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How to make a retro arcade out of a NES cartridge

Who needs the NES Mini when you have a whole console in a cartridge?

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Published Mon, Dec 12 2016 3:17 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:17 PM CDT

The maker/modder community is always cooking up some awesome homebrew tech: we've covered the the SNES Pi Boy Portable, and the tiny 70's themed Gameboy that fits in your pocket--but now a DIY tecchie has made his own NES console out of a classic Nintendo cartridge.

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Since Nintendo has done such a horrible job getting the NES Mini out to consumers, leading to insane $200-300 eBay auctions from scalpers, many gamers are looking for ways to get their nostalgic gaming fix.

Introducing the Pi Cart, a fully-fledged classic gaming console packed into an old NES cart. The Pi Cart was made by Zach from Howchoo, and is (you guessed it) powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero as well as RetroPie software. You can actually make one yourself with about $30 and a bunch of emulated games, and Zach even shows you a step-by-step guide with all the tools you need to make your own Pi Cart.

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Since the Pi Cart requires absolutely no soldering, this could be a good entry point for hands-on DIY tech modding. If you just so happen to have access to a 3D printer then you can actually make your own custom molds, cases, carts and shells for your user-created goods!

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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