Sold by Retroflag, the GPi Case resembles an old school Game Boy and lets you use a Raspberry Pi Zero to play Game Boy games in a form factor that should feel comparable to playing on Nintendo’s original 1989 handheld.
This isn’t the first time someone has used a Raspberry Pi to play classic video games or to replicate the experience of certain handheld consoles. However, the Retroflag GPi Case is noteworthy for how easy it makes the process: there’s nothing to solder and you don’t need to own a 3D printer.
Instead, the GPi Case comes with a small cartridge akin to that of a Game Boy game. This cartridge holds your Raspberry Pi Zero and then you slide that package into the GPi Case to begin your session—after loading your Raspberry Pi Zero with ROMs and an emulator, of course.
Features include a 2.8-inch IPS screen, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a power switch, an LED power indicator, an integrated speaker, volume and brightness controls, a USB port for firmware upgrades, as well as all the buttons you’d expect to see on a Game Boy (and a few extras): A, B, X, Y, shoulder buttons, Start, Select, and a D-pad.
The Retroflag GPi Case measures a bit smaller than the original Game Boy at 5.3 x 3.2 x 1.3 inches (less tall and wide but the same thickness) and it also weighs a little over an ounce lighter. It’s powered by three AA batteries or through the included DC-to-USB adapter.
Note that the device is specifically compatible with the Raspberry Pi Zero (Pi0 and Pi0-W, but not the Pi0-WH). The Retroflag GPi Case ships from Amazon for $69.99 and comes with a 12-month warranty.