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January 23, 2015 AT 12:00 am

Dance Dance Revolution with Raspberry Pi B+ #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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We’re big DDR fans here at Adafruit so we loved this project that Cabe Atwell posted in the element 14 community.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ pops up, and I was surprised to see more USB ports. Adding more peripherals without a secondary USB hub is inspiring. So, I thought about what I could do with more USB ports.

External harddrive, CD drive, Floppy drive? Kind of boring.

How about a bunch of arcade controllers? Word!

Backgound

I remember my local arcade used to give free tokens to those who received A and Bs on their report cards. Most of the time it didn’t matter for me. I would go into the arcade with one or two quarters, and shut the place down in the various Street Fighter games. The arcade closed down, and I wanted the exact same experience at home.

With Street Fighter, I found that the Sega Saturn had the best and closest experience to the arcade. So, I built an arcade controller for the Saturn. I measured the placement of the buttons prior to the arcade shut down. So, I was able to lay out regulation controls. I sourced real arcade parts from a now defunct company. It was fun. You may not think this, but arcade controllers are loud. All the switches are super sound in a quiet room. Arcades are full of constant noise, so, you never hear it!

My girlfriend was really into the Dance Dance Revolution, arcade dancing games. So, I built a “arcade quality” dance pad. I wanted something made of metal, heavy, and the exact size. All store bought dance pads were soft, moved around too much, or not the correct size. So, I built a dance pad for the Playstation 1 (aka PS1 or PSX).

About a year later, I was off to college, and these both went into storage, where they remained… until now!

Time for a Raspberry Pi Arcade!

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