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NEW GUIDE: Playing Arduboy games via Arcada on PyBadge and PyGamer #Gaming #AdafruitLearningSystem #Adafruit @Adafruit

A new guide in the Adafruit Learning System: Playing Arduboy Games on Arcada. Play Arduboy games on the Adafruit PyBadge and PyGamer family of boards via the new Adafruit Arcada software interface.

Since Arcada boards, like the PyGamer and PyBadge’s are also Arduino compatible, its easy to compile any Arduboy games for these boards. The PyGamer/PyBadge have much faster processors with more memory and a larger screen, but we will not be ’emulating’ the Arduboy games – we really will just re-compile them.

Since PyBadge & PyGame have a higher resolution screens, we’ll mimic the Arduboy OLED by having the 128×64 display in the center of the TFT with white LEDs on black. The buttons work the same, and the buzzer will be replicated by the built-in buzzer or speaker/headphones. For the EEPROM emulation, we create a 1KB file on the Flash storage built into Arcada boards. And that’s it!

The chip on the Arduboy (ATmega32u4) and Arcada boards (SAMD51) are totally incompatible so we cannot use the ‘bootloader’ distribution system for Arduboy. Each game must be compiled a-new. However, once it is compiled, you can share the UF2 for your particular board. Copying a UF2 game is drag & drop, so easy!

Check out this new guide now > > >

And keep an eye out for more gaming resources for PyBadge and PyGamer devices.

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