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Adafruit Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit, Rev 3

Adafruit Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit, Rev 3

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Never be bored again with an adorable little arcade cabinet you can fit in your bag! This Raspberry Pi-powered kit combines our sharp PiTFT 2.8" display, mini thumbstick, and mini arcade push buttons and a whole bunch of components to create the most adorable arcade cabinet in the known universe.

Comes as a big kit with lots of parts including all electronic components, the laser cut case, power adapter, and a blank SD card (you'll need to burn the CupCade image on). You provide a Raspberry Pi model B, a soldering iron, solder, wire, basic electronic hand tools, tape, etc.

New! In December 2018 we're happy to annouce the newest-bestest cupcade ever. It's completely redesigned to be easier to use and faster to make. The kit now works with any modern Raspberry Pi (with 2x20 connector), including the Pi Zero and Pi 3.

We played a bunch of memorable old arcade games, like Ms Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, DigDug, Gauntlet, etc with squee success but some games that are more advanced might be too slow even with overclocking the Pi. There are four buttons total, two next to the joystick for "fire" and "jump" and two in front for "coin" and "start". If you set up your Cupcade for 'horizontal' alignment, you can even run classic Famicom/Nintendo games at full speed. Tons of arcade games that may not emulate well are available in NES format, or just play some old familiar classics.

Many details stand out here that show the love and care PaintYourDragon put into this kit.

  • First: you can configure it for either vertical (Ms Pac-man! Donkey Kong! Arkanoid!) or horizontal screen (Joust! Qix! Nintendo!). The controls can be set to either joystick-in-center or to the side. We include plastic for both configurations just pick which you want during construction.
  • Second: We provide a blank SD card that can be burned with a ready to go Raspbian image with text-based ROM selector screen that works in either V or H mode, with nicely printed out names and joystick/button selection.
  • Third: Pressing the two front buttons for three seconds simulates the Esc key, so you can quit games and safely shut down the Pi without use of a keyboard.
  • Fourth: To load new ROMs, simply plug in the SD card into any computer and drag the zipped up files into the directory, no need for WiFi, logging in or any other nonsense!
  • Fifth: What's gaming without the noise? There's a mono speaker that uses digital I2S so all your sounds and bleeps will be just the way you remember. There's digital volume control within RetroPie

Excited? You should be! And since you're so interested, check out the ultra-detailed tutorial with build photos, instructions, and more

Don't forget, a Raspberry Pi and Power Supply is NOT included!

This Project Contains:

  • PiTFT Plus Assembled 320x240 2.8" TFT + Resistive Touchscreen
  • Adafruit Arcade Bonnet for Raspberry Pi with JST Connectors - Mini Kit
  • Laser-cut Acrylic Cupcade Enclosure
  • 25 x Nylon 4-40 Hex nuts
  • 25 x Nylon 1/2" Pan Screws
  • 8 GB SD/MicroSD Memory Card  BLANK SD CARD! You will have to burn the SD card with a RetroPie image
  • Analog 2-axis Thumb Joystick with Select Button + Breakout Board
  • 2 x 16mm Panel Mount Momentary Pushbutton - Black
  • 2 x 16mm Panel Mount Momentary Pushbutton - Red
  • Arcade/Button Quick-Connect Wire Pair - Set of 10 pairs
  • GPIO Ribbon Cable for Raspberry Pi
  • 2x20 Extra Tall Female Header
  • 4 Ohm 3W Mono Speaker
  • Premium Female/Female Jumper Wires - 20 x 6"
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