How to create a NES Mini with Raspberry Pi

There is no doubt that for some time retro it's fashionable Fashions are a cycle that are repeated every so often, and it seems that with the consoles and videogames The same is beginning to happen. Although today we can enjoy games so realistic and with so many details that we could get to confuse them with real images, classics from when we were little as Mario, Sonic and company resurface with more force than ever. Taking advantage of this, Nintendo is creating versions Mini of its first consoles, including some of the most important titles of each platform. If you are one of those who have run out of it or want to go beyond the limits imposed by Nintendo and the device hardware itself, you are in the right place, because we are going to explain how create a NES Mini with a Raspberry Pi.

Previous requirements

Create a NES Mini It is very simple and does not require knowledge in electronics or programming. The only thing you will need is to follow this guide and have the following:

Mount the housing

Once we have the above, we can start create a NES Mini. The first thing will be to mount the Raspberry Pi inside the housing, something very simple if we follow the instructions that are included in the package. In short, we must connect the internal USB to one of the USB of the Raspberry (recommended one of the upper part to prevent the cable from bending too much), the Ethernet connector and the power pins in the same position and orientation shown in the next image.

Once this is done, we put the two internal screws that fix the Raspberry and then those that close the casing. They are a bit hard at first, but do not worry, it's normal. On the other hand, it is advisable to install a heatsink to the processor before closing the housing to improve the temperatures thereof.

With this housing we can turn on the Raspberry by pressing a button, even restart it in the same way that we did with the Original NES. In addition, the quality of the finishes and small details such as the compartment to store microSD cards or adapters make it a more than recommended purchase.

NES Mini theme for the menu

Now we only have one small detail, modify the design of the menu Retropie so that it resembles that of the NES Mini. This is as simple as accessing the configuration menu and selecting ES Themes. We will appear a menu with a blue background, we look for the option Install ruckage / nes-mini (not installed) and press OK. Once finished, press Cancel and we will return to the main menu. Now press START and enter the UI Setting, Theme Set and select the NES Mini that we just installed.

And now, yes, you know how create a NES Mini with a Raspberry Pi in a simple way, cheaper than the original and with more possibilities. If you have any questions you just have to leave it in the comments. And you can also leave us photos of your creations. To play!