Don't know how long this has been going on, but hey, it's worth a mention.
Collectors looking to get their hands on the Japanese-only Rockman EXE: Battle Chip Stadium arcade machine can look no further: Online retailer Coin Op Express have begun selling the game, willing to ship them out to fans throughout the world. Owning this lovely piece of hardware does come at a price, of course; a whopping $1002.42 USD!
It's quite the rarity to see units up for grabs -- publicly, that is. The presence of Battle Chip Stadium cabinets in arcades has significantly dwindled in the last few years, with an official phase-out beginning in January 2009. Since then, the machines have found themselves up on the private Japanese auction block, often selling for several thousands dollars. Coin Op Express are presenting a unique opportunity for overseas fans, capable of shipping the game out internationally. Naturally, the shipping and handling charges will vary depending upon your location so don't be too surprised if the above price adds up.
Battle Chip Stadium began its arcade run in 2006, shortly after the release of Rockman EXE 6 for the GameBoy Advance. The game acted as an extension of the former, allowing players to upload and download data from copies of EXE 6 or the Link PET EX toy, battling Net Navis using real plastic Battle Chips produced by Takara/Tomy. (footage, more info here.)
If you're a diehard collector and are willing to shell out a lot of dough for this baby, I say go for it. Grab yours here! Thanks, Lcarens.