Recently, the NES Classic made a big splash. The ability to play all your old favorites on a tiny device! However, it only plays NES games, and can fit upwards of 30 games maximum on it. We would all like the ability for a device like this to play our entire library of roms, including SNES and Sega!
Luckily, if you buy a Raspberry Pi, know a little bit about Linux, and can use Emulators and Roms, you can build a miniature SNES! That is what I’ve based my project on. Luckily for you, I knew nothing about Raspberry Pi, or linux when I first started this project, so this tutorial will cover the steps from the beginning. So let’s get started!
So you have all the parts, and are probably double checking to see that you don’t miss anything! I will be honest, the build itself is quite easy, and aside from building a mining rig months ago, I have zero experience putting computer parts together. So if I can do it, you can too! Whether you went with the CanaKit or a scratch build with all separate parts, the build will be very similar. The main difference will be CanaKit users have a preloaded 32 GB Micro SD Card, which already has the program Noobs on it. However, because I chose to use both the CanaKit AND build one from separate parts using the flirc gen 2 case with a 64 GB SD card. So I will talk about instructions for both here!
We will need:
- A phillips head screwdriver
- A precision screwdriver
Now that we have all of our materials, let’s talk about building the Raspberry Pi into our miniature SNES. First step, take the Raspberry Pi out of its packaging, and check for any loose or damaged parts. Do the same for the Tinytendo case. Now grab your screw driver and take apart the SNES case, you will need to unscrew the 4 screws on the bottom.
Plug in the fan
Then flip over, and insert screws and tighten.
Plug in the power supply.
Your finished ‘Build’ should look somewhat similar to this. Hope you caught the couple of flags that almost made me have to buy a new fan, which I posted. So you should be all set to plug your Raspberry Pi in and start playing with some Linux!
Check out our next section, Part 3 – The Software