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Video Building a "Lego" NES Mini Console (with a Raspberry Pi)
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  • Greetings, and welcome to an LGR assembly thing.
  • And today, we've got this thing right here.
  • This is the Retro Power Retro Bricks
  • Nintendo Entertainment System-style model.
  • Really, it's a case meant for use
  • with Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 computers.
  • I've put together a few
  • of these kinds of Lego models here on LGR.
  • And everybody was always saying, "Oh man, it'd be so cool
  • "if those fit, like, a Raspberry Pi inside."
  • Well, this one does.
  • In fact, this is only one of several, sold by Retro Power
  • on places like Amazon.
  • At the moment, it costs $26 for just the model itself,
  • and $36 for this one you're seeing here,
  • with two USB NES-style controllers.
  • But, if you saw my unboxing recently,
  • you'll know that this was actually sent to me
  • from the company.
  • They know I was interested in these kind of things,
  • having seen my previous videos,
  • so they hooked me up with a few models, no strings attached.
  • And you know, I can do whatever I want with 'em.
  • And what I wanna do, is put them together,
  • so that's what we're gonna do.
  • So throughout this video, we're going to unbox the thing,
  • assemble it, get the Raspberry Pi set up with it,
  • and try out these controllers,
  • and see how it all works together.
  • And the first step in the process,
  • is cuttin' the thing open.
  • So let's get to it.
  • (mellow music)
  • (cardboard snapping)
  • All right, so inside, it pretty much,
  • it looks like a Lego kit, though it's not a Lego kit.
  • In fact, you're not gonna see Lego or Nintendo
  • or any brands like that on here, because it's not.
  • It is, however, compatible with Lego system parts
  • and these pretty much look like NES controllers, to me.
  • The grayish color of the plastic shell
  • is a little bit off, it's a little more beige
  • than I think it should be.
  • But other than that, I mean, it feels pretty spot on.
  • It does feel a little bit lighter weight
  • perhaps a little bit cheaper,
  • and I don't doubt that they are.
  • I don't expect them to be top notch.
  • However, this instruction booklet is pretty impressive.
  • Just for the fact that it exists!
  • I've had a bunch of
  • these third-party, Lego-style kits, in the past,
  • and a lot of them don't actually come
  • with a physical instruction booklet like this.
  • Usually it's just a PDF download
  • from their website, or something.
  • This one does come with a physical book,
  • and I appreciate that.
  • And honestly, it looks pretty good on first inspection.
  • So, all right, we've got six plastic bags here
  • full of all sorts of lovely looking parts.
  • And it's my standard fare to just undo everything
  • and put it in a big pile
  • and then separate them all out by color,
  • and vaguely by size, and stuff like that.
  • Just so I can quickly-ish, see what I'm doing,
  • when I'm gonna be going through
  • the instructions, step-by-step.
  • And no, I'm not gonna be showing every bit
  • of this assembly process.
  • That would take, oh, I don't know,
  • I think it took me like 45 minutes
  • to actually do all of this.
  • I'm just gonna cut it up this time around.
  • But yeah, all together, there are 30 steps
  • in the instruction manual.
  • And the first one here, really is just putting together
  • the base of the thing.
  • Which, man, it looks a Lego kind of project,
  • so that's typical.
  • And immediately, I'm realizing
  • that it is actually gonna end up being
  • a little bit larger than I expected it to be.
  • Not that it's a bad thing (chuckles)
  • it's just that all of my other Raspberry Pi 3 cases
  • have been much smaller.
  • Like this is about twice as large
  • as any of my other Pi cases.
  • You know, just something that I notice right off the bat.
  • Anyway, once this first part is going,
  • we've got a bunch of these,
  • lots of long, thin, structural buildup, kind of pieces.
  • And really, for the first 10 or so steps,
  • that's all we're gonna be doing.
  • Yeah, step four is just
  • more structural integrity type of stuff,
  • building up quite a bit in the middle,
  • which is good to see.
  • Because again, this is much larger
  • than the actual Raspberry Pi,
  • so I'm assuming a lot of this is just structural.
  • Once I got to step five though,
  • there is this little bit here that's supposed to mimic
  • the LED, the red power display, from the NES,
  • in the bottom left there.
  • I thought that was kinda nice.
  • It doesn't actually light up or anything,
  • but, you know, it looks the part.
  • Same with the power and reset button
  • that go to the right of that.
  • But, then over there,
  • in the bottom right of the front of the system, well,
  • when it's all said and done,
  • there was supposed to be
  • these two little black tall pieces here,
  • that are gonna go in with those little connector bits.
  • That's supposed to mimic where the controllers would go
  • on the real NES.
  • However, two of the black pieces
  • they just weren't here at all!
  • And I went through and looked through all the footage.
  • You know, double-checked, triple-checked everything.
  • Went through all the bags, and boxes,
  • and packaging and everything, all over again.
  • I spent about five or six minutes looking
  • and nope, they just were not included.
  • And, you know, I just got in touch with the manufacturer
  • and said, hey, there's an issue.
  • And they're like, "Oh, crap, we can send extra parts."
  • Anyway, we'll address that later on.
  • Step six is just flipping the thing around
  • and doing a whole lot more structural stuff.
  • And then in the back rear (chuckling),
  • I like this little touch.
  • I just like any of these little touches like this,
  • that make it look like the real thing, to some degree.
  • And this section right here,
  • this is where the power connector would go,
  • which continues on to step seven.
  • You have the little round cylindrical piece right there
  • that looks like the AV output, or, you know,
  • the RF connection.
  • Continuing on to the next step
  • where the right-hand side of the unit,
  • you get the little red and yellow,
  • for the RCA connectors, right there (chuckling).
  • I don't know, these little things amuse me.
  • Like I loved building the Apple II and the IBM PC,
  • for all the little internal components
  • that you just will never see, in expansion cards,
  • and microprocessors and stuff.
  • This one, unfortunately, doesn't have anything like that.
  • It really is, again, the main idea
  • is to just hold a Raspberry Pi.
  • So you get a nice flat surface here,
  • that we're putting together, right in the middle,
  • followed by some more structural stuff
  • to build up the secondary gray,
  • like the lighter gray color that goes on top.
  • And yeah, that's at this point,
  • we start getting to some of the flat pieces.
  • And this is where the Raspberry Pi itself,
  • is going to sit, when all is said and done, which is smart.
  • I'm glad they didn't end up going
  • with all of the little round bits on top,
  • and ended up with completely flat pieces.
  • That way, the Raspberry Pi just slides right in
  • and nothing on the bottom of the board
  • is gonna stick on anything.
  • But yeah, these next three or four steps,
  • it really is just more of the same.
  • Lots of structural supports in places,
  • to snugly fit the Raspberry Pi
  • in the left of the unit there.
  • And effectively, the Raspberry Pi is gonna be going into
  • what would be the cartridge slot of the NES.
  • Which I thought was interesting placement.
  • I kind of expected it to be around back
  • so that like, you know, cords would be coming out
  • the proper spot, or something.
  • But, no, I guess they did it this way
  • because, well, as you can see here,
  • let's just go ahead and get the Raspberry Pi.
  • This is a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.
  • And yes, this is the same unit that I used
  • for my building a better PlayStation Classic video,
  • a little while back.
  • The way this just slides into the NES here,
  • we're actually gonna be building around it.
  • So you do have to insert it on step 16,
  • about halfway through the build process.
  • This is why I'm assuming
  • that it's in the cartridge slot position.
  • The USB ports are gonna be sticking out the front.
  • But yeah, now that we've got the Raspberry Pi in there,
  • we're just gonna be, like I said,
  • building around it (chuckling),
  • and just putting all sorts of long pieces
  • and slats and supports, and stuff like that, on top of it
  • and around to the front of it.
  • So yeah, once it's in there, it's in there (chuckling).
  • It's held very tightly.
  • I'm kind of not the biggest fan of this, to be honest,
  • because well, for one thing, you can't access the SD card.
  • You know, the microSD is in the back,
  • facing the back of this little NES model,
  • when everything is done.
  • Which means that you will
  • have to slightly disassemble this thing,
  • if you ever wanna take the Pi out of there,
  • or access the SD card.
  • Now I pretty much never have to do that,
  • I just use USB and WiFi functionality
  • to, you know, do things
  • like transfer ROMs and all of that stuff.
  • But yeah, this was just a different design
  • than I anticipated that it would be
  • when I first was looking at the box art,
  • and all that kind of stuff.
  • You know, the cords coming out of the left-hand side
  • of the NES, USB out the front,
  • and no access for the SD card.
  • Anyway, at this point, I mean, we're pretty much done.
  • It's, we're, you know, just feeding through
  • a whole bunch of this nonsense (chuckling)
  • 'cause it really is just more of the same.
  • All the supports are in place.
  • We're just gonna be having
  • some of these little joint hinge pieces here.
  • And this is gonna be where the cartridge slot door
  • is going to connect to.
  • And then there's the top of the unit itself,
  • which, ha ha, I really like the way
  • that they put this together.
  • Like on the right-hand side of the top of the actual NES,
  • you have all of those little vents.
  • Well they use these little slat pieces, 16 of them,
  • to mimic that aesthetic,
  • and (chuckling) it looks pretty good!
  • And combined with all of the really flat, smooth pieces,
  • yeah, it's a convincing NES aesthetic.
  • And the last five steps of this assembly project
  • consist of just putting together, the actual door itself
  • to go in front of the cartridge slot,
  • or really, in this case, in front of the Raspberry Pi.
  • So, yeah, it's just a combination of some long pieces,
  • some little L-shaped pieces, and more of those connectors,
  • to snap into the hinges on the top front,
  • of the unit itself.
  • And once we get that into place (plastic clicking), voila,
  • we've got a Lego, not Lego, NES, not NES (chuckling),
  • for a Raspberry Pi 3.
  • I guess if you wanted,
  • you could add like actual Nintendo stickers.
  • It doesn't come with those, obviously,
  • but it does come with these retro power decals,
  • if you wanted to add those.
  • I did not.
  • And check it out (chuckling)!
  • I think this is a very smart-looking little unit.
  • The proportions are a bit exaggerated, all the way around,
  • but overall, it looks pretty darn neat.
  • Unfortunate though,
  • that it was missing those two black pieces
  • that go right there,
  • where the controller ports would be, on the real thing.
  • Again though, not a big deal.
  • They said they could send me replacements parts, no problem.
  • And I had a couple of extra lying around
  • because, who doesn't (chuckling)?
  • In fact, I think these are gonna be
  • the actual only, official, Lego pieces in this entire build.
  • But, you know, it blends together just fine.
  • And there you go, we have
  • a completed Nintendo Entertainment System, Lego-style case.
  • Yeah!
  • Oh, and just for a comparison in terms of size,
  • and I guess color, and aesthetic, and what not,
  • here is the official NES classic mini-console.
  • This is kind of more of the size that I was expecting
  • when I first saw this product.
  • And really, a Raspberry Pi could fit in there,
  • it's small enough.
  • So you know, I guess they really wanted
  • to do extra, larger looking features,
  • to make it look a little more correct
  • in the functional cartridge slot, and all that kinda stuff.
  • Anyway, decisions were made.
  • Well yeah, let's just go ahead
  • and get this thing plugged up.
  • So we got a HDMI going into the side here.
  • Again, kind of odd placement.
  • An official Raspberry Pi power supply,
  • they go into the side here, as well.
  • And it does leave the AV output on the side there,
  • so if you wanted to hook this up through a composite,
  • you can do that.
  • And then, yeah, opening the cartridge slot, so to speak,
  • and you can plug in whatever you really want to.
  • So, it has access to even that,
  • in the four USB ports right there.
  • So, got the controller plugged in.
  • Then, yeah, let's turn the thing on and get it set up.
  • So yeah, as established in my previous video
  • on the Raspberry Pi things, I'm using retro Pi here.
  • There are lot of options for things like this,
  • but that's what I'm using here.
  • And this is the gamepad configuration.
  • Super easy, and of course, it plays perfectly fine
  • because it's a Raspberry Pi 3,
  • with good emulation and all that good stuff.
  • The main thing that I really wanted to test out,
  • in this section anyway, is the Retro Power controller.
  • Because I know that they've sold
  • a bunch of different controllers
  • on Amazon, for some time now.
  • I've seen these pop up on my recommended shopping lists
  • and places, on the internet.
  • Where it was just like, eww, you like retro games,
  • you should buy one of these.
  • But I never did, I've never been
  • into getting like clone versions of classic controllers.
  • I just prefer to use the actual classic controller
  • and an adapter, or something.
  • But, I was surprised.
  • I mean, this one feels pretty darn good.
  • Again, it doesn't feel 100% right.
  • Like the materials are different,
  • it is a little bit lighter weight,
  • and like the buttons, they just, I don't know,
  • they don't have exactly the right feel.
  • Like even a slight difference, feels bizarre.
  • It's mostly the weight that gets to me.
  • Like the inputs themselves, they're fine.
  • Like I had no problems playing anything.
  • It was just the whole fact,
  • that it was a bit lighter weight.
  • And as such, felt quote, unquote, cheaper.
  • But you know, considering this entire kit costs 36 bucks
  • and comes with two controllers.
  • So you know, I could play Mario and yeah,
  • I could play the new recently (chuckling) released
  • SimCity prototype for the NES.
  • Yeah, that's a thing I was super excited
  • to see that that finally saw the light of day.
  • There's always been talk about it.
  • I've seen screen shots, and I remember seeing it
  • in magazines and stuff, back in the day,
  • so to actually finally be able to play this,
  • is just awesome.
  • Huge thanks to Frank,
  • over at the Video Game History Foundation,
  • for getting this out there.
  • And yeah, now I can play it
  • on my newly put together (chuckling) NES,
  • not an NES, console,
  • just a Raspberry Pi in a Lego case.
  • But you know, I don't know, there's something appealing
  • about having a Lego case with a Raspberry Pi.
  • I've had a few of those now.
  • Again, it's a little bit larger than anticipated,
  • but then again, I guess I'm just charmed
  • by the little details.
  • Like the fake ports and the moving door on front.
  • You know, it doesn't have to limited
  • to NES, or Famicom, or anything like that,
  • because it's got a ton of things.
  • You wanna play Sega Master System games on here, go for it.
  • Eight bit Sonic the Hedgehog 2,
  • is just waiting for you to dive in.
  • I know that this same company
  • sells Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version,
  • also a Super Nintendo.
  • I've seen a ton of companies making
  • these console-shaped Lego projects for Raspberry Pi cases.
  • Maybe someone has done a Master System one, by now.
  • But anyway, I am absolutely just rambling,
  • at this point (chuckling).
  • I am on a lot of caffeine.
  • Right, so that is the Retro Brick Raspberry Pi case,
  • all 307 bricks worth, with the USB controllers,
  • which are actually pretty decent,
  • considering how cheap I assume they are.
  • Now, yeah, that's it for this episode of LGR.
  • This is not sponsored or anything like that.
  • I was just, I got this thing, it was cool,
  • and I wanted to try a new case on a Raspberry Pi,
  • and here it is.
  • I don't getting anything for recommending it,
  • so, you know, I guess I kinda recommend it (chuckling)
  • If you want it, cool! If not, whatever.
  • Hopefully at least this was fun to watch.
  • And as always, thank you for watching!

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Assembling a Nintendo Entertainment System-style model from Retro Power! It's a kit built with a Raspberry Pi in mind, so you can have the fun of making a Lego model while also getting a functional case.

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