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 Post subject: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 5:26 pm 



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My goal with this project was to build a consolized version of Battle Balls/Senkyu. Why that particular game, I hear you cry? Well, long before we met, my boyfriend used to pump all his spare quarters into the Battle Balls arcade machine at his local laser tag arena. Now he is a retired US Marine who works long nights as a security guard. As for me, I know my way around a computer and like to tinker with electronics. I've never messed around with arcade machines before now, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I wanted to prove to myself that I could finish this project, and earn at least one madcap little boy grin upon presentation of the gift. :)

The hardest component to find was, as you might have guessed, the game PCB itself. My first choice would have been the US version (Battle Balls), but after looking around for a couple of weeks I gave up and ordered a Japanese PCB (Senkyu) from ExcellentCom.Net in Hong Kong. It cost an arm and a leg ($88 plus $40 shipping) but I saw a couple others listed on eBay for $115-150, so I figured that was par for the course.

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Next I ordered a 15A/100W arcade power supply ($26.95), RGB-VGA converter ($39.95) and JAMMA harness ($9.95) from JammaBoards.com. After further research I realized that I could have gotten better prices for these items, especially the power supply, which I've since seen for as low as $21 shipped. But oh well.

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From Suzo-Happ I purchased 2 purple pushbuttons (try saying that ten times fast), a joystick, a 4" 8 ohm speaker, 1P and 2P start buttons and plastic PCB mounting feet. Add $50 for that (shipping alone was $15, meh).

And finally, I came back from a trip to the local Home Depot with one 2' x 4' 3/4" piece of birch plywood, 2 spring-loaded concealed hinges and a selection of wood screws (#10 1 1/2" for putting the case together and #4 5/8" to attach the PCB mounts), which set me back another $30.


Step 1: connect everything and make sure it works. I hooked up the power supply, speaker and RGB/VGA converter to the JAMMA harness and connected it to my LCD monitor and an old Sky Shark PCB that Antron was kind enough to send me for the cost of shipping. Plugged it in. Nothing. Double checked everything, and realized that a) the JAMMA harness was in backwards and b) the power supply was set to 220. Ah durrr. Now it works. At this point I was comfortable enough with the hardware to connect and test the actual Senkyu board. Hooked up the joystick & buttons. At first I got no sound, but then noticed two pots labeled "L" and "R" on the PCB. Fiddled with them and poof, sound.

Step 2: build the project box. I chose to use 3/4" plywood... probably not the best choice, but certainly one of the cheapest. Mounted the main board on the bottom of the box with 4 PCB feet, put the power supply on one side and the video board on the other side (4 more PCB feet, VGA connector facing the left side, where a space is cut out for the VGA cable to plug in). Left about 3" in front where the extra wiring from the harness could comfortably live. Drilled out holes in the top of the box for the joystick & buttons and attached it with two concealed spring-loaded hinges. Added a magnetic closure and -- almost forgot to -- drilled out a hole for the power cord.

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Step 3: Apply wood stain to the outside of the box, create decals out of a couple of piece of overhead transparency film, and cover the whole thing with a couple of coats of polyurethane. (pic was taken before decals were applied)

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Step 4: Install joysticks and 3 pushbuttons (two action buttons and a one player start), hook up everything to the JAMMA harness.

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Step 5: screw around and play the game. I'd never even heard of it before my boyfriend mentioned it, but damn if this game isn't fun as hell!

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Step 6: wait impatiently for Xmas to come, so I can give the man his gift!

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Success! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:26 pm 


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Thismthread just made me all warm and fuzzy inside!

Thank you for sharing!
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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:30 pm 



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"Consolized" you're having a laugh arn't you! :shock:

I've seen better looking coffins! :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:38 pm 


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Looks great, and he looks thrilled. It's quite a unique gift. Glad it all worked out.


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:36 am 


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Top notch! That's one lucky fella.
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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:57 am 



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So cute! :o


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:30 am 


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That has to be the single coolest thing I have ever seen a girl do. Props to you for having a brain and being able to apply it to something other than curtain hanging or giving your husband grief over something pointless.
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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:52 pm 



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Ah yes, my local arcade known as "The Electric Underground" based out of Modesto, CA, had a few "Low Boy" type of cabs (basically half the height of an Dynamo cab but still a full-sized cab, just only half as tall). Anyways, one of those Low Boy cabs had a arcade puzzler sporting the name of Battle Balls. Saw the price tag of only 20 cents per credit (all arcade games & pinball machines took only nickels as credits). Proceeded to give it a spin to see if it was any good. Found out that it was a cool puzzler to play by yourself or with a pal/stranger. This was back in 1995 when Fabtek picked up the exclusive rights to distribute BB stateside. Was hoping for an U.S. PSX release of the same name but that never happened (there was a limited Japanese PSX console release of "Senkyuu" though).

So after searching high & low on eBay and not finding an SP1 cart of BB up for sale, one day a USA region SP1 cart of BB popped up for sale (accompanied with a complimentary USA region SP1 motherboard as well). Snagged both SP1 mobo & BB cart for a reasonably modest price. What's nice about the backup battery onboard the SP1 mobo is, it'll save all your high scores & high score initials also. How cool is that?

If you can pull off a 16 chain combo in one Senkyu/BB gaming session, you're pretty good...much better than a casual BB player indeed.

Yep, the SP1 version of BB is an ol' arcade puzzler favorite of mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:28 am 


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This is a kingly gift! You're a good woman, I don't know anyone who would got through that much work and research for their significant other's passion.
Kudos to you, and him for picking one of the good ones. ;)
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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:18 pm 


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this was such a great idea, and build! putting it together with real arcade parts and the board, is like the icing on the nostalgia cake.


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:34 pm 


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As someone who has built a supergun before (and probably never again!) I appreciate the work that went into that. Very cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:37 am 



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mugicha wrote:
this was such a great idea, and build! putting it together with real arcade parts and the board, is like the icing on the nostalgia cake.


Make that some extra icing on the cake. It's all good with a homebrew supergun setup...there are some cool SP1 arcade shmup carts like:

Viper Phase 1 U.S.A. (aka Viper Phase 1 "New Version" on the JPN region SP1 mobo)
Raiden Fighters
Raiden Fighters 2: Operation Hell Diver
Raiden Fighters Jet

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:59 am 


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What an awesome idea/gift/project! Nice work!
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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
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you, madam are amazing. i hope to one day find a girl as amazing as you <3


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:09 pm 


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Majtolycus, do you have an engineering background?


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:55 am 



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@Antron

Nope, not really... I majored in History and Philosophy in college. I learned the ins and outs of computers with my dad as I grew up. When something interests me though and I have proper motivation, I tend to pounce on it and don't let go until I understand how it works. I've always liked to take mechanical/electronic things apart, but get distracted too often and never end up putting them back together. :)

And thank you everyone else for your kind comments and encouragement!


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 Post subject: Re: Battle Balls/Senkyu console build - complete!
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:04 pm 



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Great job on that project. What a lucky guy!


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