Retro Arcade

When I saw the High Score series on Netflix, I was filled with nostalgia. I used to play Mortal Kombat in the arcade, but nowadays it is very hard find arcade cabinets.

Initially I wanted to buy an arcade cabinet, but prices start at around 500€. So I set out to build an arcade cabinet, preferably as cheap as possible.


Some time ago I used my Raspberry Pi for retro gaming. But an arcade cabinet is something else entirely. Luckily, I found a really good tutorial on instructables, and used that as the base for my cabinet.

I found all my arcade parts on, and I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 and a pair of speakers on

I also had some parts I could reuse: an old 19 inch screen, a Hifiberry Miniamp amplifier (from my Wicked Witch project), some cables, …

All together, it cost me 175€:

  • Raspberry Pi & speakers: 50€
  • Wood & screws: 40€
  • Arcade joysticks and buttons: 85€

Ready to play!

And here’s the end result! It’s soooo cool!

Sonic Splash screen

The buttons & joysticks are of a good quality, and the arcade cabinet is really sturdy (and heavy!). The playing experience is very comparable with the arcades.


Other uses

Due to the Corona-crisis, I’m mainly working from home now. My arcade now serves as a second screen as well!

Coolest screen ever!

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