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Choosing the right Arcade Gaming Components

At home arcade cabinets are more popular than ever before. Sleek modern technology and retro aesthetics make arcades functional yet excellent decorative pieces for any space. DIY arcade cabinet kits provide an affordable entry point to the nostalgic hobby. Building your own retro arcade also allows for total customization of the system. Additional components like unique decals, buttons, and joysticks, provide endless ways to personalize your arcade cabinet. From the color of your buttons to the types of games the system can play, every aspect of your DIY arcade cabinet can be modified. Retro arcades are made possible by the computing power and affordability of Raspberry Pi emulators. A Raspberry Pi is a small single board computer that, thanks to modern technology, can easily emulate arcade systems of the past. Typically, these devices are around the size of a deck of cards or smaller and can be programmed to host a number of arcade emulators and operating systems. Setting up your Raspberry Pi emulator can be one of the more complicated aspects of a DIY arcade cabinet.

Luckily, the service team at Micro Center is available to help you at any point along the way. For users with space concerns, bar top arcades can provide the same functionality and style as other cabinets but with a reduced size. Other components like buttons or joysticks are compatible with most cabinets regardless of form factor, making them readily available and easy to find in stock for purchase. Fight sticks are ready to use arcade controllers designed for anyone looking for an arcade experience without substantial setup or configuration. Some more expensive options may even house a Raspberry Pi emulator within the fight stick that allows for an easy connection out to any monitor. Commonly fight sticks come with a USB connection that will enable them to interface with many devices ranging from PCs to consoles and Raspberry Pi emulators.