Welcome to M.A.R.S. (Mark's Arcade Retro Site). This is my web page dedicated to those who love coin-op video arcade games. There's lots of information and hopefully some entertaining stuff, too.
Well, another year has come to an end.
Completed The Getaway pinball restoration. Bought new decals for the cabinet, and they just *barely* fit. Did the polyacrylic clear and wet method. No issues, thankfully. Game came out great in the end.
And with that, I have completed my 100th arcade game restoration!
Junkyard had to go to make space for it, unfortunately. Don't have enough room to keep them all.
I picked up a Zeke's Peak that I've been looking for since I played one at California Extreme and decided I needed to pick one up when I got the chance.
Finishing up two more Eliminator 4-player cabinets. A lot of work goes into making these, so I try to build them in pairs.
I've got a few more project ideas up my sleeve; let's see I ever get to them *looks at stack of Universal Sound Boards mocking him*.
Attended CAX this year. Great event! Highly recommend going whether or not you are an arcade game collector.
Completed my Arkanoid multi-game. Took the Taito cabinet and bought some stencils and gave it a custom color combination. I created my own take on the artwork and printed it out on my wide format inkjet printer. Since none of the Arkanoid games have free play, I decided to go with a coin up 1up circuit. In addition, I used a simple reset circuit board to switch between the games. To deal with switching the games, I used a 6 slot JAMMA switcher and used a jamma adapter on the Arkanoid board. The 6 slot switcher uses a RF interface to switch games, so I hacked it to use direct wiring select instead. The direct select is controlled by a stateful arduino that controls the game selection. When you press both player buttons at the same time, it switches to the next game. Pressing either player button starts a game for that number of players. Also had to hack the 6 slot JAMMA switcher with custom control routing for the encoder wheel. A lot of work but it came out great!
Lately I've been working on restoring a Getaway pinball machine. Playfield is in good shape, but the cabinet needed the faded decals replaced, as is common with this game. Cabinet prep takes a while, and I want it to be as nice as possible for the new decals go on. So much sanding. Looks good so far. I think Junk Yard will have to exit stage left to make room for it.
Sold my Demolition Derby four player cabinet. Such a great looking game, but I have plans for something else to go there...
Finished repairing 30+ Sega CPU boards. Next are the universal sound boards. I started building two more Eliminator four player cabinets. Hoping to finish them this fall.
My troubleshooting page contains links to repair FAQs, sites, tips, and people who can help you to fix your favorite arcade game or PCB.
Need help remembering an arcade game from your past? You'll most likely find it here. Ignore all the rarity information, however.The Great Game Database
A collection site showing game owner collections all over the world.The Sega Vector Game Page
More selfless promotion of yours truly.The Basement arcade
A great site by a different Mark...he's got the most comprehensive list of video arcade game links I've seen, so instead of replicating them here, I'll just point to his page and he can deal with the maintenance :-)Rick's Game Repair
The man, the myth, the Legend. Now working full time in the restoration business, Rick has done a lot of work for Williams in the past and knows his stuff. Has the BEST quality machines available for purchase and does service as well.
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