We’re launching our Kickstarter on 30th April and hope that you guys will support us on our journey by spreading the word and backing our Kickstarter campaign so we can make this happen.
We’ll be running a pre-launch contest on Facebook and twitter from 28th April and will post information on Facebook about how you can enter soon. Get involved and bag yourself one of our great prizes including full miniConsole+ kits and a unique fight stick.
Please follow our progress and support our project.
Start by liking our FB page and following us on twitter and please help get the word out!
This video shows how an optional LCD expansion board is connected to KADE miniConsole+ device via the 8 pin expansion port.
The LCD is invaluable for debugging and development and allows us to display useful information about the connected gamepad and system.
There will be many other uses for LCD including using them in your own arcade and fight stick projects. We will explore options as the project evolves.
We have other expansion options too, including an arcade expansion board which can accept a large number of additional inputs from joysticks and buttons to be used simultaneously with a connected gamepad.
This video shows how miniConsole+ can be connected to various computers and consoles.
The miniConsole+ device has 2 outputs ports – USB and RJ45.
The USB port can be used to connect to USB compatible systems including PC, Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Raspberry Pi, Playstation 3.
The USB port can also be used to connect to non-standard USB systems including WiiU and original Xbox.
The RJ45 port can be used to connect to Playstation 1, Playstation 2.
RJ45 can also be used to connect to a Wiimote controller for wireless gameplay on Wii, WiiU and any other system that has bluetooth and support for Wiimote drivers.
The Playstation output can also be used in conjunction with third-party converter cables such as Xbox 360 and Dreamcast.
Finally, we made a multi-out add-on board to provide output options to older consoles and systems. The add-on board supports NES, SNES, Neo Geo, Megadrive/Genesis and other 9 pin based systems.
Some pics of our miniConsole+ device inside a prototype metallic case.
We think our device looks pretty neat in this shiny black aluminium case. We’re considering other case options too such as clear acrylic.
If you plan to use miniConsole+ inside an arcade stick or cabinet then you won’t need a case.
You can see that the device has 3 ports. Gamepads connect to the DB15 port (via an adapter cable). At the other end we have the output ports. USB compatible systems connect to the USB port (Type B) and other supported systems connect to the RJ45 port (via an adapter cable). The miniConsole+ will automatically detect which systems and gamepads are connected and allow them to to communicate with each other.
We’ll be supplying DB15 and RJ45 adapter cables for all of the gamepads and systems that we support. Alternatively, you will be able to make your own by modifying a controller extension cable and following our DIY guide.
Here are more pics to show miniConsole+ connected to various gamepads and systems.
Here’s a short video to show some of the stuff that connects to KADE miniConsole+.
Kickstarter will be soon. We decided to delay things a little so we could cram in lots of extra functionality.
Stay tuned for more information about the KADE miniConsole+.
Eric Fraga, from Cosmic Effect (a respected retro-gaming channel in Brazil) has reviewed the KADE miniConsole+ device.
In his video, Eric has fun connecting various retro gamepads to play his favourite games and immerses himself in the experience. We loved the video so much that we requested English subtitles. Eric obliged. Thanks for being awesome Eric!
The KADE miniConsole+ device supports a great many systems, retro gamepads and controllers. Best of all, the device is plug and play.
Plug and play is great but we think there will be some of you that like to tinker and change the default gamepad assignments used by the device. For this reason, we developed a gamepad configuration tool specifically for the KADE miniConsole+ and we are really excited about it. We call it the “mapper” and it will help you to get the most from your device by allowing you to configure gamepad mappings to your own liking. It is easy to use and intuitive – the mapper shows you how your gamepad maps are interpreted by the various output systems. To apply changes you simply plug your miniConsole+ device to a USB port and click the “Flash icon”. Your custom settings are then stored in the memory of the device. Happy days!
The utility is cross platform and runs on Windows and Mac. A Linux version should be available soon.
The miniConsole+ device itself is plug and play out of the box so this utility is not essential and is not aimed at everyone. The utility is intended for those that want to tinker with the settings and make changes to the default gamepad assignments. The mapper will allow you to manage your gamepad configurations in one place, rather than customising each and every emulator that you are running for example.
You can verify your updated mappings using the built-in gamepad tester.
Our gamepad mapper does some pretty neat stuff.
Multiple outputs can be mapped to a single input to simulate button combos.
Digital input can be mapped to analog output and vice versa.
You can force output to a single system to make the device work in a specific way. e.g. You may want to use PS3, or Xbox output on a PC. The device itself is plug and play and does not require any drivers for operation.
There are up to 34 mappable inputs per gamepad. There is a page scroll button at the bottom of screen to access all of the other available inputs for the gamepad. The second page includes the analog inputs such as left stick, right stick and shoulder buttons.
Gamepad configurations can be saved and exported for use on other computers.
Drivers (to flash/program the device) are automatically installed with the software.
A built-in gamepad tester (developed specifically for KADE miniConsole+) can be used to verify all of your gamepad inputs.
The utility makes it easy for you to apply KADE firmware updates to the miniConsole+ device to make sure that you benefit from all the latest features as they become available.
The KickStarter project for KADE miniConsole+ will be starting soon. It would be great if you would consider backing our project. We’ll update to let you know when the project is underway.
First ever- direct 3rd party usb controller input to the Wii U!
We are super excited about all the new features we are adding tot he KADE miniConsole+. As we get ready for our February kickstarter, we want to show off some of the features. The first feature is direct USB into the Wii U acting as a Wii U gameCube controller. Bruno was able to program the KADE miniConsole+ to announce itself as Wii U gamecube converter. This is on the fly with no additional configuration or reprogramming. The miniConsole+ can dynamically detect input from a wide range of original console controllers as well as detect output to Wii, Wii U, Playstation 1, 2, 3, Mac, Windows, Linux Android Ras Pi, original Xbox, and more!
Another great feature I allude to in the video is a cross platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) configuration utility and firmware loader Jon is working on.
The video shows a KADE miniConsole+ fightstick which has an optional arcade expansion board connected. This is more for Makers and folks who like to tinker. We also have a plug and play model for use with TVs and computers. Here is a sneak peak with just a few of the inputs and outputs shown:
NES in with bare PCB, fully functional miniArcade in the background.
Prototype case for KADE miniConsole+
Sega Saturn in
Super Nintendo in
USB out to Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, Ras PI, PS3, original xBox, and more!
Super Nintendo in
Playstation 1/2 out
Super Nintendo in
Wii/ Wii U out
Super Nintendo in
USB out to original xBox
Super Nintendo in
xBox 360 out
MiniConsole+ inside Panzer fight stick with arcade expansion board.
all in one 2 player arcade and console- RasPi driven
Windows- no additional drivers needed
Mac- no additional drivers needed
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It has been truly rewarding to see our devices used and talked about in projects over at BYOAC forum including a few exceptional arcade builds. We can only hope to see more KADE powered arcade machines brought to life in 2014.
If you are not familiar with BYOAC (Build Your Own Arcade Controls) then I highly recommend that you take time out to visit and take a look at the nominees and other awardees for 2013.
It was no surprise to see “PL1″ receiving the UCA award for “Best User Forum Contribution” as he is also a huge contributor and supporter of the KADE project. Well done Scott.
It was great to see “Rablack97″ and “HaRuMaN” nominated in the “Best Hardware” category. Those guys continue to push the arcade hobby and have made awesome contributions this year.
“Rablack97″ is also huge KADE contributor and has helped us to design and test KADE devices right from the beginning . He is a dependable guy and a great character to have around. Thanks for your continued support Rodney.
Thanks to all those folks who helped us to make KADE and thanks to all those folks who decided to use KADE.
Summer life has been busy for the KADE team but we have been slowly working on a few cool new projects that will be announced in coming weeks (maybe months). While we have been busy working on new stuff, we have been talking with folks that are doing super cool things with the KADE miniArcade. We’ll be adding a new section to the site to focus on some projects that have caught our attention in recent months.
One of our favorites is the fact that all of the laser disc games at the largest arcade in the world, The American Classic Arcade Museum, are now running KADE miniArcades + Daphne. Since laser disc players and media are notoriously unreliable in an arcade setting running 12 hours per day, 364 days per year, ACAM has replaced the laser disc players with computers to preserve the gameplay.
Without us knowing, they purchased a few KADEs as a test when a well known, very popular encoder was giving them trouble. After they contacted us to explain that the KADE miniArcade was working flawlessly for them, the KADE team donated enough for them to swap out the rest.
Kevin from the KADE team made a trip out to New Hamshire and was absolutely amazed at how huge the ACAM is. This is just a fraction of the games there.
photo from classicarcademuseum.org
Take a moment and check out the ACAM site and photogallery. The KADE team is proud to support their efforts.