Here's one that came completely out of left field for me, Bandai Namco has decided to bring back its popular Bowl-O-Rama arcade machine for home arcades. While retaining the same trackball controls and bowling lane styling from the original, the new cabinet looks more like a retro jukebox.
The new Bowl-O-Rama features Bluetooth connectivity for both music and a microphone, that enables it to be used as a Jukebox to play music or a Karaoke machine. The machine features a 32" flat screen monitor. The bowling game has dive different game modes and allows up to four players at a time. The game does not have coin or bill acceptors for commercial use but it uses the same commercial-grade parts and is built in the same factory as Bandai Namco's commercial machines.
I've always liked the old Bowl-O-Rama and have toyed with the idea of getting one a few times. For some reason, a lot of the used originals that I see for sale are broken. The new game is priced at $4,195.
"Bowl-O-Rama is back and in a special package for home game rooms and mancaves with Bandai Namco’s Jukebox Bowl-O-Rama.
Hearkening back to Namco’s 2005 bowling arcade game, this new edition of their 1950s themed bowling game has been specially redesigned for homes. It sports a new cabinet design that maintains the 1950s retro aesthetic while offering three ways to entertain:
Dance! By connecting a phone or other Bluetooth device to the Wireless Party Speaker
Play! Rockin’ Bowl-O-Rama, the classic arcade bowling game
Sing! Karaoke-style with the wireless microphone
With a strong focus on music, this game comes with a powerful sound system, including 5 1/4″ stereo speakers and a 12″ subwoofer. Users can also independently control the volume using the dial on the front, where a USB port is also placed for connecting devices. Where this also includes cupholders, it will be the center piece of any party!
The game itself comes with five modes to play, which will keep you and your guests entertained for hours: Regulation Ten pin Bowling, Ten Pin Poker, Flash-O-Matic, Trick Shot, Bowl 21, and Slow-Motion Instant Replays. Throw, roll, and spin the bowling balls using a trackball controller, where you can also use it to choose from a variety of ball styles and weights. Thanks to enhanced real-world physics, this will feel like having a bowling alley in your home, without taking up all that space!"