The new SGC Mini Arcade Maxi v2

It’s been almost a year since the release of the Maxi. I’ve had a lot of good feedback so far but the one change people wanted to see was a bigger screen. I decided to go with a 21.5 inch screen which required an entire redesign of the cabinet. I have also added new, more powerful full range speakers. The ROG mini PC has been discontinued and has been replaced with the Intel NUC. Pricing remains the same.

Check it out below with the new Street Fighter artwork. More artwork options here.

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New vinyl artwork for the Mini Arcade Maxi

Check out the new full cabinet vinyl artwork. The new artwork covers the side panels, control panel and marquee. 4 to choose from and more to come. They are available now for the Mini Arcade Maxi and they look awesome. I’ll add some photos of a couple of machines that are sporting the new graphics soon. Check them out below:

New vinyl artwork for the Mini Arcade Maxi

New vinyl artwork for the Mini Arcade Maxi

New vinyl artwork for the Mini Arcade Maxi

New vinyl artwork for the Mini Arcade Maxi

Introducing the Mini Arcade Maxi

It’s finally time to launch my new 2 player arcade machine which I have dubbed the Mini Arcade Maxi. I’m very happy with the final product – it’s solid, plays well and sounds great. Many hours have gone into the design of this machine and many more into the software (HyperSpin). Make sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post for a demo and a rundown of the features.

Build options and pricing:

Option 1: BYO PC$1199

This is the base build which will give you everything except for the PC. It’s for people who want to use their own mini PC and who know what they’re doing when it comes to software. There is also an option for purchasing a hard drive with my HyperSpin setup for you to copy onto your own PC.

Option 2: Retro Edition $1699

The Retro edition comes with a mini PC which is powerful enough to run retro games only. It will include over 10,000 retro games.

Option 3: Ultimate Edition$2399

As the title implies, this is the ultimate version of the Mini Arcade Maxi. This one comes with an ASUS ROG GR6 gaming PC which is capable of running retro as well as any modern games like Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat X.

All Mini Arcade Maxi machines are available for purchase here.

Switching to Raspberry Pi 3

Just a quick post to say that I’m switching to the Raspberry Pi 3 for all arcades and flat kits. The RPi 2 seems to be out of stock everywhere so I’m guessing they will stop making it. It’s slightly more expensive but I won’t be raising the prices of any of my products. It also boots up a little faster than the 2. I didn’t notice any different with game performance however.

New 2 player build – Update

The prototype 2 build is done. I have gone with a red vs blue theme on this one and I think it looks pretty good. The final build has also commenced and should be done soon. I apologise to anyone waiting on pricing details but I just want to make sure everything is perfect and that I design and build the best arcade I can. Details will be out soon.

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New 2 Player Bartop Arcade Build

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing my thing. I’ve been building and posting arcades as per usual. I recently had a request from a client to build a two player bartop arcade machine. I took on this request and soon became obsessed with designing and building the best machine I’ve ever built. I don’t believe there is anything like it available in Australia. I’ve built a prototype which I cut by hand and assembled so I could check the measurements. Once I’m happy with it, I’ll have it cut out professionally. I’m so happy with the build so far that I’ve decided, once I’m finished with this one, to to launch it as a product. There’s a lot more work to do yet (including coming up with a name) and I’ll keep posting updates on my progress. I’ll be demoing it soon in a video.

For now, check out my progress so far. Please let me know what you think on FaceBook or the comments below.

It started as a single sheet of MDF. I traced a template onto the sheet and cut it out with a jigsaw.

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The side panels.

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Other panels.

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Drilled the wholes for the control panel and connected the front panel.

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Joined the pieces together with metal brackets from the inside. I want the outside to be clean, no screws or bolts.

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The screen is a perfect fit. I’m using a 19 inch AOC IPS display.

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Added some aluminium angles to hold the marquee…

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and a continuous hinge for the control panel. This will allow easy access to the wiring.

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Spray painted a boarder on some 3mm clear acrylic. This should give me a nice black boarder, hiding the display bezel. The acrylic will give the screen a nice, glossy look and a real arcade feel.

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Glued the acrylic to some 3mm MDF and installed it on the machine.

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Mmmm… glossy.

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Magnets to hold the control panel down and for easy access to the internals.

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Chucked some LED buttons and joysticks on. Didn’t have enough of the same button so had to mix and match.

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Installed a power socket and switch on the back panel. Also attached it with a continuous hinge for getting to the innards from the back.

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Installed a couple of customisable function buttons for saving, loading, etc. A PC power button and a button for turning on/off the LED lights. You don’t want the lights distracting you when you’re going for a high score!

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Wired up the controls and LEDs.

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Fit some LED strip lights behind the marquee. So 80’s.

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Wired up a power board to the power socket to power the PC, screen and lights.

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Soldered a button up to the mini PC to turn it on and off.

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Mounted mini PC to the back panel.

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Installed HyperSpin on the mini PC and fired it up. Looks good so far. Spent a lot of time configuring the controls, emulators and roms to work properly. This took days.

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Had it tested by the master. If it survives her, it’ll survive anything.

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Cut some vinyl to shape and fit it to the side panels.

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Took the whole thing apart and stuck some vinyl to the rest of the panels. I cut another control panel out as I wasn’t happy with the button layout. Also rounded off the front edge of the control panel with a router.

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The finished product. Just waiting on the t-moulding to arrive for the side panel edges. I’ll post some more pics once that’s done.

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Raspberry Pi 3 build now up

The Raspberry Pi 3 build of RetroPie 3.7 is now live and is compatible with the RPi 2 an 3. So far this only works with the single player machines. 2 player version coming soon.

Grab it from the Media page or click here.

Enjoy.

Coming soon… Raspberry Pi 3

I’ve just started testing the Raspberry Pi 3 with my Mini Arcades. So far I have installed RetroPie 3.6, which is the only version that works on the 3, and have the controls working. Shouldn’t be long before I can start offering it as an option. It will be around $10 more to upgrade to an RPi 3 though as they cost a little extra.

Updated RetroPie 3.0 image

Check out the updated RetroPie 3.0 image on the Media page. It’s chock full of retro goodness. It also works with the 1 and 2 player machines.