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Porta Pi Arcade Nano 

About This Arcade

This arcade cuts out a bunch of non-essential features found in my other arcade kits such as: oversized audiophile speakers and a backlit marquee. Replacing the aforementioned with: a more comfortable control panel, compact cabinet design,  easy method to secure the control panel to the body, and optional storage space for an external controller.  This cabinet design came from a soup of ideas that never got anywhere, but stewed together and eventually replaced the JAMMArCADE 1P.


All kits included the acrylic overlay for the control panel. Please see the video below for assembly details, or as always follow the original Porta Pi Arcade assembly video as the similarities in construction are unmistakable. 


Full Kit Includes:

  • Precision Laser Cut Cabinet: overall size/footprint: 11 x 10 x 12 inches (HxWxD). With the optional storage thing in the back,  add 1.5 inches to depth.
  • 10.1" (1280x800 HDMI/VGA/Composite inputs) LCD screen
  • (1) Sanwa joystick
  • (6) Suzo-Happ arcade buttons and micro-switches (PICK YOUR COLORS!)
  • Speakers with amplifier PCB
  • Choice of power supply (5V or 12V USA plug), 
  • All misc wiring harnesses, cables, connectors, and hardware.
  • Acrylic cover for control panel is included! 





Raspberry Pi, micro SD Card (8GB+ is recommended), the RPi's respective power cable (micro usb).




One thing to note: the speakers that fit this arcade are unique, and I have a small supply of them for this first production run of the arcade. The wood panel kit includes two different speaker mounting panels. I wasn't able to make up my mind if I wanted the speakers directly behind the LCD or back further into the cabinet for a richer sound. You get both panels, so you can decide and tell me what you think.

Those speakers I was talking about. Nothing like the 3" beefers in the other arcades, but enough for beeps and boops of 16bit.

Keyboard Platform ? (I tried.)

There are also extra panels that will build a small raised box below the control panel. The intent of this was to place a slim-line keyboard in that area. The keyboard platform is an indirect option and less a feature; I cannot support every keyboard and hope that the seller's listed dimensions are accurate. The kit includes these pieces because if you want to turn your arcade into a tiny computer station, you should be able to.

Kit Types:

Wood Panel Kit

Wood panels only. For the motivated builder.

Full Kit

Everything you need to build an arcade. You provide RPi, JAMMA PCB or equivalent.

Purchase a Kit! (Can't see the button? Use a desktop web browser and disable your script blockers)

It is highly suggested you read this entire webpage and any pages that are linked in detail to understand the build before you buy.

No complete BoM is ready yet for the Nano. (sorry!) But, it will be similar to the Porta Pi Arcade with these changes: different speakers, some extra nuts/bolts, and sans four arcade buttons.


Kit Type
Choose Power Supply (Full Kit)
Six Button Colors (Full Kits):

Button colors available: PurpleRedGreenOrangeYellowBlackWhite, Blue

The default color mix is: 1 Yellow, 1 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Red, 1 Purple, 1 Orange.

Here's some motivation of what this kit can build (requires additional parts and assembly, extreme labor, love and tears put into sanding, painting, and graphic design).

Legal Stuff. (because reasons)


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Under no circumstances shall Retro Built Games, LLC or Ryan Bates be liable to any user for direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, or exemplary damages, arising from or relating to this agreement, the software, or user's use or misuse of the software or hardware.

Neither this agreement nor any documentation furnished under it is intended to express or imply any warranty that the operation of this compilation of software will be uninterrupted, functional, or error‐free. I tend to make a few typos.

Retro Built Games reserves the right to make any changes to the kit design, or supplied kit items or materials without notice. Actual item may differ from shown pictures. Read the entire page carefully as these changes are documented in the appropriate areas.

Changed your mind? All Arcade kit returns are subject to a 20% restocking fee once shipped. If not shipped you will receive a full refund.



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