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Pi Cart: a Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming Rig in an NES Cartridge



  • Hello,

    This is my new project, is to build a retro pi inside a NES cartridge. Ideal for someone new to the respberry pi and want an all in one system that they can take anywhere, with a few cables. I am aware it has been down many times across the internet, so this is my version. I am going to change the general design slightly as I want to build in the wireless dongles for the keyboard and mouse, and the controller, rather then have them sticking out of the bottom. Also ths version is quite pricey, however , you can make a cheaper version. I will be using the following.

    Pi Model or other hardware: Pi zero wireless, but can be made with a pi zero version 1.3.
    Power Supply used: standard 5 volt micro usb charger
    RetroPie Version Used: 4.2
    Built From: Pre-installed image. download here. https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/releases/tag/4.2.
    USB Devices connected: wireless keyboard and mouse, and wireless controller.
    SD Card: 64GB micro, but a smaller card can be used.

    Also you will also need: An empty nes cartridge, a OTG Hub 4 In 1 Micro USB Power Charging Host Adapter , a micro hdmi to hdmi adapter cable.

    Optionally, I wil also include but are not absolutely needed, a Raspberry Pi Cart RetroPie Custom NES Label Raspberry pi design, a 4-1 usb hub, and a NES Cartridge RetroPi Zero Case Insert Holder Pie Raspberry Linux Gaming Retro. This will neaten everything up.

    Most of these can be bought online from ebay.

    Thank you and regards.



  • Hello,

    Here is the full list of items and prices paid.

    Prices for in GBP and include postage. All prices are Ebay unless otherwise stated. (Most of these are from china, except the SD card, the NES Case insert and the raspberry pi.)

    Micro SD card - 32GB with adapter - £6.25 (The 64GB card did NOT work, and was returned. The 32GB card worked fine.)
    2.4G Wireless Air Keyboard Mouse Qwerty Remote Touchpad Android TV BOX PC - £3.25
    10 inch tablet case zip sleeve 28 x 21 x 1.0cm approx - £3.90
    NES Cartridge RetroPi Zero Case Insert Holder Pie Raspberry Linux Gaming Retro - £7.49
    2.4GHz Wireless Gamepad Dual Joystick Game Controller Joy-con For PS3 PC TV Box - £5.84
    OTG Hub 4 In 1 Micro USB Power Charging Host Adapter Charger Cable Accessories - £3.04
    Raspberry Pi Cart RetroPie Custom NES Label Raspberry pi design - £3.49
    nes hard case cartridge shell replacement for nintendo entertainment systemDL-e - £3.55
    Raspberry Pi Zero wireless - £12.29 (The Pi Hub)

    You will also need the following which I already had:

    AC Charger for the raspberry pi - Prices generally around £3
    4 in one USB hub - Prices generally around £4
    HDMI cable - Prices generally around £2

    Prices correct September 2019.

    Thank you and regards.



  • Note: This is my 'quite pricey' version of a Pi Cart. Please see below for a cheaper version. (Prices in GBP).

    You will need the following:

    Micro SD card - 32GB with adapter - £6.25
    Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3 - £7.64 (The Pi Hut)
    nes hard case cartridge shell replacement for nintendo entertainment systemDL-e - £3.55
    OTG Hub 4 In 1 Micro USB Power Charging Host Adapter Charger Cable Accessories - £3.04
    Any usb keyboard and mouse, wireless or otherwise
    Any usb controller.
    HDMI cable
    And a hot glue gun. (The glue used in this is perfect safe with electronics and doesn't cause a short.)

    Total prices, about £30.

    Thank you and regards.



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