Monday, January 7, 2019

Guscade Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary !


Guscade is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! For those of you that were with us from the start in 2009 or those of you who are first discovering us now we would like to thank all of you. It's been an incredible journey so don't stop believin' we will be here even when the lights go down in the city. It's been a while since we posted & are slowly recuperating from the extremely high demand from the 2018 holiday season. Without further ado these are the latest brand new titles added to our regular inventory:

Everyone's lovable favorite cartoon family The Simpsons. This is a really fun 4-Player multicade game packed with several other playable classics. We can set every game that we sell for on location for a single title or multiple games on one unit (typically for residential use). Play as any of the following characters: Marge, Homer, Bart & Lisa in this timeless classic.

The Simpsons
The next 4-Player title is yet another Konami classic X-Men. This cabinet which is a 3-button game allows you the choice to be one of six characters: Cyclops, Colossus, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Dazzler. (RIP Stan Lee). The high score table from the original game designers back in the 90's well before all of the Marvel movies came out paid homage to Stan by placing his name throughout the high score table.

X-Men
Stan Lee -  High Score Table
Not only are we celebrating our 10th anniversary this year... It's hard to believe that this year will also mark Galaxian's 40th Anniversary, but it's true! Originally Galaxian debuted in 1979. Galaxian cabinet adorns that classic pure white artwork cosmetics with those crazy looking alien space bugs. Galaxian also shares the same cabinet design as Pac-Man.

Galaxian
 Peter Pepper never looked so good. This title surely makes an amazing addition to any restaurant or burger joint. BurgerTime has that great chef cut out on the cabinet, it's such a brilliant design. This BurgerTime can also come stacked with not just lettuce & tomatoes but many other classics from the same era.

BurgerTime
 "He's on Fire!"... "Is it the shoes?!". These catch phrases have been with us since NBA JAM was introduced in 1993. NBA JAM is yet another incredibly popular 4-Player cabinet which is also JAM packed with many classics on this build including NBA JAM Tournament Edition. We had the pleasure of providing active NBA player of the Chicago Bulls Sean Kilpatrick with one of our Guscade NBA Jam machines. "The nail in the coffin!"   

NBA JAM
Sean Kilpatrick of the NBA Chicago Bulls
 When most people think of "Q" they might think James Bond, they perhaps might think Impractical Jokers (Brian Quinn). The most famous video game Q of all time...  @!#?@! Q*Bert!

Q*Bert
The sequel to one of the hardest arcade games of all time Capcom haunts us yet again. 1989 Ghouls N' Ghosts this time just as hard only improved graphics with other added game elements. It's never too early to think about adding this to your Halloween wish list.

Ghouls 'N Ghosts
Stay tuned as we will continue to celebrate our 10th anniversary throughout the year adding many other enhanced new classic games into inventory. Again should you have any general arcade related questions or a requested game please use the contact form on the top right of the site. We appreciate all of the support!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Quench your thirst with this Guscade Six-Pack

Oktoberfest is still upon us & what a better way to quench your thirst with this six-pack of Guscade built games. Check out some of the latest builds added into regular inventory rotation. Many of you asked for it, & we listened. Finally we are now stocking & offering more of a variety of games to choose from. In addition to our usual 80's enhanced classic titles we also now stock several enhanced 90's titles with many more games on the horizon. Get them while they are fresh! We also added a contact us form, since many of you have asked a way to reach out for restoration, service, sales & new games or requests. Below are some of the latest builds. Also to note we also now offer delivery service to the North East but not limited to NY,NJ,CT,PA,MA,RI,MD,VT,VA.

TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4-Player
Centipede
Mortal Kombat II
Robotron: 2084
Defender
Mario Bros.
  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Long Island Retro Gaming Expo 2018


I've been keeping extremely busy with being famous & building various games / adding new titles. Just prior to the show I was featured on the cover of the Long Island Business News. Shortly after I was featured in a segment on CBS.

My first experience during the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo which was today / yesterday. I was extremely pleased with the turnout & accommodations from everyone involved who created a really fun weekend.

We got a chance to see lots of cosplay at the show. Some of which was extremely entertaining.
Donkey Kong.... Playing Donkey Kong ....(& yes that's his banana on top) which was epic to me
Gotta love those classic fighters. I got a chance to battle Chun-Li, she swung first
As you can see in the background we raffled off a Pac-Man machine, the WINNER of the machine was spoken to & notified tonight, they have until Aug. 31st to pickup the machine or we will draw another winner. The winner of the raffle was a CT resident "Paula Jusa" TICKET number 6861725. As promised this was posted tonight alibiet on the late side but I was unloading from the show which was extremely time consuming.

Raiden was simply electric at the show.
  
Darth Vader was looking for a particular droid...

R2D2 in Return of the Jedi was playing Mario Bros both share their release dates in 1983.
 
Even though I thought I was the "King Of Arcades", I bumped into none other than Ritchie Knucklez at the show. Ritchie Knucklez if you don't know has been featured in many cult arcade movies, he has an extensive collection, an Arcade in  Flemington, NJ. He was looking to acquire a Guscade built Robotron 2084.

However the high score on Robotron:2084 both days of the show was set by the other famous video game collector; the "Immortal John Hancock". Apparently after talking briefly with John he has 28 full USA released sets of various console games! I also appreciated John's skills on Robotron. I was filled with many requests for obscure titles which I will do my best to get to everyone's wish list.  






Saturday, March 3, 2018

In honor of 3-3 Day & Ready Player One ... I bring you 3 additional titles added to inventory:

Ready Player One ? It's 3-3 today so I figured it would be a good day to announce 3 additional games added to the inventory ! Joust, Donkey Kong & Multi-Williams :

Joust :
Donkey Kong :


Multi-Williams :



Monday, January 22, 2018

Classic 60 in 1 Multi Arcade Machines NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE


A long time ago in a garage far, far away......
It's been a long time coming... Nearly 15 years in the making. I'm now pleased to announce that I will finally be building & servicing brand new games for you ! I'm currently offering the following titles for sale:

Pac-Man :

Ms. Pac-Man :

 Galaga :
 

Should you be interested in any of the above titles for purchase please feel free to email me for any questions you might have. All of the parts on the machines are brand new. If any of you have viewed my personal work on my restorations & following my blog for nearly a decade, you will know that I make sure each machine is properly built with keeping the most utmost care to attention & detail throughout the process. The build of materials that I'm using are the best quality parts available. Check back frequently In the future as I do anticipate on adding other available classic titles.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rock-Ola's - Nibbler - 1982

Rock-Ola before the video game craze really made mainly jukeboxes. But they did release a few classic games, one of which in 1982 was Nibbler. The game was the first video game to break the possibility of being able to score over 1 billion points. Nibbler was yet another maze type game involving a snake which slithered it's way to growing while you collected items on the level. You needed to avoid hitting your own body, while rushing to try to not have time run out. As the levels continue Nibbler gets faster making him more difficult to control. If you hit any of the corners of the levels he will continue moving. If you hit any other wall he will come to a dead stop, but mind you the time will surely start to wind down quickly. You must gather all the items on the level to complete and move on. Nibbler also found it's way onto other consoles and many other knock off versions of Nibbler often labeled as "Snake" even made it to various cell phones such as the Nokia.

One of the first surprises I saw on the bottom of the cabinet was a second Nibbler / or perhaps Fantasy board.

Unfortunately the 2nd PCB wasn't working, however I'm sure at some point I can revitalize it as a back-up. Overall the cabinet was in decent shape but I certainly noticed that originally this Rock-Ola Nibbler at some point was a Fantasy. The instruction folder which was stapled to the back of the cabinet contained various schematics etc, but clearly you can see some one perhaps in the Rock-Ola factory blacked out the "Fantasy" words.

Now when I looked at the side art, you can clearly see the Fantasy artwork which was underneath the cabinet. I used a hair dryer to remove the artwork, I intended on painting / stripping the cabinet down regardless. As you can see below the Fantasy artwork started to emerge after 30 years.





 Once the adhesive residue was off I decided to sand down the Rock-Ola cabinet.



The original control panel overlay had various burn marks and issues I decided to remove it. Luckily I found a NOS Nibbler Control Panel overlay on eBay for very cheap. During the removal process more Fantasy artwork was revealed. 


As far as I know Fantasy wasn't received very well in terms of game play / popularity. This was a common occurrence where the factories converted other games to try and salvage profitability. Nintendo also did this with a game called Radar Scope which was a red cabinet, and ultimately converted them into Donkey Kong's, which is why you sometimes find what people claim to be rare as opposed to the more commonly found Blue Donkey Kong's. Getting back to Nibbler, the Rock-Ola control panel is mainly wood, however Rock-Ola was smart enough to make colored metal plates to protect it from abusive use. My metal plate tarnished, yet when I flipped it over, looked to be in great shape.


I pulled off the marquee, and Bezel, and used Novus to clean up various minor scratches. Below you can see the NOS CPO was applied, being held by plastic clamps. Also cleaned up the Wico joystick in the chuck of my drill.
NOS Nibbler CPO
Overall the game play is certainly challenging and the game seems to certainly be sought after by many collectors. They actually made a documentary about the game titled : "MAN vs SNAKE: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler". In the film you get to see; " Tim McVey (the gamer not the bomber) who in 1984, on a single quarter (and over forty-four hours of non-stop play) was the first person in history to score over one billion points on a video game." - IMDB

Below is a photo, as well as a video of me playing my dedicated Rock-Ola's Nibbler for the first time.