Arcade1up discussion


Hey folks… been too long! Been really looking at the new mini arcade units from that are up for preorder. 300 bux seems like not a bad deal but there is minimal info about the controls. Like most of you, i would want to drop good hardware in them cause i highly doubt there is sanwa or happ stuff in them Anyone at evo get some hands on?

Anyone elses interest piqued?


Yup. These look pretty cool. Problem is, they are authentic to a fault. As in, some cabinets don’t have sticks and minimal buttons at best. Bad for those who want to get their money’s worth and add more games in the future, or install something alongside the built-in system like a Raspberry Pi later on to play more stuff on these things.

The Street Fighter II Cabinet is a no-brainer. It has a full set of controls for each player, 1 stick and 6 buttons each, and thus is the most future proof for hacks and other upgrades to add more games. Plus having a replica SFII Champion Edition Cabinet would be pretty sweet.

Anyway from what i gather, these replica cabinets are 4ft tall with the option for a 2ft base to make the cabinet a full 6ft. On the website they boast that this brings the control panel to the exact same standing height as the originals. They use 17" LCD Screens, the system where the games are stored actually comes mounted to the back of the LCD for compactness. Cabinets all weigh 60lbs+ each, so they should be easy to move and transport. Lastly, you have to assemble them yourself but, it looks easy as hell from the tutorial video the company put out. This would probably be great for moving too. You could dissemble them in a snap, and rebuild them when you get to your new place. Stick and buttons are Sanwa or Sanwa clones at least but, arranged in the U.S straight rowed layouts also. Bit of a bummer, i like my japanese style layout but it’s not a deal breaker. The actual cord that plugs into the outlet has a built-in On/Off switch, which is how you turn them on and off. The company also says this isn’t a limited production run and more cabinets could be released later on as well. Overall, as long as the quality of the construction is Good, these things look badass.

$300 each isn’t too bad either as long as the quality is Solid.

Edit: Here the tutorial showing how to put the cabinets together. Looks simple to me.


These things are out in the wild. Anyone buy one of their cabs? I want the Final Fight one but according to their site that’s not coming until next spring.


I thought about pre-ordering one but then discovered THIS:

Xtension Alpha-Cade!

^^ Almost same scale and size of Arcade1Up’s cabinets but, Better build quality, just as easy to assemble, and High-Quality Happ Control panel. You have to get your own HD-Tv or Monitor up to 19" though. This thing looks Perfect for throwing a fully loaded Raspberry Pi system into, and creating a glorious MAME cabinet. The reviews for this cabinet have all been Great. The drawback though, is it’s a LOT more expensive (and no Sanwa option). After cost of the cabinet, shipping costs, and getting your own 19" HD-Tv or monitor? It’s OVER $500.

I’m thinking the Arcade1Up might be worth it -IF- there’s a way to easily hook up a Raspberry Pi into it, and if the build quality is at least Decent. You wouldn’t need to hunt down your own HD-Tv also, as a Display is already included. As for the controls, the Arcade1Up uses knock-off Sanwa parts but, it’s still a control panel designed for japanese parts. So it would be INSANELY EASY to put Legit Sanwa sticks & buttons into it. While for the Xtention Alphacade, you ONLY get U.S style Happ parts.

Even after upgrading the Arcade1Up with Sanwa parts, it’s still about $130 less. Then again, maybe it would be well worth it to invest the extra $200 into a quality Alphacade but, again, stuck with Happ parts. So each have their trade-offs.

Edit: Also they make a Bartop version of the Alphacade! Basically exactly the same, just with height chopped in half for table-top use. It’s all the goodness of the normal Alphacade but, in compact form. Oddly enough it’s only about $20 less. I’m digging the Bartop version the most actually.