For those of you who have been following Technabob over the years, you know I love classic arcade games. I’ve even go so far as to have a custom-fabricated “Basement Invaders” arcade machine built for my man cave.
Builder Vincent Buso uploaded this short video demo of the Keymu. It is basically the Game Boy Advance SP shrunk down to an ultra-portable keychain size. It is awesome. If you have fingers small enough to use it.
It has four buttons instead of two and it runs ROMs using an Intel Edison chip.
Any time someone puts an “H” in front of “what” you know things are getting serious. A hack for the NES Classic Edition gaming system that puts RetroArch on board is certainly serious business for retro gamers.
I have very vivid memories of schlepping around the local Target store back in the ’80s and coming across the Nintendo Entertainment System display with the robot that moved the spinning thingies around to open doors in some lame ass game on the screen.
8bitdo has been making some cool gamer focused products for a long time now. For this year’s Gamescom, the company showed off its latest product, and it is a very cool retro gaming system indeed. The device is called the 8bitdo Desktop Arcade and it looks like a fancy retro arcade system for an executive’s desk.
The compact arcade machine is housed in a curved wooden case that features a small screen, joystick, and six buttons.
For years now we have been forced to buy knock-off NES replicas since Nintendo has never re-released the console. Well, those knockoffs are about to get dusty on store shelves, because Nintendo has announced that they’re launching its own miniature NES called the Nintendo Classic Edition (or Nintendo Classic Mini in Europe).
The $60 console is a “near-identical” replica that connects to your TV via HDMI, and includes 30 classic games from the library.
Another day, another Raspberry Pi retro emulator in a Game Boy case. But Redditor wermy426’s Game Boy Zero deserves its own post because it has a couple of neat features. The main one is that he loads software on the Pi by inserting a cartridge, just as you would load a game on a normal Game Boy.
We’ve seen the Raspberry Pi 2 stuffed inside the case of the original Game Boy to make a retro handheld gaming sytem. Redditor bentika did the same but with the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero. The tiny board made the project cheaper, but no less complex.
Bentika used a 3.5″
Classic video games are sometimes remade with more modern graphics, but that often requires redoing the assets. Programmer Trần Vũ Trúc is working on 3DNES, a NES emulator that dynamically generates 3D graphics from NES ROMs.
Trần hasn’t gone into detail about how 3DNES works, but it appears to create voxels out of the two-dimensional sprites.
Adafruit made it easier to turn the Raspberry Pi into a retro gaming handheld by designing 3D printable cases. Now they’re simplifying the process by designing an internal component: a custom PCB for the gamepad.
Adafruit says its custom circuit board cuts the PiGRRL 2’s build time in half because with it you don’t need to wire the buttons.
Websites like the Internet Archive let you check out old web pages, even ones that no longer exist. But if you want to get a more authentic classic browsing experience, you should check out OldWeb.today.
Made by Ilya Kremer, OldWeb.today
A few months ago we checked out Love Hultén’s PE358, a retro handheld inspired by the Game Boy Advance SP. It seems like that got a lot of people’s attention, because Love is now offering the Pixel Vision, a limited edition production version of the PE358.
Unlike the PE358, the Pixel Vision hides the display cable and has a speaker grill.
Here’s the funny thing about video games. It gets harder to get a hold of games from 5 to 10 years ago, but it becomes easier to play games from 30 years ago. Aside from their original consoles, you can play 8-bit and 16-bit games on your computer, mobile device or on your own DIY console.
You can find a ton of DIY guides and kits to make arcade machines based on the Raspberry Pi, but if you’re willing to pay to play, watch out for Marcel de Haan and Hartmut Wendt’s Starforce Pi, a compact retro arcade machine with an internal battery.
The Starforce PI has a 4.2″
Bit Fix’s Game Boy Classic modding competition brought us Mod Purist’s silly Game Boy fridge. Here’s fibbef’s contribution to the contest, an electric guitar that also looks and plays like the classic Nintendo handheld.
Fibbef used a Raspberry Pi B+ and RetroPie for the emulation, then made the buttons and guitar body from scratch.
Game backup devices and hardware mods let you extract the data from video game cartridges into playable ROMs, but most of them require deep technical knowledge and are each compatible with only a few – if not just one – consoles.