Overview

MakeCode Arcade is a retro-gaming code editor to build cute 2D 1980's looking games. Arcade is well know here in Adafruit as it allows anyone to create games for the pyBadge or pyGamer.

In this guide, we'll focus on a different approach: building custom controllers to play Aracde games in the browser.

Parts

You can choose from a number of microcontrollers supported in Microsoft MakeCode for Circuit Playground Express or MakeCode Maker. The Adafruit Circuit Playground Express has all kinds of sensors, buttons, and capacitive touch pads to make keypresses. But even the Adafruit Feather Express or Trinket M0 can be used in MakeCode Maker.

Tailor your needs to the boards available or have on hand.

Microcontrollers

Circuit Playground Express

PRODUCT ID: 3333
Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and...
$24.95
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Adafruit Feather M0 Express - Designed for CircuitPython

PRODUCT ID: 3403
We love all our Feathers equally, but this Feather is very special. It's our first Feather that is specifically designed for use with CircuitPython!...
$19.95
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Adafruit Trinket M0 - for use with CircuitPython & Arduino IDE

PRODUCT ID: 3500
The Adafruit Trinket M0 may be small, but do not be fooled by its size! It's a tiny microcontroller board, built around the Atmel ATSAMD21, a little chip with a lot...
$8.95
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Switches

Adafruit carries a huge array of switches, including arcade buttons. You can use alligator clips or wires to connect them to your microcontroller. Here are just two of the dozens of products you can choose from on adafruit.com.

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...
$5.95
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Small Alligator Clip Test Lead (set of 12)

PRODUCT ID: 1008
Connect this to that without soldering using these handy mini alligator clip test leads. 15" cables with alligator clip on each end, color coded. You get 12 pieces in 6 colors....
$3.95
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USB Cable

Do get a known good USB cable. An extra long, bendy one like the purple one below work exceptionally well.

Pink and Purple Braided USB A to Micro B Cable - 2 meter long

PRODUCT ID: 4148
This cable is super-fashionable with a woven pink and purple Blinka-like pattern!First let's talk about the cover and over-molding. We got these in custom colors,...
$3.95
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This guide was first published on Oct 22, 2019. It was last updated on Oct 22, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Nov 13, 2019.