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A Nintendo Red Tent - My First Original Cab

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Well, I'm diving into my first real restoration! I've built numerous MAME cabs, but other than working on other people's, I have very little experience with original arcades.

Figured if I'm gonna do it, let's do it right. Purchased a Nintendo Red Tent that needs some love. I'm going to try and get it back to proper order over the next year or so.

Getting it inside wasn't exactly easy

Most items I'm confident I can take care of. One monitor works fine, but going to do a cap kit on it. Power supply is old, so probably swap that out. Sanding/repainting the parts. One piece is NOT fixable though - the broken neck on monitor #2

So, I'm on the hunt for a replacement tube or complete monitor. Hard to find, I know, but I'm not in a hurry. If you know where to find one, hit me up! I'll pay what it's worth.

Broken monitor is nothing but trash now. I'll save the parts off it though.

Starting to take it apart

I ordered caps and flyback for the working monitor. Gonna do that in a couple weeks. I got a quote from a local powder coating company that will do everything for a decent price. Gotta decide if it's worth the cost though. Lots of other stuff to do while I decide that though. Wish me luck!

Nice!  Should be a fun one when you are done.  You are right finding that monitor may be tricky.

What ROMS did it come with?

Hi wp34, you're right it should be fun!

Came with Vs. Goonies and Vs. Super Mario Bros. I know at least one side works (got an image on the Goonies side which had the functional monitor). I know there are all sorts of options for swapping chips out, or installing a multi-board that has multiple sets. Something to investigate down the line.

Mike A:

I used to play one of those at Pizza Hut.

It had Excitebike.


--- Quote from: Mike A on March 29, 2021, 10:56:24 am ---Nice.

I used to play one of those at Pizza Hut.

It had Excitebike.

--- End quote ---

Yup, Pizza Hut for me too. As a kid, I was a child of the "Book-It" program. Free personal pan pizza, plus my parents would toss me 50 cents for a game or two. It would have already been an older machine by the time I was playing it in '94 or so but I still loved it.


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