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DIY Mini Arcade Cabinet

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  • The most adorable MAME cabinet in the known universe
  • Assembly required
  • Raspberry Pi-powered goodness (comes with Raspberry Pi model B board)
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Miss the days of hours long marathons of Tetris, Pac-Man, or Space Invaders? Nostalgic for feeding your hard-earned quarters into arcade games as your friends gathered around to watch you try for a new record? We bet you 50 cents you do.

Relive those golden days by creating the most adorable MAME cabinet in the known universe: the Cupcade. Brought to us by those geniuses at Adafruit, the Cupcade is a Raspberry Pi-powered micro arcade cabinet kit, perfect for bringing gaming to the top shelf of your locker, the tiniest of dorm rooms, or your desk at work.

What can you play on it? Well, what ROMs can you load on that SD card? Adafruit says they played Ms. Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, DigDug, and Gauntlet, plus classic Famicom/Nintendo games at full speed. They note that some games that are more advanced might be too slow even with overclocking the Pi (but a lot of those have more than 2 button input anyhow). Tell us what you play on yours in the comments below.

Note: This is a kit. You want to be comfortable with soldering and coding before you dive in.

Product Specifications

  • The most adorable MAME cabinet in the known universe!
  • Some assembly required (you wanna be handy with a soldering iron)
  • Raspberry Pi-powered goodness (comes with Raspberry Pi model B board)
  • Raspberry Pi/Linux hacking experience a plus
  • Some games that are more advanced might be too slow even with overclocking the Pi (but a lot of those have more than 2 button input anyhow)
  • PiTFT 2.8" display
  • Mini thumbstick + mini arcade push buttons (fire, jump, coin, & start)
  • Mono speaker (3" diameter) and audio amp
  • Construction Time: ~4-6 hours (it took one of our electrical engineers 2 hours and 30 seconds to put together - we love Toggl)
  • Can be configured for vertical (Ms. Pac-Man) or horizontal screen (Joust)
  • To load new ROMs, simply plug in the SD card into any computer and drag the zipped up files into the directory
  • Dimensions: 8 1/4" tall x 4 3/4" deep x 3 3/4" wide (assembled)
  • Weight: (in ounces or pounds)
  • Includes:
    • Raspberry Pi model B board
    • PiTFT Mini Kit (320x240 2.8" TFT+Touchscreen)
    • 5V 1A (1000mA) USB port power supply
    • USB 'Noodle' Cable - A/MicroB - 3ft
    • Laser-cut acrylic Cupcade Enclosure
      • 13 x Nylon 4-40 Hexnuts
      • 13 x Nylon 1/2in Pan Screws
      • 3 x 2-56 1/4" Black SS Machine Screw
      • 3 x 2-56 Black SS Hex Nut
      • Nylon Spacer - 3/16" Long
    • 4 GB SD/MicroSD Memory Card pre-burned with the CupCade image, totally plug-and-play!
    • Analog 2-axis Thumb Joystick with Select Button + Breakout Board
    • 2 x 16mm Panel Mount Momentary Pushbutton - Black
    • 2 x 16mm Panel Mount Momentary Pushbutton - Red
    • Arcade/Button Quick-Connect Wire Pair - Set of 10 pairs
    • 8 Ohm 1 Watt - Speaker - 3" Diameter
    • Right-Angle 3.5mm Stereo Plug to Pigtail Cable
    • Premium Female/Female Jumper Wires - 40 x 6"
    • Custom Cup-cade controller board
  • You provide soldering iron, solder, wire, basic electronic hand tools, tape, etc.