Connections

Buttons

Around the edges of the Arcade Bonnet are plugs for up to 6 buttons, labeled 1A through 1F. These work directly with our arcade button quick-connect wires.

Arcade/Button Quick-Connect Wire Pair - Set of 10 pairs

PRODUCT ID: 1152
Quick connector wire sets will make wiring up our arcade-style or metal buttons quicky-quick. Each wire comes as a 'pair' with two 0.11" quick-connects pre-crimped onto...
$4.95
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Arcade Button - 30mm Translucent Clear

PRODUCT ID: 471
A button is a button, and a switch is a switch, but these translucent arcade buttons are in a class of their own. They're the same size as common arcade controls (often referred to...
$2.95
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These cables plug right in, and then you can quick connect to many switches or arcade buttons. For the 1F connection, plug this cable in before plugging the Bonnet into your Pi 3 or Pi 2 since the USB ports will make it tougher once its installed.

Joystick / D-Pad

Any four or eight-way “clicky” joystick can be connected to the 4WAY STICK header. “G” is the joystick’s common ground pin, while L, R, U and D are the four cardinal directions. (Yes, diagonal works as well, in games that require it.) We recommend soldering some of the male header that comes with the bonnet and then using Female-Female wires to plug directly into the joystick

Or you can solder the wires directly from the joystick

Small Arcade Joystick

PRODUCT ID: 480
This snappy 8-way joystick beckons you to play with it! It is rugged, and not too large, reminiscent of a Pac Man arcade cabinet. Unlike the potentiometer-based 2-axis and mini...
$14.95
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Premium Female/Female Jumper Wires - 20 x 12" (300mm)

PRODUCT ID: 1949
These Female/Female Jumper Wires are handy for making wire harnesses or jumpering between headers on PCB's. These premium jumper wires are 12" (300mm) long and come in a 'strip' of 20...
$3.95
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Analog-style Joystick

Some lower-profile joysticks are available only in analog versions. These can be connected to the ANALOG header. 3V and G are 3.3 Volts and ground from the Pi, respectively, while X and Y are the stick’s analog outputs for the two axes.

The analog joystick input is processed and handled as a 4-way stick. Most vintage games operate with a 4-way stick; there is no option here for a “true” analog input.

Note that we convert the analog voltage into digital switches without an analog-to-digital converter so we can detect when the joystick is moved around but we do not measure how 'hard' it is being pushed in a direction!

Analog 2-axis Thumb Joystick with Select Button + Breakout Board

PRODUCT ID: 512
This mini-kit makes it easy to mount a PSP/Xbox-like thumb joystick to your project. The thumbstick is an analog joystick - more accurate and sensitive than just 'directional'...
$5.95
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Mini 2-Axis Analog Thumbstick

PRODUCT ID: 2765
Sometimes a simple analog control device can be the perfect tactile solution for your project, but they can be surprisingly hard to come by. Luckily we've got a low cost, quality...
$2.50
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Mini Analog Joystick - 10K Potentiometers

PRODUCT ID: 3102
Sometimes a simple analog control device can be the perfect tactile solution for your project, but they can be surprisingly hard to come by. Luckily we've found a low cost,...
$19.95
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Speaker

The Arcade Bonnet’s mono class D amplifier can handle a single 4 or 8 Ohm speaker, up to 3 Watts. The amplifier’s “I2S” interface provides extremely clear sound…better than you’ll get from the Raspberry Pi’s headphone jack.

Most early arcade games had monaural sound. For anything with stereo, the two channels will be mixed to a single channel for the amplifier.

Speaker - 3" Diameter - 4 Ohm 3 Watt

PRODUCT ID: 1314
Listen up! This 3" diameter speaker cone is the perfect addition to any audio project where you need an 4 ohm impedance and 3W or less of power. We particularly like this cone as...
$1.95
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Mono Enclosed Speaker - 3W 4 Ohm

PRODUCT ID: 3351
Listen up! This 2.8" x 1.2" speaker is a great addition to any audio project where you need 4 ohm impedance and 3W or less of power. We particularly like...
$3.95
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Other Connections

If you have a need to interface other hardware, most of the Pi’s GPIO pins are broken out to this header. There are also some spare ground points near the corners.

Be mindful of the pins marked with a circle — SDA, SCL, 17, 18, 19 and 21. These are used by the chips on the Arcade Bonnet. Some — like SDA and SCL, used for I2C communication — can usually be shared by multiple devices. The others should be avoided unless you very specifically know what you’re after.

Last updated on 2017-02-22 at 05.59.35 PM Published on 2017-02-22 at 06.09.22 PM