Folks have been running classic game console emulators on Raspberry Pi hardware for ages… and every now and then we see projects that let you use the tiny computer as the brains of a handheld game console.
Don’t want to go through the hassle of building your own game system? Robot Loves Kitty has you covered.
The independent video game company has stepped into the hardware market with the kind of Raspberry Pi project that you’ve seen on Instructables a hundred times. Only, these guys are willing to 3-D print and assemble the project for you for $139.
The idea came from a brother who, for Christmas, gave another brother a Raspberry Pi running RetroPie stuffed into a GameBoy. The brothers’ friends all wanted their own, but didn’t want to make it themselves. Thus, the GameKid was born.
The GameKid comes with a 3-D printed brick style case with a D-Pad, four front buttons, a start and select button, and two trigger buttons on the backside. It has built-in stereo speakers and a headphone jack. There is also an HDMI out if you feel like projecting the screen onto something bigger. And, there are four accessible USB ports so you can connect standard game controllers, too.
It also includes a Raspberry Pi 2 with RetroPie already installed, a 16GB SD card, and a soundtrack ROM and MP3.
If you feel that this device completely defeats the purpose of the Raspberry Pi DIY ideology, don’t worry. Robots Loves Kitty has a kit, so you can include your own Raspberry Pi with whatever software you want in it.
Robot Loves Kitty is looking for crowdfunding to get their hardware project off of the ground. For $99, you can invest in the kit alone (no Raspberry Pi or SD card), or you can pledge $139 for a fully assembled GameKid.
It should probably be pointed out that you can still buy actual GameBoy devices just about anywhere for around $30 to $50. However, the game cartridges might set you back a little more, whereas the GameKid uses RetroPie, which lets you run hundreds of games from one device.