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Raspiboy kit

4.89 out of 5 based on 27 customer ratings
(27 customer reviews)

From: 75,00

This is the basic Raspiboy v1.2 pack! You can customize it! :

  • 3000 or 6000 mAh battery
  • 8, 16 or 32GBmemory card

If you want the basic kit, you only have to choose your color : retro grey or modern black

Please be sure to be aware that this is an electronic kit and requires assembly + raspberry pi zero and that no software is included.

Casing

Clear

Battery

Choose the battery capacity, either 3000mAh (4.5 hours gaming) or 5700mAh (8-9 hours)

Clear

Micro-SD

Choose memory size
8GB can already hold about 1000 games!

Clear

USB gamepad – optional

This USB gamepad is compatible with the 8BCraft PCB and with raspberry pi zero.

Clear

Extra-USB kit – optional

Kit to add an extra USB output to the Raspiboy PCB. Require soldering!

8BCraft PCB

3.5" LCD screen compatible with 8BCraft PCB

0.5W 20mm diameter Speaker

Gamepad Module

SKU: R-kit-1 Category:

Product Description

This is the basic Raspiboy kit, best choice to make a handheld retrogaming console!

Good news second production (rev 1.2) is a revised PCB that will enable to play and charge at the same time.

Please note that it does NOT include the raspberry pi zero (5$). (only component not included to make your Raspiboy)

This kit is compatible with Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3. Raspberry pi zero W works too but we advise using the regular Pi Zero for better battery life.

Please note that we ship from Shenzhen in China, shipping with express post service is about 7-15 days. Please note that we are not responsible for delays if your packet is handed to your country custom service. Some custom taxes may apply depending on your country.

Additional Information

Weight 0.35 kg

Casing

Color

Grey, Black

Battery

Capacity

3000mAh, 6000mAh

Micro-SD

Capacity

8GB, 16GB, 32GB

USB gamepad

Color

Grey, Black

27 reviews for Raspiboy kit

  1. 5 out of 5

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    This is the easiest retropie kit ever!
    First I was afraid of assembly, but after seeing the assembly video I decided that I could do it, and I was right! Tutorial is very clear and the built is in fact very easy! Nothing to be afraid of.
    Thanks for this awesome project!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    This kit is great.

    The controls are all well placed and have a clearly defined pressure point. Possibly for one or another maybe a little bit too hard. But I like it in any case. Had no problems to controll all the games if’ve tried.

    Ok, the resolution of the display can not keep up with current smartphones, but it makes an absoluley perfect look and feel for all emulations of older consoles likes snes, atari 2600 or what ever was buid up before the invention of hdmi. Sometimes less is more :-).

    The assembly itself is quite simple. One small advise: At the final assembly both housing parts should be hold up edge. A little bit patience couldn’t be wrong. If you have to push harder to close the housing, you usually have a cable in your way. The assembly costs me about 10 minutes on the first attempt. The second time it is already faster.

    It is definitely recommended to install the software before installing your raspberriepi zero in the Raspiboy. If you do not want to mess around with the “nano” text editor, usb-keyboard and hdmi-cable you should install an EXT3-filesystem-driver for your normal computer. Then you can open the Micro SD with the retropie-OS directly on a real computer with a usable editor.

    Over all the raspiboy is worth every cent I’ve spended for it :-).

  3. 5 out of 5

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    I’ve had the modern black Raspiboy for a couple of weeks now. It is an incredible project, and honestly, even though there were some snags, everything fits and works right out of the kit.

    Here are the pros/cons that I can think of, and something cool at the end. Keep in mind that even though there are a couple of tiny cons, it’s really worth the investment if you’re into retro gaming, and it so easy that a kid could put it together. I would recommend this to anyone.

    “Cons”:

    There aren’t really any – seriously. But, here are some tips:

    1. Be careful during assembly. This kit is very, very easy to put together, but it is still an electronic device. I accidentally bumped the on/off switch the wrong way, and now it’s very loose (but still works). ***PLEASE NOTE: This was MY fault, the on/off switch works perfectly as it is and will probably not happen to you***. I’m just saying, exercise normal common sense when assembling electronics (unlike me!).

    2. When you have assembled everything (using Pierre’s awesome tutorial, I hope), make sure you pay attention to the L and R buttons. They are the hardest part. I tried a few times before I got it right. Here’s the trick: when you get everything ready, hold the casing where it’s perfectly balanced – in other words, the squishy buttons and the electronic button pads aren’t going to both fall out. For *me*, that was holding it like a V shape right in front of my face with a bright light on it. Then, watch carefully to make sure the boards for L and R go into the slots exactly. Then, press firmly (but not hard of course) on the front and back – if something is stuck, it will be obvious because the two pieces of the mold won’t be flush. Then, screw in a couple of screws and try the L and R buttons. If they feel slightly clicky and responsive, you’re probably okay.

    3. Do not get discouraged if your first assembly doesn’t work. I personally had to do it a few times because I was too impatient to start playing, haha. Just be gentle, and remember that the PCB has to make contact with the Raspberry Pi Zero, so you will have to screw in all of the screws and make a full assembly each time to test. If you only screw in a couple of screws and try to turn it on, it may not work because it needs to be pressed firmly together. That’s the best thing about the Raspiboy – no soldering! But, no soldering means making sure there is a firm connection, so remember – it’s awesome, but might take a couple of tries. It is well worth it.

    4. Remember, the software is up to you. If your game doesn’t load, that’s not the Raspiboy, it’s the game, or whatever is running the game. Make sure you test this out *before* you install the micro SD card – you will have to disassemble it to change out the card (see the end of the review for a cool option though).

    5. Pierre left instructions for what to do about the text size if you have issues with it, but there is only so far you can go (to my knowledge) in the actual games. This is a small screen size, and some games were not meant to be crunched into that aspect ratio. I have not found a decent tutorial for making text more readable inside of games (such as in an RPG) and some of the user interface’s text is still hard to read even with the fix, but you can still read it. The screen is just fine; this is the software.

    6. You will need a Mini HDMI-to-HDMI adapter to use HDMI connection with this. Also, the 3.5mm headphone jack will not output to composite video, but that’s to be expected, since the Raspberry Pi Zero was not designed to do that by default, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is part of the PCB, not the Zero.

    7. Speaking of HDMI – some systems would not output to HDMI, but I believe that is the software, and NOT the HDMI out, because 99% of the time it worked perfectly. I’m not a master programmer or anything, so I probably just missed something. If this happens to you, do some research, it’s probably not related to the Raspiboy.

    Now for the Pros:

    1. Excellent battery life. I used mine lightly for two weeks after the first full charge before I charged it again. I’m guessing like 5 hours, but I might be low-balling it. This was the regular battery, not the high mAh one. It’s a micro USB charging port, which is super handy because you can usually just use whatever micro USB cord you have laying around. I’m not an electrician, but I think 5V should do it, and that’s what I’ve been using.

    2. AMAZING controls. It comes with Super Famicom-style buttons and SNES-style buttons. for me, I chose the concave light blue and convex dark blue for the ABXY buttons (I have the black model). Everything is perfectly responsive and I have had absolutely zero issues with the controls on any game that I’ve played. I even got matching USB SNES controllers from Amazon because I wanted to make it a cool black and blue set.

    3. The screen is great, and the aspect ratio is correct for most older games. The controls for the screen are extremely helpful, and a very nice feature.

    4. The sound, even though it is mono (unless you’re using headphones, when it’s stereo), is awesome, and gets very loud. You may have to adjust some volume settings in your software to hear it (look up tutorials, it’s easy), but trust me, this thing has great sound.

    5. Extra features are well designed. The volume wheel is so, so nice to have. The headphone jack works with all of the headphones/earbuds I tried. The buttons on the back for operating the screen brightness/contrast/color are awesome and easy to use, and the battery indicator – it’s a must, and it works well for this. (It even matches my black and blue motif, coincidentally, haha).

    6. The mold and overall design is outstanding. Everything just fits. Even the seam, when it’s fully assembled, is barely there. It feels great to play.

    Cool tidbit:

    I like to change out my micro SD cards regularly with my Raspberry Pi setups, so I was a little worried that I would have to take apart the Raspiboy every time I wanted to change things. If you are using the Raspiboy, you WILL have to disassemble it if you want to change the microSD card out with another one. However, I made a slight modification that allows me to change it out.

    ***I cannot recommend doing this, because it was just a random idea, I’m not a professional modder, and I had to cut into my case to get it to work. Don’t try this yourself if you’re not 100% confident and 100% safe with the proper tools***

    Basically, I took a flat Micro SD (TF) to Micro SD (TF) extender cable, and ran it through the top left of the casing, back inside, then from the micro SD port on the Raspberry Pi Zero, underneath it, back over the top of the PCB, around the screw holes to the back, then folded it and ran it to another hold I made between L and R. Now, I have a small port between L and R where I can insert and eject micro SD cards any time I want. I tested it numerous times before doing this – the particular cable that I used has no data lag whatsoever that is noticeable, so I have had no problems. I did have to cut into the case, so there is a little bit around the ports I made that is ugly and I’ll have to patch it with silicon or something. If you do decide to try this, be extremely careful, and always use the proper tools and expertise, but I don’t recommend doing this on principle because even though it works for me, it might not work for you and might just end up damaging your awesome Raspiboy. All warnings aside, it really completes the experience for me, because now I’ll never have to take it apart again – I can just switch out micro SD cards any time I want if I screw something up.

    I hope this helps. Pierre did an amazing job, and this entire product is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever bought. Please treat yourself to the Raspiboy.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    We had to wait several months… but it was totally worth it. Pierre managed to create an awesome kit. Price is good, look is good, handling is good, … and (almost) everybody can easily assemble it.
    I recommend this product for all retrogaming fans, this is in my opinion the best handeld console for retrogaming. Just a screen a bit bigger and it would be 200% perfect !

  5. 5 out of 5

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    I am playing this awesome device since many days now and got addicted to it. Fortunately I had completely no issues and everything works great! Well done Pierre!

    Regards
    Toni

  6. 5 out of 5

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    Superbe petite console dont le montage est un jeux d’enfant : aucune soudure avec le rpi zéro.
    Le seul problème que j’ai rencontré a été résolu facilement : les boutons gâchettes on nécessité d’être rempli pour qu’il y ait un meilleurs contact.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    I’ve wanted to build a portable RetroPie setup for a long time now but was intimidated by having to source custom boards, 3D printing parts (even though I have my own printer), waiting for speciality components, and the great amount of modifications needed to the shells. I consider myself DIY-capable and tech savvy but simply did not want to dedicate the time and frustration to such a venture.

    The Raspi Boy is the first kit I bought and if you asked me, I wouldn’t have guessed it came from one engineer in France, instead of a whole company. I had it up and running within 20 minutes of sitting down to assemble it. Now with experience, I probably could build kits in 10 mins. There is no soldering, no wires, no anything. All the wires use JST connectors and the custom PCB connects to the Pi Zero using pogo pins.

    The thing you will spend the most time on is tweaking the software, but this is true of any RetroPie setup. The only thing you *must* do for the Raspi Boy (software wise) is add 1 new line and modify 4 existing lines in the config file. That’s it.

    The controls/buttons are some of the best I’ve used. I just put together a Gameboy Advance Pi Zero and the buttons and d-pad are so mushy and get stuck. The Raspi Boy buttons are very crisp and have clean actuation.

    The screen on this thing is great. It’s nice and sharp and once you pick the right theme (I’d recommend the GBZ35 theme) and make some tweaks, you’re golden.

    Finally, it has the added bonus of having a LCD control interface which I’ve only seen one other time in a portable custom setup. Most setups have no brightness or contrast controls at all.

    Now for the cons – the shoulder pads are slightly difficult to get aligned and installed the first time. I am a pro at it now so can do it pretty quickly. The speakers are really terrible even if you make adjustments in software. There are some manufacturing defects in the plastic which don’t affect performance but may be unsightly for some. It has strange behavior if you want to output to HDMI and you cannot charge and play.

    Despite these small shortcomings, I am extremely satisfied with the Raspi Boy and especially Pierre for doing an amazing job engineering it. Bravo!

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    it took about 3 months to receive the items. It took me about 2 hrs to put it together, its the shoulder buttons that kept mis-aligning. I finally followed pierre’s video tutorial and snapped everything together. I would say the tricky parts of the assembly are the battery placements and the shoulder pad bumpers, frustrated the hell out of me and I even had to re solder 1 of them back due to mis handling, so be careful! Overall this was a delightful learning experience which I highly recommend to all retro gamers!
    i am now a happy owner of the Raspiboy and started playing legend of zelda, moonwalker, metal slug x,etc the list goes on..
    Thank you pierre for giving me this chance to re-live my childhood! My 2 sons absolutely love it too! 🙂

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    It’s just better than a (Super) N******* Classic Mini or any current commercial retro rebranding. Cheaper, multi-platform, and portable!

    The assembly is very simple. Only the case closing is “a bit” tricky (damned shoulder pad bumpers ;-)). Once assembled, ergonomic and quality feeling are very good.

    Retropie is working like a charm and the raspberry pi zero is able to emulate almost all the good consoles and arcade machines before the N64. The extra USB ports are very welcome: Wi-Fi, BT, extra storage, extra game controller, etc. Multi-player on a portable console is just fun.
    You can even use it as a home console thanks to the HDMI port. A little drawback on this very last feature: you can’t charge the battery while playing (maybe in the future?).

    The last and not the least, every parts can be replaced. This product would get an awesome repairability score on iFixit. By the way, the super maker of this product is super cool and truly available for his consumers.

    GG

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      Thanks for your review!
      Yes charge and play will be enable with the 2nd production revised PCB that will come in about 1 or 2 months !

  10. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Lovely kit, had an issue initially with the PCB supplied. Pierre sent me a replacement and its working great now.

    I’d recommend the kits be sold pre-assembled with the option to be able to get to the SD card with the unit assembled, would make Pierres life much easier!

    Highly recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is the easiest and the best open-source retro console out there. Kudos and Hats off to the 8bcraft team(Pierre) for having put this kit together.

    The kit was very well laid out and easy to assemble.

    Highly recommended !

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This kit is really impressive – very easy to put together and use, however the case can be a little bit fiddly to put together at first.
    Once up and running it works like a dream, the joypad is responsive and the volume can be cranked very high.
    If you’re wondering whether this is worth the money I’d say definitely 🙂

  13. 5 out of 5

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    My review can be found here https://youtu.be/PDoApXONhnE great piece of kit!

  14. 5 out of 5

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    Love my raspi-boy. The kit was a bit of a challenge to assemble (read the above review by Nick B – my results were similar). But it’s definitely doable and the result is SO worth it! I love being able to play accurately emulated Intellivision games on the go!

    I was very excited to read this morning that Pierre has produced a new board that will allow play while battery charging! That will be great as well – the ability to plug it into power and play games on a TV like a dedicated console is all that was missing from this project.

  15. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome. Portable. Nostalgia.

  16. 5 out of 5

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    I love it! The easiest way to build your own portable Pi Zero. Was so excited when I was a backer and now I’m more excited to own it^^

  17. 5 out of 5

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    Great kit ! Really nice to play old games where we want, alone or together on a TV ! And a pleasure to build !

    Un kit vraiment sympathique, pouvoir jouer aux jeux de notre enfance, où on veut, seul ou à plusieurs, est génial ! Plutôt facile et gratifiant à assembler, super !

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Awesome project. Took me a minute to understand the software mods because I have zero software knowledge, but I figured it out. Hardware was much easier. I built the first for my son , now it’s My turn. Great fun !

  19. 5 out of 5

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    I absolutely loved Pierre for his hard work and how he went out of his way to reassure his supporters that he didn’t try to scam anyone when delays started happening in the factories. That aside, this is an awesome project (but slightly difficult for a dummy like myself that doesn’t know software). Before buying please make sure to do some homework on which programs to download or which lines of code to change before you assemble the project. Assembily isn’t difficult (to be honest, the screen connector was the most difficult since you can’t see if it went wrong until after the whole thing is put together), and it was all around pretty fun. I would definitely recommend trying it out!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Beautiful little kit arrived almost entirely assembled. Thank you for putting so much thought into this~

  21. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Facile a monter et des heures de fun ! Ce kit est vraiment sympa pour jouer à la fois dans les transports et sur un écran.

    Une bonne idée bien réalisée !

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Got my Kit and assembled it in around 20 minutes, works properly and it’s very enjoyable to play on it. Buy it if you want to enjoy the old games you loved in your childhood.

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Just got my Raspiboy Kit last Week.
    The assembly is quite simple, but iIneeded two tries until all the Buttons had a perfect pressure point. I’m sure if you are a bit more patient than me you can assemle it with the first try. 🙂

    For me the “gbz35 / gbz35-dark” theme for emulationstation is the best choise for this screen.

    Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the device and can recommend it to any mobile retro gamer!

  24. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I just love it!! The buttons feels like the original!! Once you learn how to load roms and change themes via usb it gets super easy!! I fully recomend!!

  25. 5 out of 5

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    J’ai reçu mon rapsiboy avec le PCB H.S.
    j’ai remonté le problème et il m’ont envoyé rapidement un PCB de remplacement.
    tout fonctionne correctement.
    L’assemblage est facile à faire.
    J’ai configuré un Recalbox 4.1 , tout fonctionne implacablement bien.
    Merci !!!

  26. 5 out of 5

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    Hi All,
    My raspiboy was delivered with a faulty PCB card. I got a new one shipped without any problem and now, I can play again with my “old fashioned” arcade games.
    Very quick and worth full support , even in my mother tong language (French).
    The mounting of it is quite simple, even the soldering of the additional USB is easy to be done.

    Thanks a lot to the 8bcraft team !!! You do a great job !!!

    Best regards,

  27. 4 out of 5

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    Got mine running with Pi Zero W and it’s working flawlessly.
    Does everything it’s supposed to do and it’s a great buy for having fun solo or with some mates. I suggest using the W. The conveniance of plugging extra controllers via bluetooth is too good to ignore.
    I also suggest installing everythin on the upper half of the case, like ETA Prime suggests. Even the battery. I also put the rubbers for the shoulder buttons in place and then just drop the back lid on top.
    Only nagging thing is I find the diagonal moves a bit hard to register, because of the straight design of the cross in the case.

    Pierre is fast to respond and help. I just don’t give it 5 stars because deliveries ain’t as fast as he is, but if you have the patience just commit and buy. It’s a great purchase.

    Cheers

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