Have you ever wanted to create your own atari games from scratch? Thanks to the Grand Idea Studio, you can download the files to make your own cartridge PCBs. There isn’t a ton of information here, as this is an old project that isn’t being supported anymore. However, you can download the instructions, schematics, and gerber files for carts that work in the 3 main models of the atari 2600. As [Tyler] over at Adafruit points out, you could easily 3d print your own shell as well.
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Now, one for NES please! :)
As an Atari coder let me tell you that manufacturing cartridges is the easiest part of development for the VCS :)
128 bytes an no framebuffer..
This hack was done in the 80’s by Burger Bill/Becky. It was how Burger got started in video game coding, actually, and used an Apple2-based assembler dev kit. All self-built.
Would that supporta 10-in-1….or maybe a 100-in-1?
That chip-under-a-chip thing rubs me the wrong way.
I actually had a hacked cartridge for an Atari as a kid. We would swap out the chips and play until we passed out. Wondering if it is still in Mom’s attic somewhere.
So, Did you visit Pennsylvania with them? I was just thinking about someone who did this. It was a family that came to visit in the summer. Harrisburg to be exact.
AS said Tjoppen :)
Are these Cartridges schematics and PLDcodes Open Source? Can we change and use and share them free?
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