Full Height 4 Player Arcade Cabinet


I love me some retro.


Ultimarc parts and a Mister FPGA?!- that is a top shelf setup! Looks like you’ve done your homework. Post your progress if you remember to!


Valkyrie needs food, badly!


Just found my Holiday 2023 project!


Oh yeah, 4 sticks… AND cupholders! Valkyrie and wizard have the hook up!

I’m envious of the Tron sub-layout. If I made a full size standup I’d want to have modular control panels with storage underneath for a few different layouts. Like a standard USA streetfighter, a trackball with LH and RH buttons, a tron layout with analog and spinner, a 4-stick with sparse buttons, a steering wheel spinner with 2speed stick shifter (with pedals down below). Make them all store away in a rack below the coin slot area, and use a quick release mount on top with a single tool-less fastener/latch, and a universal plug (parallel port or similar with lots of pins). All of this would be to have the cake and eat it too, without ending up like:


Finding a compromise layout is tricky.

I am looking at doing a bartop machine next, but I think I need at least 2 setups.

  1. 4 player basic setup. Players 1 and 2 get standard CAPCOM 6 button setup, players 3 and 4 (on the edges) get maybe a 3 button setup. Maybe center mount trackball. Usage scenario: most arcade classic games, plus Gauntlet, Simpsons, etc 4 player games.

  2. Flight yoke/steering wheel. I really want the Thunderstick GRS Flight Yoke because the Star Wars arcade games ate an awful lot of my quarters in their day, but I also will want gas and brake pedals (might settle for yoke Y axis for a bartop machine, but it would be a compromise.) And a gear shift. Another favourite game being Spy Hunter, it would be nice to be able to play that one again. Actually when I think on it more, the flight yoke might just end up being a separate machine, as those are all single player games by nature, so less need to be portable.

The game left out in the cold is Karate Champ, which needs 2 joysticks per player, no buttons (except player start). This is also most fun pvp…


Heh, somethingawful.com. Man, brings back memories! Haven’t checked that site out in a couple decades.

I have a fold down section for my spinner steering wheels. It’s folds to stow under the main panel.
That’s the problem with arcades there’s is way to many that are so much fun. I say make something that can play them all.
Transformer arcade haha wouldn’t be hard like you said.
Just have them either unplug or stow. There is a huge amount of space in a cab.

Take a look at this article for some inspiration for modular, swappable controls. Doc's Modular MAME Concept - modular control panels


That is cool thanks for sharing.


Interesting link. Does make sense having it a bit modular. I opted to chuck everything on the one control panel. But even then am missing some sexy stuff.

Yeah I’d love to have a steering wheel in the mix. But I think I am maxed out on space used so will be a next time haha. :sweat_smile:

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