We’ve seen some very cool home-brew hand-held game systems in the past as well as crowdfunded customizable systems. Checking in with KICKSTARTER, Hangzhou based tech startup, Clockwork, has something for the Nintendo fan and home-brewer alike. Their first project, GameShell, at a first glance draws inspiration from the first Game Boy. Except its way more robust with beautifully laid out buttons and a modular system consisting of the the mainboard, keypad, screen, battery and stereo speaker. Each component is so well packed, we can’t help but think this is the Blue Apron or HelloFresh of retro gaming systems.
By default, GameShell comes with Cave Story and Doom pre-installed. Powered by a GNU Linux OS, it supports preset C, Python, Lua and LISP for customizing existing games as well as creating new ones or if you just want the capability to play emulators on the go, the choice is entirely up to you. On the hardware side, GameShell has a few default case color ways. To those keen on 3D printing, you can fabricate your own case as well. Have a look at the clip below and if interested, follow the link to pledge. [Link]