|July 2, 2023
|PC / RPi / MiSTer
Nipe Arcade Originals is the fine establishment of a New York carpenter and furniture maker that has been around at least since 2019. The selection ranges from arcade sticks to leverless controllers made of wood like padauk, maple, and cherry. Black walnut, wenge, and purpleheart are sometimes used as well. The finish is usually antique flat oil-based polyurethane.
The arcade sticks can usually accept Sanwa joysticks and buttons. With a recurring retro-gaming twist, often featured is an Arduino Leonardo or Pro Micro USB encoder with DaemonBite firmware and a USB cable included.
You can request a custom layout from Adam Nipe, the stud behind the ambitious project. As for the leverless build depicted, its jump button is bigger than the rest (like the industry standard), and there are at least two secondary buttons on the left side. The interior is neat and spacious, the latter of which probably indicates the possibility of easy modding.