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Countertop Miniature Neo Geo Arcade cabinet and How to Do It Yourself

Countertop Miniature Neo Geo Arcade cabinet and How to Do It Yourself


The history of this SNK MVS bar top or countertop arcade cabinet can be seen HERE, a video is also available

But what if you want to build your own, powered by MAME emulator?


MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game’s ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer. MAME can currently emulate several thousand (more than 7000 titles) different classic arcade video games from the late 1970s through the modern era.

Bar top arcade cabinet

This site is offering 3D view and details of 9 countertop arcade cabinet.


Choose a layout,  I personally prefer layout number 5/7 as it use an LCD, has a backlight front panel.



Search for an Used/New 15’’ inch or  bigger LCD screen. If you choose a bigger screen, you’ll have to adapt the size of your small cabinet.

Use Mame

There is a main board that allow you to use MAME in an optimized package. You can run nearly 3000 games from the past 30 years.

PCB 3000 in 1 (2,4Ghz) for 359.00EUR
Pcb JAMMA to cabinet / Supergun.
From Space Invaders to Street Fighter III through metal slug series and the king of fighters find or discover such evidence of legends on one card!. This pcb is ‘THE’ own pcb.
Support (among others) the Neo Geo system, CPS I, CPS II and CPS III.
Find the complete game list HERE

If you use the above solution, you’ll have to add a video converter CGA (15KHz) or EGA (24Khz) to VGA (31KHz).

but nothing stop you to use an ATOM ion, or an old pc laying around, or better a real Jamma Card

Choose a controller panels layout

A very good site having some online controller panels layout is SlagCoin

slagcoin Joystick Controller page

Standard Japanese arcade layout


Connectors / joystick / buttons

Buy the amount of buttons/ stick you need

bouton_translucide_bleu 12 or 6 or 8 x 2 €

Sanwa Joystick JLF-TP 2 x 21 €

Add cables and screws.

Neo-Geo Side Art

neoartworkgx4 Someone is offering  original size Neo-Geo stickers

25$ + shipping






If you don’t want to bother, you can try to find the original “Neo-Geo Countertop Conversion Kit”, a very rare collector.

Neo-Geo.Countertop.Conversion Kit 

The mini cabs are made by PVG Tech, a joint venture of Jazwares, a small toy company, and Jam’ng Five, a warehouse/distro company


by the way If you have SNK Neo-Geo stuff to sell, just contact me



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