Not too long ago, Nintendo came out with the utterly amazing Classic Entertainment System. This shrunken down NES comes pre-installed with tons of classic games such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Mega Man and more. But there was a problem. They were sold out everywhere for months on end.
Happily, that’s no longer the case. Unhappily however, they are still mega mega expensive. Like well north of $200.00 expensive. But there are some enterprising souls out there that decided to make their own using the Raspberry Pi. Which is a hell of a lot cheaper and with the release of the 3, includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
So many people are doing this, including Reddit user mryananderson, who posted this picture showing his new Nes Raspberry Pi Build:
In the below videos, Youtube user Eta Prime shows you exactly what you need to do to create your very own Nes Raspberry Pi build. But before you dive into that, let’s go through the parts and what it will cost to create your very own Nes Raspberry Pi.
Retro Nes Raspberry Pi Build – Parts List
NES case for Raspberry Pi 2,3 and B $20.00
Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit including heat sinks, power supply and 32GB Micro SD Card $70.00
2x SNES USB Controllers $17.00 or
2x NES USB Controllers $12.00
And that’s it! Everything you need to build this bad boy. With a total cost outlay of around $100! And if you wanted to shop around and buy the Raspberry Pi parts separately, not in a bundle, you could get it for cheaper still.
Just a quick word of advice on the controllers. Personally, I would go for SNES controllers. This gives you the option to play later emulators that need more buttons. Grabbing the NES controllers will make it look more “authentic” but it will limit you to NES, Master System, Original Gameboy etc. And if you want to be super cool and cordless, grab yourself 8BitDo bluetooth SNES controllers. These are much more expensive at $42, but the quality of them is simple outstanding. Not only that, but they also have analogue stick and more shoulder buttons. Meaning you can play even newer emulators such as PS1.
Anyway, enough of me wittering on. Let me pass you onto Eta Prime to show you how to put these badboys together.
Retro Nes Raspberry Pi Build Video
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