Arcade cabinet mods are certainly nothing new. Ever since the kids of the late 70s and early 80s grew up into the adults of the late 90s and early aughts, the internet has been filled with folks building wooden boxes around computers and joysticks. Today's example, though, uses an Android tablet and a Tatsunoko vs. Capcom fight stick for what might be one of the cheapest, easiest-to-replicate Arcade cabinets around.

Unfortunately, the creator of this particular mod hasn't included instructions on how to follow in his footsteps (yet), but the cabinet does appear to be fairly straightforward. The fight stick is plugged in to a Wii remote which is then connected to the Lenovo K1 via Bluetooth. Of course, this means that the entire arcade is running on both the battery power of the tablet as well as the two AA batteries in the Wiimote. One might hope for something more long-lasting in a cabinet such as this. Thankfully, the construction seems to be such that all the electronic components can be easily removed.

The software running the cabinet is MAME4droid, a port of the iOS equivalent iMAME4all. The emulator can run any MAME-compatible arcade game. This is a BYO-ROM situation, so don't count on downloading 2000 different arcade games to your tablet directly from the Play Store. Of course, if you've spent any time in the emulator scene, that should go without saying.

Of course, as instructions for this particular cabinet are not available, enterprising readers could take it on their own to improve upon the design or simply duplicate it. It's an impressive piece of work no matter how you slice it. Why not use it as inspiration for your own cabinet?

Source: YouTube

Thanks, Stuart!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Zohan

    Life would be better if I had one of those..

  • Evan Olfert

    effin' awsome

  • Rolo P

    Something everyone should own

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500250311 Tobey Cook

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bETg-HU6nsY this is the link to the original cabinet which was made to hold an iPad 2 with shots of how the cabinet was assembled.

  • http://twitter.com/yellowspyder Spyder Ryder

    he's right-handed and wears his watch on his right wrist?

  • Dale

    If the screen were bigger it would be awesome. I bet this could be done with a phone and just have it output to a television screen. Now that would be sick

  • Chris

    Or you could get an iCade....

    • yep


  • http://twitter.com/sneakily1 Sneaks


  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT


    This is FT103 SmartDisplay: 21.5-inch Android 4.0 “tablet”

    now pimp it that cabin up up with dual controllers

  • Why the hype?

    oh, it's a tablet mounted on a huge wooden cabinet that has some arcade controls.

    i'll be honest: not my cup of tea.
    i'd rather have one of those gameklips+ps3 gamepad and use my phone as a mobile gaming platform, than using a small screen tablet to play games while uncomfortably standing up, something which could be done better 7 years ago using PC spare parts.

    btw something along the lines of an icade would be much better for this purpose.

    • Manuel Bocchia

      I have an iControlpad for that. Finally I can play GBA games the way they were meant to be played. Awsome.

    • huwd

      youve been voted down for such a hopeless comment. gratz dude

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    While I agree this is silly, and not terribly special when you can buy an icade, I can't deny that watching it in action gave me warm, fuzzy feelings. I think I need this now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ambassa Kjell Löfström

    Missing VIC20's moonlander.

  • Roel Esselink

    Commando! Ahh the memories.....

  • GigiAUT

    Better idea. Instead of the Lenovo K1, throw in an HP TouchPad with a Touchstone to sort out the power issue while giving it a nice mounting. Next step, find an arcade stick that connects via Bluetooth and has a USB port to charge it. Keep the Touchstone and the contoller on the juice and you don't have to worry about battery. Plus, if you can get your hands on one, the TP isn't bad at all and pretty cheap for what it can do. That's probably how I'd do it.