I’m always looking for fun projects to make in all a gangling time we never have. Like for a improved partial of final year, we have been collecting a tools to build my own RetroPie rig. Arcade games of a 80s and a NES complement was what we cut my teeth on, and emulators on a PC only don’t cut it for me. It doesn’t have a same feel as a joystick or controller, and shush, we know we can get a USB one to block into my machine, yet it still doesn’t feel right.

It looks like I’ve finally found only what we wish to do with my Arduino Leonardo, Raspberry Pi, and aged propagandize joystick and ideally mashable buttons – interjection to spannerspencer during element14. He expelled a blueprints for transforming one of those inexpensive IKEA LACK side tables into a ideally retro gaming table!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Not counting a guard and a small pieces that we might already have fibbing around your workshop, a plan comes in during $122.60! And of course, this is only formed on a tools suggested by spannerspencer. we customarily squeeze my LACK tables in IKEA’s scratch-and-dent section. You can get their cold tone ones for around $7.00, and their customary black one for $5.00. They’re good if we wish to do a tradition tone pursuit on them to compare your gaming space! It’s also good in box we destroy a list during a slicing process, like what happened in a initial go around of this build.


Of course, it’s not about slapping some pieces together inside a saved card side table. There is some engineering and mechanism programming involved. Luckily element14 has all that lonesome for you. The Arduino Leonardo is what speaks to a Raspberry Pi and a controls to concede them to work. This sold graph will concede we to configure your buttons for a classical Multiple-Arcade-Machine-Eumlator  style of gameplay.

As for a programming partial – that’s a easiest bit. Aside from some troubleshooting, we should only be means to download a Arduino IDE by plugging it in around USB to your computer, and a guys during element14 have worked out a blueprint code that should make a symbol pattern work uniformly once you’re adult and running. Copy a formula on their website and pulp it into a IDE window, afterwards go to a Tools menu, strike Arduino Leonardo, a Board. Then go behind to Tools and name a Leonardo dump down from a Ports menu. Hit upload and your Arduino board is online.

Next it’s only a matter of removing your Raspberry Pi adult and running, and that’s easier than installing Windows 10. Download and implement RetroPie – that we can do so by getting it right here.

Like we said, I’ve been sitting on many of these tools for awhile now (though we substantially should upgrade to a Pi 3 Model B, since because not) and this looks like a severely fun plan to have around a residence when interesting guests, or when we need a mangle from essay about how fun it would be to make all these cold things.