(I wrote this long thing because I know people will see that title and instantly think “wtf why would you even do that for THAT game” so I wanted to delve into it some)
Yo! Some of yall might remember me, it’s been a super long time since I’ve posted here (2 years). After SF5 came out I just fell off with fighting games, and most games for some reason, I lost drive. Make of that what you will lol. But recently I’ve been playing a lot of Primal Rage. I’ve had an arcade board for a while. its basically sat and collected dust. It doesnt really want to work with my Supergun (low +5). I could’ve worked on it to accompany the larger board maybe but whats the fun in practicality???
I had the idea to make a supergun just for Primal Rage.
I mean of all the fighters that would be actually practical to do, PR makes sense because basically the only 100% arcade perfect way to play the game. The Saturn version has input problems (I finally realized this recently, I’ll delve into it somewhere on the internet one day because its one hell of an anomaly to me). The PS1 version while being true to the gameplay of the arcade has frames missing, heftly load times, and other smaller weird differences. The Midway Arcade Treasures 2 release has different inputs (no holding buttons) but since I’ve got used to them its my preferred method, and difference in speed (tho tbh if any of you are interested in PRage its probably the best option, get the xbox vers, for a more og experience id go PS1).
and yeah theres the whole Copyright Encryption that the OG programmers never broke to make it 100% emulatable which effects the MAT2 version in smaller ways while affecting the MAME version A LOOOOT (seriously look up footage and see falling on air).
So yeah. I could wait on a cabinet for cheap, but arcade cabinets take up a lot of room (I have one and cant have it in my living space at the moment), and also money. so I figured if I could buy a control panel, used a video converter, made a case n all, I’d basically have a cabinet without as much wood and a crt which I already got.
I also got the original marquee, and the panel came with the bezel, so it made even more sense to me anyway.
I started sketchin ideas for how I wanted to do it:
after I got an idea in my head how it’d look I made a mockup in Photoshop:
I started to design the actual “blueprint” of how I’d make it since I havent really built a case before:
Also decided I could add the marquee seperately since its not really a crucial part of the build and cant be built later or removed:
Got the CP, put in all the buttons and joysticks (red and yellow iL’s to liven it up visually).
INTERESTING NOTE: The holes can totally fit japanese screw in buttons so that might happen if I get to where I’m not really feeling the Happ ones. but I wanted it to feel somewhat close to an OG cab. I’ll think about it.
Then I got to actually building it to the point it is now, with MDF (also wired up tested the PCB beforehand to make sure it still worked):
Got the sides cut then put in the bottom. put the board in to started figuring how I’m gonna place everything:
And that’s all I got for now, wired up one side of the controls and played thru a few times just a minute ago, I’ll update with more as I get more done, feels good to be back in these here parts of the internet