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SuperPi by Retro-Flag Review and Build

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.

Design 

SuperPi design

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 and that’s ok with the above so 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 with a micro switch underneath on the PCB which I will get to later and there is just something so nice about pressing the eject button and the slot popping open

revealing a place to put your memory cards.

Packaging external

The Packing for this case is just as nice and replicates the Super Pi on it with the front being of course the 2 usb ports and the back being well the back and the sides showing what systems the usb control pad works with and the top showing of course the top, so much care has just gone into it. 

Contents included & Internal Packaging

The top of the box the case comes in shows details of what the case can do like its ability to shut down safely (I will cover that later on) 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, but this is it otherwise and 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. 

SuperPi Case

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 and with the red led shining brightly it was so nostalgic and 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 and the script installed perfectly and pi shut down and rebooted and the script worked perfectly when I tested it out.

SuperPi script

Price 

Money - SuperPi

At current these are around £25 on places like Amazon and most ebay ones for sale are not in the UK, despite the information saying they are so you can expect a wait of around 6 day’s personally if I had known how good this case was I would have ordered it from Amazon for next day delivery.

Final Thoughts 

cat meme SuperPi Case

This case is probably amongst one of the best PI cases I have seen and it just a perfect one for a retro gaming fan nicely replicating the feel of the scenes right down to the power switches and the cartridge slot and the cool little red led.

So is it worth the money sure is, the controller is maybe not as good as the likes of the 8bitdo pro, but 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 this case you can check out the official page here.

http://retroflag.com/SUPERPi-CASE-J.html

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