Making an Arcade Cabinet for Mortal Kombat 11 (RE-UPLOAD)

Making an Arcade Cabinet for Mortal Kombat 11 (RE-UPLOAD)

This video has been reploaded. We made a retro arcade cabinet that plays Mortal Kombat 11 on a PS4! If you are interested in the game check it out at It is Rated M, for mature audiences.
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Josh made the 3d model for the arcade cabinet in Fusion 360. We used a special plug-in that allows us to make a materials list and a cut sheet. Armed with these essential pieces, I began to break down 4 sheets of 3/4″ plywood, labeling the parts as I went. We were very careful to group the items together into boards that could be rough cut to larger sizes. Some of the bigger side panel pieces were going to be cut on the CNC, or you could use a jigsaw and the provided templates (plans are linked above!).

The team at Mortal Kombat wanted this new game to be showcased in a retro cabinet, so we modeled its construction off of the original Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet from the 90s. Josh added the angled front and the extra side accents to the model to really set this cabinet apart. The angled front panels were attached to the bottom, shelf, and top of the base section with pocket screws. Instead of a back panel, the back of the cabinet was left open so that all of the electronics could be easily accessed

This area is the meat of the cabinet sandwich. It is a shorter section that will hold the game controls, the joystick and buttons, in a tray hanging off the front of the cabinet. The control section is also a platform for the upper, Screen Section, to sit on. The rear of this section is mostly empty space, which was great for hiding the extra lengths of cables and wires

The Screen Section is where all the action happens. It is where the computer monitor will be mounted, where the speakers are, and where the lit marquee resides. This area also has some tricky bevels and miters, so go slow. I cut out the side panels for this area using the CNC (or the provided templates) and used pocket holes to attach the bottom and the top. The platform that holds the speaker and the light bar was also attached with pocket holes after I cut the two holes for the speakers to project through. Those holes will later be covered with some round speaker grates

The tricky part is the bezel that covers the screen. To make it, you must start with the size of the screen you plan on using. We have linked the one we used in the links to the right, but begin this process by measuring your tv/monitor. Once you have the screen’s viewable area, the bezel is just like making a picture frame. I matched the inside of our “picture frame” bezel to the are inside the monitor’s own bezel, which was inset about a half inch on each side. The outside of the “picture frame” was equal to the opening on the Screen Section. You may find that in order to get your bezel to fit within the side of the cabinet, you may have to cut off some width from the sides

To match the angle of the side panels, I had to cut a bevel on the bottom so that it sat flat against the top of the control section when assembled. To hold the TV up against the back of the bezel we made, I made a bracket that acted like a bridge. I cut two small 1×4 the same thickness as monitor and pocket holed them to the back of the bezel, being sure it could still fit inside the side panels. I cut another 1×4 to bridge the span between these to additions and wedged the tv under it. Earlier, I drilled holes through this bridge piece that matched up to the screen’s mounting bracket holes

At this point, all of the 3 sections were sitting comfortably onto of each other with their major components secured. I locked the three tiers together with some screws and make one solid tower. Josh cut the larger side panels on the CNC (again, the templates work too) and the whole cabinet was ready to assemble…

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I Like To Make Stuff says:

We had to re upload the video due to a sponsor request. Sorry, but we couldn’t avoid it 👍🏻

CapyKami says:

Can't spell MicrotransaKtions without MK

Wood Stalker says:

Is the setup the same for a Xbox version of I’d wanna make a Xbox version of it but without the graphics on it for copyrights purposes

Oscar Lima says:

This guy doesn't know what practical means…

Spanky McBean says:

Either you need to turn up the heat in your shop or Josh needs to wear a hoodie… just sayin.

What’s up Wolfie says:

Please i want too know everything about the arcade cabine..

Cameron Hansen says:

I love the stuff you do but It makes it hard to watch a 30 minute video with the music you put in the video

Vincent says:

I like how you added the C3PO head on the cnc

John Thigpen says:

Awesome job Bob. I really didn't think I was going to sit through a 30 min video, but it sure didn't seem like 30 mins. I like how you make things that seem so complicated easier for us dummies to understand. LOL

Lyndon Alvarez says:

No gameplay 🙁 Just sub in another game! Great work as always though!

purple says:

I can’t believe the old cabinet was three years ago!

Shaun Primmer says:

Wow… just wow… so good. I couldn't be more jealous.

Panser says:

Where does the ps4 get it‘s air for cooling?

jeh jeh says:

hi, what kind of computer or maincard do you use in this Arcade Cabinet.??

Chris Ghaly says:

How did you print on the Lexan?

Forby says:


Mokofox says:

Reploaded @ILikeToMakeStuff in the description x)

Alex Iulian says:

This was a really great video, but what about that R2-D2 project?

Jojocarlier1882 says:

Good Game Time Now Fabrication The Best Before and After and Continue My World 🌎New Video Jojo Beckers

Keanine says:

Wouldn't have looked as sleek, but it would have been cool if the button colours matched the colour of the button they were assigned to instead of black

Panda Tech says:

Just got a question for you. Why didn't you drill through the vinyl on the control panel

Hugo Sanchez says:

Dé·jà vu

Noah Herrera says:

I'm here for mk11

Mohammed Kilany says:

For a second there I thought I was watching AWE me video

R4IN Xs says:

Why emulate a normal PS4 controller when you can buy PS4 compatible fighting sticks. You can just take them apart and fit them to your cabinet. Wouldn't emulating a controller also cause some latency, for a fighting game that would be horrible.

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