Gaming fans are some of the most creative people out there. They are always expressing their love for their favorite games in many awesome ways. Recently, a fan of the Legend of Zelda series posted a tutorial for a custom Legend of Zelda Arcade Cabinet on the Do-It-Yourself website Instructables.
This enterprising fan, who goes by the username phrazelle on Instructibles, had always wanted his own arcade cabinet. After learning to work with Raspberry Pi-based emulation, he decided to dive even deeper and construct his own bartop arcade cabinet.
Here’s a direct quote from the website that covers the overview of the project:
“The cabinet itself was constructed by me and my dad from a sheet of plywood, but if I were to do this again I would pick a better material. Don’t get me wrong – it looks good – but the grain of the plywood is unappealing to me (not a huge deal with full coverage graphics) and drilling holes was more trouble than any other part of the project. That being said, for the price and weight it makes a lot of sense.
“The software is run through a RetroPie Pi image using the Emulation Station frontend, run on a Raspberry Pi 2.
“The audio is routed through a usb audio adapter (fixed a distortion bug with the Pi,) into an amplifier, routed to a set of Kicker DSC35’s with the volume controlled by a 1k potentiometer. The amplifier is powered by one of the 12v 5a 60w power supplies.
“The video is sent from the Pi to a 19” computer monitor with an HDMI > DVI cable.
“The main LED buttons are powered through the USB encoder board that came with the kit, and the marquee LED strips and 12v triangle LED buttons are powered through the barrel jack with one of the 12v 5a 60w power supplies.”
I’ve also included a gallery below with some images that showcase the process and features of this DIY project. However, if you want to try your hand at building your own, I recommend following the source link to his page for the full step-by-step rundown.
Do you think you’ll give it a shot? What other games would you like to see in arcade form? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment section!