Introduction: DS Cardboard Arcade Stand

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I've previously seen arcade-like stands for orginal gameboy, and psp ( [http://com/2008/03/quite-possibly-the-moste-useless-yet-awesome-psp-accessory-ever/ to view this psp one clik here] ). When I saw this PSP one few hours ago i kept myself looking for ds one (because it would be cooler to play some of touch screen games), but i found nothing-so I made one myself.

Step 1: Project

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The first thing you have to make is a good project- the easiest way (which I've choosen) was to put ds sideway while it was open on a sheet of paper and then i drew the outlines of DS's back (making the lines as straight as I could). That gaves us the DS's holder (from side-view). Now you have to add some lines to make it an example of side-wall of our arcade stand (keep in mind that the DS's holder should be in a position to make LCD viewable). If it doesn't look good or It does not give you satisfaction, do this step again.

Step 2: Making the Project on a Cardboard

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Now you have to draw your side wall project on sort of a big cardboard, and draw the back wall and flipped side wall (and other walls that will be in front and at the top/bottom). On the picture there is a little help for you about building arcade stands/machines for newbies (this is the simpliest example of how-to-make-one, it's not precise but fast ;). In our arcade stand The X lengh is about 9cm (it's because the DS's sides will be sticking out for more usable L & R buttons), and the Y lengh is your personal thing ;)

Step 3: Cutting, Glueing and Turning the Cardboard

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Now we have to cut what we have drew on this cardboard, then turn the walls to make our 2D-cardboard a 3D-box (then glue it, or use other metod if you like). While cutting keep in mind that you will have to use a charger sometime or GBA cartriges that stick out, so left holes for them(on my photo you can see a good example of how I did it). Personally I just cut those mostly unneeded walls, and made a little hole for cable (I didn't make a bottom for the stand because I'm lazy ;P ). If you're ready, congrats, you have an arcade stand!

Step 4: Pimping Out the Stand

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Now the best part: pimp it out, it's an arcade stand and it have to look colourful and a bit of stupid ;P I really had no time so I added a smile sticker as you can see ;) Have fun making this and thanks for reading my first instructable ;)


mattech (author)2009-05-09
I have been making these little arcade stands for a few months now. I keep getting my daughters mates asking me for them! I have templates for the Phat, Lite and now the i.
In the video there are a couple of shell swape ive done.

l3owzaaaah (author)mattech2011-03-16

Post templates please?

team_nes_1986 (author)mattech2009-07-19

Whoa, dude. Those stands look cooler than mine. And you've got an Apple sticker on the upper half of your DSi?? Sweet...

mattech (author)team_nes_19862009-07-20

The Apple stickers have gone now. They just didn't cut it any more. The stands are made from 2mm mounting card or greyboard. Its nice stuff to work with as its nice and stiff but easy to cut with a good knife. Thanks for the idea! Mattech.

SasquatchKid (author)mattech2011-01-13

What is the phat

"DS Phat" is another term for what Nintendo calls the "original style DS," but in my opinion, "DS Phat" sounds way cooler. If you scroll up the page just a little bit, the silver console that mattech has set up in one of his arcade stands happens to be the legendary DS Phat.

dombeef (author)mattech2010-08-02

Can you post the template?

gunman15 (author)2010-11-21

when you widen the sides but that's just my opinion

gunman15 (author)2010-11-21

i really mean cut the cardboard on the sides so that the headphone jack and the power button is showing

gunman15 (author)2010-11-21

you could make it a bit wider so it will make the nintendo ds go into it and cut it so the buttons are showing that would be cooler

arpoky (author)2009-09-12

I took the same idea and made it out of basswood. It works much better and is more stable.

arpoky (author)arpoky2009-09-12

I will be posting pics soon. _

dombeef (author)arpoky2010-08-01


arpoky (author)dombeef2010-08-02

Crap... Anyway it's broken, can't post them now.

dombeef (author)arpoky2010-08-02


GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-19

Awesome idea, I like it, might show this to my cousin, great job! Nice DS. I need to get another one... :P

cry_wolf (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-19

Yeah, i love the DS Lite, but my original DS Fat is still awesome. :D

SasquatchKid (author)cry_wolf2010-07-27

original ds is the best

dombeef (author)SasquatchKid2010-08-01

How, it is fatter and has problems over time

quesoman (author)2010-04-21

 Im gonna make this for my lil bro's birthday... he's a big ds fan

pikathebudgie1234 (author)2009-12-24

nice template dude, i was wondering if u can add an actually downladable template for us so we can use it and make it for ourselves

thing 2 (author)2009-05-23

I like it! I will make one. That would be cool if you could make one for ps2,ps3,wii,xbox,xbox360

chivalryisdead (author)2009-05-07

would it be possible to cut an opening in the stand near the bottom of the ds in order to insert gameboy advanced games?

team_nes_1986 (author)2008-07-11

This would be great for Retro Atari Classics, especially Tempest or Centipede. BTW, does this work the the original DS as well as the DS lite?

With some small modifications, you can make your old DS work with the stand.

Herminator (author)team_nes_19862009-04-07

how bout dsi? coz im gettin it soon.

team_nes_1986 (author)Herminator2009-04-08

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the DSi has roughly the same dimensions as the DS Lite, so you should be safe.

chi-kitory (author)team_nes_19862008-09-10

haha i like how your new ds has a blue halo under it

dombeef (author)chi-kitory2008-12-29


team_nes_1986 (author)dombeef2008-12-30

I have no idea how that happened, to be honest. Maybe it turned out like it did because I had the DS Lite's backlight set at Level 4.

dombeef (author)team_nes_19862008-12-31

oh ok but very cool!

jakesllama (author)2008-04-17

You should put some LED's in the sides and the front of the stand, so that they flash, And paint it red and put a cardboard name of the game on the front so that you can change it with Blue tack :)

team_nes_1986 (author)jakesllama2008-12-30

Some of those blinking LEDs should do the trick. All you would have to do is supply power to them, rather than whipping up a timer circuit with an NE555 Timer chip.

redneckobsessed (author)2008-12-24

do it with a gameboy advance, it would be really realistic

i mean sp

dombeef (author)redneckobsessed2008-12-29


Jeffereymeowmeowpuffs (author)2008-11-22

Its good, thanks Ill be sure to use this meng

Obito (author)2008-08-29

i like chel_cee's one because it actually fits the whole ds...

Duobix (author)Obito2008-08-29

Well, chel_cee's is fine but inagine using l&r; on his machine ;)

team_nes_1986 (author)2008-07-15

Here's mine. I just finished spray painting; I used white Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Semi-gloss spray paint. It's safe enough for use on paper products. I haven't gotten to putting the decals on yet. When I do have the decals put on, I'll be sure to post it ASAP. The shot was taken just as the DS Lite's power light was flashing, and the DS Lite was in PictoChat, and if you can't tell, I wrote "COOL!" Of course I made an original style version. I can't tell you exactly how I made it, but all you have to do is substitute the DS Lite base dimensions with the original's.

jakesllama (author)2008-04-17


muffinhead (author)2008-04-04

great instructable. i followed most of the instructions to make one for my psp. (i dont have a ds. -__-) anyways, its pretty similar to the ds one except i had the charger run through the back and out the side to get to the charger jack. i might post an instructable for it pretty soon. thanks again for the tutorial. :D

R4Man18 (author)2008-03-31

Actually very very very very awesome.

fynflood (author)2008-03-22

That's pretty cool, but looks unfinished. Maybe paint it to look like an arcade rather than some bits of cardboard, then edit ; ) Might have to make one of these.

Duobix (author)fynflood2008-03-23

I'm looking for some kickass looking arcade machines to have some example, but I didn't find anything nintendish enough :(

fynflood (author)Duobix2008-03-23

Donky Kong would do justice. Or just design your own using your favorite game as the theme. You could rip off galaga and make a geometry wars cabinet ; )

Duobix (author)fynflood2008-03-23

Geometry Wars? Hell, I love the game. I'll try to make a skin ;)

gmjhowe (author)2008-03-20

Great! brilliant adaptation.

budsiskos (author)2008-03-19

awesome idea. good instructable.

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