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These Briefcase Arcade Machines Let You Tote a Personal Arcade Everywhere

by Paul Strauss
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For those of you who have been following Technabob over the years, you know I love classic arcade games. I’ve even go so far as to have a custom-fabricated “Basement Invaders” arcade machine built for my man cave. But as awesome as that is, sometimes it would be nice to play the classics on the road. Fortunately, thanks to Jason Fernandez and his JFCADE arcade briefcases, it’s totally possible.

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Jason takes old-school hard-sided briefcases, and kits them out with a full arcade emulator system. Each one is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3B processor and has a built-in arcade joystick (with a removable handle for travel), arcade quality backlit buttons, and an LCD screen built into the lid. There are also speakers inside, as well as a rechargeable battery pack, so you can really play anywhere without wires.

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Since each system is made from a recycled briefcase, complete with dents, dings, and scratches, they’re all one-of-a-kind and have unique character. I know I’d love to have one of these, so I can get my Donkey Kong on before sitting down to work for the day. I also like the idea of showing up to a business meeting with one of these, and setting up at the end of the conference table to play some Dig-Dug or Bubble Bobble.

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If you like these as much as I do, you can buy your very own over at JFCADE’s Etsy shop for $1300.

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