This wooden Game Boy Advance created by Ryan Bates of RetroBuiltGames is the solution to hipster gaming on the go. Its 9″ screen is 300% bigger than the original Game Boy Advance. Bates has named his creation the “GBA XXL.”
Bates says that the CAD file was an expansion of a key chain design he created a while back. His development of this project is a funky addition to the world of portable gaming. This prototype utilizes 30mm small profile knock-off Sanwa-type buttons. He chose these for their soft click and ease of use.
The D-pad is also wooden. It functions with the use of 4 micro switches beneath the pad — clipped into a perf board that is held on with a simple bolt. They are wired out to an angled male header which then, in turn, goes into a straight through header with bent leads. All of the systems buttons are plugged into this header.
The brain of the Game Boy Advance is a Raspberry Pi B+. Described by Raspberry Pi as “The Model B+ is perfectly suitable for use in schools: it offers more flexibility for learners than the leaner Model A or A+, which are more useful for embedded projects and projects which require very low power, and has more USB ports than the Model B.” The unit runs on game emulators.
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