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Post by Mini » 22 Aug 2016, 11:20

So I decided that my Raspberry Pi has been sitting idle for too long.
So I have started converting it into an emulator station, so far I have SNES and NES games installed onto it.
Using RetroPie as the OS, as it came pre-installed with the emulators for a few different consoles.

And bought 2 USB SNES like controllers off eBay

Next stage is building a box for it to all go into and sit nicely, making sure that I can transport it easy enough

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The next stage is the bit I'm not 100% sure what I am doing... because I don't build things... or have the tools to build things...
So shopping trip for wood and tools to make the box, then painting and finding something to make the box look nicer, maybe some older game character decals.
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Post by NotThatDoug » 22 Aug 2016, 14:29

I've got a Pi sitting in my drawer doing nothing, was there a guide you followed to set it up as a SNES emulator?
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Post by Mini » 22 Aug 2016, 14:33

Not really, bought the controllers off eBay for $10 and installed RetroPie onto the Pi as the OS. Then it was just a case of copying the ROMs across to it.

Was a lot more simple than I expected.

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Post by Matty » 22 Aug 2016, 14:49

This looks great! I love a good diy project.
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Post by Bicketybam » 22 Aug 2016, 14:49

Not a table top emulator but you could just as easily make it a sitdown one.

Edit : Seems I missed one, where he programs the raspberry pi in the first place, so I slotted that into the first place.









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Post by NotThatDoug » 22 Aug 2016, 14:57

Cool I'll have to check it out, $10 is a bargin for the controllers, it would be a good thing for my trips to Perth to have a bit of variety to what I can play when I'm stuck in the room in the evening.


Let us know how it goes, I've always wanted to build an arcade cabinet with the second PC I have laying around at home, but lack the funds and time or the extra funds if I wanted to save time and get a flatpack from Arcadeworx.
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Post by Ralph Wiggum » 22 Aug 2016, 15:11

NotThatDoug wrote:Cool I'll have to check it out, $10 is a bargin for the controllers, it would be a good thing for my trips to Perth to have a bit of variety to what I can play when I'm stuck in the room in the evening.


Let us know how it goes, I've always wanted to build an arcade cabinet with the second PC I have laying around at home, but lack the funds and time or the extra funds if I wanted to save time and get a flatpack from Arcadeworx.
I just googled Arcadeworx, are they still around? Found this: https://insolvencynotices.asic.gov.au/b ... 37981ae353

I've always had ideas flipping around my head to build a mame cabinet, but put it in the "too much effort" basket.
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Post by Mini » 22 Aug 2016, 15:17

Yeah I wasn't going to go the full on arcade cabinet, was looking at a smaller project. Everything is working so far, just need to get the wood to make the box, so tonight I'm going to measure it all up. And get my wood saw and drill back from my ex's house.

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Post by NotThatDoug » 22 Aug 2016, 15:29

Ralph Wiggum wrote:
I just googled Arcadeworx, are they still around?
oh damn, their website is still up and running, but they haven't made a post on facebook since mid may.

Guess I'll have to put in the time to build one myself, or find an arcade machine thats dead and rip the guts out. I always planned on cheating and instead of wiring up the joystick and buttons I was going to get a flat shelf one and either throw a tank stick or a couple of USB fight sticks on there.
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Post by Bicketybam » 22 Aug 2016, 16:02

Mini wrote:Yeah I wasn't going to go the full on arcade cabinet, was looking at a smaller project.
Just have a look at the first video i edited into my post. It shows the basic setup of the pi and also how Bob added some buttons into a box. That's probably good enough for most people otherwise just buy a premade joystick button box and plug that in.
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Post by NotThatDoug » 22 Aug 2016, 17:17

Oh god why did I go to the retro pi subreddit and look at the top all time posts so much awesomeness

https://www.reddit.com/r/RetroPie/top/?sort=top&t=all
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Post by Mini » 22 Aug 2016, 18:29

Those handhelds... wow...
Might have to look into one of them for my next project.
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Post by NotThatDoug » 23 Aug 2016, 07:43

these plans were in the comments of a couple of the bar top units that look pretty doable http://www.instructables.com/id/2-Playe ... red-by-Pi/

They say they got 9mm and 6mm MDF to stick together for the 15mm rubber T moulding, maybe they don't sell it over in the UK but you can get 16mm MDF from bunnings and 16mm T moulding from DIY arcade, Also looks like you've already got the hardest to get item on the list, a 4:3 monitor.
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Post by Mini » 23 Aug 2016, 08:14

Haha, I will have a look at that plan later. And yeah I have about 6 of them sitting in my shed

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Post by NotThatDoug » 16 Sep 2016, 12:16

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Progress. The buttons are coming from a different place because I wanted to copy the colour layout of a super nintendo controller and the only way you can buy a pack with the board/cables/buttons and joysticks only gives you two colour buttons.

Probably going to whip down to Mitre 10 for some MDF this weekend
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Post by NotThatDoug » 14 Nov 2016, 15:16

still haven't got the wood to make my cabinet, life got in the way, but I saw an ad on facebook for one of these the other day and I'm kinda tempted to copy it

http://digitalhypearcade.com/shop/hyper ... -one-copy/

everything is built into the gamepad then you just run out a cord for power and cord for video. I saw on the ad it was even running retro pie. then it can go outside on the TV for some fighting games when I'm doing a BBQ, or take it inside when I'm playing solo, then store it up on the shelf next to my PC fight stink and Nintendo 64 stuff.
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Post by Mini » 14 Nov 2016, 16:51

I just ordered 2 arcade stick kits from eBay today.
Hopefully that convinces me to continue building it, as you said... life gets in the way...
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Post by Mini » 19 Feb 2017, 14:12

Finally got around to starting an arcade stick

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