Flux Capacitor RetroPie Console

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I’ve been thinking about building my own Raspberry Pi console with RetroPie for the past several months, and I finally did it! Getting RetroPie to run took a lot longer than building this console, which was relatively easy. But there is a downside, more on that later.

Toy Story 2 SNES Controller

Toy Story 2 SNES controller by Dave Delisle

I was going over the dozens and dozens of SNES USB controllers listed at Amazon, and it occurred to me that no one made a version that resembled the controller at the beginning of Toy Story 2. Maybe someone could offer this color variant? I know I’d want one.

Prediction: Game Boy Classic Is Next

Game Boy Classic mockup by Dave Delisle

Many folks believe the Nintendo 64 mini classic is next on deck after the SNES classic releases next month, but I’m pretty sure Nintendo wants to remain in the late 80’s/early 90’s era of their history and will opt to release a Game Boy classic handheld instead.

Deadpool Skee-Ball Machine

Deadpool Skee-Ball by Dave Delisle

As part of my continuing quest to ruin all things found in a rec room (see Foosball Table, Arcade Cabinet, and Table Hockey designs), I turned my attention to the Skee-Ball machine. I went with a Deadpool theme, that’s pretty much all there is to say. Ticket dispenser and novelty prizes are not included.

Rocket League Foosball Table

Rocket League Foosball table by Dave Delisle

This is actually a mini Foosball Table, I chose this 4-rod layout to mimic Rocket League’s 4v4 “Chaos” matchup. I don’t know if this is feasible as a real product, mostly because of the detailed shape of the cars compared to the simple paddle feet of normal foosball players, which could hamper play.

This is a no-frills design. LED’s could be added to the goals and field (for powerups). A glass bubble would make this look like a Rocket League stadium. The ball could resemble the one from the game too (complete with lights). I just wanted something as simple as me.

Super Mario Odyssey Frisbee

Super Mario Frisbee by Dave Delisle

I feel this would be a fun promotional item for the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey (not that this game needs promoting): a Frisbee based on Mario’s hat, because the character is constantly throwing his hat like a Bond villain in the new game. Now you and some buds can throw the hat around like some cruel game of keep-away.

It’s a clear plastic disc, with the middle section either painted red or molded in red plastic. The red brim and white ‘M’ are painted on. The disc shape is similar to this. I’ve seen some fabric discs too, but they are completely flat and not ideal for this design.

Etch A Sketch Digital Photo Frame

Etch a Sketch digital photo frame by Dave Delisle

I’m sure this is not the first time someone has thought of using an Etch A Sketch as a photo frame, but as a digital photo frame? Might be uncharted territory. What really clinches this concept is using an e-paper display screen (like a Kindle Paperwhite), for a black-and-white display that has no back light, making it look like a real Etch A Sketch toy.

This would sit on your desk and cycle through your personal photos, however I would use it for Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side comics. I suppose a clock and calendar could also be embedded in the display somewhere.

Each image would appear to be “sketched” when coming into view. I would also include an app to allow sketching with the knobs, if you feel like doodling stuff. You could also save sketches and see them in a slideshow too.