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Zega Mame Boy+ GameBoy Zero Raspberry Pi Mod Pre-Soldered Kit - Zarcade Limited

Zega Mame Boy+ GameBoy Zero Raspberry Pi Mod Pre-Soldered Kit - Zarcade Limited

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SKU : ZL2001

A custom PCB kit designed to fit perfectly inside a GameBoy shell. Runs on a Raspberry Pi Zero or Zero 2 and allows you to play thousands of retro games using Retropie. Uses rechargeable lithium batteries which can be recharged via USB-C. Includes safe shut-down and power-off and offers crisp, clear digital audio.

The Zega Mame Boy Plus / Gameboy Zero kit is the newest variation including 4 button support, shoulder buttons support and simple Raspberry Pi installation. Raspberry Pi soldering is no longer required with a Raspberry Pi that has pre-soldered pins.

Includes the Mainboard with 2.8 inch LCD, charging / audio board with battery extension cable and audio jack with speaker. Soldering is required to complete the installation. Please ensure you download and read the Pre-install and setup guide from the Zega Mame Boy main page.

INCLUDED:

  • 1x Mainboard
  • 1x 2.8" Serial LCD
  • 1x Charger board with integrated lithium charger, battery level and safe shutdown
  • 1x Headphone jack PCB
  • 1x Speaker with cable and connector
  • 1x Mainboard to Charging board ribbon connector
  • 1x Audio jack cable with connectors
  • 1x Battery Extension Cable (*see notes)

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DOCUMENTATION:

NOTES:

  • *The battery extension cable needs a battery with 2mm connector. This does not come pre-soldered to allow you to use your own battery set-up if needed.
  • Mame Boy + kits requires a Raspberry Pi with a header. If you have a Pi with a pre-installed header, no soldering required. If not, you will be required to solder the header to the Pi.
  • Although not required, adding the additional 2 front buttons will open up more games to play on the Zega Mame Boy. Some shell modification is required. You can also purchase a ready drilled shell from the Zega store.
  • You can use any DMG shell for install, however, you will need to prepare/modify the shell. Please see documentation.
  • You will need an original sized/non-IPS lens/screen for this kit.
  • PCB color may vary. As of 2/7/24 the PCB is black.
  • Raspberry Pi, shell, buttons, membranes, lens, battery not included.

WARNINGS:

  • Please ensure you are confident in your soldering ability to attempt this project. Under no circumstances will any refunds/replacements be made if soldering has been attempted.
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Some modification required

This is a neat little board for putting a Raspberry Pi Zero into a Game Boy DMG shell, but this is absolutely a *project* that you're buying, not a polished, drop-in kit. As long as you're aware of this going it, or are willing to put in the extra work, this is fine. But I can see someone who has bought IPS boards being surprised that this is more work.

Here's what I've noticed needing work from least inconvenient to most:
* Not coming with nor available to buy on this site a battery or extra button bracket is a bummer (this is on handheld legend, not the Zega folks)
* The screen was attached at a slight angle and needed reseating
* The charging port is too recessed and too far forward to be actually used when the pcb is properly installed into the case.
* The status and battery indicator lights are entirely internal facing and will need to be routed around to other areas in order to be visible.
* The contrast and volume dials are 1-2 millimeters too small and are barely able to be turned when the pcb is installed in the case.

I have plans to fix these issues, but it's a lot more work than I was initially expecting and the dial issue is very disappointing to encounter. In case it matters, I am using an original DMG shell, not an IPS shell that you can get cheaply on this very site.

Overall this is a great product that just needs a little extra TLC and elbow grease. The pcb design itself seems solid and does a lot of the really hard stuff for you, including soldering on the screen. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a pi in a gameboy shell and isn't afraid of a little hard work.

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When you receive a backlight/LCD kit, you should perform a dry run before installing to assure that nothing has been damaged in transit. A dry run or test fit means the kit is not installed in the shell. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of adhesives, brackets, and any performed soldering. All ribbon cables should have no bends or creases in them. If you are unsure how to perform a dry run, please contact our support team and we will be happy to help. Backlight kits that have been installed are not eligible for replacement or return. If a backlight/LCD is returned and shows any signs of having been installed, it will not be eligible for a refund.

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