Gamers and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts who would like to build their very own pocket sized mini arcade console may be interested in a new tutorial published to the Adafruit website by Peli de Halleux. Created by Microsoft, MakeCode Arcade is open source And freely available via the GitHub website and offers a web-based beginner-friendly code editor to create retro arcade games for the web and for microcontrollers.

MakeCode Arcade uses 7 buttons to you can use a variety of different hardware combined with the Raspberry Pi Zero mini PC to create the mini arcade. Such as the Adafruit Joy Bonnet and likely a plastic case for Pi Zero Arcade Cabinet and Joy Bonnect Pack with Pi Zero which includes many of the components.

“If you’re using the Joy Bonnet, then congratulations, you’re done! Just connect the Pi using HDMI cable to a screen, and using the MicroUSB cable to the computer. After a few seconds you should see a menu much like the one below. Move to the next section to download games to your Arcade.”

For more information on building your very own Raspberry Pi Zero games console jump over to the tutorial on the Adafruit website by following the link below.  If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.

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