Ever wanted to build your own game console? MAKERbuino is what you need!
This neat little device is an open source game console you can build yourself (it’s fully DIY – do it yourself).
Besides being a cool retro handheld device, MAKERbuino is also an educational device shaped like a game console.
Thanks to 1,574 awesome backers, we were successfully funded on Kickstarter and have raised over USD100k!
MAKERbuino's crowdfunding campaign is over but don't worry, you can order a MAKERbuino via our webshop.
After the Kickstarter campaign, we’ve continued working, constantly gathering feedback and improving our product and documentation along the way.
MAKERbuinos sold so far
MAKERbuino users so far
What our customers say
“I am only 11 but it was such great fun using it and building it and it is amazing how capable it is for how easy it is to build.”
– Liam S. (11) from Japan
“It’s like our first GameBoy, but with the pleasure of having it done yourself”
– Xavier Guillemot, France
“I had not soldered since I was 14, at school. I’m proud to have built it myself.”
– Delphine, France
“Makerbuino is a wonderful project to get introduced to electronics and making, and have a console you can actually play.”
– Thomas Pietrzak, France
“I got my second unit functioning yesterday – replacement micro arrived, and away she went. Very happy with the quality of the components and Circuitmess. Thank you.”
– Eddie T, Melbourne, Australia
“My son (13, almost 14) just finished building his kit. It was his first time soldering, and I’m a novice, too. All went well and everything is working.”
– Brian Roush, Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
“It arrived and is working perfectly. I and my children are having a lot of fun. Thanks!!”
– Jordi Tomàs, Spain
“After soldering and assembling – which was really easy, by the way – it works perfectly. I’m now looking forward to finishing a couple home-made games for this little machine.”
– Arch Stanton, Spain
“It’s a really great kit. Top quality, nearly perfect build guide online, easy to build up. Haven’t had a soldering iron in my hands for about 30 years and it took me about 3 to 4 hours to put it together.”
– Ollii, Hamburg, Germnany
“Received and built by my 9-year-old son (with minimal help from me) – his FIRST ever soldering experience which he absolutely nailed!!!”
– Nick A., UK
Do It Yourself
Modify its hardware and software
Embrace the nostalgia
Make your own Game Boy!
With MAKERbuino you can build your own game console from scratch! It’s assembled with ease. All of the components are easy to solder. All you need is some basic soldering skills and you’re good to go!
The device is based on easy-to-find components and programmed in Arduino – one of the most popular DIY microcontroller platforms.
More than a game console
MAKERbuino’s hardware and software are extremely hackable. The kit was designed to encourage you to make new content and extensions for it. Building the MAKERbuino kit is only the beginning. Program a cool retro game, add an extra analog stick, connect a GSM module, use your MAKERbuino to control a quadcopter, add a Wi-Fi module and connect it to the internet…
We can’t wait to see what amazing MAKERbuino software and hardware projects you can make!
Design a custom 3D printed or CNC cut casing, change the button caps, turn your MAKERbuino in a cellphone… Make your MAKERbuino unique. Throughout the process of hacking and customization, you’ll enter the world of electronics, CAD designing, 3D printing, programming, all in a fun and challenging way.
Nevertheless, MAKERbuino is not only for the beginners. It’s capabilities will keep more advanced users busy as well.
A vast open-source game library
MAKERbuino is fully compatible with Gamebuino, our collaborative project. That means that you can play with a vast library of games made by the community and available online with source code: creations gallery
MAKERbuino is a great tool for learning and/or teaching various forms of STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).
Solder your own game console, play cool retro games, learn STEM through fun and interesting tutorials, make the game of your dreams, share with a large community.
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We’ve pitched the idea behind MAKERbuino to a team of judges and business angel investors on one of Croatia’s biggest startup competitions organized by Zagreb (the capital of Croatia) and the Croatian Business Angels Network (CRANE).
We’ve also snatched the first prize – a bicycle and ~USD10k
Idea knockout is one of the biggest startup competitions in Croatia where we were awarded a trip to Las Vegas and an exhibiting spot at CES 2018 for two team members (including airline tickets, hotel accommodation in Las Vegas and exhibiting space at Eureka Park part of CES 2018).
Maker Faire Rome is the biggest European Maker Faire, organized annually and sponsored by big makers like Arduino and Make: magazine.
On 2017’s edition, we were awarded the maker of merit ribbon – a prize given by the organizers of the show to exhibitors that stand out.
Inspired by Gamebuino, made in collaboration with Gamebuino
We followed the Gamebuino project since the launch of the initial campaign in 2013. The MAKERbuino project started as a weekend DIY Gamebuino and grew into something more. Now we collaborate with the creator of Gamebuino that generously helps the project, promotes it and sells it on the official Gamebuino shop.
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