Galaga Mini-Cabinet using a Nintendo DS

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We’re not showing you the finished version of this tiny Galaga arcade cabinet because it doesn’t really testify to the awesome that was packet into this hack. In regards to the features the build is just nuts!. The user controls were customized to look like the real thing, and the attention to detail would make craftsmen from the gilded age of dollhouses proud.

Update: [eLRIC] left a link to an even better forum thread build log as a comment. Among other thing it fully details the joystick modifications.

The machine is driven by a Nintendo DS, which donates its upper screen as the cabinet display. In the image to the right you can see that the lower display is still accessible through an opening in the back of the cabinet. The joystick is a small multi-directional switch which was altered by adding the red ball. It was also housed in a custom metal bracket that includes a washer to limit the movement of the stick. Also shown on the right are the lights for the marquee as well as the two coin-slots.

Check out the video after the break to see the game play. Despite its size it still seems really playable, but if you need something larger you could model your own build off of this project.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz6ya-eJldk

[via Reddit via TheGrue]

16 thoughts on “Galaga Mini-Cabinet using a Nintendo DS

  1. Personal preference here, but if I was doing this I wouldn’t advertise to the world that I was using a pirate ROM on a flash cart in my DS…
    Other than that, WOW! Amazing build.

  2. Is there a BOM? I’m looking for a joystick like that! All the multi-directional switches I have found are tiny and come without any kind of ‘stick’ … anyone have any ideas about a good directional joystick? (digital not analog)

      1. Thanks! Altho $15 + crazy shipping to UK is less than ideal.. i should really look for a retro console that has something similar to this and extract that (altho most of them are rubber + pads, not standalone!). Thanks for your input I have some more search parameters now ;)

    1. You can easily turn a $3 analog stick from ebay into a digital one with a LM339, 3 resistors voltage divider (and pull ups).

  3. I was thinking of using the replacement analog sticks from a PS3 pad and making a small AVR circuit to output the 8 way signal for making a mini cabinet like this. It wouldn’t feel quite the same but should work well.

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