Last Update: 9/24/2023
We love working on classic Arcade Games, building cabinets, trying the latest Retro-Gaming devices and tinkering with RetroPie. There are a number of videos below on the above topics. Have fun at the Arcade!
GRS Super Joystick: Ikari Warriors Limited Edition
The GRS Super Joystick Ikari Warriors Edition is a unique controller very a very unique set of games. However, it’s flexible enough to be used for most any classic arcade or console games. In this video, we’ll unbox it, set it up and go through some of the main features! For more information, please visit thunderstickstudio.com!
Powkiddy A12 or A13: Better with Batocera
The Powkiddy A12 and A13 devices are pretty cool, but the pre-installed OS has a bit to be desired. In this video, we’ll install Batocera to a microSD and demonstrate how to copy your games to it. We’ll also add a USB WiFi adapter and try out some of the games.
- Plugable USB 2.0 WiFi Adapter [Amazon]
- Powkiddy A13 [Amazon]
- Powkiddy A13 [AliExpress]
- Powkiddy A12 [AliExpress]
- Powkiddy A12 [AliExpress]
- Batocera PC Retro Gaming Guide (Overview of Batocera)
- Batocera Download (select Powkiddy A12/13 download link)
- Paragon Software Linux File Systems for Windows
- Disk Genius ( 30% Off Disk Genius Pro code: DG30-YUTE-STPR )
Super Console Arcade Stick X3 REVIEW
The Super Console Arcade X3 gaming console by KinHank included 50k built-in games allowing you to easily connect it to a TV/Monitor and start playing! You can also connect it to a PC or various other gaming consoles and use it as an Arcade gaming stick controller. Let’s check it out!
Where to buy
Steam Deck Docking Station Option with DUAL HDMI, USB and SD Slot
In this video we’ll check out a Steam Deck Docking Station Option that has dual HDMI ports, x1 USB 3.0 port, x2 USB 2.0 ports an SD Slot and a microSD slot. If you own a Steam Deck, one of the first things you may want to do is connect it up to a TV or Monitor and this video will show you just how to do it! We’ll connect a number of devices including: wired Xbox 360 controller, 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ BT controller, Keyboard+Mouse (USB), Legends Ultimate Arcade, x2 external monitors and a microSD card.
Items shown in this video:
- USB-C Dual Monitor Docking Station – This docking station is packed with many useful options, including x2 HDMI Output ports, x1 USB 3.0 port, x2 USB 2.0 ports, SD/TF reader, type C power port (for charging while docked) and x1 DP Output.
- Steam Deck TPU Protective Case – Fits the Steam Deck very well and provides protection for the bottom of the Steam Deck (no display protection).
- Stand Base Compatible with Valve Steam Deck – This is a decent and relatively inexpensive stand for the Steam Deck.
- 3D Printed Stand (by WTT) – While not specifically designed for the Steam Deck, it’s one that I designed a few years ago and has worked with every handheld I’ve reviewed/tried, including the Steam Deck.
- 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ Bluetooth Controller – This controller worked very well with the Steam Deck. If you’re looking for a BT wireless controller for your Steam Deck, this is a good option.
- XBox 360 Wired (USB) controller (clone) – This clone wired Xbox 360 controller worked well on the Steam Deck. Since this is a USB-A connection, you would also need the USB-C Docking Station (or similar) device to use this controller. It is an inexpensive option if you prefer a wired connection vs. wireless.
- Lexar 1TB microSD – I typically buy Samsung or SanDisk branded microSD cards. However, the price differences and speed of each lead me to the Lexar 1TB microSD instead. The reviews for it were good (5 *’s) and the price was reasonable ($135.99). MicroSD cards beyond 1TB are very new, difficult to find and/or will likely be expensive. Micron has announced a 1.5TB microSD card but unknown when they will be available or how much they will cost. For now, a 1TB microSD card makes the most sense, to me, for storage on Steam Deck. Keep in mind, you can choose a much smaller capacity microSD, if you prefer.
Vilros Tabletop Arcade for the Raspberry Pi 4: Setup and Game Play!
Today we’ll check out the Vilros Tabletop Arcade for the Raspberry Pi 4. This cool mini arcade can be used with RetroPie, Batocera and Recalbox. For Recalbox, a fix is needed and documented in the video description. Let’s set it up and play some games!
1942 X Replicade: Unboxing, Review and Game Play
The 1942 X Replicade by New Wave Toys is a 1:6th scale replica of the original Arcade machine. It also plays 1943: The Battle of Midway, includes a Mini 1943 Arcade Stick, HDMI Output and more. Let’s take a closer look!
Other Replicade Items
- New Wave Toys RepliCade UV Base Pad (Amazon)
- USB Charge Machine/Changing Station (Amazon)
- Insert Coin Keychain (I really like this, great stocking-stuffer)
Kinhank Super Console X Cube: Setup, Game Play and Review
In this video we’ll take a look at the Super Console X Cube. The Super Console X Cube is a Retro Gaming console which includes x2 wireless controllers and a microSD packed with over 50k games pre-installed. Let’s check it out!
PowKiddy V90: Review + How-To Setup Custom Firmware
In this video we’ll take a look at the PowKiddy V90 retro gaming handheld. When I bought this device, MAME vertical games would not scale correctly. That was, until I updated the firmware. This device is reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance SP but can play thousands of games on multiple emulators. In this video, we’ll take this ~$30-$50 handheld and update it with the most recent firmware and have an awesome (and cheap) little retro-gaming handheld!
Where to pick one up
- AliExpress – Cheaper but will take awhile to receive it
- Amazon – More expensive, but faster/easier returns
- Extra set of more powerful batteries (x2): BL-5C Battery, Upgraded 3.7V 1600mAh Li-ion Replacement (Amazon) – Installed in my V90 and are working well (Thanks to Russell B. for the tip!)
Super Console X STICK Retro Game Console: Setup, Game Play & Review
In this video we’ll check out the Super Console X Stick. The Super Console X Stick is a Retro Gaming console which includes x2 wireless controllers, an Android Remote and a microSD packed with over 50k games pre-installed.
Super Console X Retro Gaming Console: Unboxing, Game Play + Review
In this video we’ll check out the Super Console X. This Retro Gaming console includes x2 wireless controllers, a 4 port USB hub and a microSD packed with over 41k games pre-installed. Let’s check it out!
- Super Console X (Amazon)
Anbernic RG351V – Unboxing, Game Play & Review
The RG351V Retro Game (RG) handheld has built-in WiFi and comes in 3 variants including gray, transparent black and wood grain! This vertically oriented Anbernic device sports the familiar RK3326 CPU but with a 640×480 display (4:3), check it out in the video below! For more RG351V coverage, please visit the RG351 page here.
Asteroids X Replicade by New Wave Toys – Unboxing, Game Play & Review
Today we’ll take a look at the 1:6th scale Asteroids X Replicade Arcade by New Wave Toys. This unit is currently showing “Sold Out” on the New Wave Toys website, but you might be able to find one elsewhere.
Tempest X Replicade & USB Charge Machine: New Wave Toys Mini Arcade Review
In this video, we’ll take a look at the 1:6th scale Tempest X Replicade Arcade and the USB Charge Machine by New Wave Toys (resembles a “change” machine). Both of these products are getting more difficult to find and shows as sold out on the newwavetoys.com website. However, I was able to locate a Tempest at sideshow.com for this review. More Charge Machines, are coming on New Wave Toys website and perhaps Amazon.
Dragon’s Lair X Replicade: Unboxing, Game-play, HDMI Output & Review!
Replicade amusement has released the Dragon’s Lair X Replicade! This awesome 1:6th scale Dragon’s Lair Arcade machine looks and plays like the original game from 1983. Not only that, it includes some unexpected features such as a replica mini-LaserDisc & player, secondary scoreboard, Daphne Kickplate decal and illuminated Marquee/coin slots!
Dragon’s Lair X Replicade (distributed by New Wave Toys)
Arcade Game Station 3188 in 1: Unboxing, Setup, Game Play & Review
In this video we will take a look at the Arcade Console Integrated 3188 in 1 Arcade Game Station. This unit will allow 2-Player Arcade gaming and allow connecting it to your HDMI TV very easily. I’ll demonstrate the pros and the cons of this unit to help you determine if it’s right for you.
The Retroid Pocket 2: Quick and Easy Getting-Started Guide
Today, we will take a look at the newly released Retroid Pocket 2. We’ll unbox, set it up and of course try a few games/systems! At the end, I’ll let you know my thoughts on the unit. Check out the Retroid Pocket 2 page for more.
Batocera Install on a PC – Recycle your old PC / Laptop into a Retro-Gaming Beast
In this video, we’ll setup the Batocera on a laptop that is 14 years old! That’s right, it was released in 2006 and can play many emulators and some may surprise you! Time to dust-off those old laptops and put them to use with some Retro Gaming fun!
- The PC Retro-Gaming project page – My notes from this project as well as work-around for the issue I encountered in this video.
Powkiddy A12 Review and How-to Quickly generate your own Game List
Here, we are going to check out the Powkiddy A12. Not only that, we are going to make it better! The only issue I had with this unit was that the game-list is all in Chinese. However, in this video I’ll show you how to create your own custom game list from your own games, with artwork using a PC or a Raspberry Pi 4. Best of all, game list generation is quick and easy. Check out the Powkiddy A12 Tips page here.
RK2020 Retro Portable Handheld – Play Dreamcast, PSP, N64 and more!
Today, we will take a look at the RK2020 which is a portable handheld that allows you to play Nintendo 64, Play Station Portable and Dreamcast games. Let’s check it out.
- RK2020 Product Link ( Coupon code for 8% OFF- EXME )
RetroPie 4.6 is Out: 10 TIPs in 20 minutes for your Raspberry Pi 4 – many applicable for Pi 2/3/3b+
In this video, we’ll go through 10 RetroPie / Raspberry Pi 4 tips (+1 bonus) on how to improve your experience with RetroPie. This includes several tips from adding favorites, adding/changing themes, making an image backup, using RetroPie Web manager and so much more!
Pocket Go Version 2 Review and Game play: Demonstration of GB, FBA, Sega, NES, SNES, MAME and more!
In this video, we’ll take a look at the all new Pocket Go Version 2! We’ll go over the specifications, un box, game play and identify a few issues so you can decide if they are important to you, or not.
Mini Arcades: Data East Classics and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball
In this video we’ll take a look at the My Arcade Data East Classics mini Retro Arcade and the Super Impulse Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Ragebee 500-in-1: 3″ display, 2Player Controller for $15 (USD) – Unbox, Gameplay & Review (GearBest)
In this video, we’ll take a look at the Ragebee 500-in-1 2 player Handheld Game Console which includes an external Gamepad! The video includes the unboxing, gameplay and review of the Ragebee so that you can determine if it’s a good fit for you or as a gift.
Purchase Link – ~$15 USD from GearBest (ships from China)
Arcade1UP Star Wars Cabinet: Parody, Unboxing, Assembly, GamePlay and Review!
In this video, we did things a little differently and hope you truly enjoy it. We added a little Star Wars skit at the beginning before unboxing, assembling and reviewing the new Star Wars Arcade1UP Arcade!
Check out our Review Page for more details!
Retro Game 300: The FULL Guide to Firmware Upgrade, Unbox, Setup, Tips and Review of the RG300 +MAME
We’ll take a look at the Retro Game 300, also known as the RG300. This new Retro Gaming device has a 3″ screen, firmware upgradable, 3007 games pre-installed, L/R buttons and many emulators. Check out this thorough review that will take you from Unboxing, firmware upgrade, gameplay, tips and much more! Yes, the video is a little long, but you’ll learn everything you need to know in one video!
Where to find the RG300
- Retro Game 300 (on Amazon)
UPDATE (9/29/2019): The Intellivision emulator DOES WORK! Thanks to one of our viewers, Thomas, for the info. To get it to work, search for “OpenEmuBIOSPack”. Then, copy the following files to the roms/intellivision folder that contains the games: ecs.bin, exec.bin, grom.bin & voice.bin. That’s it!
Software and Tools Used for the Firmware Upgrade
PocketGo by BittBoy Review and Demonstration – Pocket Retro Gaming Handheld (Less than $40)
In this video, we’ll take a look at the new BittBoy Pocket Go, a less than $40 USD retro gaming device. This impressive gaming console can play the following systems:
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Game Boy Advance
- Mega Drive
- Sega Master System
- PC Engine
You can get yours in the links below
Our Video Review of the PocketGo
How-To Setup: Retroflag GPi CASE – RetroPie on a RPi Zero W – ARCADE in your Pocket!
Here we’ll unbox, assemble and configure the microSD for the newly released Retroflag GPi CASE! For the latest information, also please see the link below. As I receive feedback, with problems or improvements I will update this page.
- Retroflag GPi case for Raspberry Pi Zero W
- Pi Zero W (on Adafruit – best price) or with more accessories that aren’t useful for this particular build on Amazon here.
- Samsung 128GB microSD
- eneloop Rechargable Battery Kit – not the cheapest, but a good set of batteries
SETUP: RetroFlag SuperPI CASE (Deluxe) +Safe Shutdown / RETROPIE case + looks like an SNES!
We’ll un-box and setup the Retroflag SUPERPi Deluxe Edition case with the shutdown script! This kit includes 2 wired controllers, cooling fan, heat sinks and more. You will need a Raspberry Pi 3/3b+ which is sold separately and a microSD card for burning the RetroPie image.
- Retroflag SUPERPi Case with Wired Controller Deluxe Edition UCase Set (for Raspberry Pi 3B+ 2B 3B)
- Raspberry 3b+
- Power Supply (with power button)
- Perixx PERIBOARD-514H Plus Wired Keyboard with Trackball (USB)
- 128Gb microSD
Helpful Software (Download Links)
- PuTTY – for connecting to the Raspberry Pi from your computer.
- Official RetroPie Download Instructions
- The Shutdown Script
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
- 2023-09-24 – Added the GRS Super Joystick: Ikari Warriors Limited Edition.
- 2023-05-13 – Added Super Console Arcade X3 Review.
- 2021-10-10 – Added the 1942 Replicade X Review.
- 2021-08-08 – Added Super Console X Cube Review.
- 2021-07-16 – Added PowKiddy V90 Video.
- 2021-06-04 – Updated this page with small thumbnails instead of embedded videos. This will allow for faster loading, clicking an image will load the YouTube video.