Fix It Felix, Jr., the classic '80s arcade game from
fictional manufacturer TobiKomi was the centre of the story of Wreck-It Ralph, the immensely-popular Oscar-nominated
feature from Disney. And Disney spared no expense
in celebrating the classic arcade genre!
As part of the promotional campaign, a "found" Fix-It
Felix, Jr. cabinet debuted at E3 Expo in
2012, with web versions of the movie-inspired classic game play
appearing online. Not content to stop there, however, Disney
commissioned the retrogaming experts at Code Mystics to
take it to a whole new level by creating an all-new, fully
authentic replica of '80s-era gaming.
While staying true to the game design in the movie's
work-in-progress reference footage, Code Mystics created
a 100% authentic '80s gaming experience from the ground up. No
art, sound, or code detail was left unconsidered, down to staying
true to technical details like '80s palette fidelity, tile
alignment, and sound chip capabilities. (Trivia: the capabilities
of the software in our Fix It Felix Jr. arcade cabinet
were modelled after the Midway MCR hardware that brought you the
likes of Spy Hunter and Tapper, albeit with features that would
require a little more memory than those machines typically had.)
Only a handful of cabinets were ever manufactured, the first turning
up at an arcade near San Diego Comic Con, and subsequently at Disney
theme park and cruise ship locations. The buzz surrounding the
cabinets was immense! It even won a CLIO Key Art Award for outstanding
promotional campaign. When one lucky fan obtained one of these
limited cabinets in a Disney raffle, it was auctioned on eBay for no less than $20,000!
The arcade Fix-It Felix, Jr. has become a legend in
its own right, worthy of its '80s inspirations!