Shiny acrylic MAME box

This nice table-top MAME arcade features a two-toned acrylic case. [Fabricio] spent about 50-60 hours designing the 29 parts that make up the enclosure. Originally the sides were meant to be orange but one design flaw meant he had to have them recut and only had enough black stock for the job. But we like it this way. The screen is just over ten inches and inside you’ll find a mini-ITX motherboard with a gig of ram and a solid state drive. The seven page build log features some bending, glue, screwing, and wiring that really show off the depth of the project.

This results a very modern look but if you like your retro gaming to appear vintage we recommend this cocktail cabinet.


  1. James says:

    Modern look? If you’re locked in the 80s :)

    Nice build.

  2. GotNoTime says:

    Looks good and I prefer the black sides.

    It looks like the entire unit is tiny though from the photo :)

  3. JC says:

    Love the build. Nice job!

  4. raith says:

    thats a retro look more than a modern one, change the orange to red or blue though and it wouldn’t look out of place in the new tron movie, which is exactly what they were going for back in the day, things that look futuristic.

  5. andrew says:

    this is so awesome, the attention to detail and everything is really great. it looks like a commercial product.

  6. djrussell says:

    excellent build and write up. “pew pew!” :D

  7. I LOVE this thing, If I could buy the case parts, I WOULD. :)

    Excellent job. BLACK looks better on the sides IMO.

  8. strider_mt2k says:


    Yay Emulation!

  9. XiUiX says:

    Its a shame that cocktail cabinets are not popular in bars these days.

  10. Mr Earl says:

    Those buttons are just tactile push buttons, right? Does anyone know how the button input is processed by the computer?

  11. Liam says:

    Looks great! but I gotta agree with GotNoTime, for some reason the photo makes the whole unit look really really small, like it has a mobile phone screen or something…

  12. goose says:

    What was the cost and what processor is it using intel atom or something else?

  13. Dubmuffin says:

    Slick as hell, nice job!

  14. nico says:

    If I were into arcade, I’d absolutely buy a kit. Incredibly nice work!

  15. Mikey says:

    Is it not really small? I thought it was using mini-itx board…? Main desc says 10″, so… smaller than most laptops…

  16. Daniel says:

    @Mr Earl, regarding the buttons, they appear to be tied back to the joystick. I imagine he simply extended the buttons from it which makes integration much simpler.

  17. Yann says:

    nice nice nice !!!!!!!

    i want it ! i need it ! grrrrr

  18. Jimmy says:

    Yeah, interesting idea to create my own

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