microcade - DIY Game Machine

A build your own game console that fits on your palm

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A palm-sized build-your-own game console kit fully made from PCB I started for fun but now aim to make as a fun introduction to electronics.

A palm-sized arcade console I started for fun but now aim to make as a fun introduction to electronics.

Some features:

  • Comes with all the tools needed to build and solder the cabinet
  • Includes a 30-pin soldering practice board.
  • Includes online build instructions (working on written instructions)
  • Has over 30+ games pre-installed (memory chip) - these are in collaboration with Press Play On Tape. The console is compatible with all arduboy games.
  • Includes a battery management board for safe charging. 

Currently working to make a batch in kit form to sell. You can sign up to be the first notified at

The Make Guide can be found in this playlist on youtube - first video is showcasing the kit, where to find all the parts etc. 

  • No Tools Version for makers!

    jack.daly89711/19/2023 at 23:56 0 comments

    Hey Makers! I made a post a few months back and got some amazing feedback.

    I've developed these mini palm-sized arcade cabinets that not only provide a fun gaming experience but also offer an opportunity for building and learning electronics - like old radioshack kits!

    One of the biggest comments was about a no tools version, as (understandably) many of you already have a soldering iron.

    Ive spent the last few weeks working hard to bring that to life and am happy to say its finally here!

    For those that missed it, the original post was:

    The idea is to create a meaningful bonding experience between parents and children. Picture this: parents sharing their passion, memories, and childhood with their kids by building these arcade cabinets together. It's a chance to pass down the love for retro gaming while simultaneously imparting valuable skills of the future like electronics and coding!

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this concept and whether you believe it would be a beneficial and enjoyable learning experience for families. Whats missing and what important parts need to be covered to be a good electronics kit. Your insights and expertise in the world of STEM education are highly valued, and I'm eager to hear what you think.

    Thank you in advance for your time and contributions. I'm truly excited to engage in a friendly and enlightening discussion with all of you!

  • Website Live

    jack.daly89703/15/2023 at 21:41 0 comments

    Its finally happening! The microcade kits are readily available over on the website here:

    I would love to hear feedback on the site itself to see if it fully gets across the kit, what it is and what you can get from it! Any advice, please let me know!

  • #1 - Make Guide

    jack.daly89701/27/2023 at 14:15 0 comments

    Hey Folks, 

    Spent the last few days filming, editing and uploading the make video to youtube, it can be found in this playlist here:

    I tried to make the structure of the make guide really simple, but, like anything, Id love to hear your feedback!

    1. Unboxing your kit - Info about the kit, where all the components are and what you get in the kit (to make sure its all there)
    1. Soldering basics ← QR code on the PCB soldering board links to this. Goes over the basics. Allows you to practice for up to 30 pins and teaches you to identify poor solder joints and how to solve them. Only move on when you create a perfect joint 3 times! Then you're ready!
    2. Buzzer - Solder the first 2 pin component in
    3. Switch
    4. RGB LED
    5. Screen
    6. Plug in - Plug in the battery and ribbon cable for control panel to motherboard (aka get controls working!)
    7. Testing! - As the chassis and electronic system are separate, we can test the entire console works. Here we do just that and play a game.
    8. Snap - The PCB comes in a "sprue" where the user has to snap off each part. 
    9. File - Here we use the nail file in the kit to file down the joints that we snapped as it leaves a poor edge. This is the side panel:
    10. Assemble: Whats quite cool is that the console can actually be assembled without soldering it together. Might do an alternative guide to show this (maybe so younger kids can do this part while parents do the first soldering). For now though, your soldering! 
    1. Play games & housekeeping: Covering the basics of using the kit such as:
      1. How to use menu system and select games - what my fav game is
      2. Where RESET button is and what it does
      3. How to charge

    Hopefully, this has led to a pretty intuitive make guide. I plan to make an area on which links to the videos and has a written version underneath - as I know some people prefer a written guide etc.

    Let me know what you think!



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  • 1
    Unboxing the microcade

    The first of a series where we assemble our very own game console with the microcade build-your-own game console kit. In this video, we unbox the kit, take a look at what tools, components and materials we get and prepare our workspace!

  • 2
    How to solder for beginners

    In this video, we discuss the basics of soldering as well as give it a go using the handy "practice soldering panel" that comes in the microcade build-your-own game console kit.

  • 3
    Soldering the buzzer

    In this video we solder on our first ever component, the buzzer. Its got 2 pins, one that has a little plus on top so we need to make sure to get the orientation correct. Once soldered, we are going to trim the buzzer and...done!

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How can I effectively utilize this kit to not only build and customize my retro gaming device but also enhance my electronics skills and broaden my understanding of retro gaming history? I am a fan of different types of games and this determined me to be interested in how they work. I mean I am researching the engines and strategies of games, especially, I got interested in games of chance. I discover new features and bonuses by countries when I am reading reviews about these game mechanics, odds, and the biggest online bonuses list. So I have done my study and concluded that I have so much knowledge already in this area that I am even able to become officially a game sites analyzer)

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