Restoring Classic Arcade Games in Mini Cabinets! -

Restoring Classic Arcade Games in Mini Cabinets!

Adam Savage’s Tested
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Matt Sengbusch builds unique arcade cabinets using components recovered and restored from classic arcade games. We visit his workshop to learn how he fixes game boards and designs these half-scale arcade cabinets to fit original parts like CRT monitors, coin slots, and full-sized controls.

Learn more about the Small Change Arcade here:

Shot by Gunther Kirsch and edited by Norman Chan

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Tested is:
Adam Savage
Norman Chan
Simone Giertz
Joey Fameli
Gunther Kirsch
Ryan Kiser
Kishore Hari
Sean Charlesworth
Jeremy Williams
Kayte Sabicer
Bill Doran
Ariel Waldman
Darrell Maloney
Kristen Lomasney

Intro bumper by Abe Dieckman
Set design by Danica Johnson
Set build by Asa Hillis

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  1. facepalm Norm, quit referring to ARCADE GAMES as "ARCADES." Arcades are the physical locations where people go to play arcade games.

  2. 2:27 “old technology” but not obsolete. There’s something to be said about said old technology which will kick current days modern days tech out the window any time any second any minute any day! drops the microphone 🎤

    P.S. Anyone catching the Terminator Genisys reference gets extra points and a thumbs up 👍🏻 meaning you need to thumbs up this comment as well. 😈

  3. Really cool but not $4-8k cool especially with the Arcade 1ups for $200.If they were around $2k I would be interested but Mrs. Pacman for $8k is crazy.

  4. Oh god yes. Yes indeed. No prices on the web site?

  5. Would love to buy a Primal Rage machine like this. You think you’d ever try downsizing a four player X-Men, TMNT, or Simpsons cabinet? Any of those would be high on my list.

  6. I can understand making them narrow to save space, but making them shorter?  Did he have low ceilings too or was it just cheaper?  They are clearly not attached to the stands upon which they rest.   There are modernized mass-market versions of these mini games and they are unplayable because they are too short and were not designed to be played while seated.

  7. This Guy is Amazing brings back the ole days

  8. This guy is a LEGEND!! No in fact he's a GOD!! At 47 yrs old I grew up in arcades and these are the best retro original machines I have seen!!

  9. Too much work!!! Get a FREAKIN X-CARVE! and a GLOWFORGE!!!

  10. Or you could get an arcade1up machine that is either the same size as these or bigger with an lcd

  11. Hey Matt do you carry a light gun or phaser? I'm wondering because your badge is not showing.

  12. Input lag depends on the LCD panel you use, some panels have no input lag…


  14. Would be nice to be able to buy one of them. Just rentals ? Good luck

  15. I’m sorry but they are just way too small. Trying to play a 4 player game like gauntlet would be a nightmare.

  16. I like that this video had less editing and was more naturalistic, keeping the conversation authentic and not eroding away the detail that a lot of us nerdgeeks enjoy. Good job, editor!

  17. Very impressive work, great act of preservation / re-invention.

  18. This is how 1up arcade should have done these but at the same time I wouldn't mind something in between the size of a original dedicated cab & the 1up…

  19. Norm waving fingers around the live end of a CRT tube …. a new kind of cringe

  20. I am huge fans of mario game even the old game and can i buy mario vs donkey kong plese

  21. Congratulations, a clever job well done, these mini cabinets are too beautiful.

  22. Well Matt, I’ve now watched this video more times than any other on YouTube. I love it. Ben

  23. Fuck this guy! 5k to 8k on these midget games. U keep ur games. Ur business isn’t gonna go far. This guy is nuts. I’ll make my own

  24. I need that DKong and Kong Jr more than I need water & oxygen.

  25. Wow. would have liked to be involved in something like this. If I'm ever on the States ill need to give you a visit

  26. To bad they are only for rent, I want to own the donkey kong, oh well

  27. This is so cool! I can’t believe it took YouTube so long to recommend this to me.

  28. If you're going to go to all that trouble, why not just restore the originals?

  29. Very cool! I see he only has these for rent now, which is probably because he is making these by hand and they take awhile!

  30. Hope this guy expands starts another small factory on the east side of USA. I love it but $5k is very steep a full size goes for less shipping included unless you want to make it very top notch. I think maybe he can go for $2k I'll buy it a Ms Pacman and Joust. I'll check his company out.

  31. The Donkey Kong Jr. Monitor is Upside-Down!

  32. So cool to hear that you can use an arcade chassis with a consumer tube!

  33. input lag on those games is pretty much total BS. especially Donkey Kong where guys play mame with a keyboard to near world record scores. i can't find a game from the golden age of arcades that make any difference. emulation yes, but even then, that's negligible. it's like a wanna be cool thing to say though.

  34. Shame lcd input has been as low as crr for years

  35. that dk junior with uncovered erase windows on the eproms
    not that big of a deal but still yike

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