This is the year of retro games: classic titles are reappearing on modern consoles and nostalgic devices are reappearing as modern consoles.
So it is not surprising that the electronic publishing house Pimoroni has recently launched a redesigned version of its Raspberry Pi mini arcade.
Unveiled in August, the Picade build-it-yourself features authentic controls, a high-resolution 4: 3 display and an incisive speaker for listening to the soundtracks of 8-bit games at their best. "
The kit takes about two to three hours to build (according to the experts who created it). All you need is a Raspberry Pi, a micro-SD card, a power supply and £ 150 ($ 198).
The original Picade was introduced in 2012 as the UK's first Kickstarter project, raising over £ 74,000 ($ 98,000) towards a target of £ 33,000 ($ 44,000).
Six years later, Pimoroni has updated its "latest retro arcade machine", now more compact, with a better display, dedicated power button and Picat X HAT "full of useful features".
Fans can also note splashier art and packaging works. Each Picade comes with "a bunch of extra extras", like an enamel pin, a selection of stickers, a poster and assembly instructions.
In an attempt to increase interest in the new toy, Pimoroni, based in Sheffield, has asked people all over the world to come up with a retro gaming concept for the new Picade.
Entries from the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States included hand-drawn posters, punished titles and "screenshots". Ultimately, the team behind Trolley Wars-a Supermarket sweep– as the game won for its "simplicity and bickering of old arcade games".
Everything is new again, and the arcade cabinets are no exception: the British manufacturer STOA made bespoke wardrobes last year, each hand-crafted from the start to the end for one or two players.
In place of traditional cathode ray tube monitors (CRTs), STOA uses modern LCD screens with the same 4: 3 aspect ratio as Picade. Each device comes with a careful selection of games (Ms. Pac-Man, Street Fighter II, Paperboy, Mortal Kombat, Space Invaders, etc.), Adapted to customer preferences and design.
You can do anything with a Raspberry Pi and a little imagination: make a Spotify speaker, upcycle a karaoke machine, track your table football scores. Take a look at our recent Geek Pick, the Retroflag SUPERPi case for Nintendo lovers. And stay updated on all the Raspberry Pi stuff here.
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