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Porta Pi Arcade10" Vertical [SHMUP]

A carbon copy of Porta Pi Arcade with the exception of the LCD orientation. Relive the classic era of 1980's arcades with the [almost] properly proportioned vertical cabinet. Since modern TFT LCDs are 16:10 (well this one is), vertial oriented arcade games will not fully fill the screen without some non-native ratio stretching. Cabinet measures ~16 x 10 x 9.5 inches (H x W x D). The side buttons and 2 control panel buttons have been removed (with respect to the Porta Pi Arcade 10" cabinet). There are four 28mm arcade buttons holes with an additional two 12mm button holes located below the marquee. Joystick can be either Suzo Happ or Sanwa. 


This kit is a DIY kit that turns your Raspberry Pi (Model B, B+, Pi2, Pi3), or other tiny computer, in a fully functional Mini ArcadeThe wood is unfinished (ready to paint), furniture-grade maple plywood. This wood takes paint or stain very well, but proper sanding, filling, priming and painting will result in the best look.


Don't want to use a Raspberry Pi? 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 found on ebay. 


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


Full Kit Includes:

  • Precision Laser Cut Cabinet: overall size/footprint: 15.75 x 10 x 9.5 inches (HxWxD)
  • 10.1" (1280x800 HDMI/VGA/Composite inputs) LCD screen
  • (1) Suzo-Happ 8-way competition joystick
  • (4) Suzo-Happ arcade buttons and micro-switches (PICK YOUR COLORS!)
  • Speakers (3" mid-range) with amplifier PCB (2W, Stereo Class D)
  • Choice of power supply (5V or 12V USA plug), 
  • All misc wiring harnesses, cables, connectors, and hardware.


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




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.

See the BoM (Parts List) for details regarding what is included in each kit.


Kit Type
Power Supply
Pick Colors for 4 Buttons

Button colors available: PurpleRedGreenOrangeYellowBlackWhite, Blue

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

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.

Optional Acrylic Set

Clear acrylic for the marquee, LCD bezel, and control panel. Good for protecting your paint/artwork from heavy use. Also completes the look.

Note: Be sure to select the correct cabinet model from the drop down menu below. I have one button containing all acrylic cabinet model add-ons, make sure you pick the appropriate model for your cabinet. 

Go to Arcade Parts page and add to cart.

Assembly Guide

Read and watch the Porta Pi Arcade Assembly Manual and Video. With that knowledge in the back of your head, you only need to be aware of a few caveats when assembling the cabinet.

1) The Marquee panel is asymmetrical (shown in orange) on the horizontal axis. See the photos below. Do not install it upside down, if you do and you backlit the marquee you'll have a shadow over half of it. The top of the panel will also be slightly short of covering the top of the arcade.

2) The L brackets (shown in red) that hold the LCD in place have only one lip on them. This lip should be on the bottom.

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