Today we open a new section: Retrogaming 🙂
To relax ourselves from the really hard work on the BadPrinter2 we thought about making an Arcade stick controller.
During our first travel in Tokyo in May (I say first because we MUST return in this AMAZING country) we went in 2 or 3 or 4 (or maybe more…) Sega and Taito center.
Floors and floors of arcade games, old and new. Akihabara, we love you.
The market is already full of arcade stick, and they also have very interesting prices, but they are not like the real ones.
I mean… Is the stick a Sanwa or a Seimitsu? Are they pc/ps3 compatible? How many buttons?
Our idea is simple, we want to make one, simply as possible, but nice and with features.
So I started to disassemble my very old arcade cabinet (10 or more years) and disconnect my 2 sanwa sticks and 16 buttons from two old “Microsoft sidwinder” joypads.
I reproduced the components in 3D, I drawed also a bended sheet-metal base box; metal because i don’t want the pad can slip away and I have to run after it due to the light weight and also I don’t want to use suckers under the stick.
Then i draw the console, and i placed holes for buttons, following a layout found on a nice website.
Step by step “it takes my hand” (translation of typical italian expression that means that your skill improves more with practice)
And the pictures below explain all 😀
Inside the box we initially think to use an arduino micro, and, basing on a project already available. to transform it in am arcade stick for pc/ps3 (I hope that xbox can read it too)
I’m personally pushing for having a blueetooth module too, but probably it makes things a little difficult to manage.
For example, it needs a battery and also the code is not too simple.
Some friends of us asked why do not insert directly a MAME station inside the stick.
It can be a good use of an item bought some time ago: RaspberryPi.
In this case we can discard the usb connection and arduino transorming the pad in a standalone game station, but losing the compatibility with ps3/pc/xbox.
But you’ll have a power supply cable and an hdmi cable. And if I want to play with firends? So, the RPi is so small… why do not put it in a separate box?
We are in a brainstorming phase, so we can decide to maintain both the feature, we will see 🙂
At the moment it’s only to take a break and let our brains and hands cool down after the last weekend on the BDPrinter2 🙂