Always on the look for better cases for my Raspberry Pi and the overall retro gaming experience, I think this could be the perfect solution! It isn’t too expensive either!
On the outside the case looks like a great replica of the SNES Mini. That is correct America, we call it the SNES in Europe and not the Super Famicom like Japan. It’s the same name as the American console, just looks better. The fact that it looks like a replica of the SNES Mini is in my opinion, not a bad thing.
What I really like about this case is that it includes everything to get a nice setup on the go. Provided inside the case is a power board with safe shutdown and two front passthrough USB ports. There is space in the case for fitting a cooling fan and the power board also includes a fan header.
You may have noticed the Retroflag branded controller above, that is included too. My favourite retro controller ever is the 8Bitdo SFC30 which I’ve written about already and the Retroflag controller feels almost identical. It was quickly and easily set up with RetroPie on first boot.
You’ll see above my Raspberry Pi 3 B fitted to the case and wired up – the photo confirms a few things here; the power switch works, the reset button works and the cartridge eject button pops open a storage void in the case for SD cards… or other SD card sized items. The front USB ports connect to the two USB connections closest to the front of the console and the other two will be accessible via a removable size panel.
The safe shutdown switch is disabled by default but I’d highly recommend using this. It does require install of a script but takes only a few minutes to do. Once enabled, when you power off the Pi using the power switch it’ll safely shutdown the Pi before cutting power to it – very cool. You can see the location for the fan just next to the GPIO pins and the fan header next to the reset button.
On the rear of the case the alignment of the HDMI and Composite/Analog Audio is perfect. The Micro USB connection is not that of the Pi, but a separate connection that runs to the power board. Power to the Pi is delivered via the GPIO pins using this case. Orientation of the connection from the powerboard is important and clearly marked on the instructions. A removable panel at the side allows access to the USB and Ethernet ports on the Pi itself.
I’m not sure how the case is manufactured but it doesn’t have that cheap horrible texture that most 3D Printed cases do, once screwed together it really feels like an OEM quality product. Personally I’d have liked it more without the Retroflag and SUPERPi markings – if they’d put them on as stickers I’d have removed them for a cleaner look. In the photo above I have the Pi running with one controller connected via USB and the other via Bluetooth and it works great!
I picked mines up for £23.99 on eBay which I think is an absolute steal for the quality of the product. Like a lot of these cases, I wouldn’t be surprised if they sell out fast. Grab yours here!