Hey everyone,

As you know, recently I’ve been working on developing a GameCube Raspberry Pi Media Center. Each project comes with its own twists and turns and this one was no different. Before I show it off (I’ll leave that for another post) I wanted to share what it’s like creating something new.

The first thing I had to do with this project is compile all of my wires and pieces. My overall philosophy with media center creation is to both keep it simple and to keep as much of the the original system as possible in tact – therefore I try not to Dremel whenever possible.

The cool thing about a GameCube as a form is that it has 4 USB-sized holes directly in the front, making it very simple and an “upgrade” rather than a “overhaul”. When I first started the project last year I followed a tutorial I had found online about dremeling the original “controller holder” into perfectly rectangular pieces. The pieces ended up pretty bad to be honest – it was as ugly as it was difficult to make. Fail. However, this lead me to research alternative solutions, where I discovered the potential of 3D printed pieces! It took me 4 tries to make a passable piece, since each redesign took a bit of time to ship and test, but try 4 fit perfectly into the original housing! I am still working on version 5, which I think will increase the strength of the USB cable holders, as well as add an LED holder for the top of the system.

I also wanted to figure out a way to add an HDMI and a power ports without butchering the back. Standard GameCubes have 2 or 3 different port openings in the back, depending on the model. The versions I had came with 3 ports, two of which were originally for video-in. Luckily they were more than big enough for an HDMI cable and a USB Micro extension cable that allow us to house the Pi without connecting cables to it directly. The first 3D printing attempt just had an HDMI in port holder – the second attempt included the USB micro cable holder. V3 will be slightly better, but V2 was nearly perfect. Success!

Now that I figured out how to put everything together, it really came down to putting my plan to action. Unfortunately, though, I ran across a few more problems… the biggest of which being the case itself.

When I first spraypainted my GameCube shell, I used a paint specifically marketed for plastic. It was really bad though, requiring both significantly more AND less than I ended up using… and I’m not entirely sure how that was possible. In the end, I gave up trying to make this perfect, leaving it as “good enough”. The front looks pretty good though! Just gotta make sure no one looks at it from the side…

When I put it together, I also had trouble getting the LED, a USB port, and the wires all set. I’m still a beginner with all of this, so it took me a while to get it all squared away. Instead of re-gluing the USB port, I decided to stick a bluetooth keyboard receiver in it – now it stays put and has a use. Success kinda! Connecting the Mausberry switch to the GameCube’s original power button took me a few tries, but it ultimately wasn’t a big deal. And the reset button I got working the first time. 🙂 Finally, I tried hot-gluing the LED to the GameCube’s case, but it didn’t stick for very long. This’ll have a dedicated part of my V5 front piece, but it is still annoying knowing it doesn’t work very well.

Overall, I would call my final result a great test model. There were certain things I liked, such as the 3D printed pieces I created and the fact that I finally got the wiring all figured out. Other things, like the paint job, I am less thrilled with. It is definitely a good start though and I’m looking forward to making the process more smooth from here on out. Expect them for sale in the next few months!

-Curtis RetroMaster

PS: Sorry I don’t have any pictures yet. I don’t have a camera and my phone has been having issues!


Project 1: NES Media Center (Part 2)

Hello everyone,

Since my NES Media Center is completed, I wanted to discuss how I built it, as well as the thought process.

Final Build NES Pi

Here we have the final build. You can see that the LED lights up appropriately and that it is on by the Power Button pushed in.

NES Pi Media Center - Inside Look

This is the inside of the NES, with everything wired up.

NES Controller Port

The first thing I did was remove the original controller ports and replace them with the NES-USB adapter. Here we see the originals still attached.

NES Controller Port

Once the ports have been removed, we need to dremel the sockets and make them rectangular.

NES - Controller Ports

After stripping the rubber casing from the NES/USB adapter, we get to put it in the NES. This adapter is upside down.

NES Back

This is the back of the NES, where I dremelled ports for the power, HDMI in, and 2 USB.

NES Front - Ports Epoxied!

The cables have been epoxied!

NES Power Button

After removing the power buttons, we need to make a little notch at the top to break the circuit. We also solder up near the top of the far right side.

NES Power Button Wires

After cutting the ribbon, we need to strip the brown, red, orange and yellow wires. We’ll connect this to the Mausberry circuit so it can power the Pi effectively.

NES Power Circuit

The wires have been soldered to the power circuit.

NES Power Pole

You’ll also need to remove this pole.

NES Pi Media Center - Inside Look

Again, here we can see the inside of the NES, with everything wired up!

Kodi - LibreElec

Here’s a demonstration of LibreElec!


And here we have RetroPie!

There you go! Not a perfect step-by-step tutorial, but hopefully shows the various steps required to do this sort of project. This is a really good project for people who aren’t familiar with dremeling, soldering and electronics!

-Curtis RetroMaster

Project 1: NES Media Center

Hello everyone,

I’m sorry I’ve been pretty quiet over the last week and a half. I’ve been working on a new project… and I’m proud to announce I’ve finished my NES Media Center! This was a fairly easy project, relative to others I’ve done.


My project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of those who accomplished this project before me.  I’d especially like to thank  on imgur for the tutorial he posted. Very helpful if you want to do the project too!

Make sure you also watch the tutorial video I posted onto YouTube. It describes step by step the process of building your own, as well as a preview of what the final project looks like and how it works. I’d love to hear your comments, questions and critiques!

All the best,

-Curtis RetroMaster