Retro computing projects tend to be a labour of love, so it’s no surprise they end up on Kickstarter. Here are two retro-themed computing devices that’ll take you back to the days when games were games…
Based on the Raspberry Pi Zero, the Raspi Boy is a handheld games console designed for emulation, with a built- in controller and custom- made casing. Designed to be easy- assembly, you can put a Raspi Boy together from its raw parts in five minutes. All you need to do is add a Raspberry Pi Zero and you’re away.
Of course, the kit doesn’t include the emulation software and games for legal reasons, so it’s up to you to make sure you’ve got those covered in whatever way your conscience allows. Other than that, you’ll find it’s able to connect to HDMI screens and accept additional gamepads through USB for up to fourperson multiplayer gaming. It has a built- in speaker, headphone jack and thumbwheel volume control.
Your kit includes the case, screen, controller board and buttons, battery, console control board and an 8GB SD card, and there are extra upgrades available to buy if you like ( such as a larger battery). The whole package costs just 69 (£ 58) though if you’re lucky there might still be cheaper early bird prices available when you read this. The project’s 50,000 seems easily reachable, but the earlier you back the earlier you’ll get your hands on one! URL: kck. st/ 2gaJMF6 Funding Ends: Friday, January 6th 2017
Allcade Retro Consoles
Allcade previously put together the Allcade 5000, a retro gaming system in a full-size arcade cabinet. Now it’s going in the opposite direction with the new Allcade, which fits an entire retro gaming console inside the Nintendo cartridge of your choice.
The device comes in three main flavours: the 8- bit Allcade, which is housed inside a NES cartridge case with a USB Allcade Controller ( resembling the classic NES controller) and power supply. The 16- bit model has a ( US- style) SNES cartridge and USB controller, while the 64- bit model comes inside an N64 cartridge with an N64 controller. Each version is backwards ( but not forwards) compatible and is based on a Raspberry Pi 3, so it’s easy to add new emulators and games. You can even pay extra for additional controllers.
If you don’t mind a bit of soldering, the cheapest version comes completely dissembled and costs just Can$30. Preassembled 8-bit Allcades cost Can$149, while the 64-bit Allcade costs Can$199. The project just has to hit its Can$10,000 goal and we don’t think there’s much danger of that not happening. Assuming it does, devices will aim to ship in January 2017, so there’s not much time left. Much better than a Mini-NES! URL: kck. st/ 2gCHKK4 Funding Ends: Sunday, January 1st 2017