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Build a Coffee Table MAME Console [Weekend Project]

Sure you could play your classic arcade games with a modern controller, but what’s the fun in that? This impressive table-top controller console brings back that feeling of being right there at the arcade machine.

Make Magazine shares a how-to guide in their Project Wiki that will turn a pile of parts into a table top console for your MAME arcade emulation enjoyment. The project is definitely not a duct-tape and done-after-a-beer project–it may end up being a multi-weekend project for the new-to-tinkering and the busy. The end result, however, is a gorgeous table-top console with the feel of a real arcade bank.

Hit up the link below for the full build guide, detailed parts list, and additional photos.

Coffee Table MAME Console [Make: Projects]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/4/11

Comments (2)

  1. e1sunz

    awesome!!! i still donnt know how to setup MAME emualtor on my pc sooo tricky and confusing the youtube videos dont explain clearly enough

  2. Dark Reality

    Was Super Mario Kart an arcade machine at some point? I’ve seen the original Super Mario Bros. in an arcade cabinet a couple times back in the day, but I didn’t think they had arcade versions of their Super NES games. Or can MAME emulate console games as well? (As opposed to using something like ZSNES or SNES 9x.)

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