In the earliest of the 90s, before Sega and Nintendo were best buddies, they went head to head in the handheld console market. Sega released their Game Gear, which had a ton of very interesting features, and was “technologically superior” to it’s rival, Nintendo’s Game Boy. However, user experience won out, and Nintendo’s Game Boy was crowned the victor of this battle. The Game Gear faded into obscurity, forever in our hearts marked as ‘pretty cool.’
So, why the handheld gaming history lesson? Well, today we’re going to be giving the Game Gear a second life as a Raspberry Pi-based handheld!
We’re gonna be modifying the Game Gear’s case to fit the screen, and the new internal components. The button PCBs will be reused from the original motherboard, and we’ll be adding a couple of capacitive pad buttons for extra inputs! There’s quite a bit of soldering involved, lots of heatshrinking, and cutting of plastics & PCBs. Make sure you have your safety goggles and facemask ready!!
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This is a great idea. I have been repairing game gears for a while. I can’t believe i didnt think of this. I can’t wait to build this. Thanks!!
i was just thinking about the same project, it’s cool to see someone has built one already!
i happen to repair game gears and i have a spare shell i never got use of.
May i ask why have you cut the inner frame to fit the 3,5"? imo it should be discouraged, outer bezel frame is approx 4" in fact you had to hide the ugly metal frame with duct tape. then i can see the effective active area is few mm smaller, stock frame may fit the panel as is with negligible cropping, but if that really bugs you, cut/sand only the very inner flat border at the end of the slope frame!
or cut the plastic wider than you did so the bezel cover it entirely and put a 4" panel instead! you may even go further and use loca glue so it looks even better.
hope to not sound polemical, i’m simply telling you the same alternatives i was wondering by myself for my own project! :p