If you attended the Heavenly Symphony show where they debuted or visited Babycastles' Manhattan location any time since then, you might have seen two especially awesome custom cabinets installed at the indie games. Now here's your chance to own them!

The two machines -- one designed by Hilari Florido and inspired by '80s shoujo manga, and the other decorated by Dave Mauro and inspired by '80s beat'em up side-scrollers/Manhattan -- are now for sale to anyone who's willing to part with $1,200 (each!) for them.

Heavenly Symphony co-curator and GSW contributor Matthew Hawkins has put up more details and photos of the machines on his site, calling them "centerpieces from a watershed moment in New York City’s game-oriented history".

You can check out a couple shots of them and descriptions after the break, too:

“Babycastles no Fukushuu: Manhattan Fury” by David Mauro


"The style for this cabinet was inspired by a mixture of the popular video game genres of the beat ‘em up side-scroller (think Double Dragon, 1987) and horror platformers (Ghosts and Goblins, 1985). I tried to capture the ominous looming from the horror games and the urban dystopia often popular in beat ‘em ups. The Manhattan setting is in honor of Babycastles having a temporary space in Manhattan, instead of its usual Queens setting. The title, which literally translates to “Babycastles’ Revenge”, grew out of that Manhattan setting as I imagined a sequel to a game in which the players square off against an evil Dr. Babycastles. This time he’s out for Revenge and he’ll destroy all of Manhattan if the players don’t stop him.

As an arcade cabinet owner, and an avid player of video games and watcher of films, I love exploring these recurring themes and how they pervade through various mediums and end up portrayed in places as unlikely as the side of an arcade cabinet."


“Codependent No Moe” by Hilary Florido


"This cabinet is a refection on the depiction of women in the Japanese shoujo manga (comics aimed at girls) of the 70’s and 80’s and the current trend of the of women shown in Japanese comics today. The prior of these focused on the an almost hyper sense of the lovely and feminine, while many of today’s women characters epitomize naive preadolescence figure. Moe, a popular slang word in Japanese, characterizes this current focus on young girl characters in comics and anime that and helplessly sweet and elicit the need to be protected.

As a comic creator, manga reader, and woman, I often find myself at odds with these depictions. I am attracted to the intricate beauty in the detailed illustrations of the ’70’s and 80’s comics and charmed with sugary sweetness of the characters of today. However, I also long for these female characters to have more agency and to be more proactive.

In painting this cabinet, I sought to approach this issue by employing my own take on the traditional shoujo illustration style of the 70’s and 80’s, while giving each character a piece of empowering/self help reading material both as an act of irony and a hope for future change."