Mark Rober likes to use his engineering skills to help the little guy get a fair shake. After showing us how to improve our chances at carnival games, he built a series of portable devices that help him cheat and score the most at skill-based arcade games, and also shows us which ones are complete scams.
The Build-A-Cade is a 1:6-scale arcade cabinet that works with your own Raspberry Pi 3 or 4 board. It has a tiny metal joystick and three buttons, plus 5-button joystick, trackball, and spinner control options. Its rear has an SD card slot, USB ports, and an HDMI port, while its coin door has a hidden headphone jack.
Love Hultén creates some truly wonderful retro-inspired arcade machines, computers, and other electronics. His latest build is a business card holder – but it’s anything but ordinary, with a tiny, functional arcade machine built into it. We need this right now.
Pimoroni’s Picade Console Kit is the screen-less version of its Picade Desktop Arcade Kit. It comes with the same joysticks, buttons and Picade X HAT as the desktop arcade kit. All you need to add is a Raspberry Pi, a power supply, a microSD card and an HDMI cable.
Love Hulten’s two-player arcade machine Pixelkabinett 42 Limestone Eclipse edition has a stone-like textured finish, granite laminated panels, handmade joysticks, and a center cavity which houses a backlit, ringed planet. The light’s brightness and color can be adjusted.
Namco’s Pac-Man Pixel Bash Chill is an arcade cabinet that has a mini-fridge where the coin door would normally be. It also has a bottle opener and a pair of bottle holders. It comes with 32 officially licensed games, including Galaga, Xevious and of course Pac-Man.
Columbus Circle’s arcade-style stand for the Nintendo Switch has slots for two consoles, so you can play multiplayer games face-to-face with your buddies. It works just as well as a single console stand. It has a cable slot and ventilation so you can play on it for hours.
Nyko’s PixelQuest is a cardboard arcade cabinet kit for the Nintendo Switch. It has slots for the unit itself and two Joy-Cons. The controller slots have mechanical buttons for the shoulder buttons. You also get a pair of joysticks. Available soon for only $20.
Great Big Story presents a short interview and documentary about Nolan Bushnell, the man who not only gave birth to the video game industry, as founder of Atari, but who also founded numerous other companies, including Pizza Time Theater, home to Chuck E. Cheese.
Etsy store BasementArcades makes the Wallcade Classic, a wall-mounted arcade machine. It protrudes only 16″ from the wall and weighs only 45 lb. It has a 2-player setup, a 22″ LCD display, customizable cabinet graphics, and a link to 3300 curated games you can install.
New Wave Toys’ RepliCade is an upcoming line of fully-functional sixth scale (i.e. 12″ tall) arcade machine scale models. The series is kicking off with Centipede. It has a wood cabinet, LED backlighting, laminated overlays and coin return buttons that work as controls.
The Nucleus is a premium wooden coffee table. But slide out its control panel and it shows its playful side. It comes with a two-player arcade setup and a wireless keyboard. You can order it with or without a PC, as well as a Sonos Connect receiver and LED underglow.
Handcrafted arcade machines with a minimalist retro cabinet. The Replay has a 17″ 4:3 LCD display with a scanline generator to recreate the look of CRT displays. It also has stereo speakers, 1- or 2-player setups, and customizable buttons, paint scheme, and an LED-backlit marquee.