PREORDER Game Pie Advance GPA DIY Kit v2


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This is the old page for v2 of the GPA DIY kit.

You can find GPA DIY v2.1 here.

This listing is a PRESALE. We do not yet have these kits in stock. We are relying on your purchases which will help us purchase parts and assemble these kits for you. See this post for more information about the GPA DIY preorder kits.

Read this entire listing (and any linked pages) before making your purchase.

This is intended as a do-it-yourself (DIY) product, so please fully inform yourself before proceeding to do anything yourself. For additional information about the Game Pie Advance (GPA) see For hardware-specific information, please see the GPA hardware page. This is a project based around the Raspberry Pi Zero and the RetroPie.

The kit comes with:

  • 1 Game Pie Advance v2 circuit board
  • 1 3.2″ LCD panel
  • 1 set of pin headers to connect your RPi Zero to the GPA
  • 1 set of battery terminals for use with 14500 cells
  • 1 speaker

In addition to this kit, you will need to supply:

  • GBA shell (with all the buttons and rubber pads)
  • Raspberry Pi Zero (find RPi Zero here)
  • 1-2 14500 lithium batteries OR 1-2 lithium flat cells (if you want to play on the go)
  • 1 male Micro USB to female USB adapter (sometimes called an OTG converter) to plug in any USB device

Building the kit requires Xacto and/or Dremel skills to prepare the shell and some minor soldering to place the pin headers that connect the GPA to your Pi Zero, connect the speaker, and add battery terminals if you want to use them.

This kit will be similar to the GPA DIY v1 kit. Please inform yourself about that kit by reading and

New Features
This PREORDER is for version 2 of the GPA kit. We are planning 2 main features to be added to this version as upgrades from v1.

  • Battery Charging
  • X/Y Button Option

Battery charging functionality will be built onto the PCB. We have recently tested this feature using the PowerBoost 1000c, and we will be adding this functionality to the kit as part of the GPA circuitry. Our plan is to build in the option for you to use either 14500 cells (which fit perfectly in the AA battery holder of the GBA shell) or flat pack lithium cells such as this 500mAh Adafruit cell. There are many cells that will work, and it will be up to you, as a builder, to decide how and where you want to mount the cells, as larger cells will give more play time but take up more space in the shell.

X/Y buttons are obviously a concern for many of you. We are working on adding them as an option that not everyone will want to implement, because:

  • It requires you to drill holes in the GBA shell, and some people want to keep that original look/feel.
  • It requires a separate small PCB under the Game Pie Advance PCB. This is our solution to the problem of there being no room on the main PCB for more buttons.
  • It is somewhat untested in that we have proven that it can work by drilling, cutting, and soldering by hand, but we have not yet proven that it is something we can manufacture.
  • The buttons will be tactile “clicky” buttons. There is no way that we can add the rubber membranes that the GBA uses for A/B buttons. These X/Y buttons will feel and look different than the A/B buttons do.

As these new features are not yet proven to work in our printed circuit board, we can not guarantee when units will be ready to ship to you. All the aforementioned features have been proven to work on our test bench, but until we can purchase, build, and test new PCBs, we can not guarantee that the first attempt will work flawlessly. Having said that, we are already building in “failsafe” style features that will allow us to reroute or rework functions in potentially problematic areas.

What does all that mean? Well, it means that we’re adding in extra engineering now to account for any potential problems that may come up. In the worst case, we would have to order another batch of fixed PCBs if the first batch proved to be problematic. We do expect the first batch to work well, but I don’t want anyone to be overly surprised if there is a delay.

Don’t worry. You’ll get a working kit (or we’ll refund your money)!

We will ship these out in “first-come, first-served” batches.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 lbs