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Build your own arcade controller


Don't think that you can spare a computer or the space to build you own [email protected] cabinet? Well then, just build the [email protected] Controller. It features:
  • All controls are arcade quality
  • (2) leaf switch 8-way joysticks (programmable to any key)
  • (16) microswitch buttons (programmable to any key)
  • Real arcade 2-1/4" trackball (with 3 buttons)
  • HUGE! (about 30" x 10") (won't move around)
  • Uses the following ports (note that it does not use the joystick port)
    • Keyboard port: Used for (16) buttons and (2) joysticks (with passthrough)
    • 1st Serial port: Used for the trackball (used as mouse)
    • 2nd Serial port: Used for programming the buttons & joysticks
    • Also requires a standard 110v outlet
How much will it cost to build one? About $350 in parts if you build it as shown. You can obviously save a lot if you exclude the trackball. Before you start construction, realize that there are arcade control panels that you can purchase pre-assembled:
  • The Xgaming joysticks from $99.95 - $149.95.
Here is the parts list:

Happ Controls - Arcade Buttons (888) BUY-HAPP (289-4277)
Part NumberCostDescription
58-9100-L$1.45Red
58-9111-L$1.45White
58-9122-L$1.45Blue
58-9133-L$1.45Green
58-9144-L$1.45Purple
58-9155-L$1.45Yellow
58-9166-L$1.45Black
58-9177-L$1.45Orange
58-9111-L1PLY$1.551-Player
58-9111-L2PLY$1.552-Player


Happ Controls - Arcade Trackball (888) BUY-HAPP (289-4277)
Part NumberCostDescription
56-5500-11$75.002-1/4" Trackball (white)
56-1000-00$49.95Trackball Interface Kit (serial port)
80-0041-00$19.00Trackball Power Supply
56-5524-16$6.00Trackball Cover Plate (black wrinkle finish)
90-1014-00$0.20Carriage Bolts (8 needed)
90-1204-00$0.15Nuts (8 needed)


Hagstrom Electronics - Keyboard Encoder Module: (888) 690-9080
Part NumberCostDescription
KE24$99.9524-I/O Programmable Keyboard (with passthrough)


WICO - Leaf Switch Joysticks: (800) FOR-WICO (367-9426)
Part NumberCostDescription
15-968801$9.958-way (red)
15-979901$9.958-way (blue)
15-980001$9.958-way (green)
15-980601$9.958-way (voilet)


WICO - Misc: (800) FOR-WICO (367-9426)
Part NumberCostDescription
26-502200$14.95Control panel overlay (black) 25" x 15-3/8"
26-502300$14.95Control panel overlay (red) 25" x 15-3/8"

19-202500$0.64/footT-Molding (deluxe) 11/16" (10' minimum)
19-211000$0.25/footT-Molding 11/16" (10' minimum)
19-729300$0.25/footT-Molding 5/8" (10' minimum)


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