Grab Some Tesla II Mech Pods for Only $25k

arcadehero December 5, 2012 4
Grab Some Tesla II Mech Pods for Only $25k

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We don’t normally post about sales of equipment although in the past we have done “eBay Pick of the Week.” I will consider this along those lines, even though its not on eBay.We also have mentioned in the past the Tesla II Pods, which were predecessors to the more famous Gundam pods that Namco makes in Japan and everybody wants.

There is an arcade in Minneapolis, MN called the Fallout Shelter Arcade where they have used these Tesla II mech pods as a primary attraction to draw players in. Up until now they have had “12 Tesla II cockpits running BattleTech:Firestorm and Red Planet” but they are working on refurbishing 8 more pods and where they apparently do not need 20 of them, they are selling 4 of the cabinets and for only $25,000. Of course that’s nothing to sneeze at but just consider that a single Gundam Pod costs about $20,000 so this is a good deal for four of them. I have lamented about this before but it would be great if one of these many companies with the funds to develop a new simulator like we saw at IAAPA 2012, would focus on creating something more unique than yet another F1 simulator. A mech battle simulator would be much more exciting to me, but I think it wouldn’t be bad for the market as well as there is no way it will support every single one of racing simulators I saw.

If you are interested in these pods, assuming they haven’t been sold by the time you read this, info on buying them can be found here.

Here’s the training video to teach you how to pilot one of these. Seems to me like the software itself could use an update or I imagine a mod using the new Hawken video game (which comes out for PC a week from today actually) would be a great way to enhance these simulators. Then again, old school isn’t always bad, if a simulator like this could work with Iron Soldier 2 or Iron Solider 3, which is arcade-like in nature I would not hesitate to play that, but I already enjoyed those games anyways.



  1. voltz December 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    It would take some real balls to buy just one of these over a civic, but I could see someone with money going nuts to have four for this deal.

  2. masterLEON December 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    If I had the money and the space…and a U-Haul truck, I’d do it! Now if only they had some Tesla 4.11 (or whatever the last Tesla 4 update was) boxes to go with it, that would be the deal of the century!

  3. NewView March 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Those look great! 4 would be good for a private collector. For making money in an arcade, it really takes 8 or more.
    Will wait until 8 come out for sale.
    8 of these in a busy shopping center or downtown area can make $10,000 or more a month. We did a Team Building event with 40 people once, it was the best teambuilding event we ever had.

  4. NewJersey November 26, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

    In my opinion, there are some unanswered questions. On their site they claimed: “am unable to distribute any of the copyrighted materials to anyone who doesn’t hold a licence.” ` WHAT?
    After personally looking into USPTO, and several other State Corporation business sites, this raises a red flag for me.
    The advertisement mentions a license agreement. If that could possibly include restrictions, what guarantees does anyone really have after a purchase?
    Before buying anything, a full disclosure of the license with any possible restrictions or terms would be first on my personal radar.
    Just because Wiki and some off-road quotes make claims, doesn’t make it so. USPTO is considered to be an authority in my books.

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