Bartronica: Lair Of The Barcadian

bartronica_HDRAfter a hard days work, where does one go to quench their thirst and get a fix of gaming nostalgia? That’s an easy one to answer – you make your way to Bartronica, a city barcade establishment at 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Nestled between Elizabeth and Queen (streets), the barcade is in the perfect spot in Melbourne’s Central Business District. The entry to Bartronica is via downward stairs, and upon entry, the establishment is revealed in all of its glory, beginning with the well stocked bar. Speaking of which, there are plenty of beverages which would definitely quench your hard earned thirst. As you down your drink, you notice the upright arcade machines; NBA Jam, Street Fighter II, The Simpsons, Mortal Kombat IIGolden Axe and 1943, and these are just the tip of the iceberg – there are plenty more upright machines jostling for your attention. It doesn’t end there, the venue also has driving and shooting cabinets plus six great pinball tables to get you flippin!

For those seeking comfort, Bartronica also has cool lounges for you to sit and take a load off. If you like to play from the comfort of the lounge, there are old school consoles from Sega and Nintendo which are free to play! The consoles provide a fun way to challenge your friends in some awesome multiplayer gaming action, like Super Mario Kart 64, all while kicking back and sipping on a drink.

With their wonderful hospitality, Bartronica makes everyone feel welcome – it is the kind of place where you would visit quite frequently, on your own or with friends. So the next time you are in the city and in need of a watering hole with a twist, then head on over to Bartronica, you’ll have a blast!

Entering the lair of the barcadian
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Anticipation builds, one step at a time!
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Hello Bartronica!
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What is your poison?
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In the driver’s seat, Bartronica owner – Josh Flamank
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What to play first?
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TMNT it is!
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A row of beauties begging to be played
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Retro Domination’s Daz Retro hits Ninja Gaiden
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Daz Retro gets hacking on Golden Axe!
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Behind the bar
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Working up a serious thirst!
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Taking a load off with Super Mario Kart 64!
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Run out of coins? Don’t stress, whack in some notes
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The view from the deck
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Hello Lisa!
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Getting some 16-bit action
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Playing some Sonic from the comfort of the plush lounge
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Cool light artwork!
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Golden Axe immortalised on the wall
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Hang on a second, there’s pinballs over there!
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There they are – glorious pinball!
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Demolishing Demolition Man
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Retro Domination’s Matt Cawley gets flippin on Fastbreak!
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Matt has silver ball fever!
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Drinking + playing = a good night
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Action aplenty!
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Retro Domination Street Fighter II Battle: Daz Retro vs Matt Cawley!
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Venue: Bartronic – Arcade Bar
Address: 335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

 

The History of Mario’s Power-Ups

The Super Mario Bros. Tree of Power
Tree of power Image source: Nintendo Enthusiast

Watch Jason from Nintendo Enthusiast take us through the history of Mario’s power-ups  starting from the very first mushroom in Super Mario Bros. all the way to the cat suit from Mario 3D World.


Source: Nintendo Enthusiast on YouTube

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary

SuperMario_30_titleTo help celebrate Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary (released in Japan on 13 September 1985), Nintendo UK have paid homage to the Brooklyn plumber by creating a very cool website. The dedicated site has: an about and thank you page, an awesome history of all Super Mario games, a link to Mario Maker (working title) – an upcoming Wii U release, and finally, a 43 second Special Movie for the king of all video game character franchises.

Check out the site now and celebrate the Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary with Nintendo! Be sure to check back often for more announcements from the Big N!

Nintendo says Thank You to everyone for loving Super Mario!
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A history lesson of all Super Mario Bros. games
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Create your own 2D Mario levels (on your Wii U)!
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Super Mario Bros. – Special Movie
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source: Nintendo UK

Interactive Family Tree Of Retro Controllers

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John Kowalski (Sock Master) has created an awesome interactive retro controller family tree which takes us from Atari 2600 and Intellivision to PS3 and Wii controllers. Click on the pictures in the tree and you will find out key information about each controller – for example, the Atari 2600 controller was first released in 1977 and was sold until about 1991! While the WaveBird is notable for being the first wireless first-party controller.

As Sock Master describes:

‘I’ve put together a chart, or controller family-tree, that tries to connect all the current console controllers with their predecessors… a lot of the information presented here is my opinion. I try to keep things accurate, using facts that I know, but also making some of my own conclusions where no hard evidence is available… 

There are still a number of gaps in the family tree, as a lot of controllers are still missing from the chart. Eventually, I will try to fill in some of the holes. Current things that are missing are controllers I couldn’t get my hands on, controllers from less popular consoles, and most of the 8-bit era.’

Sock Master’s Interactive Retro Controller Family Tree
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Source: Sock Master via Geekologie

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Insert Coin To Play: Geeky Coins And Tokens

coinslot2Image source: CSA

We all love having a pocket full of coins and tokens to feed our arcade addiction, but you may be reluctant to part with these treasures.

Club Nintendo Commemorative Coins:
The Year Of Luigi & Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary
luigi mario brosImage source: Nintendo Life & Nintendo Life Forums

Nintendo Power 100th Issue Commemorative Coins
NP100Image source: Ripten

1982 World’s Fair Arcade Tokens
1982 WF tokensImage source: Video Games Memorabilia Museum (Pac-ManDonkey KongMs Pac-Man)

SegaWorld Sydney Token
SegaWorld tokenImage source: Video Games Memorabilia Museum

Time-Out Arcade Tokens
timeoutImage source: Dork Dimension

Chuck E. Cheese Arcade Tokens
chuckecheeseImage source: Dork Dimension

Assorted Arcade Tokens
tokensImage source: Classic Plastic

gametokensImage source: Boing Boing

Pikachu Coin For The Polynesian Nation Of Niue
pikachu coinImage source: Numista

Doctor Who Coins By The Perth Mint Australia
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monsters TARDIS

Batman & Superman Coins
batman and supermanImage source: Royal Canadian Mint & Royal Canadian Mint

Star Trek Coins For Island Of Tuvalu
star-trek-coinsImage source: The Perth Mint via Geekologie

Star Wars Coins For The Polynesian Nation Of Niue
star wars coinsImage source: New Zealand Mint via Geekologie

World Of Warcraft Coinswow coinsImage source: Amazon (Alliance & Horde)

Coin Paintings by Andre Levy
painted coins - combinedImage source: Tales You Lose via Toxel

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Mama Mia: Mario Kart IRL

Mario Kart IRL

Mama Mia! The clever engineers of Waterloo Labs have created an incredible real-life Mario Kart track with a functional item system.

They explain: ‘The goal of this project is to recreate Nintendo’s Mario Kart game in real life. This involves building a system to control the movements of a full sized go-kart as well as a wireless communication system. The end result is a go-kart system where each player can race around a track and pick up items that alter the behaviors of the go-karts’.


Video source: Waterloo Labs on YouTube

I know you are probably itching to rush out to find this amazing track, but sadly it was only a temporary set up. However, all is not lost – the guys provide detailed information on how to build your own (please be sure to let us know if you do!).

And don’t forget to check out their other projects such as the Kinect-a-Sketch and the Eye controlled Mario.

Source: Waterloo Labs via Mashable

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Time For Some Retro Recycling

What should you do when your console dies and goes to console-heaven? Take a leaf out of Michael Chipper‘s book and recycle it into a cool clock!

Game Boy Colour Clock
Game Boy Colour Clock

PlayStation Clock
PS Clock

PS3 Clock
PS3 Clock

Game Boy Clock
Game Boy Clock

Nintendo Wii Clock
Wii Clock

Xbox 360 Clock
Xbox 360 Clock

PS2 Clock
PS2 Clock

Xbox Clock
Xbox Clock

Source: SlothJunk on Etsy via Cheezburger

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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