The NESPi Case ads the charm of the NES to your Raspberry Pi. He is not only housing, but contains the Raspi even more useful technology.
As the huge sale success of the NES Classic Mini shows, the NES is still enjoying great popularity even more than 30 years after it’s release. The production of the mini-console has been discontinued despite good sales figures in the meantime and should not be available again until next year. Thus, the Classic Mini is currently only on the second hand market to get correspondingly high prices. So it looks like you need to make do with an original NES from Ebay, just like the Fresh Prince.
But, wait! Why not just turn a Raspberry Pi into a console emulator? Retrogaming systems like Lakka or RetroPie make this possible without much configuration effort. What is missing then is the iconic gray case of the console classic of course. Since the selection of high-quality Raspi cases in the NES look is not exactly abundant, the manufacturer Retroflag with its NESPi Case now wants to close this gap in the market.
Close to the model
The NESPi Case is not a pure plastic enclosure for the Pi. To preserve the charm of the original, two of the four USB ports with network socket were banned under the flip. The remaining two USB ports are intended for connecting gamepads and sit in the appropriate place. The whole thing is extended by a power and a reset button. As with the big prototype, the power button snaps in and displays the on state of the device via a red LED. Owners of the original will remember the mysterious expansion slot on the underside of the NES. Also at the NESPi Case there is a removable lid at this point, which serves only as a hiding place for SD cards.
“We created this Pi case applying the most iconic element in the retro game world as a homage to the most classic console ever made.
*POWER button, RESET button and LED all functional”
The case is compatible with the models RasPi B +, 2B and 3B. In addition to the housing is a small screwdriver and an English-language assembly instructions included. Optionally, a 30 mm × 30 mm fan can be installed, which, however, is not absolutely necessary in the already quite moderate heat development of the Rasperry Pi.
The installation of the Raspberry Pi is very simple. Before the board is mounted in the chassis, the USB and network plugs must be connected to the Pi. In addition, the plug for power and reset is attached to the GPIO pins. The orientation of the plug is important here – this is connected the wrong way, it can cause damage to the Raspi. On the website of the manufacturer, there is a detail photo, which unfortunately is not included in the included instructions.
To use the power button, however, it must be mentioned that this should not be operated during operation, as it does not activate a shutdown sequence, but merely disconnects the Rasperry Pi from the mains. Although hardware damage is not to be feared, damage to the data system of the SD card can be the result of such an action. It is therefore important to ensure that the device shuts down properly before switching off.
Undoubtedly, the NESPi case from Retroflag makes a great impression. The installation of the Raspi board seems very simple, and if you are looking for a high-quality alternative to the currently available cases in NES style, you can safely access them here.
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