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An arcade system board is a dedicated computer system created for the purpose of running video arcade games. Arcade system boards typically consist of a main system board with any number of supporting boards. [1]



The earliest non-microprocessor based arcade system boards were designed around codeless state machine computers with the main board and any support boards consisting of discrete logic circuits comprising each element of the game itself. [2] The next generation of arcade system boards, with the inclusion of microprocessor based technology, incorporated the game program code directly on the main system board via game code stored in ROM chips mounted on the main board.

Later arcade system boards, including the DECO Cassette System, SNK's Neo-Geo, Capcom's CPS-2, and Sega's NAOMI, separated the system board from the game program itself, akin to a home video game console and cartridge/hard disk drive/disc. This method benefited both manufacturers and the arcade game cabinet owners. Once the system board was purchased, the owner could switch out the games with ease at a more affordable price while the manufacturer could produce fewer of the costly system boards.

Currently, the company with the record of the highest number of original arcade system boards is Sega.

List of arcade system boards






CD Express

Data East







International Games System

Incredible Technologies







Metro Corporation



  • Zeus II (1999-2000)
  • Quicksilver II (1999-2000)
  • Atlantis (2000)
  • Graphite (2001-2002)




NMK (Video Game Company)






SI Electronics







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