The Arcade Glow

I often get asked how many classic arcade machines I actually own. My collection is pretty modest compared to some collectors, and tends to be split into two parts – one indoors and one outdoors! My ‘indoor’ collection is my pride and joy – those cabinets that I think I will never part with. These…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 6 FINAL

So after the success of getting the PCB working, the final thing to do was to get this thing put together. Gave the monitor a clean up and dropped that in, after securing the main PCB and Sound board into the machine: A small detail was adding credits. There’s no “Freeplay” switch on these old…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 5

Restorations can be as detailed and OCD as you choose them to be. Normally, I wouldn’t consider restoring screws and bolts – it’s usually much easier to buy new ones and replace them. But in the case of the Nintendo Space Fever, the carriage bolts used throughout the cab are an unusual size, so rather…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 4

So the powder coaters finally finished their work on the main base of the cabinet a few days later, and I picked up the finished result. It looks brand new! The powder coating process was definitely the way to go, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. So now we had everything needed…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 3

It’s been a while. But work continues with the Space Fever table. Next up was improving the cosmetic side of things. You’ll recall that in the last blog I mentioned that the main body parts were sent to the power coaters. So while I was waiting for them to come back, I thought I’d have…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 2

So the Nintendo table top cab had arrived. It was in a pretty sorry state as you will have seen in part one. While I thought about the best way to tackle the restoration, I managed to track down a working Space Fever board. Advertised as “untested” (which usually means, “I tested it, and it’s…

Nintendo Space Fever Restoration 1

So I needed a new restoration project. Having completed the Donkey Kong cab, I wanted to look out for something completely different to add to my collection. I decided on a table top game. The generic white Nintendo arcade c0cktail tables were pretty common in the UK in the early 80s. They were popular because…