Project Genesis – Prologue

This project is one of many collecting dust that I intend on Finally completing.

Around January or February an advertisement popped up on my computer for this site, kinda of like ThinkGeek, and I noticed they had these Official Sega Genesis USB Hubs on sale. Instantly I thought of putting a Raspberry Pi inside of it (Like everything else lol) with a RetroPie Emulation Setup.

My mind was exploding with ideas! There was a limit to how many you were allowed to buy, so I bought as many as I could knowing full well I would be getting asked to make some for friends, family members, etc. I think I got around 15-20 units.

They arrived a few weeks later (1/2 of the shipment was lost, but turned up 2 weeks later) and I took one of them apart to see what I was dealing with. There was ample space inside, and sure enough even enough room for a Raspberry Pi 3.

I did a Google search to see if anyone else had thought of this before, and I found 1 or 2 results, but didn’t see anything like I envisioned for the system. These people put very little time and effort into theirs, and cut huge sloppy holes for the HDMI. It was clear I wouldn’t find any helpful inspiration here.

Over the months I searched ebay for components I thought would be of use, and as I added to the system new ideas would hit me, and would again be looking for just the right components.  I was also debating on whether to use the Raspberry Pi 3 or the Pi Zero. I was going to use the Pi 3, but then the Pi Zero W came out and I knew this is what I wanted to use in the build.

Finally after months of waiting and prototyping I have built and have up and running, my Sega Genesis Mini. The current setup isn’t final, but it would be great for people who don’t want to dremel out holes in the casing for the Power and HDMI. That’s something I have been putting off, as I refuse to do it if it’s just going to look like crap. I also plan on replacing a few components to lower cost and create a more polished product.

I had originally planed on making use of the Volume Slider which I had a few ideas for, but later decided to just leave it as is for now.

I’ll be making a video showcasing the system, along with how you can build one of your own and I’ll include a list of the parts needed and links to where you can purchase everything. I don’t know how in depth I’ll go in the video, as I really don’t have the patience for video editing, and being someone with OCD, I tend to withhold everything from public view when it’s not up to my high standards. I’m working on it 😛

Stay tuned for that and more shortly as I start my Spring Cleanup and try to complete projects that have been collecting dust since as early as 2003!