Irish retro games console exceeds Kickstarter goal

19 Mar 2015

An Irishman’s retro games console that will allow nostalgic gamers to play thousands of games from 40 of the best-loved games consoles and platforms has exceeded its Kickstarter funding goals.

Brian Byrne, the creator of the MINI EMU, has a background in electronics and product fabrication and works at Sumbo Design.

He proclaimed on his Kickstarter page: “The prototype has been built, the software has been customised and the material has been sourced. We are ready to build and deliver this awesome console!”

Byrne’s goal of €4,900 has already been exceeded to the tune of €6,700 from 50 backers with 48 days left to go.

The MINI EMU is a box-like device that is powered by a Raspberry Pi CPU and includes more than 40 emulators, an SD card slot, two USB ports and an HDMI slot.

The console will let gamers play beloved games from their youth from platforms that include the various Sega consoles, Atari, Apple 2, Nintendo, GameBoy, PlayStation, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Gamegear and many more.

The console also comes with the KODI Entertainment Centre for streaming audio and video from SD and USB cards.

Pre-installed games include Doom, Quake, and Duke Nukem 3D.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years