Awesome, glad this was posted. In for one too. Ended up getting a Sams membership for $45 rather than spending the $50 non-member fee. Wish it still came with the blaster but sounds like those bonus games will be easy enough to add myself.
I believe it still does come with the blast dongle plus 3 months of ArcadeNet subscription (once it gets out of beta)....it even says so on the Sams Club web site, but you need to dig through the description details to find it.
I ordered mine ALU last month when it came back in stock and received it a couple of weeks ago. So far I've been VERY happy with it. SOOOO much easier to use out of the box than getting a RetroPie A1Up cab working and so much more functional with a trackball and dual spinners. Build quality and finish is also much better than the A1Up cabs, and the fact that you can EASILY add additional ROMs via a USB flash drive is awesome (and works really well).
While I still like my A1Up cabs with their more specific artwork and plan to continue customizing/improving them, if I only had space for one cab, it would definitely be the ALU cab. It's a great deal for the price and what you get, and the supported method of adding more games is unbelievably cool compared to the time-consuming and trial-and-error process of building a RetroPie system, especially if you are looking to build a fairly bulletproof system for kids to play.
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