Setting Up & Playing Classic Arcade Game PCBs

May 29, 2020 by 40 Comments

Collecting retro arcade games is the dream of many, but the full-sized machines take up tons of room. Why not play the original PCBs instead! Info on choosing a JAMMA SuperGun, RGB video transcoders, input options, interface adapters, ROM swaps and more.

● LGR links:

● Video chapters:
00:00 Introduction
01:02 Overview of Components
01:18 Arcade PCB Considerations
03:13 JAMMA
03:57 Overview of Superguns
05:07 Choosing a Supergun
05:48 Power Supplies
06:48 The Parsec Supergun
07:45 Kick Harnesses
08:36 Cartridge Arcade Systems
09:43 Arcade Joysticks
10:35 ROM Swaps
11:17 Displays & CRTs
12:36 Video Converters
13:30 LCD Monitors
14:14 Storage Options
15:05 Summary

● List of parts shown: (not sponsored, no revenue sharing, these are just items I’ve bought)
Home Arcade System HAS Supergun

Retroelectronik Essential Basic Supergun

Retroelectronik Pro Gamer Supergun

Parsec Supergun

8-pin Mini DIN to RGB SCART Cable

Cable Matters HDMI to VGA Adapter

Micomsoft XRGB-Mini Framemeister (out of production)

OSSC Open Source Scan Converter

Retrotink RGB2COMP SCART to Component Transcoder

Andoer GBS-8200 Video Converter Board

Irken Labs Retro Scale A1 VGA Line Doubler for 15kHz to 31kHz

Namco PlayStation Arcade Joystick NPC-102 (out of production)

PlayStation to 15-pin Neo Geo Adapter v3

JNX Rage Primal Rage Adapter

Pre-made Kick Harness Wiring

Capcom and other JAMMA adapters

Two Player Conversion Upgrade Kit ROMs

Rotating LCD Monitor Stand

500W EVGA ATX PC Power Supply

110W Suzo Happ Arcade Power Supply

Lions3 MV1FZ Top & Bottom Acrylic Case

Kraft Tab Locking Literature Mailers

Anti-Static Convoluted Foam

● Music courtesy of Epidemic Sound:

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40 Replies to “Setting Up & Playing Classic Arcade Game PCBs”

  1. Idea: make a mega NES and the arcade PCB is the cartridge

  2. Andrew says:

    How much of a pain in the ass would it be to set this up for some light gun games like Area 51, Target Terror, Police Trainer, etc? I would like to build a multicab, but I just don't have that kind of room. I want to set up a few PCBs in a big wooden box with everything contained that I could just plug into a CRT monitor/tv, but I don't think it's going to be that simple.

  3. jart122 says:

    Do more videos about arcades

  4. Clint, You are awesome!

  5. Danny Conn says:

    Nice Namco stick

  6. Noxious says:

    There is a Raiden III, however it was only released in Japanese arcades on the Taito Type X machine. You should check it out.

  7. Lord Cookies says:

    Welp, I think I'll stick to emulation to be honest, may not be fully faithful but at least it's more "plug n play" than this whole thing

    Fantastic and incredibly informative video yet again Clint!

  8. CaliBudz916 says:

    Lol that was expensive to get running jesus I rather just emulate or get some ports of these games

  9. FujiFilm says:

    hm. I never knew why I watch videos like this. not just LGR or tech videos I call them my 'wind down channels' LGR,Tech Moan,Technology Connections,Midwinter Minis,This Old Tony,8-bit guy and Toy Polloi. I think I know now. I really don't care about what they're saying, these channels are like a calm friend explaining their hobby to you. and I really like that.

  10. Where are some good places you would recommend purchasing arcade PCB's from

  11. John D says:

    This was incredibly informative, but that is a lot of hardware to acquire in order to play a single game. On average, how much do you have to invest in order to play a single game?

  12. GeoNeilUK says:

    I wonder why the Americans only had component and we over here in Europe only had RGB/SCART?

    I'm guessing it's because over in Europe, we had more than one colour standard. Some countries used PAL and some countries used SECAM (and Belgium used both, PAL in Flanders and Flemish language networks and SECAM in Wallonia and French language networks) and America only used one colour standard (NTSC)

    RGB is colour standard independent, component (and composite) isn't.

  13. Bayu Astha says:

    Completely agree on running it on its native device thing. The whole point of this is nostalgia, no? The more component you have that is from way back before, the more nostalgia!

  14. Very cool! I'll stick to MAME, tho!

  15. Scott Mays says:

    Is there an easy way to integrate JAMMA guns with recoil in MAME with JPAC/APAC/Supergun?

  16. ghidfg says:

    1:31 does anyone know what game this is? i remember playing it as a kid on miniclip. is it based on some old console game?

  17. radcow says:

    This is getting expensive

  18. Where did you pick up those literature boxes from?!!

  19. Andy Shull says:

    I have found medium and large pizza boxes are great for storage of PCBs.

  20. Eytaris says:

    For convenience, I got a Sega Naomi cab a few years ago, it's already a computer setup in a sense, the screen is a Sanyo 39" semi flat in 31KHz with VGA connector input, I bought a trifreq chassis and a converter for the controls (the cab got a proprietary centralized controls box that regroup all the player 1 and 2 commands, 2 starts buttons and coin box controls, but connect to the Naomi system with a USB-B connector, the converter simply make the controls signals recognized as a keyboard). It works great in emulation. I planned to add JAMMA compatibility, coupled with the trifreq chassis, there will be almost no need for a video converter, only a cable converter, same for the controls going to the JAMMA connector. The cab itself is a hard piece of metal, very sturdy, the plastics are essentially here to decorate (except the control panel, it's made of plastic).
    The plus side are: the Naomi cab is incredibly cheap, got mine for less than 300€ in OK condition (totally functional, in need of a good refresh cosmetically), it's sturdy, the system is easily hackable to accept many cab systems (either single board, central systems with carts or a PC motherboard for emulation).
    The downside are: it's heavy, 130kg of pure Japanese goodness (even if the cab is mounted on wheels, I don't move it frequently). the screen is a CRT, with all the problems that occurs with them (on the good side, a couple of years ago, I found that replacements are still sold for not that much, but still an investment and flat screens conversion kits exists as a last resort). The screen needs a VERY specific resolution, there's some solutions, either hack the video card to spit the good resolution from the PC powering up or adjusting the parameters of the driver, but it require to wait for windows to finish the booting before power on the screen.

    That said, possessing a cab at home is just fantastic, playing at old arcade classics on the hardware with friends is pleasant (even if it's not the original hardware, it's still arcade tech) and it's a good looking piece in my living room 🙂

  21. Dale Mahalko says:

    Retro stand-up cabinets are also not wheelchair accessible so they exclude a bunch of physically challenged people that would like to play them, for no particularly good reason.

  22. Totally agree about Raiden 2

  23. Albert Pratt says:

    Bravo amazingly quick yet comprehensive explanation of arcade pcb at home use.

  24. My head is spinning

  25. Edd Horse says:

    Epic video thanks 😊

  26. SkimJab says:

    I'm trying to get this to work, and I think I have everything set up but the power supply. I'm trying to get Pac-Man to work which needs -5V but I can't find a new ATX power supply to do the job. I bought the Essentials Basic and I already had the Suzo Happ from another project so I figured I'd just hook it up. The problem is how do I connect the Basic to the power supply? I don't have any obvious terminals and I'm unsure how to connect them. Is there yet another converter I could get to alleviate this issue? Either an ATX with a -5v or a way to connect my Suzu Happ to the ATX would be much appriciated.

  27. J Be says:

    is it bad I started to head bang on tmnt at the end

  28. Mike Renlund says:

    This guy could totally be making most of this stuff up on the fly and 99% of us wouldn’t know the difference.

  29. Thad says:

    I never even knew about this side of retro gaming, thanks for enlightening me dude. If one really wanted to take it to the next level, make a mini cabinet for it where you can switch out the boards on the back.

  30. I'll just stick with emulation. I've got a Raspberry Pi with 10,000 games on it that cost less than one PCB. Emulation may not be perfect, but it's good enough for me.

  31. Putting an old monitor in vertical mode is quite a workout

  32. TheRogueX says:

    man, now I gotta set myself up a few board-swappable cabinets in my house now. Thanks. lol

  33. PONTOCRITICO says:

    I loved it, arcades forever…

  34. IVAN NEGA says:

    games are very secured during the time….it need quarters to start did you get it started ??

  35. FourEyedGeek says:

    I have 5 classic PCBs that I am doing nothing with, I intended to do something, but I just don't have the time. I'll probably just have to sell them.

  36. damn Clint, its not a "game review" its a Harvard-worth college material hahahaha

  37. rautamiekka says:

    How come something like this ain't either illegal or stupidly zealously sued for ? I mean, most ppl know Nintendo and Capcom among others are absolute dickheads for no reason. Hell, a dude just talked about how certain emulations worked or how systems were cracked and got DMCA'd just cuz they could without risk of retaliation.