The Raspi GameBoy For The Rest Of Us

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We’ve seen quite a few casemods that stuff a Raspberry Pi into a Game Boy with all the required to turn it into a very cool portable Pi and retro gaming device. Most of these builds use a modified 20-year-old Game Boy for the enclosure, and if you have an attachment to your old green screened friend, you might not want to cut it up for a Pi project. [Noe] over at Adafruit has a solution – a 3D printed Game Boy enclosure that turns a Pi and TFT screen into a barely pocketable Raspberry Pi, with all the buttons and batteries required for taking an installation of RetroPi on the road.

The PiGRRL, as this build is called, uses the Adafruit touchscreen TFT kit for the Pi, effectively turning the Pi into a very tiny tablet. This allows for normal desktop interaction with the Pi, and it’s also small enough to fit in the smallest of enclosures.

The 3D printed enclosure is the star of the show here, allowing complete access to most of the Pi’s ports, while allowing enough space in the rest of the enclosure for a largish battery, charging circuit, and buttons taken from an SNES controller.

The end result is a very usable portable Pi that just happens to be in the perfect form factor for loading up a few ROMs and playing some classic video games. Video below.

Comments

  1. NESHomebrew says:

    Arg… that button layout doesn’t look comfortable at all. Other than that, it looks pretty good!

  2. Scott_Tx says:

    ha, worth it for the screen you can actually see.

  3. I posit that it’s both cheaper and more available to get an old gray GameBrick than to get one printed

  4. I had a lot of trouble getting Linux sound on the Pi (specifically, PulseAudio) to work with the PiTFT’s kernel mods. So much, that I eventually gave up on the PiTFT, and went with an external NTSC-interfaced monitor. I’ll have to see how this guy did it.

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