Homemade SNES Arcade Machine

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Introduction: Homemade SNES Arcade Machine

This is my second entry in the homemade arcade machines. A Super Nintendo in a bartop arcade machine. I'm now up to 3 machines. Some of these pics are also of the Sega Genesis Arcade machine that I did not make build pics for. My next machine will be an original xbox running MAME with hundreds of original arcade games. 

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    How did you get the snes to put a picture on the monitor?

    I'm not the maker, but it looks like that monitor just has AV inputs on it.

    https://cdn.instructables.com/FJA/BP3B/HPZMROMX/FJABP3BHPZMROMX.LARGE.jpg

    I was wondering if you could list the general dimensions of this project? or maybe even a template???

    I used regular exterior latex paint. Yes I used t-molding which requires a router and bit to cut the slot. I used regular off the shelf 20 gauge wire.

    Love your work, they look awesome. I have no carpentry skills and lack the technological know how, but I am still having ago at building one. I have done a lot of research and Google brought me here. If you could just answer a couple of questions it would be much appreciated.

    1. Where do you solder the ground wire to on the control pad board?

    2. Did you use a separate ground wire for each button to the board or link them all with one wire then solder just that one to the board?

    Thank you for the nice comments.

    1. First I scrape off the graphite coating off of each button exposing the copper beneath. I then drillied small holes in each point to feed the lead wires through and bend to hold into place. Then I soldered.

    2. If you are using Happ controls its just as easy to make a seperate ground wire for each because you'll need 2 wires per switch. If using the Sanwa version of the joystick, those are wired for a common ground so you could save some wiring and time. My preference is the Happ joysticks, I just like them better.

    I hope this helps. The NES version machine build pics show almost everything you need to do to get a similar result. The game played great with that setup. I could still beat Dracula on Castlevania with that control setup.

    Thank you for replying and sorry for all of the questions, but I really am that much of a novice.

    What kind of paint did you use?

    Did you use T molding for the edges?

    Do I need a certain type of wire for the controls?

    Neat bro. I might check em out.

    Two things:
    1. Cool! I like those cabinets dude! I'm planning on making one with my Sega Genesis.

    2. I live in CT also! (I saw the CT license plate hanging on the wall. I'm not a stalker!)

    If you are interested in checking this out in person that would be cool. I'm also looking to off load this item so if you made me an offer on it, I might take it. I'm hooked on pinball machines now so I need the room.