How to build a Raspberry Pi into a mini SNES – Part 2 – The Building

Once you have all parts for the Raspberry Pi Super Nintendo Game System, it’s time to get to building it.  Luckily, this is super easy with Raspberry Pi and a Micro SD Card.  

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The Build

So you have all the parts, and are probably double checking to see that you don’t miss anything! I will be honest, the build itself is quite easy, and aside from building a mining rig months ago, I have zero experience putting computer parts together. So if I can do it, you can too! Whether you went with the CanaKit or a scratch build with all separate parts, the build will be very similar. The main difference will be CanaKit users have a preloaded 32 GB Micro SD Card, which already has the program Noobs on it. However, because I chose to use both the CanaKit AND build one from separate parts using the flirc gen 2 case with a 64 GB SD card. So I will talk about instructions for both here!

Super Nintendo Raspberry Pi Case, with SNES controllers, a great gift

Other Parts

We will need:

  • A phillips head screwdriver
  • A precision screwdriver

Now that we have all of our materials, let’s talk about building the Raspberry Pi into our miniature SNES. First step, take the Raspberry Pi out of its packaging, and check for any loose or damaged parts. Do the same for the Tinytendo case. Now grab your screw driver and take apart the SNES case, you will need to unscrew the 4 screws on the bottom.

Open Case

Open up the Super Nintendo Raspberry Pi case, and get ready to assemble

The inside of the case has ‘COLLECTOR CRAFT’ etched into the plastic.  The look and feel of this product is pretty nice, and the logo is a nice touch.  

Remove the screws from the bottom plastic part.  From here, we want to install the Raspberry Pi into the case.

The Raspberry Pi fits directly next to the fan.  The parts fit seamlessly together, which makes this part much easier.  

The Micro SD slot, and the USB/Ethernet ports should align with the case.  Once aligned, screw in.  Be careful to not over-tighten screws!  Stripped screws can lead to an unfortunate headache.

Super Nintendo Raspberry Pi Project DIY

This is where the Micro SD Card will eventually go. DO NOT install yet, the SD Card will break.

How to turn a Raspberry Pi into a mini SNES entertainment center
Plug in the fan
A fun do it yourself project, turn your Raspberry Pi 3b into a SNES

The fan was a little tricky for me to comprehend, but I eventually got it.  I zoomed in on this area to show exactly where to plug into.  

I don’t think most people would have a problem with this one, the instructions are pretty sufficient, as long as you can see how the pins line up.

Now that the pieces are together, double check everything.  Make sure you didn’t miss any steps, nothing is too loose, etc.  

When you finish,  first, secure the wires leading to the fan, then toss the top on to the raspberry pi case and flip it over.   Start screwing it together.  

Then flip over, and insert screws and tighten.

From the bottom, you can see the Micro SD Card Slot on the left, and the 4 rubber feet which will add height helping airflow.  These will also secure your SNES to prevent it from sliding around on the surface you install it to.

Plug in the power supply.

From left to right: Power Supply, HDMI and Audio jacks

Plug in your cables.

Pop the SD card in.

Ready to install Software!

Your finished ‘Build’ should look somewhat similar to this.  Hope you caught the couple of flags that almost made me have to buy a new fan, which I posted.  So you should be all set to  plug your Raspberry Pi in and start playing with some Linux!

Check out our next section, Part 3 – The Software