The MyPi kit is a well documented Raspberry Pi kit to choose what you need to build a RetroPie based handheld retrogaming system.Designed by JessLGames, LLC. in United States of America
Experience the feelings of accomplishment that come from building a quality handheld game console yourself using the popular Raspberry Pi. The MyPi kit is a well documented Raspberry Pi based kit t...Read More…
Experience the feelings of accomplishment that come from building a quality handheld game console yourself using the popular Raspberry Pi.
The MyPi kit is a well documented Raspberry Pi based kit that encourages learning by using Retropie on a Raspberry Pi to create a handheld retrogaming experience. The completed MyPi kit can provide hours of enjoyment with retrogames. Relive those Atari and Commodore 64 memories and more!
A complete kit includes a printed manual, printed circuit boards, one inch stereo speakers with class D amplifiers, rubber backed game controller buttons used in SNES controllers, a low battery voltage detector, and a 4000 mAh lithium battery.
You will need to provide your own Raspberry Pi and display as well as a microSD card and power supply for the Raspberry Pi.
Basic to intermediate soldering skills will be needed to assemble the kit.
This is an open source project. If you want to source everything yourself, the files for this project may be found on Github, Hackster.io, and other locations.
The files to 3d print a MyPi case are freely available on Thingiverse. Print your MyPi in any color you wish. We 3d print the MyPi cases using Kodak PLA+ Neon Green.
The original jellybean shaped MyPi case was designed to be comfortable to hold and designed to be as compact as possible while still housing a 5 inch LCD, a Raspberry Pi 3B+ or 3a+, and a 4000 mAh battery.
A traditional rectangular case was designed with the speakers and trigger buttons on the back side which results in a clean, simple appearance. The rectangular case was designed to provide more space for experimentation.
The MyPi kit is intended to help you learn to build a gaming system, refine your soldering skills, learn to configure a Raspberry Pi 3 and Retropie, and learn how to find and install the games that you want to play.
Create a handheld retrogame console the way that you want it, how you wish, with the parts that you have with the MyPi kit. We just provide what you might need. If you are a 3d designer then feel free to use your own case design.
Checkout the article about the MyPi kit in The MagPi magazine (https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/).
The MyPi kit was designed to provide the benefits of having a small tabletop arcade unit, such as the Coleco tabletop arcades of the 80's, while also providing portability. The large screen and 30mm/1 inch stereo speakers provide the visibility and sound that would normally be expected from a tabletop unit rather than a handheld.
We wanted to play our favorite arcade games and console games on a screen large enough to be comfortable with stereo sound that didn't require earphones.
The completed MyPi kit dimensions are similar to that of a Sega Game Gear: 9" x 5.5" x 1.5"
A basic understanding of electronics and soldering skills are needed to successfully build a MyPi kit. The MyPi kit build video is available to provide more details of the build experience than could be included in the manual. Before buying a kit, you can see exactly what you will need to do to build your own handheld retrogame console.
Soldering is required to build a MyPi kit. A little surface mount (SMD) soldering is required but it is easier than you might think. The manual details an easy way to solder surface mount components using a traditional soldering iron.
The SMD components selected for the MyPi kit are large SMD components that can easily be handled with a pair of tweezers or needle nosed pliers. Most of the SMD components are just a little smaller in length and width than a through-hole 1/4 watt resistor. After building the MyPi kit, you may even prefer to use similarly sized SMD components in your own projects.
The MyPi kit manual provides tips, calibration instruction, guidance on surface mount soldering, and even suggestions for decorating your handheld retrogame console. There are also instructions for game installation, where to obtain ROMs, and how to install them.
The following is included to help you get started:
Please be sure to look through the options to select exactly what you will need to build your MyPi kit.
Why was the MyPi Kit Created?
The MyPi Raspberry Pi kit was created because I wanted to play games like Ms. Pacman and Outrun without using a TV but I didn't want to sacrifice much. I wanted a large HDMI screen with no tearing, stereo sound without wearing earphones, and direct controls - all of the MyPi kit inputs are direct to GPIO through a PCB to reduce input lag.
The MyPi kit was intended to provide the benefits of a small tabletop arcade while remaining portable. The size of the completed MyPi kit is similar to classic handhelds like the Sega Game Gear and the Atari Lynx. I also prefer the controls on either side of the screen, like a Sony PSP. A completed MyPi kit provides a way to comfortably enjoy playing retrogames without dedicating a TV.
The MyPi kit manual has over 40 pages of photographs, instructions, configuration, troubleshooting tips, and guidance just as was once common in vintage computer manuals. We wanted the MyPi kit to momentarily take you back to a simpler time when people built electronics kits such as radios, TVs, and even computers, to learn about electronics.
The MyPi kit manual, included with every MyPi kit, provides photos and descriptions of each step needed to build your handheld arcade console. Every effort was made to write the manual as concisely as possible.
The PCBs were designed to reduce wiring as much as possible because wiring can create confusion. Where wiring is needed, no more than 2 wires are required at each connection point reduce the possibility of any confusion.
If you have a CRT TV, you will be able to play classic Nintendo and Atari games just as they looked in the 80's. Simply connect the MyPi to the composite input of your TV using the AV adapter cable and change a setting when starting an emulator to direct the video to your TV. Naturally, the instructions for doing this are in the manual.
Of course a completed MyPi kit will also work just fine with your HDTV, if it has composite video input available.
For 2 player games, add a Bluetooth controller and have a friend join a game of Double Dragon or another 2 player favorite like Mortal Kombat. Driving games and sports games such as baseball and hockey are great 2 player games.
The MyPi kit makes a great gift for a parent or grandparent as it evokes memories of those exciting days when computers and video games were new and fascinating
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