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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #105 on: January 28, 2016, 23:26:23 PM »
Cheers for reposting guys, I've been a bit busy. I've been contacting a lot of production companies for estimates, and it's quite difficult to research who's legit in Manderin or Serbian :P

On the plus side, I've collected all the parts I need to start building the STARFORCE NEO. I've done a hardware test and it's all running very smoothly, now I need to cram it into one console and make it pretty.

Also, a nice little 2-page feature came out in Retro Gamer Magazine.

Check out the story here: http://tinyurl.com/sfp-retrogame

Pick up a physical copy of Retro Gamer Magazine here: https://www.imagineshop.co.uk/magazines/retrogamer.html

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #106 on: January 28, 2016, 23:35:36 PM »
Thanks for the update :)  I'm really looking forward to seeing your Starforce Neo!

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #107 on: January 29, 2016, 00:15:50 AM »
I have the mag, look forward to reading the article and seeing more of the Neo system.
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #108 on: January 29, 2016, 02:38:13 AM »
Cool, I'll be checking that out.  Thanks!
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #109 on: April 14, 2016, 12:34:08 PM »



And the STARFORCE NEO is finished!

In parallel to working on a small-volume limited release run of the STARFORCE PI, I decided to explore the possibility of building a Neo Geo MVS into the smallest and lightest form factor possible. This was to compare actual Neo Geo games on original hardware with the more budget friendly emulated experience of the SFP. After roughly 4 months of working, tinkering, cutting, thinking and cursing I finished a fully functional mini Neo Geo MVS system: The STARFORCE NEO All-in-One System.
 
The entire build cost around , using original and premium components, with a further euro for the extra controller and multicart (161-in-1 MVS to AES shell conversion + box).
 
Check out the STARFORCE PI blog for more pictures and a little more information on the system:
https://starforcepi.wordpress.com/2016/ ... me-system/

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #110 on: April 14, 2016, 13:17:41 PM »
That looks great!  Thanks for the update!
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #111 on: April 14, 2016, 15:12:17 PM »
Expensive but it looks great! Are you going to try and get the cost down and make more?

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #112 on: April 14, 2016, 15:59:27 PM »
No this really was a one-off, it's way to labour intensive to do again. But you could definately do this cheaper, I went for quite expensive parts (the PSU alone was 65 euro) so it can be more economical. The focus is more on producing a small volume of the STARFORCE PI, which should be a lot more approachable for most people. I'll add a components list to the build report that I'm preparing for my blog, so you can have a closer look at the build process.

Cheers all!

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #113 on: April 16, 2016, 15:50:52 PM »
Looks amazing fella, you have a proper talent at this stuff.
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #114 on: April 18, 2016, 21:03:59 PM »
Gaming on the STARFORCE NEO



Neo Geo MVS (1990)

Metal Slug (1996) No one quite does Run & Gun games like Nazca does, specifically through their excellent Metal Slug series. The first episode of the franchise still stands as the most shining example of the 16-bit platformer era, and will remain my favorite game of the system.



Top Hunter (1994)

Samurai Showdown II (1994)

Eightman (1991)

Shock Trooper 2nd Squad (1998) Not really like the first version of the game, still a great mix of destruction and cartoon run & gun violence. Just a solid bit of fun!



Mutation Nation (1991)

Viewpoint (1992)

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #115 on: April 18, 2016, 23:37:41 PM »
Amazing!  Those look great!
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #116 on: April 18, 2016, 23:58:44 PM »
Can I have it please lol.


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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #117 on: May 01, 2016, 09:58:13 AM »
Check the STARFORCE PI Development blog on the full story: https://starforcepi.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/building-a-starforce-neo/
 
Blog excerpt:
 
'I kept the general L-shape of the MV-1B board with the black ABS plastic cartridge holder, removed the casing of the scart-to-HDMI converter & power supply and screwed them to the back of the ABS cover. I stacked the scanline generator and SuperGun on the top of the MV-1B board, and made sure it had some space between them. The audio came from two small Logitech speakers that I ripped apart and placed right behind the screen.'


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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #118 on: May 02, 2016, 19:55:07 PM »
You can't blame people though mate, its a work of art.. You could possibly do 100 ONLY builds at a premium price that helps fun your real passion???

Worth thinking about.
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #119 on: May 02, 2016, 20:07:08 PM »
Cheers, yeah I wish I could make these by the dozen, but maybe I can approach it with the SFP :) Or if we can find someone that can make NeoGeo MVS clones!

 

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