Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

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Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by VeteranGamer » Tue May 15, 2018 5:35 am

Started with...


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the vision.....

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the execution....

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Video Showing how it looks and performs






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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by VeteranGamer » Tue May 15, 2018 5:35 am

Construction.....


removing the upper part of the NDS......

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the main board of the NDS (i removed/cleaned up the board, which didnt really needed to be done)

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as the you only need a fraction of it.....

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start to test fit the components to see if everything will fit....

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now the fun part (not really), start modding the case.....

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pre-filler stage....

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post-filler....

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spray painted....

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assembly....

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more coming soon....
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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by VeteranGamer » Tue May 15, 2018 5:36 am

parts list.....


1) Source a NDS (ideally a broken or faulty unit)... this can be sourced from a local seller (game store) or off eBay....
(you also could by a replacement housing and a motherboard...from somewhere like Aliexpress or even eBay)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/YuXi-Bl ... f297825a0d
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/US-Vers ... f88ed50bb6

2) 3.2" ili9341 SPI LCD
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-2-inc ... 4c4du0C3Oz

I also used these connectors to connect the screen to the RPi
(but you could wire the screen up, but you'll have more wires to deal with)
https://sudomod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=5614

3) 3.7v LiPo battery (the one I used was dependent on the amount of space i made inside the housing using a rotary tool)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-7V-35 ... 80882f48ac
(before ordering a battery make sure you can actually fit it into the housing)

4) Power Module
I used the generic power module used in most GBZ build
(commonly known on this forum as the Banggood PSU)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Mobile- ... 4c4dien7hn

but i would now recommend (and would use if building again)
Helder Retro PSU
https://sudomod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=6421
it may seem like overkill, but its will actually provide other functions that would really suit the build in a very small form factor
(like a on-screen battery monitor, safe shutdown, ability to add a analog joystick and easy enabling of GPIO controls)

5) Sound
USB sound card
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Etmakit ... 3975afe80e

Amp
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1PCS-Mi ... 2eb0784232

Speakers
I used 2 mini VECO speakers (which can be found in laptops)
but the Original NDS speakers can be used....
or a set of Wii U speakers will also be a good option
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2pcs-1p ... 775218c24b

Volume wheel
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-10P ... 031ef8e5ba

Headphone Socket
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10PCS-L ... 4e45b3a6d8

6) This is an obvious one, but a Raspberry Pi
I used a Raspberry Pi Zero W
https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-zero-w

but with the new RPi3 A+ just recently being release, I would also consider this (providing everything is trimmed off the board)
https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry ... del-a-plus

7) Extra parts that might also be required
Switch
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/20PCS-S ... 973bd42253

Charging Port
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10pcs-R ... 4c4dz4t0qO

Charge Cable
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/USB-Pow ... 4c4dz4t0qO






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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by kite » Tue May 15, 2018 6:24 am

Subscribing :) very cool can't wait for the actual build log. Looks fantastic execution! Very interested in the hinge removal/hiding bit :)

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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by VeteranGamer » Wed May 16, 2018 10:18 am

kite wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 6:24 am
Subscribing :) very cool can't wait for the actual build log. Looks fantastic execution! Very interested in the hinge removal/hiding bit :)
thanks....

surprising the hinge wasnt as bad/difficult as try to block the cartridge slots and make them look decent
(and inline with the contours of the housing/case)

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(they've come out ok, but not as well as i thought id be able to get them... )


i'll have a complete build post up by the weekend....



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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by Italian77 » Wed May 16, 2018 10:46 am

Wow! That looks great. I was about to ask about the hinges as well but I see your pics above. Cool custom decals on the back as well.

Definitely interested in seeing the process when you post it.
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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by Kichinokimi » Wed May 16, 2018 7:58 pm

well freakin done that looks really good

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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by snoek09 » Thu May 17, 2018 2:53 am

VeteranGamer wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 10:18 am
(they've come out ok, but not as well as i thought id be able to get them... )
Such a perfectionist :P I think it looks really nice. Well done!
Looking forward to the complete build post.

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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by EriolGaurhoth » Thu May 17, 2018 11:50 am

How much room is left in the shell? Do you think a build like this would be possible with, say, a spare New 3DS XL case? Because more buttons (and analogue sticks!) ;)

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Re: Veteran's Nintendo DS Pi Zero Build

Post by VeteranGamer » Fri May 18, 2018 10:00 pm

EriolGaurhoth wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 11:50 am
How much room is left in the shell? Do you think a build like this would be possible with, say, a spare New 3DS XL case? Because more buttons (and analogue sticks!) ;)

i really dont see the point in trying to build something like this with a 3DS XL case....

even if you were able to fit everything in (which i think will be a stretch)

you only have two extra button (L2 & R2) and an analog stick which arent really needed for the vast majority of games you can run properly on a Pi Zero (theres no way you'll fit a Pi3 in a build like that)

but the biggest issue will be the screen, how to fill the opening of the 3DS XL screen...
a small screen in a big opening just looks janky to me (IMHO).....



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