The success of retro machines from boards like Raspberry Pi or Arduino continues to grow and it is becoming easier to build an arcade machine. The Adafruit company has recently launched a plug-in for Raspberry Pi that will make it easier to use the classic joystick and buttons on old controllers.
This plugin is called Arcade Bonnet. Arcade Bonnet is intended for a novice audience with hardly any knowledge of Free Hardware but who wants to have their arcade machine built by themselves.
The operation of Arcade Bonnet is very simple. On the one hand it connects to the Raspberry Pi GPIO, a connection for which we will not need to solder anything and on the other hand, in the Arcade Bonnet connections we can connect the joystick or the buttons that we need to connect to have a classic control, similar to an arcade machine.
Arcade Bonnet is a board as small as the Raspberry Pi Zero itself
Arcade Bonnet is a very small board, as small as the Raspberry Pi Zero, among other things because need to adapt to Raspberry Pi GPIO ports. Its connection is simple and does not need any soldering, which makes it easy to use for novice users.
In addition, its price is quite affordable, about $ 15 per unit, so it seems an ideal complement for those of us who want to build our own arcade machine. Of course, the board does not include any joystick or any button, accessories that could well be next to the Arcade Bonnet.
Arcade Bonnet is still a shield board that extends or in this case, facilitates the use of a specific Raspberry Pi function, although its name is not related to this type of board. But the most positive thing about it is the plug & play interface it offers, a feature few Raspberry Pi accessories have.