How to Make Raspberry Pi Game Boy: If you ever thought of getting and playing a portable and on-the-go classic video game. In this article, we will explain everything about building your own Raspberry Pi Game Boy.
Which Raspberry Pi Model Should You Use For A Game Boy Case?
Almost all Raspberry Pi models can be used for a GameBoy style project. However, they each have their advantages and disadvantages
Raspberry Pi A: lower CPU speed and RAM, and fewer USB ports, the Pi A models should do the job, but most cases aren’t suitable.
Raspberry Pi B/B+: from the original Pi B through to the Raspberry Pi 4, the B board is most suited to emulation. The fastest option, B boards also have more connectivity options.
Raspberry Pi Zero: compact, but slower, and lacking USB connectivity without an adapter. Various Raspberry Pi Game Boy projects are based around the Pi Zero. Given how affordable the board is, it’s your best option if you’re new to Raspberry Pi.
While other hobbyist PCBs can be used in a Gameboy-style handheld gaming system, the Raspberry Pi is the most suitable.
Additional Hardware For A Raspberry Pi Game Boy
You’ll need more than just a Raspberry Pi for a GameBoy-style project.
PiGRRL 2 PCB: this device lets you control your Pi and games
PiTFT Display: a 320×240 pixel 2.8-inch TFT resistive touchscreen
PowerBoost 1000 charger
Lithium Polymer battery
Audio amplifier: the Adafruit PAM8302 is a good option
Optional 3D printed Game Boy(or Game Boy Advance) style case
An assortment of switches and buttons, depending on the Game Boy case you choose
Suitable stranded wires
You should also have a soldering iron, wire cutters, and a microSD card with RetroPie (a retro gaming suite) installed.
If you’ve got an old Game Boy cluttering up a drawer, it makes sense to rely on the original case. While you won’t be able to use the internals, there is enough space inside to hold the Pi. You might even adapt a spare, unused, or 3D printed cartridge case for a Pi Zero to sit in.
You should also find room for the display, and controller PCB. For an authentic feel, keep the original buttons.
The video above demonstrates using an old GameBoy case while retaining all the original interior hardware. If you’re fond of the original device, this is the route to take.
2. 3D Print Your Raspberry Pi Game Boy
Fancy 3D printing a case? If you’re struggling to fit a Raspberry Pi in your old Game Boy without making customizations try a custom-built case. This project from Adafruit shows you what you need to do and where to slot the various circuits.
The end result is a modern, 3D printed version of the GameBoy, powered by a Raspberry Pi.
3. Find A Raspberry Pi GameBoy Kit
Want to avoid the potentially expensive mistakes of buying the wrong components or a3D printed case that doesn’t fit?
The solution is a Gameboy kit for your Raspberry Pi. Consisting of all the necessary parts you should be up and running within 90 minutes. Your Raspberry Pi Gameboy will then be ready to use.
Raspberry Pi Zero Game Boy: EZ-GBZ DIY Kit
There’s a good chance that all you want is a kit to easily assemble and play classic games. If so, why not try the EZ-GBZ kit, which provides a Game Boy-like PCB, all the controls, speaker, and display. All you need to do is connect your Raspberry Pi Zero (or Raspberry Pi Model A board) to the GPIO.
Moments later, you’ll have a great looking Nintendo Game Boy in your hand, powered by your Pi Zero.
Pre-Assembled Shortcut: Gameboy Zero
Don’t fancy building a project from scratch or from a kit and just want to play? The Gameboy Zero on Etsy is the ideal solution, offering a choice of colored and clear cases.
Various configuration options are available when ordering, from standard Game-Boy buttons to purple SNES buttons. Powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero, this is as authentic a GameBoy experience you’ll get without booting up an original.
A GameBoy Kit Without The Raspberry Pi
Finally, if you want a great modular Game Boy-like retro gaming experience but aren’t too bothered about the Raspberry Pi, consider the Gameshell from Clockwork.
A modular device that even includes an HDMI-out port, this is a great little device particularly suited to Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, NES, and MAME games. Other platforms can be set up and the device features the PICO8 game kit for building your own titles. You can even run Kodi on the Gameshell!