What’s the difference?
These are 2 of our most popular machines both offering great performance but catering for slightly different markets. Firstly to explain this please refer to the following image. This layout of gaming is ideal for classic turn based games like Pacman, Space Invaders, etc. It does not suit later games like Street Fighter, Metal Slug, etc due to the fact that one player will be playing upside down.
To get around this limitation we can modify the cabinet to allow for side by side controllers. Thus allowing for 2 player simultaneous game play. This design is ideal for later games as nobody is missing out as the 2 controls are next to each other. Since these games are horizontally based we’ve also been able to increase the monitor size to 26″.Cocktail Pro
The downside to the MKII design is that it veers away from traditional cocktail gaming of sitting across your friend. For some this is very important because it reminds them of their days of playing these games. Being a nostalgic product we believe in keeping things as close to real deal as possible. Thus, the Cocktail Pro combines both layouts into one. By doing this we take the Cocktail Pro back down to the original monitor size of 19″
You may have noticed in the Cocktail Pro section that we take the monitor size back down to 19″. The reason for this is that monitors larger than 19″ are always in a different aspect ratio. Classic cocktail games function best in a 4:3 ratio so if we installed a 26″ monitor then the image will become stretched and out of proportion. This monitor size is unsuitable for early classic arcade games so is not recommended. Have a look at the below photo to see what happens.
Overall both are great machines with none better or worse than the other. It really depends on what suits you and your needs.
The Cocktail Pro has the ability to play the classic games in their original format, while the MKII has the larger screen. If the games you like to play are more the classic arcade machine style (ie. pre 1985) then the Cocktail Pro might be best. If your into more of the later style (ie. post 1990) then the Cocktail MKII might be best.
Of course if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us for assistance.