Riley would have been at home in the early ‘90s, when to play video games you had to go to an arcade and put your quarter on the console to signal you were up next.
So for his wish, the Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York wish kid wanted his very own arcade, with vintage video games.
The 15-year-old’s basement in Ticonderoga, NY, has been transformed into a personal game room, highlighted by three fully restored video arcade games: a 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a 1991 original Simpsons, and a 1992 original Mortal Kombat, which came from Arcade Game Sales of Maryland through Joe Childs; and two 2010 games -- Pac-Man's Arcade Party and Arcade Legends 3 -- which arrived through the generosity of Betson Industries. The company's branch manager, Dave Reiners, and wife, Elaine, attended the wish reveal. This unique wish could not have come about without their support.
Erin Duval and Scott Sayward served as wish granters.
“When I first imagined this, I imagined a fun hangout spot for me and all my friends,” Riley said at his wish reveal. “I’ve always loved collecting retro games, and I’ve always been a huge gamer. And that’s one of the reasons why I wished for an arcade like this.”
The best part? Riley doesn’t need quarters, and he always has next game.