For all those who feared their Game Boy days would be but a memory, worry no more! The Game Boy may be dead, but with this pack you'll have a chance to revive it. Adafruit have collected all the right parts so you can assemble the guts of your very own DIY GameGRRL - a portable Raspberry Pi running MAME and NES emulators.
This is version 2.0! Adafruit have updated this project for the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with more buttons (D-Pad, A,B,X,Y,L,R, pause and start), and four extra buttons on the PiTFT.
This portable handheld game emulation station is called the PiGRRL and it's powered by a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and a PiTFT display. You'll have to do all the 3D printing, assembly, and installation yourself to get gaming, but our learn guide will help you get through the process.
This PiGRRL pack has just about everything you need to make this project EXCEPT the Raspberry Pi, case, battery, wires and hardware, and hand tools for soldering, cutting, etc. You will need to 3D print your own case - but check out our 3D printing guide for the pack so you or your friend can 3D print an enclosure. You need a ~2500mAh lipoly battery and Adafruit only guarantee that it will work with Adafruit's batteries. Using the wrong polarity or chemistry battery can destroy your PiGrrl project.
With this update, Adafruit really wanted to make it easier to build. Adafruit have dramatically cut the build time in half by making a custom gamepad PCB. Just solder in the buttons and an IDC box header to the gamepad PCB - No more tedious button wiring! They also sell just the PCB on it's own.
You will also need to solder together the parts so many hand tools and other small parts such as silicone wires, screws or blue tack are required. Please read through the tutorial so you can see what else is needed to complete this project!
Please note this is a medium-difficulty project that uses many Maker skills such as soldering, 3D printing and installing Linux! The PiGRRL2 is a fun build but it is a DIY project, it will not have perfect audio/video/emulation capabilities.
This pack includes:
- 1x - PiTFT Plus Assembled 320x240 2.8" TFT + Resistive Touchscreen
- 1x - PiGRRL 2 PCB
- 1x - 2x20 pin IDC Box Header
- 1x - Adafruit Mono 2.5W Class D Audio Amplifier - PAM8302
- 1x - Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch
- 1x - GPIO Ribbon Cable - 40 pins
- 1x - Mini Metal Speaker w/ Wires - 8 ohm 0.5W
- 1x - PowerBoost 1000 Charger - Rechargeable 5V Lipo USB Boost @ 1A - 1000C
- 1x - 4GB Blank SD/MicroSD Memory Card
- 20x - 6mm Tactile Button switches
- 10x - 12mm square Tactile Button switches
You will also need, at a minimum:
- Raspberry Pi 2 or Raspberry Pi 3
- Lithium Polymer 2400 mAh battery or Lithium Polymer 2000mAh battery (smaller, less battery life)
- Silicone or PVC stranded wires in various colors
- 3D printed case
- Hand tools for soldering and basic assembly
As of July 20th, 2016 Adafruit are no longer shipping these with a Raspberry Pi 2. There's a lot of Pi 2s out in the world and Adafruit are hoping this will help get you your PiGRRL faster!
Note: As of May 3rd, 2016, this product no longer contains the Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 2500mAh to make air-shipping easier.
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Documentation and Resources:
- Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners
Welcome to the Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners! Here you'll be able to follow along with our series of bite-sized videos that cover everything you'll need to know to get started with your Raspberry Pi, and start making awesome projects. My name...
- The Maker Revolution
The Maker Revolution celebrates the creation of new devices and the modification of existing ones - the transition from a consumer buying goods to eventually having a major part in their creation. The Maker Revolution places strong emphasis on free (...
- Maintaining a Project with Git
Let's have a very quick look at Git and Github - Git is an enormous topic, so this won't be an exhaustive tutorial but by the end of it we'll have a working knowledge of basic git workflow. I'll be showing this tutorial on a Raspberry Pi, ...
- Pimoroni Blinkt: Setup and first script
Not quite sure how to get started with your Pimoroni Blinkt module? Let's set one up and have a play around! We'll guide you through the installation, open up some examples and try our hand at writing a simple program. You'll need: A Raspberry Pi...
- Basics: Getting Started with the Terminal on Raspberry Pi
In this tutorial we’ll be getting familiar with basic use of the Raspberry Pi terminal. We’ll cover navigating the file-system, making directories, writing and editing text files, and just touch on the use of wildcards. To get started wi...
- Our Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Review
A new day is upon us, and it is glorious. After all, it’s not often that a new Raspberry Pi board is released. As you’re probably aware, the current iteration of the popular Raspberry Pi microcomputer is the Raspberry Pi 3. It has a Broad...
- Mass SD card Image Writer
We've built a mass SD card writer using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, some USB hubs and SD card readers. This beast has enough ports to write 49 SD cards at once! At Core Electronics, sometimes logistics hang-ups mean that suppliers cannot meet our demand for pre-flashed SD cards. During these periods we have to pick up the slack by manually imaging blank SD cards we source ourselves. Of course, this is a super-tedious process, and ...
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