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So for the past three days, I've been building a RetroBox™. I saw a YouTube video of some guy building one, and thought I could build one better. So I did. Has a Raspberry Pi 3 inside of course, runs Raspian 4.3, and will primarily be for playing old MAME arcade games that actually utilize a joystick and arcade buttons. (Turtles In Time, The Simpsons Arcade, NBA Jam, Metal Slug, etc.) When I get the last 2 parts in the mail, it will have 4 rubber feet on bottom, power and HDMI in the back, 2 USB ports accessible from the side, and easy access to the SD card in the Pi 3. A follow-up post of the finished box with video will come later this week.
I did it fam.... I finally completed the final build of my Gameboy Color XXL. (And a few weeks ahead of schedule too!) I've been working on it since early June. My brother did 100% of the wood work and paint job. I did all the installation of parts, purchasing over $260+ of said parts, the project planning and direction, and troubleshooting power-draw issues. (I decided on metallic purple, but this lighting is terrible.) runs cool, and barely draws over 1 Amp of power from the mega-sized power bank inside. I've loaded it up with NES, SNES, Gameboy Color/Advance, GameGear, Genesis, and PS1 games. Also has Kodi media player and DOOM 2 installed. It's 5am here, and I'm going to bed.
It of course plays Gameboy and Gameboy Color, but it also does Gameboy Advance, NES, SNES, PS1, DOOM, Kodi, Nintendo DS, and I use the Sega CD as a glorified CD Player (It will read .cue and .bin audio CDs just fine).
Raspberry Pi 3 computer: $35.00
7" 1024x600 IPS HDMI LCD: $42.77
8GB microSD card: $2.00
Chinese USB SNES Controller: $3.26
USB-powered Goodwill Speakers: $5.00
USB Audio card: $4.12
DROK USB power tester: $12.96
6-cell dual-USB power bank: Paid $20 (Discounted from $60)
Hot Glue: $5.97
Elmer's Foam board $1.77
X-ACTO knife: $2.97
Photoshop skills, for that sweet "from-scratch" splash screen: $0.00
GRAND TOTAL: $122.86
Total hours invested: 77 hours in total, off and on. Most of my time was spent tweaking the software, and shopping for USB-powered products. I put it all together in one 11 hour sitting. My neck hurts, and I'm going to bed. Enjoy the pictures.
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