How big? 6-player X-Men big. That’s big enough to:
- Leave enough space in the tiny living room for only a couch, TV and small table;
- Require removing a set of sliding patio doors just to move the game outside;
- Break the patio’s floorboards as we carry each cabinet across them, transforming the moving process into the real-life equivalent of a platform jumping game; and
- Fill the beds of two regular-cab pickup trucks (one truck, two trips.)
Fully assembled, the game is four feet wide and over six feet deep, including the large, awkward-looking box that juts out of the back to hold one of two 25″ monitors. The floor of the control panel cabinet sleeps one comfortably.
The wood needs work, too; the control panel and sides are worn and scratched from years of use and abuse in arcades.
In spite of its age, it’s a great cabinet, and we commit to bringing it to Ground Kontrol. First, though, we have to restore it to the like-new condition people remember. More importantly, we have to figure out a way to fit it into the arcade’s tight floor plan.
The solution: We rebuild it. Better…newer...slimmer.
On to Part Two: Reconstruction