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PIK3A: The Raspberry Pi 3 IKEA Retro Gaming Table

PIK3A: The Raspberry Pi 3 IKEA Retro Gaming Table


Take a look at this $100 gaming system:
https://www.element14.com/community/...o-gaming-table


I've ordered all the parts, most from Amazon.. and the $9.99 table from Ikea.
The electronic parts arrived Sat, I connected everything yesterday on my bench (using a 4x3 17" LCD monitor I got off the scrap pile at wok) and added a few of my old MAME ROMs (Donkey Kong, Zaxxon, Defender, etc..) and Pitfall from the Atari 2600... with some learning curve unique to MAME on the Pi.. they're all up and running beautifully.

FWIW- I used the EasyGet USB joystick module ($13 Amazon) vs. the Arduino Leonardo used in the project to interface the joystick and buttons to the Pi as it kept wiring super simple required no programming and it was a lot cheaper than the Arduino Leonardo.

Now I'm waiting for the $9.99 (plus $10 shipping) Ikea table to arrive to start the assembly process.

Here are some photos of completed PIK3A game systems:
https://www.element14.com/community/...-table-roundup


What an awesome little project!


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The $10 Ikea table arrived Wed, I'll probably start cutting it this weekend, the 28mm wholesaw for the buttons arrived Thurs.

Ordered four different colored buttons for the front side of the table:
Red = ESC/UI Cancel
Green = Start
Blue = Coin
White = Player 1 or assigned as needed

Have 4 black happ style buttons and a red Sanwa joystick for the top mounted controls.
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Has anyone built one of the small Rasberry Pi NES emulators you can hide behind your TV?
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The $10 Ikea table arrived Wed, I'll probably start cutting it this weekend, the 28mm wholesaw for the buttons arrived Thurs.

Ordered four different colored buttons for the front side of the table:
Red = ESC/UI Cancel
Green = Start
Blue = Coin
White = Player 1 or assigned as needed

Have 4 black happ style buttons and a red Sanwa joystick for the top mounted controls.
Did you end up finishing this project? How did it go?
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Did you end up finishing this project? How did it go?
Yeah, it came out OK for my first attempt.
I ended up reversing the monitor (flipped 180deg) to get good contrast so the cutout was then off by a little. My monitor had built-in speakers- that made installation/setup a bit easier too.
I'll tweak the cutout bezel during the winter- or just layout another $10 for a new Ikea table and cut it the proper size for the inverted monitor. I used a simple utility knife for the monitor cutout and a 28mm hole saw from Amazon for the button and USB cutouts. Got gold leaf Happ buttons (the red/white/blue buttons) via Ebay for the in-game controls- they had better micro switches vs. the standard black Happ buttons.
The front mounted USB port ended up being very useful for loading ROM's and for programming the arcade buttons.
Had to tweak the Pi config.txt for the inverted monitor- but it was really simple.






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Awesome diy. Was looking to build a retropie system and thankfully came across this post.
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