After getting the crazy idea that I wanted to run an arcade, I decided to talk my best friend into helping out. To be honest it wasn’t all that hard… This page will serve as a running archive of our attempts to navigate the arcade landscape as it unfolds before us.
My adventure began through basic reminiscing, and quickly cycled into my obsession list as a must have. Somehow I got turned onto the Undamned UD-CPS2 “consolized” Capcom Play System II CPS2. In my attempts to decide how much money I wanted to invest into arcade projects I very quickly decided that although I loved Capcom games I did NOT like the high price attached to reclaiming the actual hardware from its original arcade home.
Shoot me later, but the CPS2 software library doesn’t exactly *speak* to me personally. I can get down on a few of the games, but at the end of the day Street Fighter, and Marvel v.s. Capcom are the ones I’d really tweak out on owning. Given that I read Hack A Day, I assume that their articles outlining how to “desuicide” Capcom CPS2 boards are what got me started onto this (unfortunate?) path.
After catching up on all the research, I decided that CPS2 was a bit expensive for me personally, and I did not want a pile of their large boards just so I could have various games:
It was around this time that I started to think hard about what I actually wanted. As cool as Street Fighter is, I am garbage at it, Marvel vs. Capcom is more my style, I can just mash buttons and make progress! Looking around for some analog to CPS2 that could play MVC2 I stumbled upon the Sega Naomi. I don’t think the Naomi could have been more perfect for me. The moment I learned about the Dreamcast roots I was in love. I had in fact kept my Dreamcast all this time, specifically so I could play PowerStone II again at some point in my life.
This pretty well immediately triggered my attempts to understand how to “consolize” a Sega Naomi, and in tandem my discovery of “Candy Cabinets”. After exploring several Candy lists, I settled upon a specific penchant for Sega Astro City, Net City, Naomi Universal, and their “New” variants. A sea of acronyms followed, NNC, NUC, NAC, as well as a subsequent realization that due to my location on the East Coast, EVERYTHING I wanted was quite simply put NOT cheap, and often subject to a “stress tax” (no lie someone once said that to me).
Keep an eye on the site, as many of the antics that can be shared, will be shared… IF I learn something, I’ll do my best to pass it along. The first two things that will be shared here are two really important rites of passage for this scene:
Some of the more run of the mill notes I will share involve:
3. NetBooting, CF Booting, and MultiCarts… Oh My!
5. A brief outline of the SuperGun setup I used briefly.
Stay tuned! I’m sure it will be a bumpy ride. It is all good though, we are strapped in over the axels, and our ties are strong!
In the mean time, if you are hunting for Sega Arcade Cabinets, check out our CabHustler output.