Raspberry Pi Zero used to bring new life to GameBoy Advance

Over on Imgur, user  has documented the process of turning a GameBoy Advance into a Pi-powered retro gaming console. Chosen primarily because of the shoulder buttons, the GBA has had its guts ripped out and replaced by a couple of custom circuit boards. Bizarrely, he is using both battery power and mains power rather than going for an integrated solution, but it’s still a pretty neat job, especially the main circuit board which is a work of art in itself. Take a look at the gallery and walk-through here.

5 comments for “Raspberry Pi Zero used to bring new life to GameBoy Advance

  1. Ed
    25 August 2016 at 8:41 pm
  2. Macka
    30 August 2016 at 8:51 am

    That’s pretty neat, but I don’t understand, what’s bizarre about two power sources?

    • Michael Horne
      30 August 2016 at 9:48 am

      Maybe ‘surprising’ would be more apt? Most other portable retro projects tend to have a LIPO powering both the screen and the console, that’s all.

      • Anon
        30 August 2016 at 12:36 pm

        It looks like he has the ability to use either a USB power source OR batteries. If a USB source is connected the batteries won’t drain. Doesn’t seem too unusual?

        The USB cable also acts as a means to communicate to the serial console too.

        • Michael Horne
          31 August 2016 at 9:25 am

          I didn’t read it like that. I got the impression he was using batteries for one part, USB power for the other. I may have mis-read it though

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