classic arcade games given a 21st century makeover can never be as authentic, so why not built yourself one real arcade cabinet that let you enjoy classics like Ms. Pacman, Donkey Kong, DigDug and more? too much hassle and too technical we hear you say? then why not start small, like really, really small, which you can do so with the Cupcade: Raspberry Pi-powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit? fresh from Adafruit, this kit has everything (almost) you need to put together an arcade machine which easily slips into your back for your retro gaming fix while on the go. key features include Adafruit’s PiTFT 2.8-inch display boasting 320 x 420 resolution, mini thumbstick and mini arcade push buttons, plus a whole bunch of components necessary to put together one lusty-worthy micro arcade cabinet.
as mentioned, it has almost everything, but you do have provide a Raspberry Pi model B and tools like soldering iron, solder, wire, basic electronic hand tools, tape et cetera. also, you will have to be equipped with the knack for mucking (very tiny) electronics components. soldering itself is not an easy task if you don’t do it day-in and day-out, so we can imagine the challenge it would pose for such a tiny machine. in total, it has four buttons: two on the arcade table for “fire” and “jump” and two front-facing items for “coin” and “start”. the enclosure is of laser cut acrylic and kit will come with a 4GB SD/microSD card pre-burned with the Cupcade image. definitely not a kit for novice and so if you are a novice when it comes circuitry stuff, then you might want to wait out for a version with more of the circuitry pre-built. though no timeline was give as to when that will happen.
the Cupcade: Raspberry Pi-powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit is available, in limited quantity, from Adafruit webstore now for $119.95. keep going for a couple more look and a product intro video.