The NES Cartridge: Raspberry Pi Cart is a really cool project for those who grew up playing the the iconic NES game console. You should only put on roms that you own, but this build easily holds the entire NES gaming catalog on it. This is one of our favorite Raspberry Pi builds for the NES platform, as everything lines up in a very clean manner and most wouldn’t even know the cartridge has been modded (other than the added weight).
To build your own NES Cartridge: Raspberry Pi Cart, you’ll need the following (these can be found easily on Amazon or eBay:
- MicroSD card, 8,16 or 32GB×1
- Mini HDMI male to HDMI female cable×1
- 4-port USB mini hub (only needed if you want the multiplayer option)×1
- Micro USB male to female extension cable, 6-inch×1
- Micro USB male to USB female cable×1
- USB controller x 1
- Box cutter (dremel tool optional)×1
- Raspberry Pi Zero W×1
- NES security screwdriver set×1
- Glue gun and sticks×1
- NES cartridge×1
- 3m tape×1
On top of the parts, you’ll need to install RetroPie. There are plenty of tutorials to be found online, so we’ll just show our completed cart. I used an extra Dr. Mario cart on hand for this project. This can be done in about 20-30 minutes, especially if you have a dremel tool handy. It’s well worth the time and parts needed to build it. Retro gamers will no doubt enjoy building it and being able to take the entire NES catalog with them on a single game cartridge.
Avid gamer who enjoys the older nostalgic titles as much as the latest AAA releases. Remakes from the classic 8 and 16-bit era will always entice me and I love experiencing new IP’s across each and every gaming platform. I’ve grown more and more fond of the Indie scene that has seen incredibly growth lately and it’s great to see these smaller teams getting the spotlight for all their hard work and passion for creating fantastic games. I was lucky enough to start out on the iconic NES system, making the 8 and 16-bit era one of my favorites. Since this rebirth of the industry, I have witnessed the evolution of gaming and its incredible growth in overall popularity as an entertainment medium juggernaut. With a staggering amount of choices from the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 Pro, PSVR and Xbox One X, there simply hasn’t been a better time to be a gamer.