Sudo Mod's mintyPi 2.0 fits a game console in an Altoids tin
The world of game console modding is always an interesting one, and one modder by the name of Sudo Mod has unveiled a refreshing take on handheld gaming. The mintyPi 2.0 crams a Raspberry Pi Zero W into an Altoids tin, as well as the directional pad and buttons from a Nintendo DS, speakers, WiFi, and a small LCD color screen.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W is running RetroPi, a build of Raspian OS focused around emulating retro consoles. This software can load and play ROMs of classic games from the Atari 2600 up to the original Sony Playstation. The buttons come from a Nintendo DS and likely hook into the Raspberry Pi Zero W via the GPIO headers. I say likely because I don’t know for sure; almost all of the wiring is hidden behind a custom 3D-printed case. The only visible connections run from the base of the unit to the small, sharp LCD screen. Sudo Mod also put in a sliding hinge to keep the lid from flopping down; the unit opens at about a 120-135° angle, which is perfect for handheld gaming.
It’s really incredible what tools like the Raspberry Pi and 3D printers have enabled creators to make. The mintyPi 2.0 should be capable of playing almost the entire library of games from consoles like the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and more thanks to its microSD expansion. And the best part is that all of these consoles fit in your pocket (and probably smell great).
Sudo Mod has made four models with different color schemes reflecting different flavors of Altoids. He plans to release a guide and begin selling the parts soon.