Makers searching for a new project to keep them busy the next few weekends may be interested in a new DIY project published to the Hackaday website providing details on how to create your very own handheld FPGA based NES, which utilises the Spartan 6 FPGA by Xilinx. Checkout the demonstration video below to learn more about the project and see it in action.
The Spartan Mini FPGA handheld NES has been created by Jon Thomasson who explains that he’s “been a fan of the original NES from childhood. To me it was a magical system, which captured my interest for the first time one Christmas morning. As an adult, I still have fond memories of that console. Part of the impetus for this project came from those childhood memories.”
At the heart of the portable games console is a Spartan 6 FPGA by Xilinx the form of the TQFP 144 pin version for ease of soldering. “To facilitate breaking out all of the pins and getting the project up and running quickly, I’ve used the Spartan Mini FPGA board, as well as the perfboard shield.”
For full details and instructions as well as a complete component list required to make your very own handheld NES games console jump over to the official Hackaday.io website by following the link below.
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