3D Print Friday : Raspberry Pi Game Console
3D Printed Game Boy Emulator
It is Friday once again! Welcome to this edition of “3D Print Friday!” Childhood memories warm us up from inside. When we see things from the past, they bring back a flood of memories. Especially, the toys from our childhood. This week, we bring you a prized toy from the past – a retro game console based on Raspberry Pi. This week, we bring you the “PiGRRL2 – Raspberry Pi Game Console,” designed by ‘Adafruit.’
3D Printed Raspberry Pi Game Console Design
Adafruit’s “PiGRRL2 – Raspberry Pi Game Console,” is based on the design of Nintendo’s Game Boy. This is an improved version of the “PiGRRL – Raspberry Pi Game Boy” design. As the name suggests, the console uses the Raspberry Pi Linux computer.
The Nintendo Game Boy was an eight bit gaming console. An 8-bit emulator is run on the Raspberry Pi to enable it to run the vintage games of the Nintendo Game Boy.
Adafruit has considerably modified the controls by using a custom game pad. The original PiGRRL concept has been improved with more buttons for controling games and controls for the TFT screen, as well. An audio amplifier and a speaker have been included in the design. The case is 3D printed. The Rest of the parts are assembled and soldered together for completion of the project.
3D Printed Raspberry Pi Game Console Inspiration
The Nintendo Game Boy was a fourth generation gaming device launched in 1989. Despite there being similar hand held gaming devices, more than a million units were sold within the first few weeks of its launch. A total of 1047 games were released for the Game Boy video game system. Tetris and Super Mario Land are some of the famous games associated with the Game boy.
3D Printing Raspberry Pi Game Console
The PiGRRL2 comes along with a full part list and tutorials. We suggest using ABS filament for printing the console and Filaflex filament for printing the control buttons. This a big project aimed at beginners; therefore, it requires some dedication for completion, but it’s worth it. Choose to print this and play retro games. Happy printing!