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Porta Pi Arcade: Wood Kit 10.1" HD LCD!

The Porta Pi Arcade is a desktop-sized, fully functional, arcade cabinet measuring just under 13 x 10 x 10 inches (HxWxD). The full kit is my most popular item. Now equipped with the huge 10.1" screen. 


This Porta Pi Arcade is a DIY kit that turns your Raspberry Pi (Model B, B+, Pi2, Pi3), or other tiny computer, in a fully functional Mini Arcade. All Kits include detailed instructions, with photos and diagrams showing how to assemble your tiny arcade.


The Porta Pi Arcade Full Kit Includes:

  • Precision Laser Cut Cabinet 
  • 10.1" (1280x800 HDMI/VGA/Composite) LCD screen
  • (1) Suzo-Happ 8-way competition joystick
  • (10) Suzo-Happ arcade buttons and micro-switches (PICK YOUR COLORS!)
  • Speakers (3" mid-range) with amplifier PCB (2W, Stereo Class D)
  • The appropriate power supply (5V@3A USA plug), cables, and adapters.
  • All misc wiring harnesses, connectors, and hardware.


The wood is unfinished (ready to paint), furniture-grade maple plywood. This wood takes stain or paint very well, but looks stellar unfinished.


Don't want to use a Raspberry Pi? No problem! The cabinet can accommodate small, older video game consoles or single board computers. The joystick and buttons can be hard-wired to the console's controller turning it into a dedicated unit. Or, fit a mini-ITX motherboard or ultra-compact PC inside and it becomes a super powered mini PC arcade. You can also fit a small JAMMA PCB inside, small PCBs like the 60-in-1 boards that are all over ebay. 


This kit fits the Raspberry Pi B (512MB rev 2) B+, Pi 2, and Pi 3 models.



The Raspberry Pi, an 8GB+ SD Card, and the RPi's respective power cable (micro usb) is NOT included in any kit. 


Tools required to assemble Full Kit

-Wire cutters/strippers
-Wire crimpers (22AWG)
-Wood Glue 
-Soldering Iron 

-12inch bar clamp (optional)
-Dremmel or hot glue gun (one or other, not both)


Please select your button colors by typing them in the Add to Cart button prior to clicking it. You can pick the colors of the 10 arcade buttons for your kit. Buttons are included in Full or Assembled kits only.

Colors available: PurpleRed, Green, Orange, Yellow, Black, White, Blue

The default color mix is 2 Black, 2 White, 1 Yellow, 1 Orange, 1 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Red, 1 Purple.



"Does it fit the Pi 3 ?!" Yes , the Pi3 will fit in this kit. The Pi3 has the same mechanical footprint as the Pi2.


Arcade Kit Types:

I focus on DIY. Arcade Kits are available in three different types to meet your budget or DIY skills.

Wood Shell Kit

For the experienced builder on the budget.

$75 - 88.00

Full Kit

Everything you need to build you mini arcade.


Assembled Kit

Skip the assembly and start playing games!


Kit Type
Pick Colors for 10 Buttons

Want to replace the Happ joystick with a Sanwa joystick? Add the update option (below) to your cart.

Must have Full or Assembled Kit added to cart.

Want more options for customization? Trackball? Backlit marquee? Plastic cover for the control panel?

Go to the Arcade Parts page.

How to Assemble

Before you buy you should know what you're getting yourself into. This manual shows all the steps to build the arcade. I designed everything, I wrote the entire manual. No surprises here.  The manual includes: 

  • Detailed steps, pictures, charts and illustrations explaining the assembly
  • Bill of Materials (list of parts)
  • Trouble shooting section
  •  How to download and install OS image to SD card

You should read the manual before buying, it has the most up-to-date assembly. I occasionally change parts, revise the design and these changes are always reflected in the pdf manual, not the video.

Did I mention you can download the entire manual for free?

Cabinet Panel Kits will take many hours to source parts and build.

Full Kits will take 6-8 hours to build. Lots of assembly is required.
Fully Assembled Kits will less than one hour to build. You only need to connect your Raspberry Pi. 

General / Shipping information:


Shipping times: Allow 1-2 weeks for Full Kits. Fully Assembled Kits ship in 2-4 weeks. If I am under some kind of delay (for example waiting for parts or traveling for a show) I post this information on the build page.

International Shipping is available. Just click the "buy it now" button and paypal will give you the shipping cost before checkout. Buyer is responsible for any customs  taxes/ import fees.

I do not do backorders. I do not sell arcade kits I do not have in stock. 


Please read the description carefully. Kits require a few tools and a Raspberry Pi computer (or similar).


Download the fully configured Retro-Pie SD card imagefor your Raspberry Pi !


Items are shipped Priority Mail (USPS) with tracking# and insurance.

If you have any other questions, please contact me.


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