[March 2022]

A while ago I bought the Arcade1Up Super Pac-Man 3/4 size arcade from Costco. It is a nice looking cabinet and great for playing mostly single player games.

Initially I had hoped there would have been some soft-mods available that would have allowed me to add games to the existing system, and without the need of any physical changes or modifications. However for this particular Arcade1Up model (Model: 8218, PCBA: GBX70-V01) there was nothing really out there, other than some preliminary attempts that seemed promising. For the time being, there are no real solid mod tools along the lines of Hakchi.

Instead, I followed the common path of modding my arcade with a Raspberry PI in order to play the games I wanted. More specifically, my intention was to play only Arcade games (MAME-2003 and MAME-2003-Plus) and I have no interest in the gazillion other emulators.

Below is my parts list:

In addition, I also used:

  • Different sizes of Phillips screwdrivers
  • Soldering gun
  • Solder
  • Painters Tape
  • Drill bit to make 1 inch holes
  • Sanding drill bit to slightly widen the holes
  • Drill
  • Old CAT5 network cable
  • Butt connectors (26-22AWG)
  • Wire cutter/stripper/crimper
  • A few pieces of plywood
  • 2 household receptacles
  • 2-gang device box (to house receptacles and relay switch)
  • Old electrical cord
  • Few inches of 14AWG electrical wires
  • USB Keyboard
  • Computer into which you can plug a MicroUSB card and also use SSH/Putty

The attempt was to keep things the same as much as possible to the original looks and functions of the original cabinet, with the difference of more games and better quality buttons and joystick.

Here is the breakdown of steps:

For more details on the hardware of this cabinet, follow this link and scroll down to “Generation 5b”.

To get a sense of what the modified Arcade looks like, check out this video.

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