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The GameKid is a handheld, Raspberry Pi powered, retro gaming console.
The GameKid is a handheld, Raspberry Pi powered, retro gaming console.
The GameKid is a handheld, Raspberry Pi powered, retro gaming console.
188 backers pledged $23,730 to help bring this project to life.

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The GameKid

Is it ergonomic? No. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia (okay, definitely) but there is something special about this simple shape that barely fits in your pocket. The GameKid is not built like a fragile modern handheld that tries to jam too many parts into the smallest space possible. It feels like you could run it over with a tank. It’s the same with the controls, nothing flimsy or floaty; our button action is straight out of the 80’s.

Features

  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi A+, B+ and 2
  • Configured for RetroPie to emulate all your favorite consoles and Pi games. 
  • D-Pad, 4 Front Buttons, Start/Select/Option, and 2 Trigger buttons
  • Built in Stereo Speakers and a Headphone Jack
  • 2500mAh Battery (lasts ~5 hours with an A+ Pi), rechargeable by Micro USB port 
  • HDMI out! Connect to a TV and add USB controllers for a portable multiplayer game console! 
  • Functional Raspberry Pi mini computer! Just add a mouse and keyboard.

Stretch Goals!

We got funded! on to our first stretch goal!

$35,000 - GameKid Raspberry Pi Store!
Our biggest hope with the GameKid is to bring new cool games to the Raspberry Pi. We want to encourage that even more by giving Indie Devs a place to distribute Pi games easily.The store will launch right from the RetroPie EmulationStation menu and be browseable over the net with a wi-fi or lan connection.

Rewards 

SoundTrack
Legendary composer Alex Mauer is making a soundtrack for the GameKid. Why does a game console have it’s own soundtrack? Because it’s that AWESOME. Alex’s Credits include cool indie game soundtracks like Starr Mazer, and the movie Motivational Growth. He also wrote the first album to be released on a NES cart, VegaVox. The GameKid soundtrack will be a NES rom included with the RetroPie build, and also as downloadable mp3’s. Check out the first track below!

GameKid Figure
This adorable 1.5” figure is designed by CobraMode! Cobra is the artist working with us on our upcoming game, Upslion Circuit. In fact, this GameKid is actually a character in the Upsilon Circuit universe! In fact, you can find GameKid creatures in Legend of Dungeon and Tiny Plumbers. This little guy is 3D printed in glow in the dark PLA, so if you paint him, his screen can really glow! (Also Includes the Soundtrack!)

GameKid 3D Print Kit (GKP13-K) 
A limited edition 3D Printed GameKid Kit. For those of you who have a Raspberry Pi sitting around with nothing to do... this is it's new home! We'll have our custom RetroPie image available for download with instructions on how to get it all setup. Raspberry Pi installation is easy as pie, just plug it in and screw it back together, no soldering. (Includes: Soundtrack)
GameKid 3D Print (GKP13) 
A limited edition 3D Printed GameKid. A Raspberry Pi 2, and a 16gig SD card preconfigured with RetroPie. (Includes: Soundtrack)

Glow GameKid 3D Print (GKP13)
A limited edition 3D Printed Glow in the Dark GameKid.
(Includes: Soundtrack + Raspberry Pi 2 + 16gig SD card)  
Custom Print Material (GKP13)
This limited edition printed GameKid can be printed out of nearly anything. Have a look at some of your options here. Pick up to 3 materials for the Front, Back, Backplate, Screenplate and Buttons! If you have a question about whats possible with this tier, send us a message.
(Includes: Soundtrack + Raspberry Pi 2 + 16gig SD card)   

Ben Weatherall Custom (GKP13)
Ben Weatherall makes art for cool indie games! You might know Ben’s art from ‘Crossy Road’ or ‘Deck War’. Ben's going to design cool decals for these custom colored, 3D printed, one of a kind GameKids.
(Includes: Soundtrack + Raspberry Pi 2 + 16gig SD card) 

Custom Design Print (GKP??)Lets make something amazing. Cat Ears? Robot Antenna? Functional GameKid that looks like the videogame character? Work with us to design a completely customized GameKid… Not sure if we can handle your idea? Send us a message and we’ll figure something out :D(Includes: Soundtrack + Raspberry Pi 2 + 16gig SD card) 


Steel GameKid (GK-ULTRA)
We found out we could get our GameKid shell made in stainless steel... Honestly we don't think anyone will get this. BUT WOULDN'T IT BE COOL?!?! We like to call this the "Actually run it over with a Tank" version. (Includes: Soundtrack + Raspberry Pi 2 + 16gig SD card)

Extras

+ $10 to any GameKid = Micro USB Wall Charger (we figure most people have boxes of these and don't need another one)
+ $15 it Any GameKid = Glow in the Dark GameKid Figure!

We want more Games for the Raspberry Pi!

Raspberry Pi’s are everywhere, and they are awesome… What they need though, is more indie games! We want to bring more games to the GameKid, and to the Raspberry Pi. To encourage more devs to try out the platform we’re hosting the GameKid Raspberry Jam on itch.io from 9/13 to 9/20 and you can be sure Robot Loves Kitty will be taking part and livestreaming the whole time! When we’re done there will be a new handful of games ready to be launched right from the RetroPie menu!

About the Brothers

When we were young, we bought our first game console together with our paper route jobs. It was the Nintendo Entertainment System Challenge Set, it came with Super Mario Bros. 3. It changed our lives forever.

Calvin and his wife Alix founded Robot Loves Kitty, an indie videogame company. Last time they ran a Kickstarter, they were living in a treehouse. For Christmas last year, Calvin stuffed a Raspberry Pi into an old handheld console as a present to Scott.

This led to a conversation about bringing the joy of handheld retro games to everyone. We were so compelled by the GameKid idea that Scott quit his job to come work for Robot Loves Kitty as lead hardware developer.
 
 

Risks and challenges

We’re new to the hardware business, but we like that. Solving new challenges is what motivates us, it’s also what we’re best at. In the coming months we’re going to be refining our design for the PCB and case, basically making sure this whole thing comes together properly. While we have a map of how we’re going to get a GameKid into your hands, things can go wonky and get delayed (this is Kickstarter, home of delayed promises). We don’t want to let that happen, so we’ve allocated a huge amount of time to put this thing into production.

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