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August 29, 2014 AT 1:00 pm

Project GamePi: Raspberry Pi based portable game console #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Project GamePi: Raspberry Pi based portable game console

Hope you’re well. In this weeks episode of ‘Weird Electronic Devices You Can Make In Your Own Home’, we’ll be diving into a Raspberry Pi based handheld inside of a Game Boy (DMG). My inspiration to pick this one up was seeing the awesome SuperPiBoy, as well as the wonderful PiGRRL from Adafruit. I took bits from both of those projects, and added my own small touch.

Parts:

My little bit of spice for this project were the additional 3 controls on the rear panel. Instead of using momentary switches, I used capacitive touch sensors. I chose the standalone versions that Adafruit sells, because the form factor is favorable to this application, and for simplicity.

I started with a trashed original Game Boy. I found it in a lot buy with a broken Game Gear (I can see another project in my future… :)) for 15$. I handed off the internals to a chip tune obsessed friend, and began the conversion.

I chose not to retain any of the original parts, except for the plastics. I first measured the LCD window, and shaved it to the appropriate size for the 3.5 inch LCD. I shaved down as much of the internal plastics as I could. I then mounted the LCD in place with hot glue. The KB button PCB mounts using the original mounting hardware, no modification required.

Check out the full tutorial here.

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