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Old 18th April 2011, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We most of you (mainly from the console section) know that I havenít been online much lately and there has been a good reason. The reason being is that I have always want to build my own arcade machine, which I am wrapped to say I have.
It has been a really big project but I am really happy with how it has turned out. Atm the arcade can play alot of different games on alot of different platforms. Here is a list of what I have running atm.


- Roughly about 4000 arcade games
- Every Nintendo game
- Every Super Nintendo game
- Every Nintendo 64 game
- Every Sega Genesis game
- 50 Dreamcast games
- 100 future pinball tables
- 20 playstation games
- 10 PC games (love SF4)
- Every NeoGeo games
- 20 Nintendo Watch games (the old donkey kong game still rocks)


I also have alot of the Atari, Ds, PS2 and Wii games but I havenít set them up yet.


The arcade has 2x 8way joysticks, 1x 4 way joystick (for games like pacman), 6x buttons for each player, 1 track ball (use for the mouse and games like golf /bowling), 2x coin buttons 2x player starts, Flipper and tilt buttons for pinball at the sides of the control panel.

I can also hook up a switch to the control panel and use it for my PS3 (also can be hooked to a xbox 360)

It has been a huge learning process but I have really enjoyed it. If anyone is thinking of jumping in and having a go at making one, let me know and I will help as much as I can. I have found alot of places for parts and alot of good people that are willing to help.
Here are some of my build photoís and the finished product.


















Ava smashing frogger



Ava and Will kicking butt on Ninja Turtles



The best photo of the lot

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Old 18th April 2011, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice. Fits nicely into the corner there. I can show my wife this and she might let me build something for my steering wheel ... thanks for sharing.
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Old 19th April 2011, 12:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very nice click. So jealous.
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Old 19th April 2011, 03:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Epic is a word that is banded around almost too much these days but in this case i can think of nothing else to describe them.

.....well ok Amazing
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Thats freak'in awesome Click!!
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Old 19th April 2011, 12:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Outstanding work mate. If you don't mind me asking, how much did that set you back?

Also ... if you have Killer Instinct and Gauntlet ... I'm coming over! (Or more to the point I will also need to build one!)

Wait I just re-read and you said every N64 game ... "Killer Instinct Gold!"

Now I must build one too!
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Old 19th April 2011, 01:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Great unit!!

What front end interface do you use to select the games?
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Old 19th April 2011, 07:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thx guys I really appreciate all the great comments but I am sure most people could make one if they gave it a go

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Outstanding work mate. If you don't mind me asking, how much did that set you back?
I already had the Computer/Speakers/LCD/Keyboard. So that leaves Controls/Brackets/IPAC/Artwork Prints/Paint/Arcade Shell/Wiring/Software/T-molding and Perspex which would roughly work out to $800-$1000.
That price is a rough guess but it all depends on what you want and what brands you buy.


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Great unit!!

What front end interface do you use to select the games?
Maximus Arcade but I been checking out Hyperspin and GameEx aswell


Here are some more photo's I took today. I finally got the rest of the T- molding so I am just waiting on the button decals and it will be finished









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Old 20th April 2011, 08:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
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What specs on the PC mate?
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Old 20th April 2011, 11:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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OMG!! That looks awesome!! Great job click.
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