A little back story here.
It's been a long time coming, but I'm working on a Punch-Out themed bartop arcade cabinet for my man cave.
It will fit the theme of the room well. It will blend in nice with my Nintend-ROW.
Nintend-ROW = my row of Nintendo arcade cabinets (Mario Bros MAME, Popeye Pandora's Box 3, DK 60-in-1, and DK JR vertical MAME)
I had originally picked up a 2nd Pandora's box 3 for the bartop, but I've since moved onto the idea of a Pi.
I love the GUI on the Pi, I think it's slick and polished.
I like the console emulation and the MAME.
I have a few devices in the man cave that give me the retro gaming fix (an Ouya with a stacked selection of ROM sets, a Retron5 with some US ROM sets and the various supported original controllers, an original XBOX that has been "altered" and has all the extras installed)
But despite this I like the idea of the Pi and the retro gaming in the arcade cabinet environment. I kow that console gaming on an arcade cabinet takes some flack. But I was toying with the idea of using the Pi (1 of 2 I own) in the bartop, wiring the arcade controls with a Zero Delay Encoder, and also pairing it with some USB versions of the various console gamepads.
I know there is no wright or wrong answer. I just wanted to seek some thoughts and opinions.
I get kinda wrapped up in all the coolness I see and sometimes just cant make up my mind.
Recently I saw some cool videos of RetroArch and now I'm all smitten with the idea of doing something with that.
It looks so cool.
Side note, even if the Pi and console gaming isn't really ideal on an arcade cabinet, I like the fact that the menu looks different from anything else I have. (if that makes sense)
So even if I did not pair the USB gamepads with the build, and really just used MAME I'd be ok with that. I have a 2nd Pi that I wanted to eventually do a Pi-tendo type build (or house in any console really).
Or can RetroArch be run off a Pi ?
So many ideas bouncing around here.