Building a Raspberry Pi Portable Gaming Device (Hack Like Heck: Matthew Eargle – TurtlePi)


If you’re going to build a retro gaming device, why not do it with a little style? The TurtlePi starts with a 1989 Konami Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles LCD handheld with a bad board and replaces the internals using a Raspberry Pi Zero W and Adafruit PiTFT screen to build a TMNT-themed handheld like no other!

This video is the grand-prize-winning entry in Element14’s “Hack Like Heck” competition. Special thanks to Element14 and all of my friends, family, and subscribers who supported me in the contest!

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“A” Camera: Canon EOS 6D
“B” Camera: Canon EOS T3
Takstar SGC-598 Microphone
Azden 310LT Wireless Lavalier Microphone
Safstar Softbox Lighting Kit
DGK Color Grading/White Balance Calibration Card
Parrot Teleprompter
Zoom H1 Audio Recorder
Selens LED Panel Camera Light
Apple MacBook Pro
Edited with Final Cut Pro

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  1. Ever wonder if those cheapo store brand batteries are as good as the expensive brand name ones? Let's find out!

  2. You’re a legend mate, thanks so much for sharing this with us! Can’t wait till a Contra handheld shows up on ebay, in the meantime I’ll be doing a similar “procedure” on Tiger handhelds 😁👌🔥

  3. If I find something that at any thrift store, I will send you mine to your address so you can do the same what you did in that video.

  4. Not the most ideal controller for form factor, but soooo much more awesome than anything we had as a kid. This is what we all wanted and imagined when we bought these electronic handhelds. Now it is a reality! Awesome Job!

  5. Awesome video 🙂 I’m new here I just started my channel recently but I’m so glad I found you! 🙂 Peace, JR.

  6. Nice work with the guest actor. The cracking voice along with the bucket head mask made this incredible.

    And I'm like 70% sure I remember playing this game. Didn't remember anything good (par for the course with these things) but I had a poster of the artwork on it. What a masterpiece.

  7. I actually got to meet Ben Heck at MRRF a few weeks ago and show him my 3D printed arcade cabinet design. Glad to see the winner is such a worthy successor!


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