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Build your own arcade game controller with the new Adafruit Arcade Bonnet for Raspberry Pi

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With the new Adafruit Arcade Bonnet for Raspberry Pi from Tronixlabs Australia, playing retro games is easy on a Raspberry Pi - and that pocket-sized computer is pretty good at it too! 

All you need is a little help to connect buttons and a joystick up and you can custom design your own arcade console, desktop or stand-up machine, even just a simple controller box. It makes for a fun weekend project that will last all year.

Adafruit Arcade Bonnet for Raspberry Pi with JST Connectors - Mini Kit from Tronixlabs Australia


Here's what you can look forward to!

  • It is the same size as a Pi Zero, so for really compact builds, this is super small. You can also use it with a Pi 2, 3, B+ or any 2x20 connector Pi.
  • It has JST sockets so you can plug in six arcade buttons easily using our quick connects.
  • Header breakouts for use with both clicky-type switched joysticks and...
  • Header breakout and converter for using analog-type joysticks or thumbsticks with potentiometers inside.
  • A 3W digital speaker output that can drive 4-8 ohm speakers for when using with a TV output, audio-less HDMI display or PiTFT. Works even when the Pi doesn't have a headphone jack!
  • Switches are all managed with an I2C-GPIO converter with interrupt out. The converter is very fast and frees up all the pins so you can use this Bonnet with a PiTFT or any other accessory/device that uses a lot of pins!

Overall the Adafruit Arcade Bonnet for Raspberry Pi is a great way to have fun with your Pi and all those retro games. To learn more and order, please visit the product page

And as always - we'll ship your entire order anywhere in Australia for $5. Finally, to keep up with news, specials and more from Tronixlabs, please follow us on facebook, Google+ or twitter.