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About this project

In the 1990s, every teenager dreamed of owning one of the many consoles to play his favorite games. Who does not know Super Mario? Who does not know Sonic? Who does not know Pacman? In 2017, those teenagers are 30 or 40 years old, but they certainly remind nostalgically of those characters and the fun that they had. I am one of those teenagers and thanks to my passion for computer, electronics and love for those simple but fun games I've created "Game Box"

  

We offer two different colour for you: White with black buttons or Classic Grey with violet buttons!

 

What is Game Box?

"Game Box" is an handheld Retrogame Emulator, Media Player, Linux Consolle: ALL IN ONE!  

The idea came when I saw on internet projects of awesome raspberry pi based consoles like Game Boy Zero (Thanks wermy) with the original Gameboy Case. I was amazed, it was a 3 months work. I posted a YouTube video that showed how to build one and many people contacted me for doing it directly from me.

Game Box is not a kit, it’s ready for use. You can play games of all the consoles in the 80s and 90s, watch TV streaming or your favorite movies through KODI Media Center, or if you’re a “hacker” you can use it as a computer!

Unlike many other similar projects or mounting kits, Game Box is ready to use and contains Raspberry Pi Zero W !

“Are you saying that after the purchase of the Game Box we can play any game of our childhood? What do I have to do? Do you already have the games?”

The Game Box already contains a Micro SD with all the necessary software and configurations to be used by anyone! Also one who is not expert. Supported systems include: Atari, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Neo-Geo Pocket, Neo-Geo, PC-Engine (TurboGrafx 16) MS-DOS, Play Station 1 and many other game consoles.

To install a game you need the ROM file. A ROM file is a computer file containing all the game data. You can download the ROM free of all unlicensed games online and free of all you have physic So to install the ROM you only have to put the ROM file on a USB key and insert it into the Game Box. That’s all! (Copy and install is automatic!).

It already contains games that are not licensed or with the expired license (Abandonware).

 

The Game Box is Made in Italy and Shipping from Italy.

Hardware Features

  • Multiplayer: You can connect USB/Bluetooth gamepads.
  • Speaker + headphone jack + Volume potentiometer
  • Battery status: Led indicator on rear cartridge.
  • Rechargeable battery: 2600mAh battery for 5hrs uptime.
  • Removable MicroSD: For backup/reprogram/try other software.
  • USB Port: To connect Gamepad for multiplayer, Keyboard/Mouse to use it as PC or connect Pendrive to upload new Games or Watching your movies in KODI.
  • Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11 b/g/n for upload new games via LAN or connecting to streaming TV's in KODI.
  • Bluetooth 4.1: To connect Gamepad for multiplayer, Keyboard/Mouse to use it as PC.

“And what’s inside exactly?”

  • 3.5″ LCD screen
  • Game controller and buttons (4 Directional arrows, Start/Select, A-B/X-Y, L-R, Hotkey, On/Off switch
  • Internal Battery Charger with step-up (You can play & charge at the same time)
  • Audio Amp
  • 16GB SD card, which is enought for thousands of your games
  • RASPBERRY PI ZERO W
 
 

SOFTWARE FEATURES

  • Raspbian (Free operating system based on Debian optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware)
  • Emulation Station (A graphical emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one place)
  • Kodi (media center is an and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media)
  • LXDE (Desktop environment with comparatively low resource requirements. This makes it especially suitable for resource-constrained personal computers on a chip computers.)

ALL IN THE SAME SD CARD. SIMPLY SWITCH FROM A SYSTEM TO ANOTHER.

Why getting a Game Box? It can be:

  • For yourself and to have some good fun with friends.
  • To make a gift to a special someone
  • To have a portable retro station for your kids and impress them with a cool gift they won’t forget!

Why crowdfunding?

To make it so convenient we must reach our fundraising goal because:

  • The casing is currently modified by hand. To have ready-made wrappings without any defects we have to buy so many.
  • All electronic components inside are currently manually wired: LCD Driver, Battery Charger, Audio AMP, Speaker, Game Controller. I’ve designed a board that already contains all the components that makes the assembly 100 times simpler and 1000 times more durable.

If we reach:

UNLOCKED - 20,000 €: Safe-Shutdown Function (You can turn off the Game Box at any time, even while playing it instead of closing it all up like a PC).

UNLOCKED - 25,000 €: HDMI Output (You can connect Game Box to your Monitor/TV to play or use it as pc with a Giant Screen!)

  • 30,000 €: Battery indicator on display like a smartphone instead of LEDs in the back.
  • 50,000 €: Every Game Box will come with upgrading the 5000mAh battery and a USB Gamepad (Snes Design)
  • 100,000 €: Unique Casing Design. (Instead of using Game Boy clone)
Program:
  • July 2017: end of crowdfunding
  • August 2017: Ordering components
  • September-October 2017: production
  • November-December 2017: shipping!
Thanks to Antonio Provenzano for the video recording.

Risks and challenges

Everything is ready: the prototypes I’ve sold through the video on Youtube work perfectly. All electronic component suppliers are selected. All we need now to get started is to reach a great deal of orders.

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