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A Nintendo Switch Knockoff That Can Play Basically All Retro Games

The Nintendo Switch seems to be selling pretty darn well, and yet, there are some people who still seem unable to get their hands on one. Maybe that’s why a guy named Tim Lindquist decided to build one of his own, although he took a decidedly different approach to his version of the console, one that will please retro game enthusiasts (via Gizmodo).

This summer, Lindquist designed and built what he oh-so-cleverly named the Nintimdo RP, a homemade console that looks a lot like a Switch, but differs in a few key ways. For example, the Joy-Con controllers on the side don’t actually detach from the screen. Still, Lindquist’s creation is based on a Raspberry Pi running the RetroPie emulator, meaning that this thing he made can play games from classic systems like the Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, and many others.

The device appears to be thicker than an actual Switch, but it was also built by one guy with everyday, non-specialized parts. Inside the shell, Lindquist stuffed an LCD screen, a 10,000 mAh rechargeable battery (which more than doubles the Switch’s battery capacity), a cooling system, a Broadcom BCM287 processor, and a motherboard that includes two USB ports and HDMI output to connect the Nintimdo to a larger screen. It’s an impressive build, and in lieu of an actual Switch, this thing looks pretty darn fun.

Is this the coolest Raspberry-Pi based project or coolest homemade video game console? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Featured image: TimEE/YouTube

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