By Mathew Norman
This idea has been in my head for a while, and many others have created one, including Ben Heck. However mine has some changes I have not seen to date.
The idea was thought up on a long bus trip back home to Mildura. I had made a full size arcade machine cabinet in 2014. After seeing a girl start playing a Nintendo DS opposite where I was sitting I began thinking about my arcade machine, eventually considering making it into a hand held, knowing that the Raspberry Pi can run MAME.
It was here I decided to commit to the project and began drawing up designs on paper once I got back to Melbourne.
My first step was to find something to base the design on. It's common practice, if someone else has done all the hard work and have made it available for everyone else, why do it again? It's the hacker way after all. When have any of you built an Arduino for your Arduino project? Didn't think you had. Anyway, there were a few systems designed already that were similar to my initial plan.
The Gameboy Advance : Who doesn't remember this handheld beauty, before the portrait oriented GameBoy Advance SP, there was this. This is way smaller than my target however.
The Nintendo Wii U tablet. : Sure, the console has been arguably a failure. However, their controller was the first sign that a large screen handheld could be possible, thus I persisted my idea.
Ben Heck's Dreamcast Portable : This is the most recent of my sources, a video that came out weeks after I actually had conceptualised the idea. His layout and button configuration almost perfectly matched my idea, call him a thief, say great minds think alike, I don't care, he proved my concept was valid and possible, and that was all I needed.
After choosing some parts I decided to make a 3D model based on the parts to determine how large and create some ideas on how this would all go together. My first design can be seen here.
Work in progress. List is being added to.
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