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iCade 60-in-1
Icade.png
Logo used in flyers and in the manual, featuring Ms. Pac-Man and Blinky.
Developer Hsin Pao Hang Enterprise (?)
Console Arcade
Date 2004
Alternate names/hacks Mini Game Center (3-in-1)

My Classics (customizable 4 or 9-in-1)
Game Never Over (39-in-1)
Happy Hours (48-in-1)

The iCade 60-in-1 is a circuit board for arcade machines with vertically-oriented monitors. It features 55 unique pirated arcade games, with 5 duplicates. Despite its shades, it is one of the most popular arcade multigame systems.

Games List

Copyrights are removed like in many NES multicarts (although dates are kept), and the default high score initials in certain games are changed to remove company references (although Time Pilot still has "K.O" "N.A" and "M.I" as its top 3 names). The games have been modified to all use the same sound engine, leading to some games having glitched music tracks.

The end of the list features five duplicates, which are intended to be set up differently than the other versions included; in most cases, they are altered to be the speed-up chip versions of the games.

# Title Year Manufacturer Notes
1 Ms. Pac-Man 1981 Namco
  • Included twice
  • Option of speed either normal or fast
  • Option of either dots or hearts
2 Galaga 1981 Namco
  • Included twice
  • Option of bullet speed either normal or fast
3 Frogger 1981 Konami
4 Donkey Kong 1981 Nintendo
5 Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 Nintendo
6 Donkey Kong 3 1983 Nintendo
7 Galaxian 1979 Namco
8 Dig Dug 1982 Namco
9 Crush Roller 1981 Alpha Denshi
10 Mr. Do! 1982 Universal
11 Space Invaders 1978 Taito
  • Option of color or black and white
12 Pac-Man 1980 Namco
  • Included twice
  • Option of speed either normal or fast
13 Galaga 3 1984 Namco
14 Gyruss 1983 Konami
15 Tank Battalion 1980 Namco
16 1942 1984 Capcom
17 Lady Bug 1981 Universal
18 BurgerTime 1982 Data East The only Data East game to be listed
19 Mappy 1983 Namco
20 Centipede 1980 Atari
21 Millipede 1982 Atari
22 Jr. Pac-Man 1983 Midway
  • Included twice
  • Option of speed either normal or fast
23 Pengo 1982 Sega
24 Phoenix 1980 Taito
25 Time Pilot 1982 Konami
26 Super Cobra 1981 Konami
27 The Hustler 1981 Konami
28 Space Panic 1980 Universal
29 Super Breakout 1978 Atari
30 New Rally-X 1981 Namco
  • The only horizonal game to be listed
  • Modified to fit on a vertical screen
31 Arkanoid 1986 Taito
32 Qix 1981 Taito
33 Juno First 1983 Konami
34 Xevious 1982
1984 (Super Xevious)
Namco Option of either Xevious or Super Xevious
35 Mr. Do's Castle 1983 Universal
36 Moon Cresta 1980 Nichibutsu The only Nichibutsu game by to be listed
37 Pinball Action 1985 Tecmo
38 Scramble 1981 Konami
39 Super Pac-Man 1982 Namco
40 Bomb Jack 1984 Tecmo
41 Shao-lin's Road 1985 Konami
42 King & Balloon 1980 Namco
43 1943 1987 Capcom Two-player mode is removed
44 Van-Van Car 1983 Sanritsu Denki
45 Pac-Man Plus 1982 Namco
  • Included twice
  • Option of speed either normal or fast
46 Dig Dug II 1985 Namco
47 Amidar 1981 Konami
48 Zaxxon 1982 Sega
49 Pooyan 1982 Konami
50 Pleiades 1981 Tecmo
51 Gun.Smoke 1985 Capcom
52 The End 1980 Konami
53 1943 Kai 1987 Capcom Two-player mode is removed
54 Congo Bongo 1983 Sega
55 Jumping Jack 1984 Universal

Variants

Several other variants of the board also exist, which all predate the 60-in-1 version. The earliest of these is Mini Game Center in 2003, which only features Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and Frogger. Very few cabinets have surfaced, but it is rumored that the games were slightly hacked to avoid copyright infringement (ex: Galaga being renamed to Gallag).

Some time after this, a new circuit board titled My Classics was released. The game list would be customized by the purchaser (from a choice of 39 games), and turned into a 4-in-1 or a 9-in-1 depending on the amount of games.[1] Later, a board with all 39 games included was released called Game Never Over. A 48-in-1 known as Happy Hours was released after that, with the iCade 60-in-1 following as the final variant. No games were removed in any future variations; more were just added at the end of the game list.

All of these multicades were most likely developed by Taiwanese company Hsin Pao Hang Enterprise Co., Ltd. Their website is the earliest known mention of them, and they were the only place to ever sell the customized 4 and 9-in-1 boards, which implies they had a strong connection to their production.

It is difficult to document any other versions of the iCade, as games can be removed from the menu on the 60-in-1 via settings; as such, some "unique" game lists may just be one-of-a-kind setups.

Beyond Arcade (19-in-1)

There is also a board called Beyond Arcade, designed for use with horizontal screens as opposed to vertical. Its 19 games are as follows:

# Title Year Manufacturer Notes
1 Defender 1980 Williams
2 Stargate 1981 Williams
3 Bubbles 1982 Williams
4 Joust 1982 Williams
5 Robotron: 2084 1982 Williams
6 Blaster 1983 Williams
7 Splat 1982 Williams
8 Rally-X 1980 Namco
9 Vs. Battle City 1985 Namco As part of the Nintendo Vs. System range
10 Mario Bros. 1983 Nintendo
11 New Rally-X 1981 Namco The only horizontal game be listed on the iCade
12 Ghosts 'n Goblins 1985 Capcom
13 Solomon's Key 1986 Tecmo
14 Vs. Gradius 1985 Konami As part of the Nintendo Vs. System range
15 Sky Kid 1985 Namco
16 Vs. Ice Climber 1984 Nintendo As part of the Nintendo Vs. System range
17 Vs. Super Mario Bros. 1986 Nintendo As part of the Nintendo Vs. System range
18 Do! Run Run 1984 Universal
19 Kick Rider 1984 Universal

Official Uses

Due to the difficulties of finding original arcade hardware in today's market, several video game companies, whose games were originally stolen for the 60-in-1, have used iCade's architecture for various uses. Some known examples of these are listed below.

  • In various events surrounding Pac-Man, mostly by Namco-licensed merchandisers, iCade boards are used to emulate the game. This can be evidenced by the phony "1 9 8 0" copyright string at the bottom.
  • The Nintendo Switch version of Donkey Kong as part of the Arcade Archives series, while using the genuine arcade ROMs, features an incorrect "walking" noise for Mario, that resembles the iCade's sound emulation. It is likely that the iCade version was analyzed to see how the game should run.

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