SuperPi is Retro-Flag’s is the newest release from the Raspberry Pi case designer. Loads of videos have been put on youtube so I thought I would get my own and take a look.
The Super Pi case is based on the European Super Nintendo or Super Famicom (Japan).
As a result of the above some refer to this case as being based on the Super Famicom. You can make your own decision on that for me personally Super Famicom sounds cooler.
The design of the case is simply perfection in every way. It feels so lifelike right down to the buttons which feel solid and responsive.
Pressing the Eject button reveals a place to put your memory cards which is a nice touch to where the cartridge would have been.
The Packing for this case is just as nice and replicates the Super Pi on it and is really nice quality.
Contents included & Internal Packaging
The top of the SuperPi box it shows details of what the case can do like its ability to shut down safely. And that it has a working power led and coming with a classic controller.
On opening the box it quickly reminds me of when I opened both my 3DS box and consoles like my Wii and the failed Wii U.
So whether the intention was to replicate this its just another really nice touch. Otherwise along with the case and the controller there is also a screwdriver included and the instructions.
Building the case
So this is where I did have a few issues the first one I came across here was the location of the optional fan, I found it hard to get the fan in place with the front PCB directly on-top of it so found it easier to unscrew and remove it, and then place the fan in but its better than the Mega Pi case install which I am still planning on doing soon.
I would have liked to have seen a wire trap so I could tidy the wires up and to get the fan connected to the PCB required bending the pins slightly not a fault of the PCB in this case but more because the fan had a slight indent pattern on the connector.
Back Together Nicely
Other than that the case went together pretty well but I would have liked to have a seen a better design for the connection to the pi because it was hard to get the wires settled and took a bit of fiddling to get everything in place but other than that it fit back together nicely slightly better than the mega-pi case.
I could not help again but stare at it at this point as I plugged my official pi psu in.
Power up and script install
This was straightforward once I remembered to put the SD card in DOH! And then the pi booted normally to Retropie. The red led shining brightly it was so nostalgic. Getting the script to enable safe shutdown could not be easier.
I booted up putty and then loaded the pics git-hub and there was all the install instructions. The script installed perfectly and pi shut down and rebooted and the script worked perfectly when I tested it out.
At current these are around £25. You can expect a wait of around 6 day’s as most sellers are not in the uk. Had I known how good this case was I would have ordered it from Amazon for next day delivery.
This case is probably amongst one of the best PI cases I have seen. It’s just perfect for a retro gaming fan. Nicely replicating the feel right down to the power switches and the cartridge slot and the cool little red led.
So is it worth the money?
Yes, the controller is maybe not as good as the likes of the 8bitdo pro. However it should not put you off ordering one of these. And it looks damn good against the likes of the official snes mini from Nintendo or c64 mini
if you want to get some more info on the SuperPi you can check out the official page here.