RetroPie in a Super Famicom

Why 3D print a classic case when the classic SFC case is perfect for a RetroPie?

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After not being able to buy a classic NES (or Famicom), I decided to build my own version with a RetroPie. While looking through Thingiverse, I noticed there are tons of projects to 3D print Raspberry Pi cases styled like classic game consoles.

Then it occurred to me. Why not be different and put the RetroPie inside of a retro system. I picked the Super Famicom for two reasons:

1) As a kid, I wanted a Super Nintendo, but could not afford one. and
2) While in Japan, I picked up a broken Super Famicom at Super Potato (Tokyo) for $5.
3) I like the Famicom look better. (I know I said, two.)

Back Panel Cover rev2 v12.stl

Rear Panel Cover for SFC case. Replaces existing piece entirely (which has a barrel jack mounted into it.) Barrel Jack should be about 12mm diameter. HDMI is a panel mount cable from Adafruit.

Standard Tesselated Geometry - 1.97 MB - 09/04/2017 at 23:06


SFC Bottom rev2 v8.svg

Laser cut pattern for mounting Pi to SFC case. Use 3 mm (1/8 in) or thinner material.

svg+xml - 35.80 kB - 09/04/2017 at 23:04


  • 1 × Raspberry Pi 3
  • 1 × Super Famicom You only need the shell. The main board and RF Shields won't be used. The only modification necessary is on the front panel's board. Solder to the existing LED and clip the resistor's lead. (You only need to clip resistor lead if 5V is applied to the controller ports.)
  • 1 × Raspberry Pi Soft Power Controller Controls the power to prevent killing power when Linux doesn't expect it.
  • 1 × Laser Cut Mounting Plate SVG provided on project page
  • 1 × 3D Printed Rear Panel Replacement STL Provided on project page

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danjovic wrote 09/06/2017 at 19:28 point

Very clean assembly, I liked it!

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