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 Post subject: The PACMAN Mini - portable Namco TV games
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:07 pm 
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So here's a quick portable that I built back in November 2007 (still working fine to this day!)...

The PACMAN Mini!

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Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCOKF76UWEw&fmt=18

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Uses a Jakks Namco Tv Games PCB
3.5 LCD Screen
Runs off 4 AA batteries
No sound as off yet...

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(Update: the original post got corrupted for some reason, so i've relinked the images and re-written some simple specs)


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I must say that is pretty awesome. Everything is extremely neat and I have a soft spot for jiffy boxes.


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Really really nice looking! Looks like it could have been quiet a bit smaller too!(custom case in the near future? :lol: ) Looks good!

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As plain and simple as it is, It kicks ASS!

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looks nice and clean.


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What you could do is put three or four such systems as a single layer in a normal sized case, make them switchable. That is what I will be doing in my project. There are quite a few types of plug'n'play systems after all.

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Nice, Id buy one of those in a second

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Hey, thanks for all the positive comments.

bacteria:

Thats quite a good idea, having mulitple systems that can be switched. I might try this some time becuase i've got quite a few of these plug and play games. (even a dora the explorer! plug n play :shock: that was included in a sale on ebay)


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Looking to sell that beast? :) Looks pretty awsome.

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Now how come jakks couldnt think of making portables?

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Looks good!


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You've been Engageted :D

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You got Hackaday'ed too ;) (I bet they are just copying Engadget stuff though.)

Very nice, looks quite clean, the only way it could be better is with a flatter toggle or a push-on/push-off switch, the skinny metal type will eventually stab you if it isn't recessed. (and of course a d-pad, but your setup looks completely functional, and so clean the dpad can be forgiven. Maybe a round disc of acrylic on a ball and socket could act as a removable dpad, possibly with a Lego ball joint, then it can pop out for play button style.)


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i love it!

i am building something and would like to know

what is the part number for the red buttons (not the reset)
and where did you buy them?

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sam_thornley wrote:
bacteria:

Thats quite a good idea, having mulitple systems that can be switched.


Some of the plug'n'plays use small boards, like the one in your pic, some use bigger ones. Consider modding the system with a cart slot (from GBO or GBA) and hacking GBO cart slots to hold individual game systems, like in my compo entry. Just a thought.

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I might try this some time because i've got quite a few of these plug and play games. (even a dora the explorer! plug n play :shock: that was included in a sale on ebay)


Excuses, I am sure you played Dora just to "test it"?? :D

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what is the part number for the red buttons (not the reset)
and where did you buy them?


Consider using rubber membranes from old controllers, much better. Failing that, tact switches. More responsive (less play to press a button). Up to you though.

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