Having trouble getting an NES Classic Edition? Try making your own

It can be done for about $60.


Demand for the Nintendo's nostalgia-driven NES Classic Edition has been so high that the company and retailers have had trouble keeping up with the demand. If you can't get one, you may want to consider creating one of your before you pop on eBay and drop a couple hundred dollars.

ArsTechnica got tired of waiting and did just that, realizing that at its heart the NES Clasic was a "just a little Linux-powered board inside a cute case." The site proceded to build on, using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, a Samsung 64GB EVO card, a Raspberry Pi 3 case, and two Buffalo Classic USB game pads. Once completed, they called it a RetroPie Classic Gaming Box, with the capacity to go beyond the limited 30-title library of the NES Classic. It offered an upgrade and fixed many of the cons of the NES Classic, but acknowledged that the emulation was a bit of a grey area, with the look not being quite as nice as the Classic.

The final cost was between $60 and $70, depending on the compents you choose.

If you want the full details on how they put it together, check it out. The result is a rather ingenious workaround to the availability issue, even if it won;t stae the look and feel of the original that is likely driving demand. 

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    December 15, 2016 8:23 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Having trouble getting an NES Classic Edition? Try making your own

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      December 15, 2016 8:51 AM

      Hey guys, can't buy the thing you want? Just pirate it instead!!

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        December 15, 2016 9:18 AM


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          December 15, 2016 9:24 AM

          Yeah, I mean really it's just a case of turning up the big dial on the press that shoots out NES Classics, right? How come they hate money?

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          December 15, 2016 9:27 AM

          Hay guys look at the resident procurement and supply chain expert here!

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          December 16, 2016 6:51 AM

          Yeah, they could have run preorders, even requiring that you get charged the full price immediately for a system you might not get for many weeks. People still would have come running for it.

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        December 16, 2016 6:52 AM

        Any time someone mentions the NES Classic, a ton of people start searching for Retropie info

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      December 15, 2016 9:28 AM

      Pretty much did exactly that this morning. Installed Lakka ( http://www.lakka.tv/ ) on a microSD card, popped it in my Raspberry Pi 3. Plugged in a 360 controller and my TV, copied some ROMs over the network. Within minutes I was up and retro-gaming.

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      December 15, 2016 9:35 AM


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        December 15, 2016 9:43 AM

        Nah, downloading roms and pointing where to download is wrong. All these emulation talk assumes that you have a USB cart reader and own the cart, or ethereally own the license.
        Basically DADT

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