How To Astro City, The Dave Mauro Way (From The Attract Mode Archive: #098)

by Matthew Edward Hawkins

The following post originally appeared on attractmo.de, on March 12, 2014.


My good pal Dave Mauro is the lucky owner of not just one, but two Astro City cabinets, which are truly the ONLY way to properly enjoy shmups and 2D fighters. Now, if these were ordinary cabs, the kind you’d find in some dark and dank and beautiful Japanese arcade, they’d be totally awesome as is. But they’re not! Thanks to Dave’s unparalleled ingenuity, the best way to play games has been made even better.

Tucked inside one you’ll find a PC, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and Wii, plus to the side there’s even a Japanese Xbox 360 (since 360s are prone to overheating and Japanese systems are hard to come by). Meanwhile, the other Astro City is able to easily access all the additional hardware that the first one contains with zero fuss or muss. Anyhow, Dave recently updated his super detailed, yet easy to comprehend “how to” guide here.

I actually came close to taking part in the group order he mentions, from which his two cabs originate, but my gal pal at the time wasn’t too thrilled with the idea (my apartment is fairly big by Manhattan standards, but it’s not that big). And my pangs of regret, upon basking in the splendor that is PS2 DoDonPachi DaiOuJou in an arcade housing, were immediately squashed when I heard of all the things Dave had to do get such a set-up functional.

Though I know plenty out there are not as faint at heart/far more technically inclined, hence the heads up! Bonus link: here’s a clip of myself going head to head with our pal Joe in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, in which my “secret button tapping technique” is highlighted. Dave also uploaded a vid of me playing Dance Dance Revolution on the Astro City once again, but you’ll have to find that one for yourselves!

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