The Raspberry Pi, a longtime staple of DIY tech projects, has finally received an upgrade. The Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed the fourth model of their small circuit board this morning, and it’s for sale effective immediately.
This week during the Game Developers Conference, Frank Cifaldi, head of restoration at developer Digital Eclipse, hosted an hour-long talk on game preservation. Frank’s company is frequently hired to get older games working on modern systems; one of Digital Eclipse’s most recent projects was transferring the original 8-bit Mega Man game into a format that would play on today’s consoles and phones.
There is now a game console announced for Japan that accepts carts and cards from Famicom, Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, TurboGrafx-16, Genesis, SNES, PC Engine and Supergrafx. It plays them all, from all regions (except, for unexplained reasons, NES in America). It’s called the Retro Freak, and it will bring every imaginable 8 and 16-bit game to you in HDMI.
You may have heard Nintendo has filed a patent for a Game Boy emulator that could run on any device. Specifically, the patent says it’s for “A software emulator for emulating a handheld video game platform such as GAME BOY, GAME BOY COLOR, and/or GAME BOY ADVANCE on a low-capability target platform.” It’s the “low-capability target platform” that’s getting some people excited, as it could mean anything.