'Tempest' Atari game to return in miniature arcade cabinet form

(New Wave Toys)A screenshot from the promotional video of "Replicade X Tempest" by New Wave Toys.

The run of throwback games seems to continue this year — this time through a classic Atari game that is set to make a comeback in a unique fashion.

According to a report from Gamespot, Atari Inc.'s "Tempest" will make a comeback this year in the form of a miniature cabinet called the "Replicade X Tempest." The product, which is licensed by Atari and crafted by New Wave Toys via a Kickstarter campaign, is a 1/6th-scale machine, and a downscaled version of the "Tempest" arcade cabinets that were popular during the early 1980s.

The Kickstarter campaign was able to meet and surpass its $20,000 target just on its first day, the report added. As of this weekend, the pledges have already reached $111,222, reflecting how much the gaming community is looking forward to seeing the classic arcade game return, albeit in a smaller capacity.

"Our RepliCade x Tempest machine is constructed of wood and metal and features a custom-made Modular Spinner Knob controller with two interchangeable size options: 1/6 scale for show and a larger knob for better control during play modes," read New Wave Toys' official product description.

"Accurately reproduced FIRE and SUPER ZAPPER buttons feature modern gamepad quality," the description also said. Furthermore, the makers also said that like their previous Replicade offerings, the "Replicade X Tempest" will also run the original ROM that was featured back in the day.

Meanwhile, PlayerOne noted that interested gamers who wish to own the miniature arcade must pledge $90 to the Kickstarted fund. Those who purchased and will purchase, however, will only get to enjoy the machine in August of this year.

Throwback and retro video games and consoles continue to sweep the gaming community as of late. In Nintendo's latest Corporate Management Policy Briefing, company president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that the SNES Classic Edition has recorded a new milestone.

"During fall of last year, we brought back the nostalgic Super Nintendo Entertainment System as a palm-sized home console," said Kimishima. "Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition has reached 4 million units in global sell-through," he went on to say. In addition, Kimishima also confirmed that they will resume production of the NES Classic Edition this year.