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Building your own home arcade to relive you childhood memories may sound like a daunting task but I am going to try to provide you with the resources you need to build a kick ass cabinet!

Step 1: How many players

The first thing you probably want to figure out when building a home arcade is how many players do you want to build it for? This will dictate both the size and obviously cost of the system.

There are 3 main types of arcade setups: 1 Player, 2 Player, and 4 Player. I would say the majority of home arcade are probably 2 player cabinets since they don’t take up as much space as a 4 player and you’re not left playing with yourself… I will start with 1 player setups and work my way to 4 player.

1 Player Setups

1 player systems are most common for Bartops. These are cool little units that usually sit on, you guessed it “bartops” although any table will do. They usually consist of 1 joystick and 4-12 buttons.



2 Player Setups

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4 Player Setups

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Step 2: Getting the parts

In order to build an arcade you will require the following:

  • Arcade Controller (Howler preferred…)
  • Joysticks
  • Buttons
  • Trackballs
  • Spinners
  • Wiring (for connecting the buttons and joysticks to the arcade controller)
  • Computer or console
  • TV or monitor
  • Wood (5/8″ or 3/4″ MDF or plywood)
  • Screws and bolts
  • T-Molding (for that classic arcade look)
  • Tools (jigsaw, power drill, sander, circular saw, router, pliers, screw drivers, strippers… for wire)
  • Determination

Step 3: Woodworking

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Step 4: Hardware


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Step 5: Software


Front Ends:

Other Software:

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Step 6: Making it look good

Adding graphics can transform your arcade into a piece of art and who know, your wife may actually let you proudly display it in the living room!

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Step 7: Re-live your childhood

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