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12 Raspberry Pi NES Cases (You Can Build or Buy)

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Finally, Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition (a.k.a. Mini NES) is available. But did you know you can build your Mini NES with a 3D printed Raspberry Pi NES case?

We’ve played Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition – and it’s really a cute retro gaming machine! The Mini NES contains 30 famous classics like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN, and Kirby’s Adventure; and a classic NES controller with a very short cable.

If you’re into the real NES Classic Edition, check the price at Amazon:Available at Amazon

But… wait before you hit the buy button. We’ve done some research – and if you feel like it, you can easily build a decent Raspberry Pi NES case yourself. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, an NES case for it (which you can find here, most of them can easily be 3D printed) and the free Retropie emulator. If you don’t own a 3D printer, download the files and have them printed!

If you’re in need of a Raspberry Pi 3, click here: Available at Amazon

Raspberry Pi NES Case #1: The nin10do

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What is it? It‘s probably the coolest 3D printable Raspberry Pi NES case. We especially like the advanced color scheme and the automatically opening cover of the USB Controller Ports. Also, it’s got nice a LED light show.

What can it do? It’s a Raspberry Pi NES case with some great extras.

Difficulty level? Easy.

Where can I get it? It’s available on the Nint10do shop (preassembled) in black, white, clear and red. You can also get the 3D printable parts for free on Github.


Raspberry Pi NES Case #2: BabyNES

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What is it? This is a stylish Raspberry Pi NES case for the B+ and Model B.  It is based on the Nintastic design, but was completely re-designed from scratch. 

What can it do? Jeff Rebeiro did the design. It’s able to use other controllers from consoles but the original Nintendo joypads.

Difficulty level? Easy. 

Where can I get it? You get it at Thingiverse for free.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #3: Nintastic

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What is it? A classic 3D printable Raspberry Pi NES case for anyone who starts to get into 3D printing. It consists of just three parts that easily snap together. Doesn’t look exactly like Nintendo’s classic console and doesn’t have the same measurements, but it will do nicely.

What can it do? Basically, it fulfills your retro gaming needs.

Difficulty level? Easy. 

Where can I get it? You can get all files and detailed instructions are from Thingiverse.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #4: Pitendo

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What is it? This handsome looking little console is the Pitendo, a cleverly miniaturized version of Nintendo’s first console. Print this Raspberry Pi NES Case in two colors and just apply some paint to the nameplate.

What can it do? Besides looking good? It can house a ton of great retro games.

Difficulty level? Medium, there are several parts to assemble for this 3D printed Raspberry Pi NES case.

Where can I get it? Buy it for $40 at Pi-tendo.com. You also can access the “Pitendo Ultimate” files at Thingiverse for free and 3D print them.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #5: Famicom

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What is it? In Japan, the Nintendo Entertainment System was called Famicom – and it was a huge success. ThisFamiCom Raspberry Pi Enclosure will bring the classic back to your living room.

What can it do? It looks futuristic and retro at the same time.

Difficulty Level? Easy, it‘s just six parts to print and assemble.

Where can I get it? You get all parts for free files at Thingiverse.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #6: Lego Case

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What is it? If you ever wanted a cool Raspberry Pi NES case, this might be the one. It’s entirely made from Lego bricks. It comes as a kit, which you’ll have to assemble yourself… and that’s as much fun as Lego was in your youth.

What can it do? Easy (as in child’s play).

Where can I get it? You get the Raspberry Pi NES case for €35 from New Pi Towers in Spain. If you have assembled Lego at home, try this instruction here.


Raspberry Pi NES Case #7: piNES

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What is it? Looks like the real thing: This Raspberry Pi NES case was also inspired by Nintendo’s Mini NES. It is designed to have a functioning lid that allows access to the SD card of the Raspberry Pi. It is a relatively easy to build thisRaspberry Pi NES case, as there are only a few parts to 3D print.

What can it do? You can access the SD card relatively easy. Also, it plays all the NES retro games you want to play.

Where can I get it? You can download the files on Thingiverse.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #8: NES Retropie Pi B+ case

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What is it? Made my maker mathers3000, this is Raspberry Pi NES case is made especially for the Raspberry Pi b+ model. it consists only of three parts, so it should be easy to 3D print. You can use glue or screws for assembly, and the lid snaps in place.

What can it do? That’s a typical case of “Print&Play”.

Where can I get it? You can download the files on Thingiverse.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #9: Jigo’s Mega Man Mod

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What is it? Jigo does a German blog page about IT stuff, retro-gaming and “everything else that comes to my mind”. He took an old Nintendo Entertainment System and modded it so it fits perfectly to Mega Man style. 

What can it do? Everything a Nintendo Entertainment System can do – and much more.

Difficulty Level: High. First of all, the instructions are only in German. Second, you need good DIY skills to get the Mega Man styled Raspberry Pi NES case mod up and running.

Where can I get it? You’ll get the instructions right here.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #10: Nintendo Entertainment System Mod

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What is it? Igor Kromin had an old console lying around… He threw out all the electronics to make it a decent Raspberry Pi NES case gaming console.

What can it do? It not only looks great but also lets you use the original controllers that come with an original Nintendo Entertainment System.

Difficulty Level: High, you need some serious building and electronics skills for this one to succeed.

Where can I get it? Two-part English instructions right here.

Raspberry Pi NES Case #11: pi3_NES

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What is it? This 3D printed mini NES case is specially designed to hold a Raspberry Pi 3. The newest, updated version also adds ventilation, so your Raspberry Pi gets fried by overheating.

What can it do? It not only looks great but also lets you use the original controllers that come with an original Nintendo Entertainment System.

Difficulty Level: Medium – 3D print seven parts and assemble them. There is also a rudimentary instruction video.

Where can I get it? You get that free Raspberry Pi NES case at Thingiverse.


Raspberry Pi NES Case #12: Mini(er) NES Raspberry Pi ZERO Case

What is it? This is even smaller than the other Raspberry Pi NES cases, as it’s designed to fit a Raspberry Pi Zero.

What can it do? It can hold very small NES-inspired cartridges, which serve no other function but to look coo.

Difficulty Level: Medium – you 3D print six parts, assemble them and add the Raspberry Pi Zero. Wiring includes some easy soldering.

Where can I get it? You get that free Raspberry Pi NES case at Thingiverse.

BONUS: Classic NES Controller

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What is it? It’s a modern  interpretation of the NES controller. You can actually make it work, and the dimensions are the same as the original controllers. Rubber parts and circuit board are not included in this upload. To be able to use this, the rubber parts, the screws, the circuit board and cord from an original controller is needed.

What can it do? Once installed, it can replace the USB controller you’re using to play the classic NES games.

Difficulty Level: Medium, there are 6 parts to print and assemble.

Where can I get it? Download it at GC Trader for $4.

BONUS 2: Classic NES Controller Replica

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What is it? It’s a replica of the classic NES controller.

What can it do? It‘s a non-working model of the classic Nintendo NES controller – so other than looking good, it doesn‘t do anything.

Difficulty Level: Easy. It should be printable in one go.

Where can I get it? Download it at Thingiverse.

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