Date:24 October 2017
Meet the Nintimdo RP, no relation to Nintendo’s Switch.
By David Grossman
The Nintendo Switch has already proven to be one of the most successful systems in the gaming company’s long and storied history. It’s fastest-selling console in Nintendo’s history and the company now believes it can equal the sales of the Nintendo Wii. And when something gets that popular, people start making DIY versions of it for themselves.
Tim Lindquist, an undergrad at Iowa State studying electrical engineering, likes building things in his free time. For this project, he decided that the “project was to create a portable gaming system that could also double as a portable computer”. What he calls the Nintimdo RP would need to be “functional as well as aesthetically pleasing,” according to Linquist’s website.
Using 3D modeling, a Raspberry PI, and Linux, Lindqust built a shell and buttons that are “are wired to a microcontroller and finally to the motherboard so games can be played”. The RP even looks out for overheating by “bringing air in through an intake located on the back” and out with a duct system that routs out of the exhaust at the top of the device.
A highly detailed build, Linquist says he isn’t done yet. “My future plans for this device,” he says “are to have secret ‘Easter eggs’ where you can hold certain buttons on boot to enter the CLI or Linux GUI instead of the default emulation software. I also want to make hardware shortcuts for changing settings rather than plugging in a keyboard and typing the command.” That’s the DIY advantage – you can build out the exact features you want.
Linquist has put the 3D model up on GitHub.
From: PM USA