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Raspberry Pi Acrylic Retro Arcade Game DIY Kit

Raspberry Pi Acrylic Retro Arcade Game DIY Kit

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Buyer beware. These parts arent what you want. You’d be better off building your own with sanwa parts.
I fail to see the value in this when for a bit more(If you are in the US) you can get an x-arcade that's built like a tank and just connect it to the pi instead of having the pi inside.
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
Top_Goodman
Ik rip Massdrop
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.
fragglet
Yes, the video looks a good to start. I follow the video and wiki and finally get it working.
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.
Thumbs down so far, I think this will be my last drop. I just got mine last night and stayed up until 2am excited to get it together. The overall kit seems pretty nice at first glance and all the parts came in a clear plastic reusable case like a cheap tackle box. Not great but it's a nice touch. The buttons aren't that great as discussed by boskr earlier. Definitely not "arcade quality" but they all work and don't stick, they just aren't high quality. The joystick is a little nicer. The buttons seem to fit snug in the holes at first but they pop out slightly very easily which I don't like. Once it's together this isn't a problem but it bugs me.
After I got everything built I found a tiny bag of heatsinks that are clearly meant to go on the rpi and I was about to throw this thing across the room. No where is this heatsink addition mentioned that I saw, including their youtube video. I had to carefully take it all apart and unmount the rpi to install the copper heatsink on the underside (not easy with 4 panels of buttons wired to the boards). I was pretty pissed off at that point.
I thought this would be a "build and play" type kit but I've been working on getting the controls working since last night. The controls don't work in any rom with any emulator I've tried so far, and since I can't exit the rom I have to unplug the pi to restart it each time I test it. I'm sure this is just a configuration issue since all the controls work in the menus, just not in the games. Also the built in speakers have a hissing sound that makes them completely useless. I feel ripped off at this point. So far I've spent probably 6-8 hours screwing around in linux getting everything to work just so I can debug the non-functioning control issue. I had to configure wifi, bluetooth, ssh, pretty much everything from scratch just so I could use this thing normally without using just a joystick with buttons. All that and I've basically just got a networked raspberry pi right now. In the video they build it, plug it in, configure the controls and start playing. Ya right, what a joke.
The instructions are complete crap just throw them away and watch the youtube video. Really all you need to do is pause the youtube video on the part with the wiring diagram because it's all pretty obvious how it assembles.
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I haven't had a lot of time to break it in. I've used it a handful of times for playing so I can't say. Most of the time when I turn it on I'm trying to get the rest of the emulators configured. What I can say is games like super sprint are really difficult to play with that joystick. Movement in all games doesn't feel responsive and accurate. I've looked into a new Sanwa joystick for $24 on Amazon that looks like it would plug right into the geeekpi board ( http://a.co/gY9Sbic ) on the LRUDG connector, maybe someone can verify that? The buttons aren't a major concern because they work. I haven't got around to the speaker issue yet but the speakers appear to be good quality. I think some shielding on the wires and/or magnets would fix that issue. Does anyone have some tips for cheap shielding?
Also, I still really like the design of the kit. It's really cool looking. I sound negative about it because I had to spend so much time on the software configuration that I got really annoyed. I didn't realize retropie would be that convoluted, but I should have known that with my history using linux. It's definitely not bringing up a couple config menus and you're done. Once you factor in the price of replacing the joystick you have to determine for yourself if it's worth it or not. The potential of a kit like this, whether you build one from scratch or buy one, is limitless. For example, using Intellivision with an arcade stick would be almost impossible, but for $62 I can buy the "Ultimate PC Interface" (http://www.intellivision.us/intvgames/interface/interface.php) and plug it into the raspberry pi. That will let me connect real Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari, Sega, etc. controllers and play those games using the real controllers using this kit. I plan on doing this for Intellivision because those controllers can't be duplicated with a gamepad or joystick and I grew up with that system. The Intellivision Flashback (2014 console release with 60 games built in) controllers are $14 on their site.
I just put mine together. I felt like my instructions were akin to
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The good news is that retropi allows remapping and it's fairly easy to fix anything, I don't really know why the instructions seemed to stress the particular connections so much. Just plug everything into something and remap it later.
Also somehow I managed to get the orientation of one of the panels wrong, I think. It looks all good but there's one hole that the opposing hole isn't aligned with. Guess I'll just leave that be...
MacroPower
You are right that you can remap the buttons in emulatation Station but I have found that the controls aren't properly aligned with the software when you enter "command line" mode in retropie. The software responds to the inputs as they are hardwired on the board. In other words, if you attach the wire that triggers the "down" switch on the joystick to the "up" pin on the controller board, the program will interpret "down" as "up." I hope this wasn't confusing.
I_love_stuff
Ya on the ES menu the button I made "A" on top is select/enter, "B" button is back, but on the text menus the B button is select/enter. In the games the small button facing you on the front panel is select (which is actually plugged into select port on the usb board), pretty weird setup. Also annoying in ES menus you can hold joystick up/down and it keeps going but in the text menus if you want to move down to menu option 6 if you have to tap joystick 6 times. I'm amazed this stuff has been around for years and is still so unpolished and unfriendly. This is my first experience with a pi and retropie, though I've been using linux since the early 90s (before 1.0). Also annoying how there's a mix of text and gui menus and configuration screens all over the place.
instructions are terrible. and the video sucks too. just so unprofessional.
Not worth IMO. $100 is a lot of money for a stick using off-brand arcade parts. Maybe would be worth it if it included the Pi at $100.
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The one I got wasn't a Zippy, but I have definitely dealt with them before, and they are pretty hit-or-miss... and the hits are only "functional," not great. A makerspace I used to hang around put together a few RPi MAME joysticks like this one, though they used laser-cut 1/8" (around that, anyway) Baltic birch plywood for the enclosure. Generally these Chinese knockoffs of Japanese brand arcade joysticks are just fine as long as you are using them in a two- or four-way configuration, but as soon as you add diagonals to the mix you end up with fighting game attack combos that don't work and player movement that isn't perfect.
For only a couple of dollars extra (this is talking straight single-purchase retail pricing... it may make a big difference if you are ordering a large quantity), you can get a joystick that was built for the Arcade industry and plays so much better that you're amazed you hadn't notice how bad the Chinese joysticks/buttons actually are. The Japanese buttons have smoother actions and the switches they use have lighter springs (but even with the light springs they "unpress" quickly and without getting hung up... you can really tap super-fast and have every button press register).
Now, I will disclaim all of this by saying that this is only my personal experience. I haven't tried every single Chinese joystick and button on the market (nor have I tried all the Japanese models). Generally, if you give the Chinese company the same specs and money as their non-Chinese counterpart companies, they will produce a product that is virtually identical. Who knows? Maybe Sanwa has some of their products produced in some Chinese factory under strict supervision for more money. That said, I have never had bad luck ordering Sanwa or Seimitsu branded arcade products, so I will continue buying what I can from them. I would also make the assumption that brands I haven't yet tried (like Hori Hayabusa or Suzo Happ, among many others) probably produce products that are of similar high quality. I just won't be buying anything that is "Sanwa-style" ever again unless I can confirm it is made by one of the other brands I trust (they all make compatible replacements for each others' products from time to time).
That doesn't look like a name brand joystick kit, have you tried it? Looks like a chinese one just like zippy but I don't know. They are sending me a new joystick for this massdrop kit but it will probably just like the one I have so i will probably buy a better one.
also can this be overclocked at all? some old games barely make the cut on pi3 without overclocking.
does this output hdmi audio? I'm not sure why there are speakers if it has hdmi output.
badcrc
The Audio O/P method is setting on RPI3. Default one is HDMI only, while not all monitors with speaker, this is why equip with internal speaker. You can modify config file enabling 3.5mm as Audio O/P, then both connection will do. Then connect it to any monitors you have~~
EDIT: I'm blind..the kit I linked below for $129 does NOT include the pi. So the massdrop deal is pretty good compared to that. --------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't know if this is the same kit, but on this site they're selling the same thing for $129 free shipping with the pi and 16gb sd card: https://www.seeedstudio.com/Raspberry-Pi-Acrylic-DIY-Retro-Game-Arcade-Kit-p-2906.html They're also selling the controller and buttons and board alone for $36.99: https://www.seeedstudio.com/Retro-Game-Kit-for-Single-Player-p-2907.html Looks like the same kit. I'm interested in this but I'm worried about the quality of the components. From the above prices you're basically paying $63 for the case and all the mounting hardware and the speakers from massdrop, which isn't bad if it's any good. If it wasn't on backorder on that web site I'd probably just order that so I didn't have to wait a month from massdrop.
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Agreed about the case and all. Also i think i underestimated how annoying it is to have HDMI and power cords hooked up to this thing. I'm looking into a way to make this wireless soon as i get it working correctly.
well Thought out? the acrylic case is too thick for the buttons to snap in place most of the cables are too short to attach easily power cable and hdmi cable are too short to comfortably connect to a tv assembly Was a jumbled mess instructions are non-existent ‘the whole thing feels like a prototype
Is there a place for HDMI transmitter?
There is room inside the unit for an HDMI transmitter. I would suggest getting the unit assembled first and then measuring the available space before purchasing the transmitter, just to make sure you dont buy one that is too big.
This looks like a fun project for those that don't have a stick or is interested in getting one, but I'd recommend saving up a bit more for a HORI or get a Qanba/used fightstick if you can find them.
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I definitely missed the point on this, I did not know that this was a gaming system as well as a stick.
That is a good idea. I will talk to the manufacturer about selling this type of kit to us. We can offer them both in the same drop so everyone can get what they want. Cheers.
Hmm, before I go down this rabbit hole of googling: can you daisy chain these? Or does anyone know of projects/products where you can? Would be even more fun to have 2 or 4 player capability!
Jowe
We were talking about this same thing. Think of the Raspberry Pi as your console. It has multiple USB connections on it. The joysticks actually plug into the raspberry pi via USB. So you should be able to run a USB out of the second joystick and connect it to the primary joystics raspberry pi and play 2 player. I have requested 2 samples from the vendor to test this situation as I want to be able to play contra 2 players!
Jowe
You can add additional controllers via the USB ports on the side of the stick. Buying another one of these would be redundant and unnecessary.
Wiki Page here everyone for more details and photos
http://wiki.52pi.com/index.php/Raspberry_Pi_Acrylic_DIY_Retro_Game_Arcade_Kit_SKU:K-0180
@Jmandmc @EinTheVariance @silverthornne @BrainFlush @Graphidz @soultron @Elzizo @Fitty2NA
Assemble Tutorial Video has also been added to the drop page.
If you look at the dustwasher, the brand is "Zippy" not Sanwa. Zippy joysticks are pretty cheap - around $5-7 retail. Not sure what the buttons are, but I would assume not Sanwa so perhaps 75 cents each. The plexi you can buy for a few dollars, but of course would need to laser cut. I can't see the wiring - would be nice to see how it is wired. This costs a lot for what it really is, considering the Pi is extra. Neat design, though.
Jmandmc
this...given the stick and the fact that the brand of the parts aren't otherwise mentioned/advertised, I'm willing to bet it is all low quality junk, definitely not worth the cost of the item.
Jmandmc
Well I had my hopes up but oh well. Time to get back to searching for used sticks again.
Games included?
UX226
Seems unlikely, considering intellectual property laws.
UX226
Games are not included.
Very, very interesting MD. My curiosity is piqued! Sanwa parts? Seimitsu? Knockoffs? I assume that's a generic no-latency board for the joystick, right?
Ooo now this is something that I like. The deciding factor would be what are the components they actually use.
Would really wish it was using a 8 button layout instead of 6 though.
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Nah was referring to top face with 8 buttons.
Graphidz
Yes, I know. But the two side buttons are well within reach during normal game play.