Ever wanted to build your own game console? MAKERbuino is what you need!
This neat little device is an open source GameBoy you can build yourself (it’s fully DIY – do it yourself).
Besides being a cool retro handheld device, MAKERbuino is also an educational device shaped like a game console. It’s a great (and also fun and cool) tool for learning and/or teaching various forms of STEM kills (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
Solder your own game console, play cool retro games, learn STEM through fun and interesting tutorials, make the game of your dreams, share with a large community.
In the basic MAKERbuino kit, you’ll get all the components needed to build and program your own game console.
This device is based on easy-to-find components and programmed in Arduino – one of the most popular DIY microcontroller platforms. It’s open-source, hackable and easily customizable with additional hardware components and custom casings.
MAKERbuino is cool
Forget the newest iPhone or the latest PlayStation, you will be the main hipster around after you show this one to your friends – a game console you’ve built and customized yourself!
OK, it has a low-res screen and 2kB of RAM but you’ve made it with your own two hands, it’s unique, it’s retro, it’s cool.
MAKERbuino is fun
Electronics is easy… really! We’re in the 21st century… teenagers build their own game consoles at home using online tutorials and cheap components from China. Try building your own game console, you’ll see how much fun it is.
MAKERbuino needs tools
You’ll need some basic tools and equipment for assembling your MAKERbuino:
- regular soldering iron (nothing super expensive is required) and some solder
- diagonal cutter pliers
- regular screwdriver
- some solder
- a piece of insulating tape or some super-glue
If you’re a maker, you probably already have these tools.
If you’re a maker-to-be and still don’t have these tools, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve prepared a special version of the MAKERbuino kit that comes with required tools included. Check out the shop for more info about the available kit versions.
MAKERbuino ♥ Arduino
YES, It is Arduino.
MAKERbuino is based on ATmgea328p-pu – the same chip used on Arduino UNO board.
Therefore, it’s programmed in Arduino IDE (based on C/C++) – the most popular programming environment for makers.
MAKERbuino is compatible with numerous Arduino related examples of manipulating various hardware and software components. In fact, it’s compatible with all Arduino UNO software libraries available online and will work with many Arduino shields and modules with minimal or no library code modifications.
MAKERbuino ♥ Gamebuino
Gamebuino is a device similar to MAKERbuino, only a bit smaller. The biggest difference: it comes already assembled and is made out of tiny components that were pre-soldered by robots. It’s an alternative for the ones that are afraid of getting their fingers burnt with a soldering iron.
Gamebuino was crowdfunded on Indiegogo back in 2014. It’s a project made by Aurelien Rodot and it served as a great inspiration for the creation of MAKERbuino.
In 2016 we connected with Aurelien (on a Maker Faire, of course) and he helped us make MAKERbuino happen.
The best thing, MAKERbuino is 100% compatible with Gamebuino’s vast collection of open-source games and its programming library.
A detailed guide with lots of pictures is included to make assembly super-easy: MAKERbuino build guide.
Age 11+ is advised. Average build time: 5 – 6 hours (depending on user’s skill level).
*You’ll need some basic soldering and assembly skills to put the kit together.
*some basic tools are needed for assembling the MAKERbuino, you can get them from our store
The design is fully open source, programmable in Arduino and compatible with various Arduino modules.
MAKERbuino was designed to make the assembly process as easy as possible – all components are big enough to be soldered by hand and are not sensitive to overheating (which might happen if an inexperienced user is soldering).
MAKERbuino is also compatible with Gamebuino and its vast game library.
Shipping rates Australia wide
|Express Post*||Regular Post||Courier|
|Up to 500 gms||$9.79||$6.75||$15.99|
|Up to 3 kg||$15.00||$11.40||$15.99|
|Up to 5 kg||$30.00||$22.11||NA|
|Above 5 kg
||Estimated at checkout|
Shipping rates to New Zealand
|Australia Post international service|
|Up to 500 gms||$18.00|
|Up to 1 kg||$30.00|
|Above 1 kg
||Available on request|
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Note that if a delivery is left unattended at the shipping address and is subsequently stolen then the theft is your responsibility, not ours.
It was quick and painless, though a more detailed explanation of the shipping options would be good.
We only received the product 2 days ago. Have not had a chance as yet to play with it.