Rebuilding Nintendo Joysticks

Due to many years of hard usage and sometimes unsavoury conditions (normally spilt drinks!) many Nintendo joysticks are in desperate need of attention. The area that suffers the most is the main bearing (a small bearing sandwiched between two metal spot-welded plates). As dirt, grime and sometimes rust build up around the bearing, it begins…

Donkey Kong Junior: Part 1

So if you’ve seen my “Purchases (Mar-Apr ‘18)” blog post, you’ll have seen I recently picked up a Donkey Kong Junior. I’ve been wanting DKJr for a while now mainly to complete my Donkey Kong trilogy, but also as a good excuse to replace the Double Donkey Kong board in my DK cabinet. A fellow…

Purchases (Mar-Apr ‘18)

I thought I’d post a quick update with my purchases during the last couple of months. The year started very quiet with no purchases at first, but there’s always the normal post-Christmas recovery! My first arcade delivery was from a fellow collector, Tony Temple (arcadeblogger). Tony kindly supplied some parts for my Space Fever project…

Nintendo’s “Recycling” Programme

It’s a pretty well-known fact in the Nintendo arcade scene that the original Donkey Kong game boards were originally Radarscope and were repurposed by Nintendo after poor US sales. It has come to light more recently, that this wasn’t the only occasion Nintendo recycled game PCBs to make other games. In my early collecting days,…

vs. Unisystem with Excitebike

When I imported my first two Nintendo cabinets in 2016, they both came across the pond as converted vs. Unisystems. I bought both with the intention of returning them to factory releases (Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr etc.), but never thought about what I’d do with the conversion kits I ultimately removed from them. The…

Space Fever B&W Cocktail: Part 3

So before I start with the full strip down of the cocktail, I thought I’d better fire her up and see what we’re dealing with PCB wise as it was sold with “glitches”… I plugged her in, switched on the power and waited. These old monitors do take some warming up and eventually the screen…

Space Fever B&W Cocktail: Part 2

I got a few moments this weekend to have a look at a few more ‘areas of concern’ on my Space Fever Cocktail. The one thing that has bothered me since collecting it was the hideous non-illuminated, illuminated buttons that had replaced the fire buttons: Now, the worn CPOs weren’t the prettiest, but these buttons…

Space Fever B&W Cocktail: Part 1

This is again another 2017 purchase that I started work on, but haven’t got round to posting about (I will try to do better!). I picked up this Space Fever cocktail from a guy in North Yorkshire after a frantic eBay purchase. The cabinet was advertised as “complete and working with a small glitch”, so…

HeliFire Cocktail: Part 2

Now again, this post is way past it’s due date, but I’m using the little spare time I have to try and catch up! After testing the HeliFire board using a new switching power supply, it appeared that we got the game to ‘draw’ slightly more than using the original power supply. The one thing…