The are so many different Raspberry Pi projects out there and many different uses. With the growth of RetroPie & similar software solutions a popular project is to build your own classic games console and play titles from yesteryear on your Raspberry Pi. If you are starting a retro gaming project then why not go the whole hog and drop your Pi into one of the best Rapberry Pi retro case options available to you and make it look the part. In this “Best Raspberry Pi Case for RetroPie” post we will show you some of the top classic gaming cases available and review the pros & cons for each.
Best Raspberry Pi Game Console Case Price Compare
The price compare table below highlights some of the top retro gaming Raspberry Pi cases on the market.
Best Raspberry Pi Case for RetroPie & Classic Gaming Projects
There are many Raspberry Pi cases in the style of classic games consoles. Each of the products in our “Best Raspberry Pi Game Console Case” list has been selected for both its likeness to the game system it is based on and the features that it offers. As there are many poor quality Raspberry Pi retro cases out there all of the products featured have either been used by us at HMP or have received strong reviews on Amazon by others. [Read: Best Raspberry Pi Case for Touch Screen Projects]
The Nintendo NES is one of the greatest games consoles of all time and is an extremely popular choice on our Best Raspberry Pi Case for RetroPie list. The NESPi case is a great likeliness. Located exactly where they were on the original NES you will find fully working power and reset buttons. Lift the cartridge flap and you will see both your Ethernet and USB ports. The case is very easy to assemble. It also comes with a neat little compartment on the bottom for storing additional SD cards. With the NES Raspberry Pi case beware of cheap imitations. There are many forms of this case and you really do get what you pay for. [Read: Top 5 Emulator Frontends for your HTPC Media Center]
Our next best Raspberry Pi game console case is a replica of the NTSC version of the SNES games console. With this case design you get working power and reset buttons in the same location as the original console and a power LED located on the front of the case. This product gives full access to all Pi ports and sockets without having to open any parts of the case. The Tinytendo case provides space for a cooling fan and you get the option to include this in your purchase. This makes this case suitable for some of the more demanding Raspberry Pi projects where heat is an issue. The case looks great and is a solid build. [Read: Top 5 Handheld Games Consoles]
Continuing through the Nintendo generations the next product in our Best Raspberry Pi Case for RetroPie is based on the N64. This is another great case if you are looking a project that is demanding on your Raspberry Pi. It has a 5V cooling fan and connector included in the price. Similarly to the previous case the SD Card, HDMI, Ethernet, USB Ports, Power, and Audio sockets are all accessible without the need to open up the case. If the N64 was your beast back in the day then this will complement your RetroPie build. [Read: Best PC Game Controllers for HTPC – Emulators & Steam]
One of the most popular games consoles of all time and a real revelation when it was released was the Nintendo Gameboy. With the GameBerry case your RetroPie build can look just like the classic handheld console. The case is designed to house your Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 and display a glimpse of the Pi itself through the whole where the display was located on the original Gameboy. Please note that this case is designed to look like the Gameboy and it is not a Raspberry Pi case that supports LCD display. It is also not possible to fit a fan in this case but heat sinks are included. The GameBerry is definitely your best Raspberry Pi retro case if you owned a Gameboy once upon a time.. [Read: Best CPU for Emulation – Computers, Consoles & Arcades]
Raspberry Pi Arcade (Picade)
With Arcade emulation being one of the most popular retro gaming uses for Raspberry Pi it is only right to feature an Arcade best Raspberry Pi retro case. The Picade which is available from the guys at ModMyPi is not just a case but will turn your Pi into a full arcade system. This is huge kit featuring everything you will need to build your own arcade. This includes an LCD display, speakers and the joystick. The Picade arcade is more expensive than the other retro Raspberry Pi cases in this list but think of it as a full project kit rather than just a box for your Pi. The Picade is the best Raspberry Pi retro case if arcade is your thing. [Read: RPCS3 – The Working Playstation 3 (PS3) Emulator]
HMP Verdict – Best Raspberry Pi Game Console Case
There is no better way to finish off your RetroPie project than with a classic games console case. The internet has many to choose from and if you look around you will find one for your old classic system. A word of warning. Many of the cheaper options you will find are cases that have been thrown together. These are by owners of 3D printers and many come with poor build quality. You really do get what you pay for with these products. All of the best Raspberry Pi retro case recommendations in this list are well built and have received good feedback. [Read: LaunchBox & Big Box Emulator Frontend Review]