Review DIY SNES Mini! Retroflag SuperPi Cases for Raspberry Pi

hey everybody its lawns Ivan I’ve got some cool cases that came in the other day from retro flag for your Raspberry Pi these are called the super Pi and they replicate the old Super Famicom and the old Super Nintendo and you can basically get your little Raspberry Pi loaded up with retro PI and have a neat little emulator case for them but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that these came in free of charge from retro flag they just showed up the other day in my mailbox all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review and no one has reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see how these little cases work so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware these costs $34.99 apiece and again I’m very impressed with the overall details and build quality on them they’ve got a nice high-quality plastic they don’t feel cheap in fact it feels really a lot like the SNES or Super Famicom mini Classic consoles that are out there this one might look like it’s coming apart just because I haven’t screwed it all together I wanted to very easily get the top popped off of this for you now for the $34.99 price they also pack in a controller a single controller so you get the controller that matches your console here this is the Super Famicom version and this one is for the SNES classic version and they feel

pretty nice they’ve got very nice quality plastic it feels pretty close to what you might get from the SNES classic edition which is what this controller is I didn’t want it to be Wireless and we did that in a video the other day it feels pretty close the d-pad feels a little better on the SNES classic controller it feels a little stiffer than this one is it rocks a little better on the SNES classic but by and large it has a nice feel to it and I think if you are playing some retro games this is not a bad controller especially given that you’re getting it with the case for that price point usually these controllers cost that much on their own so I think they did ok with these I’m gonna pop the hood on this one so you can see how the Raspberry Pi installs on this and here you can see how it all comes together so I’ve got a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ this is the newer version with the slightly faster processor on board and what will happen is when you put this into the case a lot of things are just going to line up so if you look on the back here this is the HDMI output from the PI along with its power and its audio lined up perfectly for me I just had a screw in a few screws here to get it in place and I was off and running now what’ll happen is if you have the thing put together here as you will have this little flap here over these two USB ports and the Ethernet jack so if you’re not going to be using those you can just snap this in and conceal them or you can pop it off and get Ethernet and some additional USB going to your device the other two ports here are used for the front two here so

they kind of run these cables here to map them over to the two ports here on the front now if you’re familiar with the Raspberry Pi you’ll know that it doesn’t have an on/off switch when you plug power into it it just comes on and starts working these cases give you a switch that you can use to turn it on and off so this is what it looks like on the board here and then of course when you have the top part of the case on you can flip that switch on and off like you would on the famicom mini for example now what will happen with this is that in in its default position it’s got this safe shutdown set to OFF so you’ve got a safe shutdown switch here when it’s on the off position this is just a dumb on and off switch so when you flick the switch it’ll turn the Raspberry Pi on when you turn it off it kills power to it likewise the reset button here will do the same thing when it’s set to not be in a safe shutdown mode this will just cut power for a second and reboot it but if you switch the switch on here what will happen is is that when you flick that switch to off for example it will pass a script to the Raspberry Pi so that it shuts down properly so when you hit the off button it won’t shutdown immediately it will go through the process of running this script and doing a safe shutdown to turn itself off and we’ll demo that in a minute so you can see how that works you’ll probably want to take that step to install that script because it will be a lot safer for your Raspberry Pi in the end run not just to be killing power to it every time so you have the option when we are the other but I would recommend getting the script turning safe shut down to on and operating it that way I does this through these connectors here

that go on to the GPIO pins of the raspberry that’s how it sends those commands back and forth and the script looks for signals that come through on those pins and they have some instructions in the boxes to exactly where to put this block of pins on your GPIO segment there it looks like though it’s been pushing my when I put the case back together it’s pushing them between the pins of the PI here so I would have liked a little bit better cable management it feels a little rough around the edges from that standpoint but once you get it all together I think it should work pretty nicely there’s also a header here for a fan now I don’t think you’re going to be able to get a fan on top of the processor which I know is something a lot of people do because it looks like they want you to mount the fan here on the bottom of the case and maybe just have the airflow draw the heat away so this is where the fan exhausts on both of them on the bottom here as you can see and I did read some reviews on Amazon where people were complaining that the fans they wanted to use the ones that directly attached to the board we’re not compatible and the reason is is that the storage container here for the SD cards is going to make that difficult because that sits very close to the board when it’s all put together so that’s why they put the fan output down here so if you are an overclocker this may not be the case for you just given you’re going to have a hard time getting a fan directly attached to your processor here so you might want to poke around a little bit on some of those amazon reviews and see what people had success or failure with but it does have a header here for that so you should be able to get going with those things but remember that all of the power that the device uses here is getting drawn out of the Raspberry Pi so you will have some power limitations if you’re running a fan and having all

the game controllers plugged in and everything that will certainly draw out of the raspberry PI’s power supply so make sure you’ve got a decent sized USB power adapter attached to your Raspberry Pi or you’re going to get some of those voltage warnings there comes together pretty nicely you just go ahead and screw everything back together and you are often running the SD card is accessible on the side here so you can very easily get those cards installed and then store them in the case at the top my only real gripe with this is that there’s no easy way to get the cards out short of just kind of tossing the cards out by flipping the console over but it’s still a nice touch to just have a working exec button here on the front that was what they were going for there the SNES case is pretty much the same thing it’s got everything really in the same place as the other one did you get a screwdriver in the box with both by the way to get everything assembled so all together it really is the same experience here no matter which one you choose and it’s really just a matter of what your personal preferences are so let’s boot this thing up now and get that safe script installed and see how all of that works okay so we’ve got everything hooked up now and I’m going to flick on the power switch here on the case and that will get our Raspberry Pi booted I did notice that the little red light it has for power went off when I first switched it on but I suspect that might be because I did enable the safe boot option here in anticipation of installing the script now the script is going to be found on a github page and I’ll put a link to

this down below in the video description and this is the installation process it’s really quite simple here you just need to make sure that the device is on the internet you’ve got a keyboard connected and what you need to do is hit f4 to drop into the terminal window there which is what we’re going to do now on my keyboard so I’m just gonna switch back here for a second I’m going to hit f4 on the keyboard that’s going to drop us out into this little menu here or at least into the command line here and I’m going to just type in W get – oh and then the address that they gave us here I didn’t notice it was little bit of keyboard mapping issues – by the way on here despite the fault I have a u.s.

Keyboard when I hit shift and the quotation marks here I was getting an @ symbol so I had to hit shift and 2 to get that quotation mark you might run into that on your own experience if you have a u.

s. keyboard like mine so if you’re having that keyboard mapping issue my suggestion would be to type in exit here and briefly go into the configuration settings of retropie and set the keyboard to your regions we’re going to go here – raspy config and I’m going to then have to switch over to my keyboard to finish navigating this menu here and I’m just going to go over the localization options I’m going to change my keyboard layout and what will happen here is it’ll pull up what it currently has selected and that is a 105 key in national PC keyboard but I’m gonna switch over to this generic 101 key just to get that thing working properly and I’ll also select here other and just get it off that UK keyboard and go over to English us keyboard and then go down here and select it once again it looks like and hopefully that should be enough to get it going here and want to say the default no compose key and we’ll let it be that so hopefully this will fix our issue here it’ll meet us back out once again and we’ll go back into that terminal screen now and see what happens you might have to reboot after changing these keyboard commands and then hopefully all the keys will be in the right place okay so I think we’ve got everything set up properly now we’ve got the command entered one thing to note is that there is a little

dash here before the URL begins you might have missed that on the github screens make sure you’ve got that – oh the – the URL that they gave you the pipe command which is on my US keyboard shift and this key here and then sudo bash which will basically download this script and execute it so we’ll hit enter here and as you can see now it’s doing a bunch of stuff and hopefully when this is done after it installs all these different packages our on/off button will work as we hope it will this by the way will require a reboot after all these scripts are installed so you’ll have one more reboot the old-fashioned way where you have to shut down and pull the cable and plug it back in then after that everything should be good to go for you and while this is installing I thought I would just show you what these scripts do so if we go up here to the install SH that’s running right now you can see what’s happening here is that it’s making sure it has all of the right dependencies installed it’s going out and downloading packages that it needs to have the script that will execute the safe shutdown run properly so it looks like it’s doing all of this through Python and it also has something installed to be looking for those commands being pushed over the GPIO pins from the switch to actually turn it off and then this is the actual Python script that runs so you can see here that it’s calling on a bunch of modules and whatnot to get all of this working here and then it will shut down properly when the button is pushed or switch down into the off position here so we’re gonna switch back now it looks like it did actually reboot

itself as part of that script installation and what I’m gonna first try here after it reboots is just pushing down the reset button to see what happens now you’ll notice now after that script is installed our little red light is working here properly so I’m going to click on reset here and you can see now it’s executed a script although it looks like it dropped me out into the command line out there it goes so it’s actually shutting down properly and it looks like it will restart itself so that script executed properly there that was good to see and we’ll let this reboot here and then we’ll hit the on-off switch after it comes back up and see if it will properly do that as well and what’s nice about this is that you can actually use the switch on the front of this thing without having to worry about losing any data because you saw there with the reset button it actually shut down properly and executed a reboot command so all the caches got cleared out and everything else so we’re going to now hit the switch here on that and same thing it dropped us out to the command line I should probably execute that shutdown script now hopefully and it should hopefully now actually turn itself off completely which it did the light went off and it is shut down and then if we hit the switch again here it will power back up and reboot so in many ways this little thing now is working like a little game console I can turn it off and turn it back on again we’re not going to kill power right when we hit that switch it’ll execute the script and everything will work just like your SNES classic can do but you can control all of it inside of retropie let’s take a look and see how some games run on it now okay I don’t have many games to show you on this just yet I haven’t installed too many but I have some Atari and

Nintendo games on here but given the Super Famicom Super Nintendo thing going here with this case I figured let’s load up a Super Nintendo game that I have on the device we’ll do some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turtles in time that it will be launching from my device here and looks like it’s loading up and getting us a nice SNES game session going here and here we go we can start playing the game and have a great emulation experience with our little raspberry I inside of its little case you get the case for pretty much the same price as the computer $34.99 for the controller the case and another 35 bucks for your Raspberry Pi and you’ve got yourself a do-it-yourself retro emulation station here pretty cool stuff so I can quit the game here by hitting select and start and then if I’m done playing for a while and need to get back to doing some stuff with the wife and kids I can shut down the device here it will turn itself off properly and we don’t have to worry about losing any data in the process so here we go it is off and I think these cases are pretty darn cool so until next time this is lines Ivan thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold-level supporters Chris alligretto the four guys with quarters podcast Tom Albrecht bill Reiner and Kellyanne Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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