Nintendo is releasing its NES Classic Edition in November, a miniaturized version of the original console with 30 games built in and HDMI support. But modder Rated-E Mods has taken it one step further beyond Nintendo’s retro console revival, with the even tinier, Raspberry Pi-based SNES Micro.
Rated-E Mods’ build really shines in the sculpted clay casing for the hardware
Running emulators off a Raspberry Pi (in this case, the smaller and famously $5 Raspberry Pi Zero) is nothing new. But Rated-E Mods’ build really shines in the sculpted clay casing for the hardware that gives it a proper Nintendo look and polish, all in a box that’s smaller than both the official NES Classic or an original SNES controller. The build video above dives deep into how it was made, and it’s quite cool to see how the clay, plastic, and epoxy come together to create the finished product while a soothingly deep voice over explains the process.
Plus, unlike Nintendo’s miniature console, building an emulator out of a Raspberry Pi means you can use any USB controller, run a much wider variety of games from more consoles, as well as offering the option to add more over time — although getting ROMs to use it is certainly legally hazier than buying Nintendo’s preloaded box.