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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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). 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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