One day, by the random of life, I discovered in a china on-line shop, the chinese version of a Raspberry_pi This is the "Orange-pi PC". The name sounds like a joke, but I get surprised with the performance.
Also it worth a half of a Raspberry. I bought it and the idea of a MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) started burning my brain. As you can tell, shortly I bought this
An USB Arcade kit, u$35 worth
And where shall I put all this... I found this used, dusty, half destroyed furniture, u$37.50 worth
Joysticks would be useless, but the speakers work perfect
Time to hand at work
First I disassemble as much as I could, wipe it clean and repaired the worst details. Some vintage gaming tokens was found inside!
Saw, sandpaper & paint
(My diploma is seen behind)
Wiring all together
The Orange-pi is beneath that sort of piramid with fans
Vinil plotted attach & Testing
The software that command this is "retrorangepi" works very well and is free to download. Nevertheless it took several days of programing and configuration to reach the desired result. I wasn't an expert, so expended hours watching tutorials, despite this I could say it isn't so difficult.
It was charged with:
108 games of MAME platform (including Mortal Kombat 3, super Street Fighter II, Marvel vs Capcomand all the classics)
112 games of NEO.GEO platform
31 games of Sega Megadrive console
32 games of Super Nintendo system
I bought a '24 HDMI screen and bolt it at the structure. It is possible to detach the commands and play it in any HDMI TV.
Put some leds strips for rising the look, flat glasses and a little sound amplifier to make the speakers become alive again
It took me, with huge intervals, almost 2 years to complete
If you want to see a short video of this working, I recently upload it at my instagram: @fuerzalineal its me playing with my son
Perhaps in the near future I could upgrade it to be playable via a cripto transfering
Thanks for reading!