Building this Portable Games Console is possibly the most fun I've had using a Raspberry Pi. And it's not just the build that's fun; I've now got a fully functioning games console, so I can play all my favourite old arcade games, on-the-go!

There's a quiet a few other projects out there where people have done similar things and I've used them for help along the way. Projects like the Adafruit Cupcade and Ben Heck's PiMAME, but these often have complicated powering solutions and can be pretty tricky to build.

The power option I've gone for is the PiJuice. It's an integrated battery module specially built for the Raspberry Pi (complete with our revolutionary PiAnywhere technology – the best way to take your Pi off the grid!). It makes the whole project simple and neat and means that I don't need to mess around with charging circuits and power converters.

I started off using the PiJuice when I built the Raspberry Pi Compact Camera, and that's when I realized it's potential to be used in this Portable Games Console.

I'm glad to here of any ideas you have for other great solar or portable projects. Let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to create a tutorial!

For more information on the PiJuice head over to our Kickstarter and you could be the proud owner of a Games Console Maker Kit + PiJuice:


<p>hay could you please up date this RPI3 model B i'm about to get one and i think this is a grate idea and if you don't i under stand i'll try my hand at building own</p><p>thx thx thxxxx XD</p>
<p>Hi,<br>How can I connect a Blackberry Bold Q10 nano-keyboard to a raspberry?<br>I want to make my raspberry portable console with a nano-keyboard of a Blackberry Bold Q10 but i don't know how to connect it XD</p>
<p>that is awesome how long did it take</p>
<p>Hey! I haven't begun this project yet, for I'm still thinking about something else I could do with my pi. My question is, I know it'll be possible to add more buttons, but how would I know where to place them on the Arduino? Is there a guide for this? Thanks!</p>
<p>Hello! Nice Project :)</p><p>I hope you can help me!</p><p>There's my proplem: when i try 'sudo ./retrogame' i get an error with this message: Pin config failed. Try 'sudo ./retrogame'. - of course, i used sudo!</p><p>Please Help me!</p><p>Have a nice day :)</p>
<p>Try re-installing your image, and make sure it's a compatible/updated release. I haven't used Cupcade, I've only used Emulation Station so I can't give much help.</p>
Thank you for your reaponse! I fixed it recently... I installed &quot;GPioneer&quot; on a fresh raspbian and configured it via the web-interface. Then i installed the Adafruit-PiTFT Driver on top of it. Finally i installed retropie with its install script. Now everything works just fine :)<br><br>Have a nice day!
What are the games that go on here?
Loved it super sonic cool
<p>Hey yishaisilver. The games that currently work on this are emulators of lots of old school arcade games. Here's a link to the legal ROMs that you can download:</p><p>http://www.mame.net/roms/, I've found the best out of these to be &quot;Star Fire&quot;. There's also plenty of websites offering tons of other advmame ROMs that you can find, but these are less legal. </p>
<p>Sorry but i cannot be nice when it comes to this project because it requires one thing that is STILL ON PRE ORDER..<br><br>thats right, one of the requirements for this, The &quot;PiJuice&quot;. is still on pre order.<br><br>Sorry but Until such time as it comes out to public use, This is not going to be a nice comment.</p>
<p>put some retro pi and a raspberry pi 2 in there! </p>
<p>Good work!</p>
<p>is there a way to do this without having linux?</p>
<p>That depends on what you want to do and the answer would be yes, probably. I don't think the RPi A+ has ethernet so you'd need a slightly different transfer strategy than doing it over a network..</p><p>-- Transferring Files to the Pi</p><p>One way would probably be to use the appropriate USB/Serial cable to connect to the RPi's serial terminal and go from there. This is an example that uses Linux: <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Transfer-file-from-PC-to-Raspberry-Pi-Using-USB-Se/" rel="nofollow"> https://www.instructables.com/id/Transfer-file-fro...</a></p><p>It should be possible to do the same from Windows with a terminal application on Windows that can talk the serial protocol and do file transfers though. TeraTerm should work adequately. See this tutorial: <a href="http://marge.phys.washington.edu/software/SSH_File_Transfer.html" rel="nofollow"> http://marge.phys.washington.edu/software/SSH_Fil...</a></p><p>You'll still need the lrzsz (https://ohse.de/uwe/software/lrzsz.html) package installed on the RPi as noted in the above tutorial because it handles receipt and transmission of files on the Pi end. Getting it to the pi shouldn't be too hard. An easier way than they describe (to get the files on the Pi) is probably to pop it on a USB stick using your Windows PC and then, once connected over SSH/Serial to your pi, mount the stick and copy over the files.</p><p>If you have a keyboard, mouse, and screen for your pi you can skip transferring files over serial (although you may still want that setup for work on the device once it's constructed.) and just move them as above with a USB stick.</p>
<p>I am not aware of any way around it at this stage, unfortunately. You may be able to use SFTP to transfer the retrogame file to your raspberry pi SD card through a network and then SSH into the Pi to unzip and manipulate the code, but I haven't tried this so I can't say for certain. </p>
<p>Is there any particular reason you powered the Arduino off the TFT board instead of just running it to the Pi?</p>
<p>Hi! The only reason is just for ease really. Not all of the GPIO are available as they are either used or at least physically blocked by the screen's header. And to it just made sense to solder to the screen for this reason. </p>
<p>Liked your design :) Once i also worked on something like this.</p>
<p>Sweet! is that two player?</p>
Pretty cool :), love playing vintage video games. Can't wait to order it.
<p>Hi Alex, glad you like it. The PiJuice module is actually available for pre-order if you go through the Kickstarter link. </p>
<p>this is sikh</p>
<p>i have MAME ROMs for my windows pc n working fine. can the rpi uses the same ROM? i ask because the MAME on my android phone doesnt even recognize some ROMs from my PC.</p>
<p>Hi tmv22, I believe the ROMs are the same. If they work on your PC they should work fine on the Pi. </p>
<p>Actually, that's not true. The most common MAME version for the Pi is based off of 0.37 (I believe), which is ten years old. MAME ROMs for more recent versions of MAME may very well not work.</p>
<p>yes, im experiencing some issues with MAME in my rpi v1. some games would not work. and when they do work, they are very slow. i hope rpi v2 will be better. so for now, i have my rpi v1 back to XBMC n that works great!</p>
<p>Oh, I wasn't aware of that, it makes sense though. Thanks albill! </p>
<p>Would this work with a different version of the raspberry pi?</p>
<p>Hey, Yeah this will work fine on all raspberry pis! </p>
<p>Thats fascinating...</p>
<p>Thats brilliant</p>
<p>I love the way this turned out! I also took a look at your guys kickstarter and IM &lt;3ing what I see. Awesome Job guys!</p>
Nice Project<br>Did you try putting retropie on it<br><br>
<p>Thanks! Glad you liked it. Retropie is great except it uses OpenGL graphics which is incompatible with the TFT screen we have been using. It's a shame especially since the Raspberry Pi 2 came out because they now have a PS1 emulator! One solution you could try is to use a small hdmi screen instead of the TFT. I really like MAME though because I love the &quot;old school&quot; feel!</p>
Actually there is a way to use that screen with retropie and openGL(Minecraft!). It involves making a background process program that constantly copies hdmi output to the lcd. there's a simple name for each and it a very simple program(look it up for more info). It just may slow your FPS by 8 or so. :( There is also small cheap composite monitors for a car backup camera you can connect to the Rpi(via headphone jack or contact on bottom), and they do support openGL. I am working on a similar project(A little more complex though) and I will post it soon and you can see what I mean.
<p>Thanks, I will look it up when I have more time. And Thanks for the advice regarding the contest! I've now added the project.</p>
Also you did not enter this in the pi/e day contest, I would add it if I were you. It's not automatic you have to say that you are entering it. on the mobile app it's on the last page before you publish. Not sure about the website.
<p>Super fun!</p>
<p>It's Amazing,..... </p>
<p>Really, like your concept i am having http://www.sfcable.com/3902-SF-07.html which is broke and now i want to make use it's parts.. to make a new console..</p>
<p>That's a cool idea. Take it apart and have a look inside. I've found that the circuits inside can often be quite complex, but you wont know until you look! And in any case there's probably a few bits and bobs from the controller you could use. </p>

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