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SNESDev-RPi: a SNES Adapter For the Raspberry Pi 30

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New submitter Blinky0815 writes "I just found what's quite possibly the world's very first SNES-Adapter for the Raspberry Pi. Florian's design helps create what he calls the 'universal console.' His blog explains everything in detail to create your very own 'universal console' at home. His blog has instructions, videos and even a github repository for downloading his software."
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SNESDev-RPi: a SNES Adapter For the Raspberry Pi

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  • SNES controllers (Score:5, Informative)

    by tepples (727027) <tepples AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday July 05, 2012 @01:22PM (#40553775) Homepage Journal
    I thought one could already use Super NES controllers with any USB host supporting HID through this adapter [retrousb.com], and I thought one could already use Super NES Game Paks with any USB host supporting Mass Storage through this adapter [retrode.org].
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Agreed; prior work already exists for this project. Now if only the Linux kernel provided joystick for the SNES controller... oh wait (see: CONFIG_JOYSTICK_GAMECON)

    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by Hatta (162192)

      Or you could get a PowerPak and play your ROMs on a real machine. If you must use an emulator, use bsnes which is cycle accurate. It also requires a multi-gigahertz CPU to run in full speed.

      This is a nice project, but I don't see it getting much traction among classic console enthusiasts. Maybe if you could guarantee realistic input latency, we might be able to tolerate lower accuracy. Otherwise I don't see much here that isn't better accomplished with other solutions.

    • by babai101 (1964448)
      that one costs almost as much as the Pi itself
    • The idea here is to use the Raspberry Pi's GPIO ports rather than using USB as a go-between.
    • I thought one could already use Super NES controllers with any USB host supporting HID through this adapter [retrousb.com], and I thought one could already use Super NES Game Paks with any USB host supporting Mass Storage through this adapter [retrode.org].

      Also, I just checked and at my local pawn shop, an actual SNES system costs less than a raspberry pi unit lol.

    • by Joce640k (829181)

      It's only the controller? That's hardly newsworthy, NES controllers are easy to connect to anything with three spare I/O pins. I connected one to my Arduino/Gameduino last year [artlum.com].

      "Newsworthy" would have been a gadget that allowed you to connect NES cartridges to the Pi and play the games.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I hacked up a SNES parallel port interface from the schematic in the kernel sources for my freaking Pentium 2. Where's my gold star?

  • Maybe I'm the only one, but I don't long for the controllers of days gone. Modern controllers can do just as much more comfortably.

    Now, I'll be pysched when someone goes through and develops/tweaks a bunch of emulators for this hardware specifically. A modded Xbox is my go to Emulator device. It runs on very old TVs if necessary and can emulate N64 better than my computer. That's the advantage of emulating on a single hardware target. Everyone's emulator runs pretty much just like the developers machin

    • by cfalcon (779563)

      SNES controllers are, IMO, very comfortable.

      More importantly, if you want to play the games accurately, you should use the controllers- or at least, that's one school of thought on it, and one that needs the most support to be realized.

    • Maybe I'm the only one, but I don't long for the controllers of days gone. Modern controllers can do just as much more comfortably.

      Well, I firmly disagree. But mostly because I want a actual PC gamepad. The issue is that whenever I go into the stores, its basically only possible to find Logitech gamepads. They have a grip issue, the analogs lacks resistance and has some of the Dual Shock problems, the buttons are too elevated, and the dpad is severely elevated along with that its still a chance that when pu

  • wake me when they have a working wii emulator for pi. Until then this is just something that's been done many times before on various other platforms. What makes it worse is the snes is so out of date that the real console with games and controllers sells for less than a raspberry pi in the first place.
    • by teh dave (1618221)

      What makes it worse is the snes is so out of date that the real console with games and controllers sells for less than a raspberry pi in the first place.

      Uh, sorry [ebay.co.uk] mate [nintendosforsale.com], but [ebay.com.au] that's [ebay.co.uk] not [ebay.com] correct.

      • There's an ebay sucker born any minute, but you can walk into a pawn shop any day of the week and get one for under 10 dollars. Stores that deal in used gaming systems like "gamestop" don't even sell them anymore at all. If you're on the hunt for one, then I'll save you some time. http://www.cashamerica.com/ [cashamerica.com]

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