We love our Game Boy and RetroPie mods here at Hackaday because the Raspberry Pi Zero has made it easier than ever to carry a pocket full of classic games. [Ed Mandy] continues this great tradition by turning a matte black Game Boy Advance into a RetroPie handheld.
Details are scant on how [Mandy] built his Game Pi Advance, but we can glean a few details from the blog post and video. A Raspberry Pi Zero running RetroPie appears to be piggybacking on a custom PCB that slots neatly into the GBA case. This provides easy access to the Pi Zero’s USB and micro HDMI via the cartridge slot to connect to an external screen, as well as a second controller to get some co-op NES and SNES action on. It’s worth noting here that [Mandy] has foregone adding X and Y buttons in the current version.
The Game Pie Advance is turned on by holding the power button until the green light flashes. It’s powered by via micro USB, or two 2500mAh 14500 Li-ion rechargeable batteries which last about 1.5 hours. Unfortunately the batteries don’t charge while it’s plugged in. You may find yourself caught in a moment of nostalgia as the Game Boy dies and you are forced to swap the batteries out for a fresh pair. We think this is a feature that completes this compact, retro experience.
[Thanks for the tip, Ed Mandy!]