Leapfrog Didj: Followup

Yesterday we mentioned the Woot! sale of the Didj, and we had some comments and emails from readers who had purchased one. We couldn’t resist either, and ordered a couple to take apart and modify. We will probably be following the work laid out by [Claude Schwarz], who seems to be one of the leading hackers on the scene. [Claude] has done some work in porting the GP2x libraries to the Didj, which gives a tremendous head start to anyone looking to have a working game system any time soon. There will also be a build log for everyone to follow along at home, and contribute what you want and have, as well as a follow up How-To when a working system is attained. Happy Hacking, everyone.


  1. taylor says:

    Yeah, get me an NES emulator running and I’ll be thrilled! I bought it just because it was cheap and hackable, but I don’t much need it so I’m hoping to turn it into a simple NES box and then give it to my girlfriend. I just wanted something to hack, haha.
    Wish it had more buttons!
    Thanks all!

  2. Mikey says:

    WOOT! I agree on the NES emulator front (Also hoping someone ports an Atari 800/5200, and Gameboy).

  3. wolfy02 says:

    im really hoping to get this thing working as a multi-emulator I’d love to play me some comix zone from the genesis. me and my friend ordered ours from woot

  4. Paul Potter says:

    Would also be awesome for Atari 2600 emulation.

  5. taylor says:

    Yeah, I realized that the little question mark button would make a great third button for Genesis Emulators!

    And it would even be cool to relocate it and some of the others to have 4 buttons for NES emulation!

    Can’t wait to get mine!

  6. john personna says:

    I think creative reuse is as at least as cool as Arduino shields ;-)

    I picked up a Palm M500 yesterday at Newegg for $10

  7. NatureTM says:

    Can it run Crysis?


  8. anti says:

    Stop pestering Claude for the card-adapters.
    I bought the last one yesterday. :)

    I’m looking into producing a batch soon…

  9. fartface says:

    @NatureTM. Yes it can at 1900X1600@400fps. It also runs Mass Effect 2 without any hacking, you simply take a Xbox360 disc set, carefully cut them into pieces to fit in the cartridge slot and push them in one at a time.

    It’s got better graphics than the top of the line ATI card! and a quad core 5ghz processor in there!

    Oh and the screen is OLED, and it has GSM plus WIMAX in it.

  10. ant2ne says:

    anti – I want one ;-)

  11. T&P says:

    $30 off this would have been worth it. I wish this was the normal price for it. I wish I had the $20 to get it then. ;_;

  12. GCL says:

    Well my order of four days ago has been shipped Woot! says.

    Now as to a card for it, it depends.

  13. PocketBrain says:

    Kewl, this gonna be ongoing here. Glad I got some.

  14. The Steven says:

    But, will it blend?

  15. PinkFreud says:

    Saw the Didj at $70 USD retail at a Target store today. I think we got a steal of a deal!!

  16. charlie says:

    mine just arrived from woot

  17. GCL says:

    And mine arrived today. I think the post wanted to beat the snow expect tomorrow.

  18. GCL says:

    A follow up. What’s everyone using for their development? I use Slackware and I suspect that the kernel versions and the matching MTD drivers are out of sequence with the Wiki that came up later.

  19. David Anders says:

    i’ve updated my original wiki pages at:


    this includes update information on the processor as well as the datasheet.

  20. HED says:

    Well, let’s see… you want a cheap emulation console?

    Try the Dingoo A320. True, the Dingoo A320 has gotten far more “buzz” than this leapfrog toy. But it has 4 buttons, L+R buttons, a better d-pad, tv-out, miniSD card slot… built-in NES/SNES/GBA/GB/CPS1/CPS2/Megadrive/Neogeo emulators… and yes, you can install linux on it. For $80.

    So give back the Didj to your kids, get yourself a real hackable console.



  21. GCL says:

    And where pray tell, can the lucky individual who would want this thing, can buy one?

  22. HED says:

    I bought mine on http://Dealextreme.com (as many Dingoo users did, because it’s a chinese product).
    Currently Dingoos are sold out on Dealextreme.com but the site moderators say there may be a restock after the Chinese New Year.

    You can also try ebay or superufo (http://superufo.com/product_html/Cool_Stuff_Micro_Game_Station_Dingoo_A320.html)

  23. Just to let people know we have a active wiki going at: http://www.elinux.org/Didj
    I have posted an eagle library for the cartridge pins and have posted a eagle board file of a cartridge breakout board.

  24. InHisName says:

    There is a fella who designed and is building up a cart that supports SD cards and uart adapters. $15 pre-order price at http://www.wtfmoogle.com

    He is building them now.

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