- 4219industriesParticipant06/29/2014 at 00:48Post count: 1
Saw the contest, couldn’t resist submitting my Pitendo.
Front profile. I took an old NES and, after some trial and error, managed to get paint in the exact shades of the original colors. Yeah, I’ve heard of retr0brite, but didn’t want to bother when I already had everything I needed on hand to paint it to colors that were just as perfect as the original.
The labels are custom as well, naturally.
Front buttons work as they used to, with Power doing exactly what you’d expect (including safely shutting the Pi down through terminal commands) and Reset just does a hard reset on the thing. And yes, the red LED is still the original one from the NES.
I made a simple little tray, lined with thin black foam, to serve as storage for the SD cards and remote. There is also the extension for the SD slot so I can swap things out more easily. I am currently running the Pitendo as both RetroPie and RaspBMC.
Got annoyed with always having to plug in the USB dongle to the remote for RaspBMC, so I just went ahead and installed my own receiver. Reduces the muss and fuss.
The USB slots were put in place of the original controller ports for versatility. I just used a Dremel and some putty to resize the holes for USB.
Did the same thing for the power and network extensions in the back. The power goes to the USB hub which powers everything else, including the wireless dongle and USB memory stick for RaspBMC inside.
And yes, I made sure to put the Pi’s ports in the same places they were in for the original NES, substituting the RF adapter for network and…
HDMI for the original RCA ports on the side.
Made sure to keep the old metallic labels on the bottom through simple masking while airbrushing. For some reason, the bottom of the NES has a removable panel that leads to a section of the bottom chassis that’s still blocked off. Whatever, I can still use it.
Spare USB slot for keyboard use should I have two controllers hooked up at once.
Your standard SNES-style USB controller looked a little… off… when next to the original NES’s color scheme, so screw it, might as well paint that, too.
The finished product. Works as both RetroPie console and RaspBMC media center.
Complete with custom splash screen.
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