Portable Atari the size of a Game Boy

This portable Atari is the result of [Mario's] toils. The core system is an Atari Flashback 2, an embedded system released in 2005 with several built-in games. The stock titles weren’t enough so [Mario] added a cartridge slot in order to play whichever games he wishes. The case was originally the packaging for an iPod touch so you know it’s sturdy. We also like the free-formed audio amplifier as seen in the work log. Does anyone know if the Flashback 2 has a pause feature?

18 thoughts on “Portable Atari the size of a Game Boy

  1. Sure you can buy a console to emulate, but this is a much cheaper, cloned system that can be modified to play cartridges. Much cheaper, and fun to mess around with.

  2. @Hoopstar … since he put it in an iPod case, I would assume he just used the iPod’s screen. Maybe he didn’t but that’s what I would guess.

  3. The screen he used is one of those 3.5″ car reverse lcds that are easily hackable and dirt cheap off of ebay. Additional points in my book for reusing an ipod touch case for the build.

  4. For the pause feature, I know the Z80 had a HALT line (tho I think this let the DRAM bits decay if it was on too long. Not that that’s relevant!).

    Anyway if the 6502 had one, the 6510 probably doesn’t. How about a bit of logic to feed it an infinite loop? Just a few bytes, that can be paged out and let the cartridge data carry on after that. Since an infinite loop still needs to fetch opcodes every few cycles.

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