Retro Game HDMI Splitter

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Hyperkin has announced a new N64 clone console, which will include HDMI like all of their other recent console releases. It reminded me of something I wanted 20 years ago, a device that would split up the game into 4 separate displays. Ideal for the many 4-player splitscreen games that graced the N64 and other consoles of the era.

HDMI Gaming Switch

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This is an HDMI switch mixed with a power bar, inspired by the recent trend of mini consoles, single board computers, and clone consoles using USB as a power source.

I was shopping for just such a device today, because my TV doesn’t have enough HDMI ports. I also wanted something that would power my devices too, making it easier to deal with cable management. 

NEO GEO Classic Console

Neo Geo 40th Classic Mini Console design by Dave Delisle

Last week SNK teased a new NEO GEO console, which may be similar to the NES/SNES Classic Minis, however their teaser image implies something a lot bigger (going by the arcade stick shape), it could even be a Bartop Arcade Cabinet.

If they did follow Nintendo’s formula it would be two controller pads and a mini console, something like the concept I posted here. For the controllers I was inspired by the ones that came with the Sega Saturn. I would prefer a D-Pad but SNK likes their thumb sticks so I kept them here.

For the console, I enlisted an MVS cartridge, which are the cartridges used by the NEO GEO arcade cabinets. The label folds down to reveal access to the controller ports and power/reset buttons.

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The graphics on the control panel and flap were inspired by the NEO GEO arcade cabinet. The front flap was inspired by the Super Retro Trio Plus console.

Because the console is a cartridge, it can be stored in a case. Which reminds me of a few designs I posted last year.

I’m looking forward to whatever SNK does end up releasing. Their 90’s home consoles and games were very expensive, even by today’s standards. A budget system that features many of their hits would be a must-have for many gamers, myself included.

Hyperkin Retron 77 Redesign

Hyperkin Retron 77 Redesign by Dave Delisle

Last year Hyperkin unveiled their Retron 77, an Atari clone system with HDMI output. It has a similar look to their recent Retron 1 HD and Supa Retron HD systems. The company makes good-looking clone systems so I’m a big fan of theirs.

Turbo Grafx 16 NES Clone Console

Turbo Grafx 16 NES console by Dave Delisle

This was going to be my original approach for the previous NES clone console design, but once I settled on a clear plastic cover for the cartridge bay I opted for a Nintendo look. Thought I’d revisit the concept, which is a homage to the unloved TurboGrafx 16 (PC Engine in Europe/Japan). 

SEGA Genesis Cartridge Cover System

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This is from the cutting room floor of the jewel case console design a few posts back. I went with that design because it could be used for ALL platforms, however I did start things off with a Genesis-only design, thought I’d share it here.

Jewel Case Game Consoles

Jewel Case Game Console by Dave Delisle

I expect we’ll be getting clone consoles for the first wave of disc-based systems (like the PSX, Sega CD, 3DO, Saturn, and Dreamcast) any month now. So I thought I’d put together a console design that can lend itself to all cartridge and disc-based systems.