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Fred’s Tech Corner: My Arcade 1up Raspberry Pi Cabinet

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I converted my Arcade 1up Street Fighter cabinet to a Raspberry Pi arcade machine using ETA Prime’s tutorial as a starting point (links at the bottom). I replaced the joystick as per his tutorial, which required very basic drilling, but kept the existing buttons because I liked them. I did buy a kit with replacement buttons in case maintenance was needed. I used the LCD Control Module that ETA prime mentions as well as the USB control modules he has in his videos (came with my joysticks/buttons as part of a $40 complete kit).

I voice displeasure with Arcade 1up’s customer support, which I still stand by, but I am happy to report that this week I did receive a replacement bezel out of nowhere with no notification. With this new replacement bezel all is well, clean, and scratch free. So prepare for a long wait (2 1/2 months in my case) but your replacements *should* hopefully show up.

The settings I use for the Pi are largely covered in my previous setup video. I did figure out Neo Geo, which is working in this demonstration. As I indicate, configuration is a big part of this project and there were far too many tweaks to get into here. My advice: know that setting up the pi, resolutions, sound, and controls are going to be a taxing part of this process that may take a long time. Make sure you have decent knowledge of the Pi if you plan to embark on this venture.  Read on for a price breakdown and links.

Total spent: $200 (Arcade 1up SF II Cab on Sale) + $30 (Riser on sale) + $30 (LCD Encoder) + $40 (joysticks/buttons/usb encoders) = $300

If you’re starting this project from scratch and you don’t own a Pi, can’t find the cabinet on sale, and don’t have a speaker system the cost increases quite a bit. These days the cabs are back to full price as is the riser so breakdown is as follows. $300 (SF Cab) + $50 (Riser) + $30 (LCD Encoder) + $40 (controls) + $65 (Raspberry Pi 3B+ starter kit with pi, power supply, case, and 16GB micro SD that I have here) + $25 (simple 2.1 powered speaker system) = $510

ETA Prime’s Fantastic Tutorial (the catalyst to this project): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09DQCOr6zQM
LCD Control Module: https://www.amazon.com/Controller-HSD190MEN4-M170EN06-1280×1024-30Pins/dp/B06X9NJ2NR
Arcade Controls Kit: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Player-Classic-Arcade-DIY-Parts-USB-Encoder-Joystick-20-LED-Arcade-Buttons/253947591488
Raspberry Pi 3B+ starter kit: https://www.microcenter.com/product/506703/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-starter-kit
Speaker System: https://www.microcenter.com/product/451430/ca-3051-g-blast-21-channel-sound-system

Written by Fred Rojas

February 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

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