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Posted Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:44 pm

Hello all,

my cousin recently showed me this neat little device and after getting my own kit and assembling and testing it, I thought this could be interesting for you guys. I present: The ODROID-GO - A Mini Retro Handheld Console.

This little gem can be purchased here (English) or here (German). There you can also find information about its specs and features. Also, there's a whole Wiki about the Odroid-Go.

Since the Odroid-Go comes with a transparent case only, I thought about adding come color to it. There are a lot of pictures and videos out there from people painting their cases in various color styles, such as the Gameboy color style, I thought about what color I should choose. Having a look at my good old C64 while finding ideas, I thought that the famous C64 Breadbin Brown could give the Odroid-Go an interesting touch. The color I needed to get is RAL1019, that's the original Breadbin-Brown. I asked a friend of mine to help me out here, because I do not have an airbrush and I lack the skill of spray-painting. As expected, my friend had the color available and since she is an expert at air-brushing, painting and especially masking the case, it was an easy task for her to get the job done.

Here's the journey:
This is how the Odroid arrived.

This the complete kit. No soldering is required to assemble it.

The masked transparent cases, ready to be sprayed. The masking was done with adhesive tape and putty.

We decided to paint the inside of the cases: One layer of transparent undercoat, two layers of color and one layer of matte finish.

The final cases, ready for assembly.

All parts unpacked and ready to be used.

It all fits nicely into the front case. The most tricky part was to get the protective stickers from both sides of the protection screen.

Doesn't it look awesome?

First test run: The display works propperly. Time to set up and insert a Micro SD-card.

Success! The system is up and running!

The only thing remaining to do is to connect it to my PC and update the Ordoid to the latest firmware. After doing that, the device does not only emulate its default consoles (Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, and ColecoVision), but is now also capable of running other emulators, such as C64, fMSX, Atari, Spectrum, and many others. The only downside is: If you want to run another than the default emulator suite, you need to flash-write it into the Odroids memory in oder to run. If you want to go back to the original emulator suite, you need to flash-write it back to the system.

Disclaimer: I do not know if the Odroid-Go is capable of emulating an Amiga. I'm still looking for information about that...

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