vs. Golf to Donkey Kong 3: Part 3

I was very eager to start painting, but realised that the first few coats of primer would show up more dings and dents that weren’t visible on the current half filler, half painted surface. Before I started, I thought best to sort everything out (parts wise) to ensure I knew where everything was. Out came…

vs. Golf to Donkey Kong 3: Part 2

Now I did mention that this cabinet was filthy didn’t I?:   Out came the vacuum and some Pledge floor cleaner (with added hot water) and I started cleaning up the bottom and insides of the cabinet. I thought it best to get rid of this now before I started repairing the cabinet, mainly for…

vs. Golf to Donkey Kong 3: Part 1

So the second vs. Unisystem that came across the pond was in a much worse state than the other. The sides of the cabinet had the usual scuffs and chips, the front speaker panel had had a hole drilled through it for a credit button (and then painted black???) and the t-moulding had been replaced…

vs. Excitebike to Donkey Kong: Part 4

So everything was technically in the cab now and I was greeted by the timeless start up sounds of Donkey Kong. The game coined up and I hit the 1P button with glee and anticipation… playing Donkey Kong on my very own Nintendo Donkey Kong arcade. All was not well! As I was connecting up…

vs. Excitebike to Donkey Kong: Part 3

Now that I had a relatively empty arcade, I began readying all the parts for the “de-conversion”. Working my way through the .vs Unisystem manual, I knew that the majority of the original wiring loom would be in the cabinet, as the conversion kit is supplied with “bolt-on” cables that take the original connectors in…

vs. Excitebike to Donkey Kong: Part 2

I believed the best way to start the conversion was the change the orientation of the monitor first, leaving everything else in place. This way, I could manage the process step by step and ensure everything was still working at each stage. I disconnected the video, power and audio cable and nervously unscrewed the four…

vs. Excitebike to Donkey Kong: Part 1

Due to being a complete novice at this, I decided the first “conversion” I should tackle would be putting one of the vs. Unisystems back to Donkey Kong. The intention long term is to restore the arcades completely to put them back as close to factory finish as possible, but I needed to start small…

The First Two

My interest in arcades was sparked after watching a BBC documentary on collectibles. On one of the episodes was a guy names Andy Palmer who had a collection of arcades that he’d amassed over a number of years. The programme focused on Andy opening up his collection for others to enjoy. He’d spent years lovingly…

My Nintendo Arcade

I have been collecting video games for many years now. I’m a long time Nintendo fan after receiving my first console (NES) at the age of 5. In the last couple of years, I have been learning more about the origin of the home console and last year I bought my first arcade. My hope…