Cartridges really have stood the test of time, haven’t they.
They’re certainly great to have around the house, not just as a collector’s item or for nostalgia, but because you can also turn them into homebrew retro consoles.
And according to Howchoo on YouTube, it’s pretty easy. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi Zero — it’s got to fit inside a retro cartridge, after all — as well as the following:
1x Raspberry Pi Zero plus power supply
1x USB gamepad (2x if you want to play with a friend)
1x 32GB MicroSD card
1x Mini HDMI male to female cable
1x 4-port USB mini-hub
1x Micro-USB male to female extension cable
1x Micro-USB male to USB female cable
1x Glue gun
1x Box cutter
1x NES Cartrdige
1x roll foam tape
1x glue gun sticks
You’ll notice that no soldering is required, which makes this project infinitely easier. But if you’d like to see how it’s all put together, there’s a handy video below.
If you want more advice on how to put this together, there’s a written guide at HowChoo that includes advice on installing RetroPie, widening the cartridge, and other bits and pieces to neaten up the whole thing.