Overview

Raspberry Pi Retro Game Console

This project takes the original concept of the PiGRRL and makes it more powerful, using a Raspberry Pi 2. It's about the same size but features more buttons (D-Pad, A,B,X,Y, L, R, pause and start.) and four extra buttons on the PiTFT. It's sporting a small audio amplifier and speaker, so you can enjoy the crispy sounds of 8-bit goodness. 

Easier to build!

With this update, we really wanted to make it easier to build. We've 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!

Project Expectations

This project is geared towards beginners, but is still a big project to take on. This guide will walk you through all the necessary steps to wire, assemble and build your very first Raspberry Pi game console. It does require a good amount of soldering, wire tinning and good ol' elbow grease, but don't be discouraged! If your dedicated to take on this project, it'll only take a weekend to make.

Tools and Supplies

This guide was first published on Jan 20, 2016. It was last updated on Oct 14, 2018. This page (Overview) was last updated on Sep 26, 2017.