Rare 1980 SEGA Samurai arcade cabinet found and restored

This is an odd story. An arcade auction in Texas ended up auctioning off a rare 1980 SEGA Samurai arcade cabinet without even being aware of it. Patrick Scott Patterson, who reached out to us to share the news, was bidding on a Mr. Do! arcade cabinet that was a converted SEGA Samurai cabinet. Because nobody was aware of the cabinet’s past life, Patrick was able to win the machine easily. Throughout May 2023, Patrick stripped off the forty year old paint to reveal the artwork for Samurai. Once the project was completed, Patrick had himself a Samurai cabinet with all the lovely artwork intact.

Patrick tells us that Samurai is quite rare, and that one sold at an auction in Banning, CA in 2021 for $9,900. The Video Arcade Preservation Society lists two known Samurai cabinets, one of which is Patrick’s. No more than six cabinets may be known of, and even that number is disputed as other games have had the name “Samurai”. While not complete, the cabinet is still missing the marquee, motherboard and various other parts, it is what Patrick calls “someone’s holy grail project.” Patrick appears open to selling the cabinet to the right collector who wants to continue the refurbishment project and says he can be reached via email at Scott@WeGotOne.com. Patrick also tells us that he made an appearance on MeTV’s Collector’s Call, which aired Sunday June 4th, in which Patrick is an appraisal expert for a Guinness World Record sized video game collection.

Check out Patrick’s full gallery of photos of the refurbishment process here, and thanks to Patrick for reaching out to us about this story!


5 responses to “Rare 1980 SEGA Samurai arcade cabinet found and restored

  1. Deefy says:


  2. Centrale says:

    Wow, really beautiful side panel art on that cabinet! Hopefully he connects with someone who can continue the restoration.

  3. Mac User says:

    Always nice when someone saves a cabinet before it’s too late.

  4. GirlyZelda says:

    I’m very impressed by the people who are preserving the gaming heritage. The project is really cool to do anyway.

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