In an arcade machine the joystick has to be one of the most important pieces to have. For larger machines there are tons of joysticks to choose from. Different colors, sizes, lengths, feels etc. But for a small machine like this, there are two choices; make your own or buy the one pictured above.
I didn't have the time nor the interest to make one myself so I got my credit card out. Digikey sells this particular joystick for around 15 dollars. That doesn't sound like much but the shipping for Finland was 30 dollars!
In the end I was hoping for a joystick that had microswitches inside it but this one uses leaf switches... well, can't have it all.
Hooking up the joystick was pretty easy. The center pin is the common and the side pins make contact with it when the stick moves around.
I ordered like 50 different buttons from the Internet trying to find the one that I could use in this build. Sellers usually list the dimensions and type of the buttons but they do not indicate the push pressure needed for switch activation. I Didn't find the ideal ones but these will do...
Select & Start
More or less every Nintendo system have a Select and Start buttons. So did this one. For these I wanted to do something special.
Arcade machines usually have a coin door so I decided to go with the "coin doorish" idea.
Cutting the door elements...
I used my Dremel tool and a router addon to make the cuts for the button.
Ready for mounting. Just cut away that yellow knob on the top and drill a hole to the bottom of those cuts for the wires to feed throught and you'll be set.
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