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I wanted to replace the buttons on Defender with some illuminated ones. I ordered them before I even picked the game up. Then I noticed that there is no room under the control panel for anything besides the leaf switches it currently used. Sitting there all sad I stared at the wall and then Escape from the planet of the robot monsters did its attract sounds and I got an idea.

Well it was kind of a bunch of ideas. I have been slacking on turning the EFTPOTRM machine into a MAME. I looked into a multi game board a while back. There is a cool one with 19 games on it made for the horizontal screen, but it runs about $250. I decided to look it up again and now they are just $100 and even newegg sells them.

Defender
Stargate
Bubbles
Joust
Robotron: 2084
Blaster
Splat
Rally-X
Battle City
Mario Bros
New Rally-X
Ghost’n Goblins
Solomon’s Key
Gradius
Sky Kid
Ice Climber
Super Mario Bros
Do! RunRun
Kick Rider

The EFTPOTRM cabinet used to be a Robotron, so that will be cool. I will order up the board Wednesday, but I can get the machine ready before it shows up. The 19 in 1 board only needs 2 joy sticks and 6 buttons total. I will hook up the ones on the edge as 1 player start and player 2 start. I will also add another button for credits. In super Mario Bros you need credits to be able to continue.

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The old buttons were leaf switches. They are pretty cool with the springy feel and sound, but micro switches have the click and they light up.

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It took extra wires to power the LED lights in the buttons. I was able to hook them right to the power supply, so it was easy. Also went with connectors instead of soldering. When I powered it up for the first time only one button was glowing, but flipping the LED bulbs fixed that. They glow really bright.

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