Arcade games In Original Cabs

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clok1966
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I used to have sevearl of these back in the early 90's and sold them all (including pinball machines) regretted it ever since. I had a MINI VS Baseball (rare machine) a Time Soldiers (conversion, but JAMMA cab so other games can be played in it) and .. another game but danged if i can remember what it was now.. and of course some Pinballs.. The move from a House to a APT made selling them a requirement. Now that i have my own house and a huge living room with nothing in it.. (well there is a couch) I have purchased my first 2 machines.. I picked up a Race Driving Dedicated and a NEO GEO Metal SLUG conversion.

The NEO GEO is the most interesting, its a generic Jamma cab, hence I can plug other boards into it that are JAMMA and make zero changes.. as long as controls dont need changing.. The other cool thing is all NEO GEO cabs (except a few bootlegs) are cart systems, so you can plug a new game in just like a home console. I quick search of EBAY shows a tone of games for $5-$50 .. right now there are about 30 going for $9.99 each. Another really cool thing is there are "sketchy" $80 china 161 in one carts for it.. they have maybe 90 Legit NeoGeo games.. and 70 hacks.. KOF + KOF95 + etc.. speed hacks, new characters etc.. Mine is an Original first version cart system and its an Original Metal Slug (the cart alone has some good value). I havent picked it up yet (100 miles away)

The Race Driving was the Cab that interested me first.. not a huge fan of the game, but its earlier version "Hard Driving" was one of the first 3D realistic driving simulation in the arcades.. with a steering wheel with Force Feedback, a car that took damage if jumped to far etc.. Race Driving was the 2nd in the series and fixed alot of complaints with the first, more tracks, more action etc.. As its a Dedicated it got a small seat you sit on.. It not a cockpit, its just a lower upright with a tiny bench seat that slides out (its locked once setup, but for moving the seat can be slid in or removed). Again, not my first choice.. not even my first choice in driving games.. but for the price, and the fact its got force feedback and does take some skill to play it should be a good one to replay several times to master.

it seems silly almost to have "real" cabs as i have one i made with all the MAME games.. and most anything else (snes, 3Do, Laser disk, etc) on it.. But there is something to be said for a REAL cab, especially on a driving one. The NeoGeo.. any of us who grew up int he late 80's-early 90's wanted one.. and while it had way to many fighting games.. it was pretty much a snapshot of those years.. if it was hot in the Arcade the Neo Geo had some version of it.. and the ability to won the game legit has some pull.. and since its carts its much easier to keep without damaging .. I have several JAMMA boards from my TIME PILOT machine i kept.. But they are harder to keep safe as its basically a MotherBoard that is easy to damage with poor handling.. The upside is they are cheap.. in Minn there is an arcade auction every fall and can buy a box 15-20 of misc JAMMA boards for $10-40 quite often. Easy way to own them Legally and play them.

Once i get them ( Friday i think) and set them up will get some pics.

clok1966
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Well i got both games on

Well i got both games on Friday.. Race Driving is HEAVY.. its a sit down cab.. but not the "normal" sit down.. its very tall as the monitor in the top and it points down and uses mirrors (like most) but totally different style.. makes it very top heavy and tall. its got a small seat very close so the actual footprint is almost as small as a regular cab. It was a huge deal to get loaded, guy had it on a small trailer and we had to load into a 4X4 pickup.. then into my house.. was 13 below so we let it sit overnight before firing um up. Both started fine, but the Race Driving had no sound.. major bummer. Luckily my buddy is a electronic wiz and fixed it (very easy was cold soldier joint on sound board connection).. We spent at least 4 hours racing each other.. and not completing the track once.. (race driving has 3 tracks, the Hard driving one, a baja, and the one we stuck with the NEW stunt track). The Force Feedback works well and the game does require some skill for sure. Overall the game is in pretty average shape.. not great by any stretch but the Parts that would be hard to replace ( decals, etc) are all in good shape.. The sides and trim are rough.. but all that is standard stuf so easy to replace if needed.
The Metal Slug ( neo-geo) was a small disappointment.. (keep in mind i bought both sight unseen) its a SEGA Congo Bongo cab.. an early conversion so its a bit crude. The cab is nice enough, but the early conversion where not pretty. Ugly marque, and the worst part.. NEO GEO is 4 button, they put 3 on control panel and the 4th down by the coin mech.. it does double duty, player start.. and 4th button.. Simple to add the 4 button up on the control panel, but its to bad they drilled it in the face. Very ugly Marque and simple instruction sheets and control panel overlay is grannet looking.. overall just ugly. BUT the worst part is the monitor, works just fine but even with tons of tweeking its way off color wise. I think its just simply wore out.. its to dark. It plays ok, joysticks work fine.. it might be worth a cap kit. not sure.

I was going to post some pics but forgot to get them on photo bucket...
Overall very happy with Race Driving, its much more fun the I expected.

Bill Loguidice
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Yep, it's the yellow one, no

Yep, it's the yellow one, no issues. I simply plug it into an MVS 1 slot motherboard, which goes into the Supergun. The particular Supergun I have supports Sega Naomi, Atomiswave, CPS2, CPS3, Neo Geo MVS/64, etc. I only have the MVS motherboard, though, and can of course plug in just about any JAMMA board without needing anything else. I honestly haven't used it as much as I thought I would, but I guess the potential is always there.

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clok1966
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i was always planning on a

i was always planning on a Supergun.. pretty easy on the wallet now compared to when i was looking at um.. It is a really good way to go with limited space for sure. KLOV even has areas where you can search for the conversion class of the board ( if its jamma etc) its pretty easy. Imust agree space is a huge concern.. and My guess is as soon as i get a few I will latch onto a GF again and She will think they are not right for the "living room".. eh.. Its my house..

How does the 161 in one work? is it the Banana one ( yellow) I have read quite a bit about um and hear some good and some bad, and the flakeyness of them. I got a buddy with the 138 and one (less games, but more "normal neo geo" games.. ) and it sound like i can get it for nothing from him.. but that cart loads much slower and is a bit(not much) more work to get going. as it has a jamma plug in besides the cart ( something with the stereo sound).

Surprisingly I found out he has a Karate Champ too. Guy was actually a vendor for years and has several machines he didn't list.. most are in states of disrepair or have garnered no interest on Craigslist so he has quit listing them.. To me Karate Champ is the game that created the "fighter game" craze not StreetFighter II.. I think I may get it too he doesn't want much more then lunch money for it. Im kinda excited to see what else he has. He said he had many non working cabs for $25 and up..

like a kid waiting for Christmas now.. Friday is along ways away.. Funny I picked up a 700 Wildcat (snowmobile) a few weeks ago and test drove it one day (how they are legal? something that can go that fast so quick with no safety equipment at all) i need to be out playing on that.. but been so busy doing other stuff, now I'm overly excited about a couple of games I can play anytime in my MAME machine..

Bill Loguidice
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Very cool, Clok. I'd love to

Very cool, Clok. I'd love to get a few dedicated cabinets, but I simply don't have the room anymore. I'd love, for instance, a Cinemaware World Series Baseball with the cool spring-loaded bat. I still hope to get a real pinball machine one day, too.

I have a 161-in-1 Neo Geo MVS multigame cart. It works just fine, but to get to the 161 number, there are lots of minor variations of many of the bog standard fighting games. It's worth it if you can find one for cheap enough (it costs just a bit more than a couple of decent MVS carts). The only other MVS carts I have are Fatal Fury and Stakes Winner, though I do have a large AES collection. The only JAMMA board I have is a Break Thru (Breakthru) that's a bit wonky. They all hook into a simple mini universal supergun. I was debating about swapping out the PC in my MAME arcade machine for a 1940 in 1 Arcade PCB setup that I have. I just haven't had the time.

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