2 Player Arcade – DIY Cabinets


This product is built around a 24 inch screen. The default set is great value and suits most games, add or remove parts to create your package. In some cases custom options will require that we check with you before manufacturing can start, the total cost may be adjusted because of this. Selecting defaults will ensure the fastest delivery.

Confused or want something that is not listed? Contact us.

Choose the cabinet type
Choose Cabinet Trim Colour
Choose the panel colour of the arcade cabinet
The marquee is the front facing panel at the top which can be backlit. Add assembly hardware & locks for 3 doors
Select Button Layout Style
Player 1, Player 2 etc and function button position
Select a System (can easily be upgraded later)
The cabinet in this product is based around a 24" screen, see other products for more screen options.
Display and system power (250V AC and 5V DC)
Transparent panels cut to match the control surface and protect the screen. Recommended for public spaces.
Add locking castor wheels to make the cabinet easy to move around
Please note: In some custom configurations the price for the product or delivery may need to be adjusted. We will contact you to confirm this. If you are not sure please choose "Please quote" and contact us to arrange delivery payment.
Prices are approximate, we will contact you before delivery.
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The design and parts for our arcade cabinets are the very best on the market today, robust and easy to customise. Check out arcade.cel-uk.com

Configuration of this item is based around a 24 inch screen. The default selections are our most popular arcade system but you can add all sorts of extras and make a custom personalised arcade as a gift (perhaps to yourself). The Cabinet and Control area selections will change the shapes we cut, other options can be fitted without changes to this cutting process.

If you can’t quite configure the system to your liking please select items as close as possible and contact us following the order so we can agree adjustments to configuration and price before we make any parts.

Arcade Cabinet Type

Floor standing arcade

A full size free-standing retro style arcade machine with robust authentic buttons and sticks.

Bartop with optional base

This gives the most flexibility. The Bartop arcade can work with existing furniture or fittings such as on a bar or work surface or in a tight space. The optional stand adds more flexibility to make it free standing.

Both systems offer a retro style arcade machine with robust authentic buttons and sticks. This is the coolest addition to any home, office or cave which bridges all ages and gets people playing together. The cabinets are designed for quick and easy assembly using dowels and cam-locks and unique lift up front panel to gain access to amp and button backs. The upper and lower cabinet are well finished with magnetic latches and IKEA style inset hinges. The Bartop Arcade is secured to the Bartop Base with 4 large coach bolts with easy access.

Cabinet Trim Colour

Authentic trim in hard wearing bright colours protects the unit and the surfaces it rests on and gives a great retro look and feel to the cabinet. This trim is wrapped around most edges and custom colours and options can be arranged.

Cabinet Material

Laminated boards are hard wearing and wipe clean. Choose from our current colours or enquire about a custom finish. Graphics are an option lower down.


Marquee Panel

This is the panel above the play area and screen. In a traditional arcade it would show a unique graphic for the game being played. Ours come as semi-opaque opal white as standard with a CELCADE graphic. Add full RGB backlights and custom graphics as options.


Cabinet Hardware

In our plug and play assembled units all the nuts bolts and screws are fitted and ready to use. Select this option with DIY kits to ensure you can assemble the cabinets. Select locks to prevent access to the electronics and to the lower cupboard area of the Floor standing arcade or Bartop base.

Control Area

This is the most important part for recreating that arcade gameplay feel. The default 2 player setup is ideal for most games. Select a different size and configuration to recreate just about any game setup.

Button Layout

The standard and most common Japanese layout is a set of six buttons arranged 2 by 3 in a curve so you can reach them easily with all fingers. Adding extra buttons to the end opens up some more specific games. Different layouts such as the American rectangular style may be more familiar to some gamers. If you want a special pattern please choose custom.


Japanese Standard (default)

Japanese Extended

American Standard

American Extended


Button and controller selections

Function button location

Credit for most games is added by pressing a button. This replaces a coin mechanism (future option).  Typically these buttons are a set of four buttons which include Player 1, Player 2 and another button beside each of these which is needed to control some functions within the system such as loading games and accessing system menus. Choose the location of these buttons, on the control panel above the main button set but below the screen (standard) or on the front panel under the controls and facing the user.

A typical two player setup would include:

  • 2x 8-way micro switched joysticks
  • 12x backlit coloured buttons in the pattern of your choice
  • 4x function buttons such as player 1, player 2, etc

Function buttons above control area

Function buttons below control area

Select controls for each player

Most games can be accommodated using the standard 2 player setups with 6 buttons and joystick. Add extra buttons if needed. Custom layouts are possible as long as the space allows it. These selections effect the cut-outs for the control area.

Player 1 – Is always the left side of control area, extra players are added to the right of this player.

Button set for player 1 – Typically 6 buttons but more can be added following the pattern selected in Button Layout. Please keep all players to the same number of buttons to avoid increased customisation cost which will not be represented in the price calculation given.

Button colour scheme – This can be customised per player. A “Balanced mixture” will be a visually pleasing pattern using several colours of button.

The buttons come in a wide range of colours and custom options can be considered. Remember to try and match trim and optional graphics! These buttons are great quality and will accept the required bashing of many games. Buttons can be replaced easily.

– A trackball makes some games such as Asteroid really authentic. If you want this we need to cut a hole in the surface to ensure a good fit among the other buttons and joysticks. Adding it later would most likely require a new control panel. Space for a trackball with many other buttons can be a problem, order everything you want and we can adjust.
Player 2 – Repeat the same selections for player 2, using the same numbers of items will avoid additional customisation costs. Changing colours will not typically make a difference to price.

4 player cabinets are available here.


The plug and play system will start up and run as soon as you plug it in. The standard unit runs Raspberry Pi 3B+ hardware which is more than capable for most games. Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian) is widely used and very flexible and is preinstalled to run RetroPie which allows all these great games to be played. All the software and games come on a tiny MicroSD card which is easy to update and manage.

With a preconfigured installation you have access to tens of thousands of games including just about every game you can think of from the first arcades to the most popular home entertainment systems and consoles.

Just a few of the games available to play via RetroPie:

Pac-Man : Tekken 3 : Donkey Kong : Space Invaders : Track & Field : Bust-A-Moves : Defender : Street Fighter : Super Mario Bros. : Sonic The Hedgehog : Super Mario Kart : The Legend Of Zelda : Tetris : Streets Of Rage : Paperboy : Super Metroid : Outrun : Sensible Soccer : Chuckie Egg : and so many more it’s impossible to list.

RetroPie Includes emulators for all your favourite consoles:

Atari 2600 :Atari 7800 :Atari Lynx : GCE Vectrex : NEC TurboGrafx-16 : Nintendo 64 : Nintendo Entertainment System : Nintendo Super NES : Nintendo Game Boy : Nintendo Game Boy Color : Nintendo Game Boy Advance : Nintendo Virtual Boy : Sega 32X : Sega CD : Sega Master System : Sega Genesis : Sega Game Gear : Sega Saturn : SNK Neo Geo : SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color : Sony PlayStation : Sony PSP : and more.

Adding more games and emulation is easy via a very active and supportive community. The system is based on the widely used Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian) which would allow you to run HD video and other tasks from the same system, this means CELCADE can be a complete entertainment system.


Choose the processing hardware. Currently we offer Raspberry Pi 3B+ as standard, upgrade to pPi 4B with 4GB of RAM to give games a bit more performance headroom and allow some newer games to run easily. Future options are a small Linux based computer but the Pi options are more than enough for now. A suitable power supply is included with the Pi. This is the core of the machine but can easily be swapped out later.

System power supply

Mains power is provided externally via a common kettle cord on the rear of the machine. Internally this is used by the screen and is liked to other systems. The internal distribution includes 5V converters ready to supply the marquee backlights and other 5V systems. Inside you will see a 4-way socket combined with 2-way 5V outputs, wired to switched C14 IEC inlet. The required kettle lead is also provided. NOTE: If this product is to be used outside of the UK some replacements will be needed to ensure power systems are suitable.

MicroSD Card

The 64GB card is enough to install the standard system. This part is easy to replace and write new systems to. Grab a bigger card if you intend to add other functions to the system such as media centre functions. By default no SD card is included so you will need to provide a blank card and write the system required games. We can help you do this after purchase.


The 24 inch HD screen is the most obvious feature of the arcade cabinet. This size is ideal to recreate the retro feeling.

We have selected the excellent IIYAMA X2481HS-B1 24″ ProLite VA HD LCD Monitor. This is connected internally with the included HDMI cable.

Diagonal 23.6″, 60cm
Panel VA LED, matte finish
Native resolution 1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixel Full HD)
Aspect ratio 16:9
Brightness 250 cd/m² typical
Static contrast 3000:1 typical
Advanced contrast 12M:1
Response time (GTG) 6ms
Viewing zone horizontal/vertical: 178°/178°, right/left: 89°/89°, up/down: 89°/89°
Colour support 16.7mln (sRGB: 99%; NTSC: 72%)
Horizontal Sync 24 – 80kHz
Vertical Sync 56 – 75Hz
Viewable area W x H 521.28 x 293.22mm, 20.5 x 11.5″
Pixel pitch 0.2715mm
Colour matte

Please note that screen type and features may change without notice based on availability.

Audio Including connections

The speakers are mounted above the screen facing downward and give a great deep sound that brings the games to life. Some of these game soundtracks are so great you will want to crank it right up and the Amp is easy to access right below the buttons. If you want to fit your own sound system just indicate this with the selections. The Audio output of the Pi is a common mini-jack type accessed inside the cabinet. As standard all these parts and cables are included and fitted.

Audio power supply

A 12V Power Supply is included as standard to run the Audio system. Remove this if it is not needed.

Extra items and customisation

We specialise in customisation and these arcade cabinets are a great opportunity to have a unique and exciting focal point to any room or gathering.

Marquee Graphics

As standard we apply our CELCADE graphic across the top panel of the cabinet. This looks great with backlighting as the marquee is made from a semi-opaque panel which glows whatever colour you set the backlight to. You might like to keep this blank or we can supply and apply a custom artwork of you own choosing or simulate a classic game marquee in full colour. Typical pricing is shown but additional cost may be incurred in some custom cases. Typically a single colour artwork with the optional backlighting works best. A custom marquee graphic can be a great low cost customisation.

Marquee Backlight

Our optional RGB LED array backlight with remote really makes the cabinet pop. With a vinyl graphic on top it glows beautifully and really sets off the unit. If you have a graphic on the marquee you really should select this option.

Cabinet Graphics

In those great old arcades the cabinet graphics grabbed our attention and helped sell the story of the games. Now they give a great retro feel to the machines and there is plenty of scope for customisation. A full wrap imitation the original design of an arcade looks incredible and can be even better than the original. A full wrap includes graphics on most panels on the front and sides. A corporate branding or any sort of image can be printed and applied. Or keep it simple and customise the trim, lighting and buttons and add some vinyl stickers such as racing stripes and logos in just about any colour.

Street Fighter wrap design by https://rockstarprint.co.uk/

Protective Surfaces

Plexiglass panels can be placed over the control panel under the buttons to protect the surface including custom graphics and make it slick and easy to clean. A similar cover fitted over the screen will help prevent damage and make removing fingerprints easy. This is an optional extra which could cost more to fit later especially where the control panel is customised with different button layouts etc.


Fabricated and assembled in our UK office from all new parts. All components covered by our warranty. The software is open source and carries no warranty or guarantee.

The hardware is designed to run RetroPie,we can help you with installation but can’t offer support that is not hardware related. The software is well maintained and there is a large community based around it that can help with any topic you raise.

LEAD TIME. Made to order, typically shipped within a week. We will let you know on the first working day after your order if there is additional delay.

HARDWARE CUSTOMISATION. We can customise any aspect of the system to match your requirements; Adjusting – materials, profile shape or size, button layout, screen orientation, Plexiglass top, Raspberry Pi4 etc. just talk to us about what you want and we can agree the design changes and build you dream machine. Contact us for any customisations.

SHIPPING NOTE. This item is quite heavy as much as 120kg in some configurations. At a minimum two strong people will be required to move it around. A trolley or lifting device is recommended. We can offer local collection from BS20 7GF by appointment – Please order as normal. Prices for UK shipping are as displayed. For shipping to EU and outside the UK or in areas which have higher shipping charges we will provide an adjustment quote after your order.

All images are for reference only and do not constitute a description of the product. Components, features and fittings are subject to change without notice. Trademarks and Brands belong to the respective owner and any shown here only for information.

Additional information

Dimensions 62.5 × 60 × 165.5 cm


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