Raspberry-pi Console With Custom R2d2 Gamecube Case
About the project
Ever wanted to re-live the golden age of video games in a compact, all in one box? Create your dream console emulator with raspberry pi.
Platforms: Raspberry Pi
Estimated time: 3 days
Items used in this project
Software apps and online services
Hand tools and fabrication machines
I have always had a passion for retro gaming. I grew up playing Super Nintendo and NES, as well as the GameCube. I am a die hard Nintendo fan as well as a huge Star Wars fan. When I saw what people were doing with raspberry pi's and emulation it opened up a new world to me. If you would have shown kid-me that i could play the whole libraries of NES, N64, Arcade games, Genesis, SNES, etc. All on one console that you create yourself, to your own specifications, my mind would have been blown. That's what this whole project was about, bringing back my inner child. I wanted to create and own something that no one else has. Maybe the project didn't turn out exactly the way I envisioned, but it's still mine. I created something and i'm very glad i tried and succeeded. Yes, I could have bought a case on amazon for 5 dollars, but i wanted something more special. More personal. Something that felt more like a console that I could come home and turn on and get a sensation that i'm playing a video game console, not simply a computer board in a small plastic case.
The cases you can buy on amazon have the advantage of portability, but that was not the purpose of this build. This build was about making something that can sit proudly in my room, and turn on and start playing Mortal Kombat with a friend who is actually in the room with me. Or start button mashing my way through the Simpsons arcade game with 3 other friends. This project is about remembering the days where my friends or family would come over and we'd be laughing having a good time playing some video games. I hope to create new experiences with this console and impress people who have no knowledge of emulation or computers with it.