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So you want to have your own home video game, but you have nowhere to put it. Just a few years ago that meant… no video games at home. But the future is now, and there are plenty of home arcade systems out there that can fit on a counter, wall, or even fit in the palm of your hand. They range from 1:1 replicas of the original cabinet–reduced–to new form factors that allow for comfortable play despite being much smaller in size.
The best budget-friendly mini-games are well-built, include classic games, and serve as great home decor when you’re not actively playing them. We’ve also included a few drawers that, while not a game by themselves, are the perfect complement to your other systems and will add that level of sophistication. They’re also not completely functional, as you’ll discover that they have a cool hidden feature that will actually give you more options for displaying your entire little arcade collection.
Not all of these systems are just “mini”. Some are really tiny, can be easily placed on your desk so you can play for a few minutes during your lunch break, and there’s nothing quite like putting a few of them side by side to create a game. Play your own diorama style video game. If you want to make your own snack bar or small bathroom by writing markers all over the walls, it’s up to you. Of course, that will eat into your budget, which you are trying to avoid increasing by buying cheap mini arcade cabinets, but you live your own life.