The other week I had a great trip to Disney Quest and was able to play the official Disney “Fix-it-Felix Jr.” arcade machine. The movie had just come out and they had an impressive display and over 20 of these machines throughout the building. I was very eager to play it and what I had seen and read online, this was a far superior version then the free flash version online or the iphone version. The game was a lot of fun and they did a great job recreating a classic game from the golden area of arcades.
Each machine was in a different state, some with bleeding colors, not working sound, different joysticks, and many other problems you see in vintage arcades. I was able to find a few with no issues and spent a good 45 minutes trying to master the game. As fun as it was I never expected to see one sell for a whooping $20,000!!!
Last week on ebay I saw an auction for an orginal, Disney produced Fix-it-Felix Jr. arcade for sale by a man claiming to be the great “Billy Mitchel”. Within the first day, the bidding was up to $500 and continued to rise. The last day the auction went from $7,000 all the way to $20,000.
After doing some research I found some information on how these machines were constructed. Apparently Disney hired someone to gut over 100 old Donkey Kong cabinets, put in a cheap HP computer, and boot directly into the game. It is a creative approach to advertising but I am sad to see so many classic Donkey Kong machines destroyed
Hopefully someone will dissect the cabinet and rip the game and put it online, free for the world to play.
Video of the arcade booting up.