Super Gamepad Zero: RetroPie in an Original Super Nintendo Controller! #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
Put a whole RetroPie set-up inside a SNES controller! Check out the great walkthrough on Howchoo:
The Super Gamepad Zero connects to your TV using an HDMI cable and normal Micro USB power supply. Just connect it and start playing your favorite retro games! And there you have it: the controller is the system, all-in-one.
For this project, we’ll solder the Raspberry Pi Zero computer to the the original SNES controller’s printed circuit board. Then, we’ll put the Pi into a new 3D-printed bottom housing to give us easy access to the Pi’s HDMI, USB, and port ports.
You can then connect your Super Gamepad Zero directly to a power source and your TV or computer monitor.
The total materials for this project cost around $50, including the SNES controller. I already had the tools needed.
It takes about an hour to assemble the controller and install RetroPie. The bottom controller housing took about 6 hours to print on my Ender 3, but of course I was doing other things while it was printing.
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