Check out his process at Ikea Hacker. we find this awesome counter top Nintendo machine and some instructions and a video on how you might build your own. Made from an old PC and a 17" LCD monitor, this custom system really nails that classic NES aesthetic. documenting his process on his blog including building the controller from custom parts, and configuring it to work with his PC. Resources for building your own There are a surprising number of resources available on the web to get your started building an arcade machine. From software solutions, to complete design specs, the DIY arcade community is alive and well. Let's take a look at some of things you'll need to know if you want to do it yourself. MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator)MAME is an arcade machine emulator for PC. Their website also hosts a number of ROM's (which are copies of old games which the emulator can run), many of which are from the pre 80's arcade era. If you have an old PC kicking around just wasting space, you may already be a fifth of the way to building your very own arcade box. From their website:
MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game's ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer. MAME can currently emulate several thousand different classic arcade video games from the late 1970s through the modern era.Custom or vintage cabinets Building A Home Arcade, a website dedicated to all facets of the process, including planning and building your cabinet. North Coast Custom Arcade offer cabinet kits, plans and complete gaming systems to get your ultimate gaming lounge off the ground. Similarly, Arcade Depot advertises "Real Wood Arcade Cabinet" kits and all the other pieces you'll need to build your custom machine. You can also dive right in with a refurbished or refurbish-able cabinet from eBay. Arcade machines used to be everywhere, but now most of them lay in waiting for someone to give them some love. Find a vintage cabinet and take it apart, throw in some modern guts, and load up MAME or even a modern console. PC website Maximum PC offers up some really well done research on how you might go about building your own as well. Covering a wide range of cabinet types and resources, this article is another great resource for getting started building your own custom arcade system. The Controller
Key to the arcade experience is a really great joystick. If you're working on a true vintage arcade machine you can check out Ultimarc for a wide selection of classic arcade sticks. X-Arcade offers a USB capable arcade console which is built ready to mount in a custom cabinet. From their website:
Your Tankstick™ is an indestructible beast which lets you relive thousands of classic arcade games like Galaga™, Ms. Pacman™, and gaggles of others on your PC, Mac™ or Linux computer. Buy now and get 18 Classic Arcade Games For Your PC. Use out of the box with PC/Mac/Linux: (USB PS/2), plus add extra adapters optionally with the drop-down menu on the right. Free Ground Shipping: USA //www.xgaming.com/Modern solutions, The iCade including Atari's Greatest Hits, you can order your own iCade at Think Geek.
Product SpecificationsWhatever you decide to do — good luck, and happy gaming! (Images: as credited above)
- Beautifully retro-styled tabletop arcade cabinet for your otherwise useless iPad
- iPad connects to the iCADE controls via Bluetooth
- "Atari Greatest Hits" iPad App ready to go with the iCADE, including support for over 100 classic Atari games.
- Atari App comes with Missile Command for free, other games available for in-app purchase. 3-game packs are $1. All 100 games are $14.99
- Compatible with both the original iPad, iPad 2 and New iPad (iPad 3)
- Ships separately in packaging that lists the product name on the outside