Turn your BeagleBone Black into a Super Nintendo Entertainment System using BeagleSNES!
BeagleSNES is an embedded Linux appliance that turns your BeagleBoard-xMor BeagleBone Black hardware into a Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It combines the SNES9X emulator, a custom GUI front-end for selecting games, and patched bootloader with Linux kernel to create a stand-alone console capable of playing SNES software. BeagleSNES boots a Linux kernel and OS from the BeagleBoard’s microSD card, allowing you to update your BeagleSNES system by mounting the microSD card under Linux and then directly modifying its contents. SNES ROM images, as well as saved games (for the SNES titles that originally saved games to their internal SRAM), are also stored onto the microSD card.
BeagleSNES uses the HDMI output of the BeagleBoard-xM board to output a DVI signal that can be displayed directly on your HDMI television or DVI computer monitor. The BeagleBone Black version uses the HDMI output to send both audio and video to your HDMI television, or the Circuitco LCD3 cape for video with USB audio. While BeagleSNES is capable of playing most SNES titles without any issue, some performance-intensive titles (such as titles using Super FX technology) will not run at an adequate framerate. Titles using Mode 7 graphics and/or multiple layers of transparent tiles, however, will run just fine.
Each Tuesday is BeagleBone Black Day here Adafruit! What is the BeagleBone? The BeagleBones are a line of affordable single-board Linux computers (SBCs) created by Texas Instruments. New to the Bone? Grab one of our Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Packs and check out our extensive resources available on the Adafruit Learning System including a guide to setting up the Adafruit BeagleBone IO Python Library. We have a number of Bone accessories including add-on shields (called “capes”) and USB devices to help you do even more with your SBC. Need a nice display to go along with your Bone? Check out our fine selection of HDMI displays, we’ve tested all of them with the Beagle Bone Black!
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