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You can now have the first new Star Wars arcade game in years in your home if you can pony up the cash.

Bandai Namco has announced that the new Star Wars Battle Pod arcade game is available for private purchase in Japan, Europe, and the US, with the US version costing $35,000. And for those who truly have more money than they know what to do with, there’s also a premium version of the Battle Pod going for $100,000.

The premium version of the enclosed cabinet is inspired by the Rebel Alliance and Darth Vader (your choice of either or) and will come with a special numbered and engraved plaque with your name on it, a bound instruction manual for the game, and even your name placed in the credits of your personal pod. The inside of the pod will also feature carpeting and a leather chair.

I was able to go hands-on with the Battle Pod at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this year and while it was fun playing through some classic Star Wars space battles, I could think of a lot of other things I’d rather spend $35k on.

If, like me, you’d rather just try the game out for a dollar or two, you can try finding one at a local arcade that might house it, but with America’s dying arcade culture, that might be harder than it sounds since the game is currently only found in 33 of the 50 states. To see if you’re one of the lucky ones with a nearby pod waiting to be played, check out the Star Wars Battle Pod website.

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Originally Published: December 5, 2010, on Youtube.com/CGRundertow

As a part of CGR Undertow, I reviewed Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Nintendo Wii.

Star Wars Celebration V Highlights

Originally Published: November 11, 2010, on youtube.com/Rcars4885

I was fortunate enough back in August to go with my best friend Lee Elias to Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida. Due to personal reasons, I’m just uploading this video now. This event marked the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back and was a wonderful event showcasing the devotion of Star Wars fans. The music featured here is of course John Williams’ Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner theme.