Introduction: Building a LED MatrixGame Console With Arduino

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Retro games are cool! The pixel games like tetris, ping-pong, snake etc., are fun to play with physical buttons instead of a touch screen. In this tutorial, we will build a Retro gaming console with super bright Red led matrices, a Joystick and a ATmega328 (with Arduino Uno bootloader. The fun part is not just building it writing/porting pixel games! So let's get started.

Step 1: Video

Step 2: Schematic

Step 3: The Build

  • Soldering

Solder all the parts shown above as per the schematic. Easier said than done. It took about 2 hours, to solder the parts for me. Let me know in the comments how well it went for you!

Step 4: Acrylic Case

Step 5: Code

The code varies greatly for each game. You can download the code for all the games from the download section. If you've a specific question about the code, please do comment below.

Step 6: Credits and References

Step 7: Downloads

Step 8: Signup

Would you be interested in purchasing a dedicated kit for the the matrixGame? This will include a dedicated PCB, which will make assembling the kit easy. A acrylic case, specifically cut-out for the game. If enough people sign-up we will make a matrixGame kit.