Published on March 13th, 2015 | by Mick Brennan


Pi-power Your Retro Arcade Cabinet

Gaming emulators on the Raspberry Pi is not something new but not as many have used it to build an entire arcade cabinet! One such brave soul named Darren J described his epic MAME project in a guest post on the official Raspberry Pi blog.

He loaded the MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) software onto a Raspberry Pi inside a coin-operated JAMMA cabinet. It wasn’t easy. Darren had to replace the monitor and power supply unit (PSU), and get the inputs connecting the buttons and joysticks to the Pi working properly. For that, he got an I-PAC 2, a PC interface that supports 32 button and joystick inputs.

The cabinet was sold on eBay for £258. The lucky winning bidder received a functioning game machine with two joysticks, three buttons per player, and two start buttons. It has a working coin mechanism, although it’s not the cabinet of choice if you’re looking to play every arcade game in existence.


If you want to try build your own, heres a great vid from Gigafide on Youtube:

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Mick Brennan

Michael Produced Irelands first Computer game and technology dedicated tv show called "Game On" for Channel 6 Ireland in 2006 and is the Founder of the website and also Michael has been working in the television industry for the past 16 years with the roles of Producer/ Director, Camera Operator and Editor.

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