I enjoy putzing around with homebrew / homemade handheld gaming devices. I’ve built Raspberry Pi Zero systems inside a classic Gameboy shell. I’ve pieced together a Freeplay Zero in a Gameboy Advance shell. And I’ve purchased a premade Anbernic RG-350 straight from China. They all have their pros & cons. I just wanted to summarize some of my experiences here.
I’ll preface this part with a warning. If I did it again, I don’t think I’d do it this way.
Here, I outline how I assembled the control panel for my arcade cabinet.
The marquee serves no real functional purpose except to look really freakin’ cool. Building this part wasn’t exactly rocket surgery (although I had a couple struggles)
The screen area is made primarily of 1/2″ MDF, with several trim pieces to keep a glass panel in place.
I just realized that I’ve been seriously negligent on my arcade cabinet updates. I actually finished it a few months ago!
Next up: The speaker panel.