classic arcade basketball cousin.

As many arcade machines are built for commercial establishments, such machines are typically built for heavy usage and thus are more costly than the residential grade counterparts. Therefore, an easy distinction is to understand that there are both commercial grade as well as residential grade models for all arcade categories. It is important to understand the difference and opt for the one that fits your requirements.

Finally, fame of the title affects the cost of an arcade machine. Super premium title like Wangan Midnight Max Tune is not accessible to the private buyer, and can easily cost more than $15,000 per seat. The more recognised and known the license, the most costly.


Types of Arcade Machines

Arcade games have been around for decades, and they continue to be popular among people of all ages. With technological advancements, arcade machines have evolved, providing a wide range of gaming experiences. There are various types of arcade machines, including stand-up, sit-down, and mini arcade games, to suit different preferences and budgets. In this article, we’ll focus on giving you a brief idea of how much the different arcade machines cost, and why they vary.

Claw Machines

Claw Machine

Claw machines have been a popular attraction in arcades and amusement parks for decades. These machines are designed to test the user’s hand-eye coordination and patience by giving them the chance to win a prize using a claw-controlled arm.

There are different types of claw machines available in the market. The classic UFO catcher has a single claw and is often used for toys and plushies. On the other hand, in recent times, there are also machines with dual claws, which allows operators to offer two segregated cabins with two claws. This adds to the diversity of prizes to attract players.

The price range of claw machines can vary based on the size, quality, and brand associated with it. The estimated price range for a claw machine can range from $1,800 – $7,900 and this is depending on the size of the machine, brand and if it comes with fancier features.

Overall, claw machines continue to be a popular attraction for arcade enthusiasts with its colourful and vibrant lights, as well as easy to understand gameplay.

Retro Games Arcade

Super Mini Compact Arcade Machine With LED Lights

These are retro gaming arcade cabinets that typically plays many classic games on a newly produced arcade cabinet, with authentic 4-way or 8-way joysticks and buttons.

These machines often offer classic video games such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, or Street Fighter, as well as slightly more modern games like racing games, shooting games, or even strategy games.

One of the main advantages of arcade consoles is that they offer gaming enthusiasts a chance to relive a nostalgic experience or try out different games they may not have had access to before. Additionally, such retro games machine often offers the flexibility of customising the cabinet size and design, providing a better fit to homes.

The price range of Retro Games Arcades can vary based on the size, quality, and different features within. Estimated price of such arcades will typically start from as low as $2,000, up to $5,000 for a fully featured model with additional controls and light guns.

Commercial Arcade Machines

Time Crisis Arcade Machine

Commercial arcade machines are a significant part of gaming history.These machines have been around since the 1970s, and have evolved from playing a simple 2D games, to being able to incorporate 4D experiences with a 70″ monitor. These are the type of machines that you can typically find in arcades from Timezone, or Cowplaycowmoo in Singapore.

What makes these machines different from the other categories is its’ commercial grade build. These machines are typically not targeted at home buyers, but rather at commercial arcade operators. It is therefore built with heavily reinforced hardware and often really bulky and heavy.

The price range of such commercial arcade machine can vary depending on several factors like the game, condition, and rarity. The average price range is between $5,000 to $10,000, but many machines actually do exceed the $15,000 mark. In this category, many titles are also not accessible to private buyers. Popular titles in this category includes Wangan, Bishi Bashi Channel, Tomb Raider, Daytona and so on.

Air Hockey Table

Air Hockey table

Air hockey tables are a popular arcade game that boasts unique gameplay and mechanics, and is often a staple in every arcade you’ll find locally. Players use handheld strikers to hit a puck across a table, trying to score on their opponent’s end. The game is popular for its fast-paced and skilful gameplay, making it a hit among family arcade goers.

Air hockey tables are available in a wide range of prices, with models costing anywhere from $1500 for a residential grade table, to more than $5,000 for a commercial grade model. The difference being the strength and durability of the table’s blower motor, as well as the overall body construction. In this instance, it is not uncommon for air hockey enthusiasts to be purchasing a commercial grade table for their homes.

Overall, air hockey remains a beloved classic in the world of arcade games, offering players a chance to showcase their skill and have fun competing against friends and opponents.

Arcade Basketball Machine

Extreme Shot Basketball

Arcade basketball machines are a staple attraction found in many entertainment centres alongside other sports-based games like air hockey and foosball. These multiplayer attractions typically involve one or two players shooting mini basketballs into a hoop, often under a time limit.

These machines are a really popular request in Singapore, and often is one of the most played arcade machine in an arcade. Machines can often also be linked to provide competitive link play.

When it comes to pricing, electronic basketball games can range anywhere from $3,500 – $8,000 and this is more dependant on the brand as well as features. Some of the premium features of basketball machines today can include a full sized LCD backboard, which provides a much more visually exciting playing experience.

Choosing the Games Selection for your Arcade Space at Home

Arcade machines are a fantastic addition to any home game room. Choosing the right games selection is paramount to ensure maximum enjoyment. When selecting arcade machines for your home, there are a few essential factors to consider. The type of game that you choose should cater to the interests and age brackets of the players who will be using the arcade machine.

It is crucial to balance the number of games with ample space available for players and spectators. You don’t want to overcrowd your arcade machine with too many games, rendering it too cramped or difficult to enjoy fully. It’s essential to ensure you have space in your home to accommodate the size and type of arcade machine you decide on.

When purchasing an arcade machine, it is also vital to consider after-sales support from an arcade specialist. Arcade machines are complex and contains many moving parts, and so, regular maintenance is essential to maintaining the system’s operational condition and longevity.

We hope this article have given you a basic idea of the average cost of arcade machines available in the market today. This will hopefully be helpful in preparing a budget for your dream arcade space at home, or any potential establishment. Do however note that these prices are based on prevailing prices and will be subjected to changes over time.

If you liked this article, we are sure you would also like an article we made on the proper cleaning and maintenance of arcade machines.

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