Author Archive for Michael Pica

NAOMI/Net City VMU Mount

As you may know the Sega NAOMI hardware is based on the Sega Dreamcast console. along with this it also shares the “Maple Bus” which is what the Dreamcast used for controller ports. A handful of NAOMI games actually support the use of Dreamcast Controllers and/or VMUs (what the Dreamcast called it’s very cool memory cards).

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All Known Official Control Panels for Taito Vewlix

The Taito Vewlix line of cabinets has a modular control panel similar to past cabinets they’ve made. In addition to supporting the cabinets below they also made adapter brackets and conversion harnesses allowing it to support any panels made for Sega’s spec, as well as any panels made for the Taito Egret II/3 spec.

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All Known Official Control Panels for Taito Egret II, Egret 3, and Atomiswave SD Cabinets

When Taito launched the Egret II Candy cabinet they gave it a modular control panel similar to the one Sega used on the Astro City. They continued this same panel design with the Egret 3 and Atomiswave SD cabinets. This panel design is larger than that of Sega’s but uses the same mounting pattern for the carriage bolts. This means that Egret II, Egret 3 can use any panels made for Sega’s spec, but not the other way around.

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No Battery Mod for Y-Unit, and other Arcade Boards

A while back I worked out a drop in RAM replacement on the Midway Y-Unit Arcade hardware.

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All Known Official Sega Panels for Astro through New Net City

When Sega launched the Astro City Candy cabinet they gave it a modular control panel to make swapping the panel as easy as swapping the the game board. They continued using this control panel Design up through the New Net City and many cabinets in between.

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All the officially released Flavors of the Net City/NAOMI Universal Cab

A while back I was having a discussion around the many variants of the Net City and NAOMI Universal cabs and it got me thinking about how many “official” variants of these cabs there were.

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Monitor Rotation for Vertical Games

A lot of arcade games run with the monitor rotated 90 degrees from the “normal” format that we’re used to with our TV’s. If you’ve ever tried to install one of these games in an arcade cabinet you might be scratching your head as to which way to rotate the monitor. The Truth is it depends on the game…

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Killer Instinct PCB Troubleshooting Guide

I recently bought a non-working Killer Instinct PCB and found it hard to find information on appropriate troubleshooting. So I pieced this information from all over the place and my own testing, hopefully it will help people determine what’s wrong with their PCB just from looking at what happens when it attempts to boot up.

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Super Contra Repair and Single Board Conversion

I’ve been looking to add more Konami PCBs to my collection it’s one of the few areas I’m lacking and a few weeks ago I saw a Super Contra for sale on eBay, the board looked dirty but ok, and there were pictures of the game running. I didn’t really pay close enough attention and I think I was distracted at the buy it now or best offer price about $100 below what I normally see them listed at. I made an offer for another $25 lower and it was accepted.



Only later did I realize that the ad was tagged as having “Graphics issues”.

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VOOT Control Panel Dimensions

My friend Dave is looking to have some reproduction Virtual On OT panels made and since I have a few original panels he asked me to take some measurements for him.

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