Super Gamepad Zero: RetroPie in an Original Super Nintendo Controller
Who needs a Raspberry Pi case when your controller can be the case? In this followup to my original NES Gamepad Zero guide, I'll be installing a Raspberry Pi Zero into a Super Nintendo controller in order to add more buttons and gain access to a wider range of games.
In a nutshell, we'll 3D print a new bottom housing for an original/OEM SNES controller and install the tiny $10 Raspberry Pi Zero computer. On the Raspberry Pi we'll install RetroPie, an open-source software library that will allow us to emulate thousands of games.
Don't have a 3D printer? No worries! Read on, and I'll explain several options for getting your model printed.
The Super Gamepad Zero connects to your TV using an HDMI cable and normal Micro USB power supply. Just connect it and start playing your favorite retro games! And there you have it: the controller is the system, all-in-one.
In addition to this text and photo-based guide, I also created a video version of this guide if you'd prefer to learn that way:
Watch the video:
I'll teach you as I go. Let's do this.
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