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Raspberry Pi Acrylic Retro Arcade Game DIY Kit

Raspberry Pi Acrylic Retro Arcade Game DIY Kit

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Did anyone else end up with two red wires? I got 8 red and black and 2 that were just the red wire. I highly doubt those will work for my start/select buttons. I don't want to wait a couple of weeks for two wires to be sent to me since there aren't any electronics stores nearby. Oh well, my first drop and I get screwed... :(
FYI: Same deal available on Amazon with prime, so free 2-day shipping same price
https://www.amazon.com/Acrylic-Retro-Game-Arcade-Raspberry/dp/B0714GNQSF
I would need a kit that comes with a rotary controller, since my favorite arcade game is Tempest.
Anyone know the brand of buttons and stick? This could be a deal breaker for me.
ZeroLovesDnB
From the pictures, I can guarantee they aren't any of the go-to brands. Definitely not Sanwa, Seimetsu, or Hori sticks or buttons. I don't recognize any of the parts and I am pretty familiar with what is available on the market. Likely chinese knockoff hardware, but I dont explicitly recognize it.
Mine will not boot up. Light comes on, nothing happens......
I guess I'd give this 4/5 stars. Yes, some of the documentation needs help. It emphasizes stuff that doesn't need it (where to plug stuff into the board when you configure that as part of the retropie setup) and doesn't include information that would be helpful (all buttons and joystick do not care about polarity, so it doesn't matter which plug on the button you attach the black/red/blue/white wire to and I put the joystick in wrong at first). Yes, the acrylic is too thick that the buttons don't snap in underneath. The HDMI and power cord are going to be too short if you plan on plugging this into a TV you want to sit back from. The buttons and joystick are cheaper feeling than commercial arcade buttons.

But, overall I'm happy with this kit and what I paid for it. The actual tolerances for the holes was great. The buttons fit in nice and tight, and it would take a substantial push from underneath to get them to pop out even though they don't snap in from underneath. The actual fit of the case and all the screw holes was great. The speakers are a bit extraneous considering most HDMI monitors and TVs have some sort of speaker built in, but the board was probably originally for a standalone cabinet. And the cords are plenty long enough for plugging it into a monitor on a computer desk. If your expectations are based on AliExpress kits, you'll be happy. If you're coming from Adafruit, you won't be. Be patient building it, realize the parts are not for a commercial setup and you should be happy.
Finally got around to assembling my kit this weekend. Some notes if there's anyone left else who hasn't built their kit yet...

- The instructions say to wire up the buttons to ports that aren't there yet (K5, K6, etc.). If you just keep connecting them down the row, you'll be fine, as the software lets you remap the buttons to what you need. Same for up/down/left/right on the joystick.
- I couldn't find useful documentation for the joystick controller board online. It looks like it is capable of much more than just the buttons included (analog stick, etc,).
- The laser cut acrylic was poor quality - my top plate had streaks all over it that didn't wash off. I installed it upside down, as the bottom side looked fine, but the result is buttons are positioned oddly, and I have a spare hole where the 5th post would go that is unused.
- It's worth going to the retropie website and reflashing the SD card before you install it. I tried to skip this step and just take the update on the live image, but this caused problems and I ended up having to reflash anyway.
- Still haven't got audio working through internal speakers or HDMI - I don't think this has anything to do with the kit though. Same for Bluetooth controllers.
I'm struggling to find a reason for this to exist. Its a bunch of cheap buttons, some pre-cut acrylic, and the speakers you see on every cheap device meant to look "cool". The 99 bucks doesn't even get you the Pi. The maker of this "kit" is laughing their way to the bank as they buy more parts from DX and toss them in a box. And good lord, why does it have speakers when you need to connect to a tv anyway.

Now I cant be so negative without a solution can I? Honestly, just buy a properly made joystick and (gasp!) plug it into your Pi.
Not only will it be a proper well made set of controls you can use with you PC/MAC as well, you will only have the USB wire running from it, rather than the Pi's power source, and the hdmi wire.
RetroManCave on Youtube did a review of this, shows how much work it is to assemble it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG4QsH43gBg

This is basically just some off-the-shelf components plus a few bits of laser-cut plastic.
fragglet
Thanks for sharing this. I almost bought it, but I actually think I want to build my own cabinet and this isn't really the right place to start.
just got mine the other day. Just letting you know building it is painful
CoopyBUDD
what's the quality of the components like?

like if put together well will it hold up to street fighter type of button mashing?
DiRtYMeATCuRTiN
i think it would, but be warned the buttons are low quality.
Anyone still waiting on shipment?
Eddie81
I am... was wondering when it will appear.
Based on the comments below, I will be looking for a joystick replacement for this massdrop that woud fit the case. I have already put together a Retro Pi and wasn't happy with the USB controllers I was using. I really want a quality joystick and at least 2 high quality buttons. Anyone have suggestions so I can order the parts and do it all at once. My kit hasn't arrived yet and I'll wait to get some good parts in there.
Has anyone else still have not received that the item has been shipped
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just got mine yesterday, still late for shipping time tho
CoopyBUDD
Still waiting for mine as well.