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Kit/boards recommendation for handheld game console

Associate II


I have for dream to be able to create a handheld game console like the PSP when I was younger. It's for this main reason I study electronics.

I wonder if there is a kit that help me to understand and learn about the concept of it or something not too far to do something "basic".. like a controller board with 2-3 buttons, a screen or a screen as expansion board. 

I want to start slowly since I'm a beginner but I also want to work on the project

For now I just want to learn how to develop a console for pong game. Do you have any recommendation ?


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Hello. I would suggest starting with the F429. Other community members have shared some resources previously. This link might help you:


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Some of the STM32 discovery boards have TFT screens onboard and can be used with STM Touch GFX, or alternatively you can dive deeper and program bare-metal depending on your preference.


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Some Game examples on Youtube running on 32f429idiscovery.html :

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Associate II

Hi @###### @SofLit 

Thank you for providing recommendation.

About the 32f429idiscovery, since both of you mentionned this board it seems to be a great reference.

The 32f746gdiscovery seems interesting too, it is touch sensitive and look like games with higher quality can work on it based on that video.

So I don't know which one to use between both of them. Could you guys help me? Who has the most detailed tutorial for instance?



Hello. I would suggest starting with the F429. Other community members have shared some resources previously. This link might help you:



I'll start with the F429 then.

Thank you !

Personally I would have thought finding the information, examples and communities would be part of learning experience.

And be realistic, most things you see today are the results of 100's of people and 10's of millions of dollars. In the 1980's it was often kids in high-school using the 8-bit computers of the day. Lot of magazines, and video arcades. 

Several people have made boards + screens. Nintendo uses an STM32H7B for their game-n-watch.

Look at places like Hackaday, and places dealing with retro gaming

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Lead II

Why start with an old MCU?

Have a look to the STM32H5 with the STM32H573I-DK, which is affordable and has all the resources for a graphics application (you can ignore the security features)



here are some kit/board recommendations for a handheld game console like My Boy APK Cracked

  1. Raspberry Pi 4 : Powerful and versatile, supports various emulators.

  2. Arduino Due ️: Offers enough power for 2D games and simple 3D games.

  3. ESP32 : Great for low-power handhelds, supports Bluetooth and WiFi.

  4. Odroid Go Advance : Specifically designed for retro gaming, with a built-in screen and controls.

  5. Adafruit PyGamer ️: Based on the ATSAMD51, comes with a 1.8" 160x128 color TFT display.

  6. Gamebuino META : A handheld gaming console designed for DIY game development.

  7. PocketSprite ️: Extremely small and portable, great for simple games.

  8. Arduboy : A credit card-sized handheld that runs on Arduino.