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Capcom Home Arcade is a Capcom-licensed 2-player Arcade stick shaped in the form of the Capcom logo. This hardware also serves as a Capcom retro mini console similar to the Mega Drive Mini and SNES Classic Edition, coming with 16 pre-installed Arcade games including the original Strider. It was released on November 2019 exclusively on Europe.

Overview[]

The Capcom Home Arcade is a rather large white and gray Arcade stick made in the shape of the iconic Capcom logo. It is made of high-quality components and competition class stick and buttons from Arcade parts manufacturer Sanwa Denshi. It comes with a 2.5m HDMI cable and a Micro USB cable, and has a HDMI port, Micro USB port and external USB port at the top edge, although the last one is not mentioned in the instruction manual. The Capcom Home Arcade can also connect to the internet via WiFi in order to upload game high scores and receive system updates.[1]

Koch Media initially stated the hardware was using the Final Burn Alpha (FB Alpha) emulator, and one of its developers (Barry Harris) suggested it was licensed to Capcom. This caused controversy as other members of the FB Alpha team claimed Harris can't license the emulator out as it is a non-commercial project and he is not its owner. Following this Koch Media dropped all mentions of the emulator, and later suggested the hardware uses a revised emulator provided by Harris[1]. As a result of the controversy the entire FB Alpha team abandoned the project and started their own version, Final Burn Neo.[2]

Following the 1.5 patch update, the Capcom Home Arcade features direct emulation with Capcom software.[3]

Games[]

The unit comes with 16 total pre-installed Capcom Arcade games from the 80s' and 90s', all from their CPS-1 and CPS-2 Arcade boards. While it includes many of Capcom's classic titles from the era, Progear and Alien vs. Predator stand out as this is both games' first release outside Arcades. This is specially notable for the latter due to licensing issues Capcom has to secure in order to release it.

The player can choose between three display options: "Original" (4:3 aspect ratio), "Full" or "Wide", and all three have the option of applying a "smooth" filter[1]. No special unlockables or bonus content such as galleries are included.

The 1.5 patch update released on September 2, 2020 added several upgrades and new options including access to all games' DIP Switch settings (allowing players to alter difficulty, number of lives, etc.), support for under and overclocking, improved display options and a new "One Credit Mode" option restricting the player to a single-continue run.[3]

Year Board Game
1988 CPS-1 Ghouls 'n Ghosts
1989 CPS-1 Strider
1989 CPS-1 Final Fight
1991 CPS-1 Captain Commando
1992 CPS-1 Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
1993 CPS-2 Eco Fighter
1994 CPS-2 Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
1994 CPS-2 Alien vs. Predator
1994 CPS-2 Armored Warriors
1995 CPS-2 Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
1995 CPS-2 Mega Man: The Power Battle
1996 CPS-2 Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
1997 CPS-2 Capcom Sports Club
1999 CPS-2 Giga Wing
2000 CPS-2 1944: The Loop Master
2001 CPS-2 Progear

Strider[]

Game select screen logo

Strider is included as one of the 16 titles in the hardware. Originally the ROM used was listed as "strider World" in the official website, but all the listed ROM information was removed at a later date.

The ROM used appears to be one of the earlier Arcade versions and as such lacks several music themes, specifically music themes related to the third and final stage, as well as secondary themes like the "Time Over" and ending music.

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 McFerran, Damien (November 4, 2019). "Hardware Review: Capcom Home Arcade Is The Most Ludicrous Micro-Console Yet, And We're In Love". nintendolife.com. Accessed November 23, 2019
  2. Battikh, Rany (May 28, 2019). "Final Burn Neo replaces Final Burn Alpha". retrorgb.com. Accessed November 23, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 kochmediauk Staff (September 1, 2020). "1.5 available as a select Beta. Patch notes below" (English). "CapcomHomeArcade" official Reddit. Accessed September 6, 2020

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