What's better than a case mod designed to look like a Super Nintendo Entertainment System? A full-fledged, Raspberry Pi-powered computer capable of duplicating the console's playing experience, of course.
It's about as rad as you think it is. A daring individual who goes by "Waterbury" first came up with the concept in 2004. However, the yearning did not come into fruition up until recently—the hardware available at the time had simply been inadequate for Waterbury's needs. Of course, that kind of changed with the introduction of the Raspberry Pi.
If the word "awesome" wasn't sufficient as an explanation, there are a number of other reasons as to why Waterbury made use of the Raspberry Pi for this project. According to the FamiLAB website, Waterbury chose to use the Raspberry Pi because it is small enough to fit into an SNES case, has analog video and stereo audio, and can be powered by a stock SNES power adapter.
Though largely successful in his endeavor, Waterbury failed one of his original goals: full-speed emulation. He even expressed doubts that the Raspberry Pi would ever be capable of running something along the lines of the BSNES emulator, something that may come as a disappointment for those looking for the full experience.
Still, if you're interested in making your own Super Nintendo Emulation System (Clever usage of the same acronym, don't you think?), Waterbury has an absolutely extensive collection of notes on the FamiLAB website.
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