How to Build Your Own MAME Cabinet – A Video Tutorial

A great series of videos have been posted on YouTube that walk you through the process of building your own MAME arcade cabinet. While I think you will need to consult non-video sources during a home build, I think this makes MORE than a decent primer for the process. Especially if you have some DIY skills (unlike me).

See all 4 Parts of the Tutorial [@] Retro Roms


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5 thoughts on “How to Build Your Own MAME Cabinet – A Video Tutorial

  1. Jason K. says:

    I’m actually working on (slowly) building a MAME cabinet right now. I picked up an old Arch Rivals game cabinet (my buddy who restores games bought it for $50 and parted it out and gave me the cabinet). I’ve got an old P4 computer set up and ready to go with a Frontend and tons of emulators and roms, I just need to pick up the switches, buttons and joysticks and drill out some new button holes in the front and hook it all up. Should be pretty cool if I ever get a chance to finish it up. I had to put in in storage for the time being as we are in the process of moving (not to mention 3 kids keep me away from most of my projects…..

  2. wirthy says:

    I’ve had a MAME cabinet for a few years. Thousands of games from the 70s, 80s and 90s, although my favorite is a newer game: Golden Tee Golf.

    If you don’t want to build a full cabinet, there are cool arcade-style joysticks at I had one of them for a while before getting my cabinet.

  3. Jason K. says:

    I don’t have any picks (as most of the stuff I’ve done so far is just gutting it and getting the computer side of it set up.) When I start to rebuild the joystick/button console part and do some cosmetic work/painting I’ll definitely take some pics of the progress. I have to decide what I want to put on the sides of the cabinet and the marquee too….so much to choose from…

  4. vinvectrex says:

    Cool stuff. I took the easy way with my cabinet, having gotten a kit and just using the X-Arcade tankstick. We do use it quite a bit – especially when friends come over. I really admire folks that go all out and install their own buttons, etc. Definitely more difficult, but you get a great result.

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