I know that this case was released quite a while ago, but as it’s still in short supply I decided to tell you about it before you next batch arrives. In short, it’s an amazing Retro Game Boy inspired case for the Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W. I know some of you will say, we need more power for emulating the newer consoles. I would reply that, this wasn’t built to do that, it’s more for us lazy folk who want to enjoy the occasional oldie but goldie. For more recent consoles there are far more powerful SBCs out there that we can hook up to our TVs n such…
The RetroFlag GPi is a gameshell for the Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi Zero W which morphs a Pi board into a fully-functional portable Raspberry Pi retro game console. It’s not the only such device. The Odroid-Go arrives as a GameBoy Color-style DIY handheld retro gaming device, and the ClockWorkPi GameShell is a nifty portable console for retro video games, programming, and even listening to music. However, the RetroFlag GPi differs in its GameBoy lookalike casing. Unlike the ClockworkPi and Odroid-Go, the RetroFlag GameBoy case mimics the appearance of the original Nintendo GameBoy with its thick, grey and red color-scheme form factor.
Moreover, the GPi, as the name suggests, uses a Raspberry Pi for emulation. Compare that to the Odroid-Go which uses an ESP32, and the ClockworkPi GameShell with its ClockworkPi (CPI) development board. Finally, the GPi may run RetroPie, Recalbox, Batocera, or Lakka, whereas the Odroid-Go and ClockworkPi feature custom operating systems.
On its front, you’ll find a D-pa, start and select buttons, and X, Y, A, and B buttons. The rear features a battery hatch which takes three double A batteries, as well as left and right shoulder buttons. The top hosts a power switch, with a DC power input and brightness wheel on the left side. A volume wheel may be found on the right-hand side of the device, with a speaker in the bottom right corner. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the device, and inside the battery pocket you’ll find a USB port for firmware upgrades, as well as a safe shutdown switch.
- ‘Compatible with Raspberry Pi0 and Pi0-W. NOT Pi0-WH(with GPIO pins soldered)
- Feature: 2.8 inch IPS screen; 3.5mm audio port; LED power indicator.
- Support SAFE SHUTDOWN functions. (Scripts are necessary).
- Pogo Pins, Solderless and effortless to install.
- 12-Month Warranty.’
- ‘Case dimensions-135*81*32mm
- Compatibility-Raspberry Pi ZERO and Raspberry Pi ZERO W
- Screen size-2.8″
- Battery-AA Battery *3
- Includes-GPi CASE and Instruction manual’
For all of you lucky bastards out there that already got their hands on one, there’s a new beta build with tons of games. BETA meaning it’s not final, and might have bugs, and we all know how annoying bugs can get LoL… Watch video below….
As for availability of next batch, here’s what RetroFlag had to say :
First of all, thank you for your enthusiasm for our new product GPi Case, we deeply apologize for the delay and quantity limitations for our first release. In order to ensure the quality of our products, we did comprehensive testing and fine tuning the complicated manufacturing process. Although the release has been delayed, we appreciate everyone’s strong enthusiasm for our products and has been beyond our expectations. We are very sorry that we couldn’t produce enough units in the first production run. However, soon we will finish a second manufacturing around mid or end July. thank you again for your support.