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Play Doom on NES, Thanks to This Custom Raspberry Pi PCB

One talented modder brought the classic shooter to NES with the help of a Raspberry Pi.

By Brittany Vincent

We’ve seen Doom running on just about everything, even pregnancy tests. Why should an NES system be any different?

Creator Bakutendo brought the classic PC shooter to the Famicom, or the Japanese version of the NES, as demonstrated via blog post. Enlisting a Raspberry PI and custom PCB, Bakutendo brought Doom to the console.

Creator TheRasteri originally brought forth this concept, which was inspired by an earlier creator named Howchoo with their NES Raspberry Pi Cartridge project. Bakutendo took things to the next level with a custom Raspberry PI PCB.

Bakutendo’s PCB works in tandem with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ to get Doom running. There are no sound effects, but the iconic Doom soundtrack is still there. It’s really impressive that the game even works as well as it does. You can see it running in the video below.

In the blog post explaining their process, Bakutendo states that there are plans to distribute the custom PCB as a special kit so anyone can bring the same project to fruition if they so choose. Right now, the list of components for the kit will include the following:

  • One Raspberry Pi 3 Model A +
  • One microSD card (at least 8GB)
  • One FX2LP CY7C68013A USB Development Board
  • One mini USB cable

With these kits, anyone should be able to rip and tear on their own NES/Famicom units. For now, bask in the glow of Doom being playable on yet another system. It truly is a glorious thing.

Originally published at https://www.pcmag.com.



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