We love working on classic Arcade Games, building cabinets and tinkering with RetroPie. There are a number of videos below on the topic. Have fun at the Arcade!
How To: Build your own AWESOME RetroPie/RPi Arcade Control Panel!
In this video, we’ll build an Arcade Gaming panel for use with a Raspberry Pi running RetroPie. This video will take you through the complete build process from unboxing, to assembly and installation and setup in RetroPie.
Components Purchased for this Build:
- DIY Arcade Panel Acrylic Inclined+Joystick Case Replacement for Arcade Game,Black
- Arcade Buttons EG STARTS 1 Player DIY Kit Joystick 5V LED Arcade Button for Arcade Stick PC Games Mame Raspberry pi
How To: Install RetroPie 4.4 and Setup MAME on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ Play ARCADE GAMES!
In this video, I’ll demonstrate the hardware needed to setup and run RetroPie on the Raspberry Pi 3B+. That is, we’ll cover where to download RetroPie, how to burn the image file, how to copy the ROM (game) files and configure the MAME games.
- Raspberry 3b+
- Power Supply (with power button)
- Perixx PERIBOARD-514H Plus Wired Keyboard with Trackball (USB)
- 128Gb microSD
- Controller (similar to what I used, exact one is no longer available)
If interested in creating a bar-top or full size arcade cabinet from your RetroPie, then you may want to consider this. I personally have used it in x3 RPi Arcades and they work great!
I’m also building a Restrictor Plate that for the above joystick that doesn’t require opening the cabinet. You can read more about this on our Inventions page.
Base for bar-top Arcade cabinet
In 2017 I built a bar-top arcade cabinet. It turned out pretty well, but after some time playing it, I decided having it stand a little taller would be ideal. So, in this video I take you through building a base for a bar-top arcade cabinet to make it into a convertible mini-cab.
X-Arcade Coin Door Install to RetroPi in an Arcade Cabinet
This coin door was installed into a Raspberry Pi 3 arcade cabinet.
While our custom-built coin door worked well for several months, some parts were chipping off due to heavy use. We decided to replace it with a real coin door with coin mechs from X-Arcade. This video shows how we did it.
- Arcade Coin Door With Quarter Acceptor X-Arcade
- The wiring was connected to the USB Encoder used by the Joysticks/Buttons. The coin door works just like any other button/joystick. This is what we used :
Easyget LED Arcade DIY Parts 2x Zero Delay USB Encoder + 2x 8 Way Joystick + 20x LED Illuminated Push Buttons for Mame Jamma Arcade Project Red + Blue Kits