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Ever wanted an arcade machine? Nanoarcade is a retro-inspired gaming console perfect for playing your favorite classic games.
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Just missed our campaign? Don't worry, you can still get a Nanoarcade, for more information please go to: http://www.nanoarcade.net/buy

Some Kind Words from the Press & Our Backers

Technabob: "I just ordered one for myself, because why not. It’s a mini arcade machine for less than a single PS4 or Xbox One game." 

Digital Trends: "Arcade machines are not generally known for their portability, but Nanoarcade pushes those notions aside..." 

Gear Hungry: "Nostalgic for joysticks and big red buttons? Nanoarcade will fill that void."  

Gizmodo: "The internet is ripe with hobbyists building their own adorably tiny arcade machines, but those lacking basic electronics and soldering skills are left out of the fun, forced to feed quarters into full-size arcade cabinets. That's what makes the Nanoarcade so great..."

Geeky Gadgets: "...has been specifically designed to provide a gateway to enjoy your favourite classic arcade games once again..."

Rediscover the '80s: "Remember playing those Coleco tabletop arcade games in the '80s?...Nanoarcade takes the nostalgic hands-on experience to a whole new level..."

RETRO: "It’s like the nexus of a few things that are somewhat ubiquitous but haven’t been combined in exactly this way before...Yeah, this one’s a no-brainer."

GAMESCOUTS: "Nanoarcade is a brilliant idea in a tiny package."

Introducing Nanoarcade

Bring back the childhood memory, and play games the way they were meant to be played, a truly nostalgic and hands-on gaming experience.

The Memory

As children, we all enjoy the imagination, the excitement and the thrill of playing games against our friends.  Therefore, we have created Nanoarcade so that you can relive your childhood dream and own an arcade machine of your own.

Nanoarcade also makes for a great desktop decoration, not to mention an awesome way to relieve stress at work playing your favorite classic games.  With Nanoarcade, you are guaranteed to be the most popular person at the office.

Unlike a real arcade machine which is bulky and hard to carry around, Nanoarcade is 100% mobile.  You can play it wherever and whenever you like.

Get a couple of buddies together and start your own game party today! Or if you are hosting a party don't forget to bring out the Nanoarcade and liven up the atmosphere.

The Design

We sought to replicate the look and feel of an actual retro arcade machine, so we went ahead and designed Nanoarcade to be one-tenth the size of an actual video game machine.

A fully-functional arcade machine with a 360-degree precision joystick and six action buttons, for your favorite action games.

Attention to detail is extremely important to us, so we even designed a coin slot for Nanoarcade and used a red power button to simulate the gaming start process.

The Flexibility

The key to the success of any gaming console is the availability of games and lots of them.  Because Nanoarcade runs Java-based games, you will never be faced with a shortage of the popular classics. 

We have also designed the user interface to be simple and easy to use. The install and uninstall process flow is minimal and intuitive so that you can get your favorite games up and running in no time. 

We are a bunch of game designers that love creating new games for people to enjoy.   In the past we have created over a hundred J2ME games, and with every shipped Nanoarcade console we will also pre-load a few selected games we have created, exclusively for Kickstarter supporters. And if you see any other games you like you can simply install them using our built-in MicroUSB 2.0 port.

Below are some of the many popular games we have created, so get your hands on a Nanoarcade and start playing!

Hot Dancing: A hypnotic dancing game where you can show off your best dance moves to all your friends.  Start the music!

Bug Wars:  Your mission is to exterminate all of the bugs and to save the world from sudden doom and destruction.  If you wish to accept your mission, you will be rewarded with action-filled excitement.

The Style

The problem with gaming consoles today is that they all look the same. No personality.  No Style.  With Nanoarcade, you can use our pre-designed theme stickers to make your console stand-out from the rest or add your own graphics to make it uniquely your own.  No matter which theme you choose, you will be able to play the game that you love in style, and be different!

The Development Process

The Nanoarcade development process has been an exciting adventure for the past 18 months.  We have witnessed the transformation of Nanoarcade from design concept to working prototypes.  Furthermore, we have spent a tremendous amount of time simplifying the user interface in order to best maintain the ease of functionality and use. After countless hours of game testing, we are confident that the Nanoarcade gaming console will meet our users’ expectations and bring the joy of gaming into everyone’s lives.

-Early Design-

 -Prototype-

-Assembly-

-Testing-

Kickstarters, we need your support:

We have successfully created and tested Nanoarcade prototypes on the manufacturing side, but now we need your support to begin production and deliver this amazing product to the masses.  Please support our campaign so that we can awaken the kid in you and transform your dream of owning an arcade machine into reality with Nanoarcade

Help us share Nanoarcade with other retro-Arcade lovers out there: 

See Nanoarcade in action and learn why it is the MUST have gaming console in 2015.  Check out our in-game action video:

 Meeting the Fans:

Event #1 @Arcade Expo 2015 (1/16~1/18)

Missed the action @AE15? See our special highlight video to re-live the experience.

Event #2 @Taipei Game Show 2015 (1/28~2/1)

Re-live the experience @TGS15

Technical Specification:

SC6531 - 32Mbit PSRAM

256Mbit SPI FLASH

3.2 inch QVGA 240x320

MicroUSB 2.0 port (for game installation)

3.5 mm (mini jack) A/V port for earphone

Built-in mini speaker

360 degree joystick, 6 action buttons, L/R soft-keys

Recent / Projected Project Timeline

-2014-

Mar/April – Mockup testing

May – Trial manufacturing

Jun/July – Closed testing

Aug/Sep – Manufacturing optimization

Oct – Supply chain management

Nov/Dec – Usability testing

-2015-

Jan – Promoting the Kickstarter Campaign

Feb – Begin production

March – Quality control, packaging, and preparation for shipment

April – Off for shipment, yuppie!

The Team behind Nanoarcade

We are a team of senior game developers, hardware engineers, designers and marketers who are passionate about making game-related devices. 

Eric Lin. Creator and serial game developer

Ryan Lee. Hardware and manufacturing expert

Weiche Wu. UI and visual design imagineer

Chris K. Beer. Gaming philosopher and accomplished pianist

Chien Lee. Marketing and communication sage

Edward Franklin - London-based IP lawyer & biz dev.

Brian Yang. Start-up angel/mentor and game lover. 

                     Founding partner of www.founders.fund

Risks and challenges

PRODUCTION DESIGN AND CERTIFICATION
We have already created prototypes and have conducted focus group testing on the product usability and software interface. To make sure Nanoarcade is safe and legal to be used in your home country, we are working with experienced partners to make sure the certification process is completed on time for product shipment.

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
As with any hardware project, there are always potential risks in shipment delays due to supply chain management. That is why we have managed a vendor pool that is in close vicinity of our manufacturing facility to prevent component supply shortage or manufacturing downtime. By drawing on our manufacturing partner’s expertise, we are confident that we will achieve the milestones currently set out in this project.

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    [A BIG THANK YOU]
    Thank you for your support! Every dollar brings us closer to our goal. We will be sure to keep you updated with our Nanoarcade progress.

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    [BUY US A CUP OF COFFEE]
    As our campaign launches, our team is working hard day and night trying to deliver our proud Nanoarcade gaming console to your door-step on time. A cup of coffee is just what we need for those long-working nights. Thank you.

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    [PERSONALIZE YOUR NANOARCADE]
    Wouldn’t it be awesome if you can personalize your Nanoarcade gaming console? We hear you! With our pre-designed and blank templates you can play games in style.
    + THREE pre-designed template stickers
    + ONE blank template sticker

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    [EARLY BIRD – MYSTIC BLACK NANOARCADE CONSOLE ONLY]
    Be the first ones to receive Nanoarcade and start playing the games you love.
    We will send you ONE Mystic black Nanoarcade console.

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    [STANDARD – MYSTIC BLACK NANOARCADE CONSOLE ONLY]
    Get in on the action and play all the classic games the way they were designed to play.
    We will send you ONE Mystic black Nanoarcade console.

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    [VALUE STARTER PACK – CONSOLE AND MORE]
    We are always looking for value and convenience, with the VALUE STARTER PACK you will need to look no further. This option will provide everything you need to install games to personalizing your console.

    We will send you ONE black Mystic Nanoarcade console.
    + ONE Nanoarcade certified microUSB cable
    + THREE pre-designed template stickers
    + ONE blank template sticker

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    [EARLY BIRD – BUDDY BUNDLE SPECIAL]
    Be the first ones to receive TWO Nanoarcade Mystic black consoles, one for you and one for your buddy. Let the competition begin!

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    [STANDARD – BUDDY BUNDLE SPECIAL]
    Missed out on the Early Bird Special? Don’t worry. You can still be one of the first ones to receive TWO Nanoarcade Mystic black consoles, one for you and one for your buddy. Let the competition begin!

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    [DELUXE STYLE - 1 FOR YOU, 1 TO SHARE]
    We will send you TWO Mystic black Nanoarcade consoles.
    + TWO Nanoarcade certified microUSB cables
    + TWO pre-designed template stickers package
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    [JUST THE THREE OF US – MYSTIC BLACK NANOARCADE CONSOLE ONLY]
    We will send you THREE Nanoarcade Mystic Black consoles, so get two more friends together and let's start a game party!

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    [FAMILY 4 PACK – THE WHOLE ENCHILADA]
    We will send you FOUR Nanoarcade Mystic Black consoles, perfect for a typical family of four and share the fun!
    + FOUR Nanoarcade certified microUSB cables
    + FOUR pre-designed template sticker packages
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