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Finished building my Arcade 1up Street Fighter II Cabinet! If like me you grew up within a few miles of an IKEA, putting this thing together is fairly simple. The majority of the build time is pretty much unboxing and organizing all the parts. Outside of that, it was plain sailing, except for the rear panel screws which took a little jostling to thread because the holes had been drilled slightly off in manufacturing. Not a major complaint by any means, just a little frustrating when you're at the end of it and you're impatient. The overall build quality is sturdy and solid, especially considering its crafted from MDF and not solid wood. This also saves a TON of weight, with the unit coming in at 60lbs or so. If you like to move your game room around often, like me, this isn't going to be a problematic part of it.
The 17" monitor looks crisp, clear and is well suited to the 3/4 scale. There are only two volume settings, which is a little strange, and no headphone jack, which would have been a nice addition.
Having played the original cab, they NAILED the feel of the controls and stick. It's tight, satisfying and very responsive.
Also, the ports of the three versions of SFII included are arcade perfect. In fact, just from a hour's playtime, I think these may be the best ports of these games I've ever played.
At $300, you get a lot for your money without the worry (at least initially) of having to consistently hand over money for parts for increasingly aging original machines. It's also ideal for anyone with a mortgage and four dogs to look after. Ha.
Overall, I expected something lesser than this and I'm pleasantly surprised with the thought that has clearly gone into manufacturing. I highly recommend picking one up - I'm looking forward to seeing what other licenses @arcade1upofficial get their hands on.