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9 DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Classic Mini Cases to 3D Print Now

It‘s hard to get hold of the official SNES Classic Mini. So why not build a DIY Super Nintendo with a 3D printed Raspberry Pi SNES Case?

Nintendo’s Mini NES retro game console was a sellout success last Christmas. So it’s no surprise the company is now releasing a follow-up; Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System a.k.a. Super NES or Mini SNES.

The Super NES (or Super Famicom in Japan) is one of the greatest video game consoles ever built. For the new “Mini SNES”, Nintendo has shrunk the console and added two classic controllers.

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They also did a nice job adding 21 classic games, including Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy III, F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past, Mega Man X, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario World, and Super Metroid… That’s a lot of triple AAA games in a small package. As a bonus, fans will also receive added the hitherto unreleased Star Fox 2.

For many gamers, buying a Mini SNES is a slam-dunk sure-thing no-brainer of a purchase. Unfortunately, Nintendo – again – didn’t want to meet the demand. The SNES Mini has sold out in just a matter of minutes. So if you are looking for a SNES Mini, you either are very lucky or you pay up to $300 from private sellers on eBay or Amazon.

Can’t get a SNES Classic Mini? Just build one!

There’s another way of getting your Super Nintendo retro gaming console right away. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, free open-source software RetroPie, and a 3D printed DIY SNES-themed case. The whole DIY SNES case project should take you no longer than a day to build and setup.

Of course, you’ll also need a SNES emulator and SNES ROMs to play the games you want — more info on that here.

But what if you don’t have access to a 3D printer? Then consider downloading the files and have them printed by a professional 3D printing service. Just check out the “Print it now” buttons at the SNES cases.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case Mini SNES Raspberry Pi 2/3 Case

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? 3D printing expert Andrew Bougie took his wife’s old Super Nintendo Entertainment System and shrank it to Raspberry Pi proportions. It‘s an extremely cool looking DIY gaming console. Bougie used the Recalbox software to cut the cord and play the games with a Bluetooth controller. There’s also room in the case for you to add fancy enhancements if you feel like it.

What can it do? It’s a Raspberry Pi SNES case with room for some great extras like Bluetooth connectivity.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Medium. You can print it in two colors. For assembly, you just need some screws.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? One of the coolest Super Nintendo DIY cases for a Raspberry Pi 3. Squint and it looks just like the real thing.

What can it do? It gives your retro gaming station an authentic look. It was designed by Eugene Stephens because he didn’t want to pay the “outrageous prices people are wanting for them on eBay”. So he designed a case for a Raspberry Pi 3 “to make it look and function like a SNES. With it running RetroPie, we can not only play our favorite SNES and NES games, we can play almost any retro video game we want.”

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Medium. The 3D prints aren‘t difficult, but the assembly will require some attention, as you need to add some USB cables to the front of the DIY SNES case.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case PAL SNES Raspberry Pi 2 / B and 3 Case

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? This is the Super Nintendo console you’ll remember if you grew up in Europe. The design differs from the American SNES, which was made more “aggressive” and “edgy” for the US market.

What can it do? Satisfies all your retro gaming needs from a non-US gamer perspective. 3D print the DIY SNES Raspberry Pi case, add the computer and off you go. The design was made by Simon Vitting Rasmusen, who obviously knows his stuff. It’s a really nice design and also easy to print.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Like we said, eeeeeeeeasy.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case SNES Raspberry Pi Case (For Use With SNES Controllers)

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? It’s a SNES Classic Mini case, designed to fit a Raspberry Pi 3.

What can it do? This one’s special, as you can hook up the original SNES controller to it.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Milad Khani’s design is a bit more advanced than other builds – some soldering skills are needed to get it up and running.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case SNES Raspberry PI B+ Case

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? A compact and good-looking DIY SNES case. This one is made for the older Raspberry PI B+ model and doesn’t offer the exact same proportions as the SNES Mini. But hey, it works just the same.

What can it do? It gives your retro gaming station the proper look and feel. A maker by the handle newdaynow is responsible for the design.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Easy. It’s just two parts to 3D print, so assembly should be a breeze.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case PALZero

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? It’s a SNES case designed to fit a Raspberry Pi Zero. It’s not an exact replica, but a great interpretation.

What can it do? Maker Arron Craig says it was designed with “plenty of love shown for the North American SNES for Raspberry Pi cases and the more aesthetically appealing (imho) PAL version”.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? It’s an easy item to print, but the internal wiring requires some soldering for the USB ports and network card to work properly. Full instructions are given on the download page.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case Pi Zero SNES

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Another great adaptation of the US Super Nintendo. It’s made especially for the Raspberry Pi Zero (Delorean not included).

What can it do? Designer Joe Plaz made this Raspberry Pi SNES Case with AutoCAD. Connectors are in the back of the case, which makes everything tidier for connectivity.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Easy. There are just four parts to 3D print and assemble.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case Mini SNES Pi Zero w/ Functional Switches

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Another great adaptation of the American Super Nintendo version, tailored especially for the Raspberry Pi Zero.

What can it do? Designer cargo3000 scaled his Raspberry Pi SNES case to 42% the size of the original. To differentiate the design from other SNES Pi cases, the top switches are functional. The power switch slides up and down to the turn the system on and off, and the reset switch is spring loaded to shut down and reset the Pi.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? Medium. There are quite a few parts to 3D print and assemble. But the instructions on the download page are excellent and detailed.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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DIY Raspberry Pi SNES Case Super Famipi

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What is this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? It’s a 3D printable replica of the Japanese Super Famicom – with a lot of room for your Raspberry Pi 2 B.

What can it do? This Raspberry Pi SNES case was made by maker Blake, who ordered a cheap Raspberry Pi 2 B through Amazon. The result looks nice, especially if you 3D print it in a translucent filament.

Difficulty level of this Raspberry Pi SNES Case? This should be an easy task: Print the top, bottom, the cat and some buttons. Assemble the prints, pick your favorite color and you’re done.

Where can I get it? Thingiverse.

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