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West London-based maker Jason Birch built a hand-held MAME device using a Raspberry Pi connected to a 3.5″ LCD screen. More photos and documentation can be found here. Whether it’s a mini arcade cabinet or a giant coffee table console, wherever an operating system and screen combine, it seems MAME will always have a home. The intriguing aspect of Jason’s build is the ability to switch between video outputs, be it a large HDMI screen or a small LCD screen for portability, while using the same controller board.

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!



  1. miroslava von schlochbaum says:

    very nice! (the boot-up screen is part of the true experience)

    but no, joy… stick?

  2. Alijah says:

    Great idea. Can`t wait to see the next model.

  3. I am developping an application with a 3.5 inch COG display. Would it be possible to recover the software driver of the display. It is urgent for us.

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  5. Aff Chris says:

    That is wicked cool, I just started making my own MAME game console for my TV, I am using a pair of these USB Atari controllers -

    It is so old school perfect

  6. Panda says:

    Hi, I’ve made a Portable Mame Raspberry Pi in a Pipboy-like-style :

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