Mini arcade cabinets


[Pocket_Lucho] has really done a fantastic job on this one. He’s making miniature arcade cabinets(translated) from old consoles.  This post is mainly talking about a Sega genisis version, but he’s also done one for the PC engine(aka turbografix 16). He takes us through pulling RGB video strait from the chip as well as harvesting buttons from a cheapo all in one arcade controller. For the screen he’s using a PSone portable LCD, pretty much un modified. What really stands out is the final layout. He has built tiny arcade cabinets, about a foot tall, to house them. These are amazingly awesome and we want one. No, we want an entire mini arcade of them. You can see a video after the break.

[thanks Keith]


  1. strider_mt2k says:

    That’s extremely well done!

  2. infin1ght says:

    But these cabinets are damn fine.

  3. fyrebug says:

    ha! those are super cute! and I’ve never said that nor thought I would without getting punched.

    but they’re the footprint of a cd case. I love it!

  4. liebesiech says:

    Very nice made. Are they for dwarfs?

  5. pocket_lucho says:

    What a surprise seeying my mini cabs here! I like doing arcade cabs but I already have 2 ‘big’ cabs and no more free space for another one so… I have to make ‘pocket’ cabs! My goal is to finish the 16 bit generation, actually pc-engine/turbografx, megadribe/genesis and neo-geo are finished, super nintendo/super famicom comes next and later a pocket mame cab using a mini-itx board will come… stay tuned ;)

  6. Mike D says:

    That’s freaking sweet. Me want.

  7. h_2_o says:

    those are pimp, for a pocket mame cab wouldn’t a nano-itx work a bit better. anyway amazing work there.

  8. ddh819 says:

    seems like those Genesis games play really well even with those mini joysticks.

  9. cde says:

    The Cabinet Art is the best part about it. It soo slick and shiny.

    That, and finding out there is a Yu-Yu Hakasho game for genesis. Time to find a rom :O

  10. cynic says:

    Nice, an interesting middleground between a fullsize arcade cabinet or TV setup and a hand-held hack, but with optional TV outputs. Very nice cabinet art, too. The Genesis 3 seems perfectly sized for this, unlike my bulky old MegaDrive 1 + MegaCD v1.

    The only thing that could let it down is the vulture-poo glue all over the boards.

  11. matthack says:

    Yo guys check my MAME cabinet out, leave a comment :)

  12. Paul says:

    this looks highly marketable

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  14. DanAdamKOF says:

    What did you use for a Neo-Geo? One of the smaller one-slot arcade PCBs (MV-1C etc)? Is the cabinet the same size, or did you have to make it bigger? I’m interested in what sort of hacking and rearranging you had to do to your Neo-Geo’s PCB…

    Sorry to be such a neo-nerd! :)

  15. yuppicide says:

    I want a whole arcade of these! I didn’t read the whole article, but would be nice if they ALSO had TV output. Yes, these would be highly marketable.

  16. skepsis says:

    Wow….Are these for purchase on any site :))))

  17. pocket_lucho says:

    Hi, I use a neogeo mvs mv1b, only soldering 2 switches for the menu/pause buttons. You can see the making off here (in spanish):

    And the video:

    I sold this machine for 650 € ( 1 € = 1.32 $ -> 860 $!!) and took me 4/5 months to finish. I´m re-doing this now with some improvements with the usa neogeo color scheme and arts.

    And yes, all my minis have tv output, 2nd player pad connector and switces for region/hz when needed. In the video of the pc-engine cab you can see the tv out:

    If you have more questions please ask and thank you for your comments.

  18. moshguy says:

    You’re cabinet is noting short of amazing. I love the cabinet art. If I hadn’t seen the pictures of it being built, I would be convinced that this was some sort of mass produced machine.

  19. Buddy says:

    Suggest adding one of those lever action suction cups so you can really get into the game!

  20. Unbrick Psp says:

    Awesome post, you have answered many questions I have been search for the answer to!

  21. nubie says:

    Dang, now I want to build one, I didn’t the first few times I saw it, but now I do.

  22. Hey!

  23. Google cash says:

    Nice Cabinets.

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