GPA DIY v2 Pre-Sale Now Open: Operators Are Standing By

One of the Game Pie Advance (GPA) units that was sold on eBay
One of the Game Pie Advance (GPA) units sold on eBay
I hope this is the moment you are waiting for. The Game Pie Advance v2 is now available to purchase as a preorder product.

PREORDER IT NOW: Game Pie Advance GPA DIY Kit v2

As you may have read (in my previous post), we were considering offering a pre-order process for these kits. Without that, things just go way too slowly. We can only order a small bundle of parts, we take a while to build them up, and then we send them out. In that scenario, we don’t have time to add new features, and we the units are only available in very limited batches. What we’ve heard from you guys is that we all would like that to change, so let’s “kickstart” this process!

For those of you that already know what's going on.
For those of you that already know what’s going on, click here to buy it now.
As a bit of a recap (for most of you), the Game Pie Advance is a kit that allows you to combine your Raspberry Pi Zero with RetroPie and fit it all inside a GBA shell for maximum portability and retrotastic style points.

You supply a Raspberry Pi Zero, a GBA shell, some batteries, and a little bit of skill. You combine that with the GPA DIY kit, and you have a fun retro portable. As this is a pre-order, we do not yet have the new (v2) circuit boards produced. That’s what we need your help for. We do, however, have some photos of the first version that we can show you, so you can get an idea of how it works.

Please read through the rest of this website if you want to know more. Please go to the Game Pie Advance v2 preorder page if you’d like to order one. If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below.

20 thoughts on “GPA DIY v2 Pre-Sale Now Open: Operators Are Standing By”

  1. Is it possible to retrofit the PowerBoost 1000 to the previous version of the kit? I don’t think I can justify getting another kit after just having finished the v1.

    1. Yes. You can do that. I’ve just recently done it in our testbench. I should make a diagram for that.

      The main issue with doing this mod is that the original v1 used the 14500 batteries in series. You would not want to do that with the 1000c. You can, however, use 2 3.7v cells in parallel (or just use 1 at a time).

      You’re not the only one that’s asked about this mod, so don’t let me forget to document it. If you don’t hear from me in a day or two, ask again.

  2. Just pre-ordered! I didn’t get a notification for this new post sadly. But hey I am super excited and glad to be funding this! I will start off with one but might end up ordering multiple! Thank you so much for taking feedback on adding more buttons and look forward to this kit shipping out!

      1. Thank you! I am definitely going to need to study what you sent. I thought it would have been as easy as hooking up the battery to the 1000c, then connecting the outputs of the 1000c to the input terminals on the board.

        1. Please let me know if you have any issues with the mod, so we can fix the instructions for anyone else that may want to do it.

          It should not be difficult, but it will require soldering and either cutting parts or desoldering them.

        2. If you think it’s too involved, you may want to try different 14500 cells instead of doing the mod. Check this out…

          “Here are the results of the long overdue AA stamina tests of the Trustfire 900’s:

          Load: NES Donkey Kong Classics Demo mode (start, then leave it alone).

          GBA Zero (2 AA’s, 3.2″ PiTFT, USB hub + USB audio)
          Old pack: 1.37:08
          Trustfires: 3.21:00 (207%)

          GB Zero (4 AA’s, 2.8″ PiTFT, USB hub + USB audio + USB Teensy + USB Wifi)
          Old pack: 2.16:54
          Trustfires: 4.36:00 (202%)

          So, conclusive it’s safe to say that over 3 hours of gameplay are possible on a GBA Zero using 2 Li-ion AA’s.”

          Copied/Pasted from:

          I have also purchased some (supposedly) high quality 14500 cells. When they arrive, I will see if I can get results similar to those that mrvanes mentioned.

  3. I just put in my order for the 1000c and will be attempting the mod. Question for you though. Is there any way to get an updated image for the pie that includes what’s necessary for connecting the display and buttons but leave out any extras?

  4. Hello,

    I would love to own one of these but have no skills in this area. If I purchased kit and sent you case and board is there anyway you can assemble for me?


    1. I doubt we have the time to do that, as we’ll be soldering all the boards and such. We are talking to someone else that may offer this service, though. Stay tuned.

    1. Well “plans” would imply that we’ve had a chance to look into it at a fairly detailed technical level. We will do that.

      So I guess that means our plans involve potential plans. 🙂

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