Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 in a GameBoy Original

[Kite] has been making custom PCBs for GameBoys for a long time. Long enough, in fact, that other people have used his work to build even more feature-rich GameBoy platforms. Unfortunately some of their work had stagnated, so [Kite] picked it up and completed a new project: a GameBoy that uses a Raspberry Pi running on his upgraded GameBoy PCB.

At its core the build uses a Raspberry Pi 3, but one that has been shrunk down to the shape of a memory module, known as the Compute Module 3. (We featured the original build by [inches] before, but [Kite] has taken it over since then.) The upgrade frees up precious space in the GameBoy case to fit the custom PCB that was originally built by [Kite], and also eliminates the need to cut up a Raspberry Pi and solder it to the old version of his PCB. The build is very clean, and runs RetroPie like a champ. It has some additional features as well, such as having an HDMI output.

For anyone looking for that retro GameBoy feel but who wants important upgrades like a backlit color screen, or the ability to play PSP games, this might be the build for you. The video below goes into details about how it all fits together. If you’re looking for more of a challenge in your GameBoy hacks, though, there’s an ongoing challenge to build the tiniest GameBoy possible as well.

 

5 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 in a GameBoy Original

  1. “We featured the original build by [inches] before, but [Kite] has taken it over since then.”
    Inches CEMU build was an add on board to Kites original SAIO board that used the pi zero, this board (Kites circuit sword) is AFAIK Kites revision of the SAIO and is not in any way a continuation of Inches CEMU.
    In fact Kite had posted very early on in the development of the SAIO that a CM3 build was in the works, well before Inches designed the CEMU.

  2. I’ve been on the sudomod forums for a while now, and I hacked together a Pi Zero into a Gameboy case myself.

    It’s been so interesting to see the progression of people’s ideas on there. 18 months or so ago people were impressed you could get a custom PCB for the buttons. Now kite’s design has come so far you litereally can just throw a PCB into a case, hook up a screen and start playing!

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