Indie developers in France have created the Gamebuino META, which is a retro open-source console with a compact design. It can fit in your hand/pocket, comes with plenty of free exclusive games, a battery strong enough to last through a day of gaming and has a slot for a micro SD card to fit more games yet. One of the biggest draws is you can use it to learn to program and make your own games for the Gamebuino. The Gamebuino META will only be available online, so consumers are encouraged to pre-order via the Kickstarter campaign at prices starting under US$100. Preorders surpassed the first stage within two weeks and is on track to fulfill its current stretch goal by the December 23rd deadline for launch in January 2018.
“I created the previous Gamebuino Classic when I was an engineering student. Our current Gamebuino META is our next evolution of Arduino based retro console to make and play to all your favorite games,” says Aurélien Rodot, inventor of the Gamebuino. “We want people to try programming because it’s a gateway to so many things (like jobs), but we also wanted to make the experience fun and easy. We want to turn everyone into Makers.”
The Gamebuino META features a d-pad, A and B buttons as well as a backlight. It uses the same microcontroller as the Arduino Zero, keeping the pins free for the user to maintain software/hardware compatibility. Rodot also said that you aren’t limited to game programming. If you want to hook up sensors, motors, lights, invent whatever you see fit for it, you can! The only limit is your imagination.