Weekend Pickup! Sega New Astro Metropolis Sweet Cupboard

For so long as I’ve been on this passion, I’ve at all times cherished the look of Sweet Cupboards. Designed and constructed by Japanese producers, and supposed for the Asia-Pacific market these low slung cupboards with giant 29″ screens are primarily ‘dumb’ shells. However they arrive to life when a recreation PCB is positioned into them. Consider them like a house console and TV requiring a disc as a way to play a recreation.

The cupboard offers the display screen, joysticks and buttons and normally comply to the Jamma normal – a ubiquitous arcade platform that many corporations launched video games for through the 80s and 90s. This offers arcade operators with a really cost-effective method of managing their stock. when a recreation turns into unpopular, relatively than having to purchase a whole new recreation, house owners merely purchase a brand new PCB board. Take away the previous one, drop within the new one and away you go.

Taito and Sega are considered the kings of Sweet cupboards, with the latter releasing numerous types of their ‘Metropolis’ line of machines. If you wish to learn a short define of Sweet cupboards and what they’re, I’d suggest testing this text.

I went via a section of promoting off a ton of components just lately, and amassed an excellent pile of money, which I had in thoughts to spend on one thing new. As luck would have it, somebody listed a Sega New Astro Metropolis Sweet cupboard on eBay right here within the UK at an amazing worth. Sensing I’d lose out if I dithered about it, I hit the ‘Purchase Now’ button, paid my cash and made preparations with the vendor to gather the machine the next weekend.

It was an extended drive up the M6 to the sellers home, and as soon as there, he confirmed me across the cupboard, we loaded up onto my van, and I cruised again dwelling as fastidiously as I might, making certain my newly acquired machine didn’t rattle round within the again an excessive amount of. As soon as dwelling, it was time to unload:

I took loads of blankets and previous cushions, so had the factor packed in good and tightSteady as she goes

The clear traces of the Astro Metropolis make it a really interesting cupboard for dwelling use. The primary distinction between these Japanese cupboards and conventional Western cabs is the intensive use of plastic, and naturally the participant top. Candies are designed to be sat at relatively than stood in entrance of:

Many of those machines have had a tough life in Japanese arcades. Often bought as new within the early/mid 90s, most are in fairly poor form by the point collectors purchase themAs you may see, this instance is in good situation total. However look intently on the pics and you’ll see some fairly comical contact ups which have been executed over time. It’s honest to say these haven’t been executed to a really excessive normal!Again appears to be like tidy sufficient

The paint work is certainly one thing I’m going to have to have a look at, however aside from that, I’ve few complaints.

Good to see the unique stickers from the manufacturing unit on the again. The highest sticker interprets as “Anti-Static CRT Use”. Presumably a reference to the degauss perform normal with the monitorNatively, these cupboards would run at 120V throughout the Japanese market, and would require a step-down transformer to run over right here within the UK. This one has already been transformed, suggesting it had a life in Hong Kong in some unspecified time in the future, earlier than being imported to those shoresThe vendor changed the buttons and joysticks with good high quality Sanwa ones in some unspecified time in the future, and bought new graphic overlays for the management panel. This may not have been an inexpensive job – it’s all in very nice form and gained’t want replacingThe ‘New’ Astro Metropolis, sports activities a better specced monitor and upgraded stereo sound through these audio system. This panel has been resprayed, as this space normally suffers from vital yellowingThe management panel sits on a hinge and might be opened for simple entry to the underside. This wiring might do with tidying up at some pointThe unique paintings is there, however is fairly tatty. It has been reproduced and I’ll look to interchange it at some pointINSERT COIN – The monitor is sweet and vivid, however does have some minor display screen burn on the bottomHere’s a top comparability for you. Upright Robotron on the left, Sweet cab on the fitting

Being Jamma appropriate, I used to be in a position to seize an previous 19 in 1 board I had mendacity round and throw it within the cab simply to check every part was working OK:

Alright – you wouldn’t actually need to play Defender on this cupboard, however I can affirm that every part works!

So there you go. Tremendous happy with my new acquisition, and after 13 years of being on this passion, I now lastly personal a Jamma cupboard!

It’s early days, however I believe I’m going to strip every part out, and ship the panels off to an area powder-coaters and get every part executed correctly. Extra on that in a later put up.

Thanks for visiting this week.

Tony

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