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DIY Raspberry Pi Gameboy

by adafruit, published

DIY Raspberry Pi Gameboy by adafruit Jul 2, 2014

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youtube.com/watch?v=EPTp6WSrC6c
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of that classic gaming device by building your own with 3D printing and DIY electronics from adafruit.

The 3D printed enclosure will house all the components and you can print it in your favorite color.

We'll hack this classic gaming controller and reuse the printed circuit board, buttons and elastomer gaskets.

Find out how to assemble and program this project by checking out the guide on [The Adafruit Learning System][2].

You can get the all parts for this build from [Adafruit][1].

Edit and modify the original solids on [123D Design] [3].
[1]: learn.adafruit.com/pigrrl-raspberry-pi-gameboy
[2]: learn.adafruit.com/pigrrl-raspberry-pi-gameboy
[3]: 123dapp.com/project/PiGRRL%20Raspberry%20Pi%20Gameboy/2522930

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Has anyone tried just using an original gameboy shell?
yeah, a pair of headphones would work but if you want to run a speaker I think you need a small amp to push to a speaker. Adafruit sells small stereo amp pcb's but I didn't see a mono version on their site. hmmm..
That's an issue with your printer or slicing, not the STL file. Look on reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/fixmyprint), or your printer-specific forums for help.

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Has anyone tried just using an original gameboy shell?
I understand that this blueprint is for 3D Printering and all, but what are the dimensions of this? Would be easier to know to compare among objects, like smartphones.
From looking at the STL files I believe the assembled gameboy would be 148mm x 90mm x 40mm
What about the individual pieces? Since there are two pieces.
Each piece would be very similar in size to lion3's dimensions except for the "y" value. That would be cut in half because there are two parts of equal height.
Here's another upgrade idea. What if you added another switch for "standby" mode. It would cut power to the screen and also cut the ground to all the buttons. hmmm... I need to just stop brainstorming and order the electronics from Adafruit already. lol
I have an issue with the back STL. After awhile it just stops extruding and just does the motion of printing.
That's an issue with your printer or slicing, not the STL file. Look on reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/fixmyprint), or your printer-specific forums for help.
this is an absolutely awesome project. I wonder how much trouble it would be to modify the design and add 4 button layout instead. (yes yes, GB and GBA only had A and B buttons but RetroPi supports many more systems)
I was thinking that too... It looks really simple to do. A bit of copy-pasting the STL, and changing up the circuit a bit (If there are enough GPIO pins), and cut and wire the PCB differently. That seems about it and there looks to be enough space in the thing. I might try it...
please share if you mod the STL. Also something I've been researching is adding mono sound. This gameboy design desperately needs to include a small amp, speaker, and wheel potentiometer. Man if life was wasn't getting in the way I would already have the parts ordered and have my printer humming away.
I'l make sure to share that mod if I do it.You can use headphones I think. Do you think you could just hack-ily attach a small speaker to the RaspPi's headphone jack?
yeah, a pair of headphones would work but if you want to run a speaker I think you need a small amp to push to a speaker. Adafruit sells small stereo amp pcb's but I didn't see a mono version on their site. hmmm..
printing this now, I just realized the bolt holes? curious how the printer will print the inside top of the riser with no support? My printer prints inside perim's first.
Never mind looking at the slicer output I now see why you don't need support. Although my printer sucks at bridging so I have to have support for the holes on the sides of the case -_-
Oh YES! I'm ABSOLUTELY building one of these! I'm a huge retro games fan, and the original DMG-001 will forever be my favorite. I look forward to using this to replay my favorite pokemon games, along with the wide variety of fanmade rom hacks that now exist. Thanks for the model!
Which Pokemon games can you play on this? I thought it only did MAME and NES.
There are various emulators for GB and GBA games for raspberry pi, such as Mednafen. If there's a retro game console you can think of, there's probably a raspberry pi emulator for it, as many use Pis as emulation consoles.
NICE WORK ! the video is private, it can't be watched
Its been fixed.
Thanks! Just switched the video on, should be viewable now.
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