Building your very own NES Mini using a Raspberry Pi is incredibly simple, and I thought I’d take half an hour out of my morning nap time to whip up a quick — yet thorough — tutorial on how to do it. And anyone can do it, which is the really good news! In fact it’d make an ideal first project for someone who’s new to the Raspberry Pi.
I know we sell this stuff, and there’s an obvious click bait angle here, but hand on heart, I wrote this because I think the retro gamers out there are likely to a little disappointed with their NES Mini, while this wee nostalgic beast will feed your gaming demons for a long time to come.
The NESberry Pi
Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll be building.
Approximate Cost: £70/$90/€85 Rough Build Time: 1-2 hours Overview:
We take a Raspberry Pi computer, install an image on its SD card that’ll turn it into a NES, put it in a case, hook up two controllers, connect it to the TV, install some games, and it’s good to go. If you’re brand new to all this, you might want to set aside an hour, maybe two, to build your NESberry Pi mini console.
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