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.
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Step 1: Video
Step 2: Schematic
Step 3: The Build
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.