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Pi3Cart is a custom kit that allows you to install a Raspberry Pi 3  into any classic NES cartridge.  Perfect for retro game emulators.
Pi3Cart is a custom kit that allows you to install a Raspberry Pi 3  into any classic NES cartridge.  Perfect for retro game emulators.
Pi3Cart is a custom kit that allows you to install a Raspberry Pi 3 into any classic NES cartridge. Perfect for retro game emulators.
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You can add additional items to your pledge level by simply choosing the item(s) you would like and then following the instructions below to add to your pledge. All add-ons require base pledge to be at the $20 tier and above. Instructions for adding add-ons can be found below.

Interchangeable Face plates
Interchangeable Face plates
    These face plates come in a variety of attractive colors. Face plates can be easily swapped out in the cartridge at any time.
    A blank SD card can be included for your convenience.  Due to licensing issues the SD cards can not be shipped with software included.  A detailed instructional video will be created showing exactly how to download and install the operating system onto your SD card.  This process is very easy and only takes a few minutes.

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2)  Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the add-ons you want to add.

3)  After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

STRETCH GOALS

 

Fiber Optic Status LEDs
Fiber Optic Status LEDs

 

Fiber Optic Shutdown Button - Stretch Goal
Fiber Optic Shutdown Button - Stretch Goal

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Geeky Gadgets - http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/pi3cart-raspberry-pi-3-nes-cartridge-case-kit-15-11-2016/

Why a Raspberry Pi 3 instead of a Pi Zero?

By using a Raspberry Pi 3 instead of the much less powerful Pi Zero, you will have much greater capability such as playing many retro console games that will not run on the Pi Zero.  Furthermore, the integrated Bluetooth, WiFi, and full sized HDMI and USB ports eliminate the need for you to purchase the multiple adapters and extensions required for a Pi Zero system.  

What about Heat?

The Raspberry Pi 3 is known for overheating under heavy CPU loads. This problem is solved by integrating a cooling fan that is small enough to fit inside the cartridge and provides adequate airflow.  The fan keeps temperatures low even when running benchmark programs that max out all four processor cores for an extended period of time.  Cooling vents were integrated into the mounting bracket face so no holes need be cut into the cartridge itself.  A heatsink will also be provided with every kit.  You can feel confident that your Raspberry Pi will not overheat no matter how heavily you load its processor.  

How can a Raspberry Pi 3 fit into an NES Cartridge?

To get the Raspberry Pi 3 into the NES Cartridge it is necessary to remove the Ethernet port and the double stacked USB ports from the circuit board.  The integrated WiFi on the Raspberry Pi 3 all but eliminates the need for an ethernet port, and two USB ports are relocated to the face of the mounting bracket.  A driving factor in the design of this project was to keep the exterior of the NES cartridge unmodified so as to maintain the stock appearance of your cartridge.  However, it would be possible to cut slots into the side of the case and install two more USB ports if you need all four ports.  

What if I don't have the time, ability, or interest to build a project that requires soldering?

No problem!  Let me build your Pi3Cart for you.  Check out the assembled pledge level.

Thank you for checking out this project!

I have had a great deal of fun developing and building the Pi3Cart and want to share it with others.  I have built multiple Pi3Carts which I have shared with friends and family who love them.  Mine has become an integral part of my home entertainment system and makes a great conversation piece.  By selling kits on a pre-order basis I can order wholesale quantities of parts and reduce the kit cost, so that I can share the Pi3Cart with the world.  

 

 

Risks and challenges

Every Kickstarter project has risks, although every effort has been made to mitigate any foreseen problems. The primary risks are part supplier issues that would cause delays in shipment. While I have factored in expected shipping times for components, unexpected delays are always a possibility. The mounting bracket is produced on a 3d printer which can often be an unreliable process. However, I have had my printer for several years and am experienced in producing good quality parts in a reasonable time frame. Many prototype parts have been produced to ensure that I have a good understanding of the time requirements to produce the mounting brackets quickly enough to meet shipping goals. Several production parts have already been produced, and will continue to be produced throughout the course of this campaign to guarantee completion shortly after the end date.

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    Pi3Cart Kit - December Delivery

    Get a Pi3Cart kit, including mounting bracket, USB ports, cooling fan, and required hardware. You'll need to supply a Raspberry Pi 3 and an NES cartridge of your choice. IMPORTANT: Assembling this kit requires circuit board soldering skills. If you are not able to solder consider the Assembled option.

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    Pi3Cart Kit - January Wave 2

    Get a Pi3Cart kit, including mounting bracket, USB ports, cooling fan, and required hardware. You'll need to supply a Raspberry Pi 3 and an NES cartridge of your choice. IMPORTANT: Assembling this kit requires circuit board soldering skills. If you are not able to solder consider the Assembled option.

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    Pi3Cart Kit - January Wave 3

    Get a Pi3Cart kit, including mounting bracket, USB ports, cooling fan, and required hardware. You'll need to supply a Raspberry Pi 3 and an NES cartridge of your choice. IMPORTANT: Assembling this kit requires circuit board soldering skills. If you are not able to solder consider the Assembled option.

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    Assembled Pi3Cart - December Delivery

    Let us assemble your Pi3Cart! Get an assembled Pi3Cart, including a Raspberry Pi 3! Pi3Cart will be assembled into a new NES cartridge shell with no label. You'll need to install your SD card, and provide a USB power supply. You can easily switch the Pi3Cart internals to a classic NES cartridge if you wish, however you will need to use a security bit to remove the original screws. The bits are easily obtained online.

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    Assembled Pi3Cart

    Let us assemble your Pi3Cart! Get an assembled Pi3Cart, including a Raspberry Pi 3! Pi3Cart will be assembled into a new NES cartridge shell with no label. You'll need to install your SD card, and provide a USB power supply. You can easily switch the Pi3Cart internals to a classic NES cartridge if you wish, however you will need to use a security bit to remove the original screws. The bits are easily obtained online.

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    Assembled Pi3Cart - January Wave 2

    Let us assemble your Pi3Cart! Get an assembled Pi3Cart, including a Raspberry Pi 3! Pi3Cart will be assembled into a new NES reproduction cartridge shell with no label. You will need to install your SD card, and provide a USB power supply. You can easily switch the Pi3Cart internals to a classic NES cartridge if you wish, however you will need to use a security bit to remove the original screws. The bits are easily obtained online. This reward level will ship in January, after earlier rewards have shipped.

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    Assembled Pi3Cart - Wave 3

    Let us assemble your Pi3Cart! Get an assembled Pi3Cart, including a Raspberry Pi 3! Pi3Cart will be assembled into a new NES reproduction cartridge shell with no label. You will need to install your SD card, and provide a USB power supply. You can easily switch the Pi3Cart internals to a classic NES cartridge if you wish, however you will need to use a security bit to remove the original screws. The bits are easily obtained online. This reward level will ship in January, after earlier rewards have shipped.

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    Assembled Pi3Cart - Wave 4

    Let us assemble your Pi3Cart! Get an assembled Pi3Cart, including a Raspberry Pi 3! Pi3Cart will be assembled into a new NES reproduction cartridge shell with no label. You will need to install your SD card, and provide a USB power supply. You can easily switch the Pi3Cart internals to a classic NES cartridge if you wish, however you will need to use a security bit to remove the original screws. The bits are easily obtained online. This reward level is expected to ship in January, after earlier rewards have shipped.

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