I actually have a dedicated hotkey on the arcade controller. On the SNES pads I just use SELECT as hotkey. I haven’t had the time use the cabinet for some time now but at least I can’t remember having problems when swapping between the different configurations of buttons on the controllers..
In some cases using SELECT as a hotkey can interfere with the game controls but as far as I’m concerned the dedicated hotkey is not absolutely necessary. On the other hand I really wish I had put in two more action buttons on the arcade controllers. I now have Street Fighter style six button layouts but I wish they were eight buttons instead. They could be used as R1 and R2 on Playstation games. NeoGeo cabinets used to have four buttons in a row so having two rows of four buttons would mimic the NeoGeo controller better as I then could use one out of the two rows of buttons as originally intended. There’s probably also many other situations where more action buttons will allow for better configurations.
If you haven’t read this yet you really should, it’s a fantastic resource on arcade controllers:
@TechNovice the biggest thing I would have changed is I would not have used melamine wood, however, then it would not have been a "recycled" project. The angled edges of the melamine cuts like of SOB. Also, Paint adherence has been problematic. I would have also figured out a better method of attached the bezel/plexi where it could be removed without removing the entire monitor for cleaning. Third, the nintendo logo on the marquee is a bit too big, so I had to use double stick tape to secure the marquee instead of a bezel mount. That I can fix, I just need to make a new graphic.
ok did not know that there was 2 cases
i got this version + (nespi +) so for me all reset + safe on/off work
is it possible just to remove this two buttons and run them on long cables mount them on front ?
They got 6 pins on each buttons so i have to get 6 cables for each button? or some of them are dummy connections ?
@SgtJimmyRustles I agree, it would have been nice to have the Sonic lettering, I tried to make something out of the game logos but it was difficult. Using the current font was a bit of compromise, trying to get a arcade feeling.
As far as monitor heat extraction, no it wasn't something i had considered but now you've mentioned it, it's something i'll need to look into, so again thank you for your help and guidance i really appreciate you taking the time.
I highly recommend splurging for a i-pac when setting up controls. I have a 2 player 6 button joystick setup, 2 start and coin buttons, and 4 misc button (exit emulator, pause, rewind, and config menu).