The Nintendo Switch is still the benchmark portable console and the best entertainment option you can take with you, although the mobile phone has been competing for most of all these devices for years. However, the Nintendo machine may not convince you for something or you are simply looking for an option where mainly to play retro titles. That option could be the Retro Lite CM4, a “Nintendo Switch” based on Raspberry Pi 4.
The best Nintendo Switch clone uses a Raspberry Pi
Let’s be honest and admit that nothing that we are going to see next is going to surprise us, because it has already been shown on more than one occasion that the development board created by The Raspberry Pi Foundation gives a lot of play and incredible things can be done with a bit of skill. Even so, none of that detracts from this project that allows you to create a portable console practically identical to the Nintendo Switch.
The only big difference is the catalog of games capable of running, but believe us when we tell you that you are going to have so many options that you don’t even remember not being able to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or some Super Mario.
Retro Lite CM4 is the name of this portable console that uses a Raspberry Pi 4 Compute module. That is, it is a somewhat different version of the model that most users know and where the USB ports and other connections are “removed” to be able to adjust their size and use it in projects with more limited spaces or that must meet certain requirements. .
This time the interesting thing is that thanks to the use of this Raspberry Pi model, a 5.5-inch LCD screen plus a 4,000 mAh battery, and all the other components such as controls, speakers, etc., to have a device that copies the form factor of the popular Nintendo portable console.
The best alternative to the Nintendo Switch
This kind of clone of the Nintendo Switch, with a case made of aluminum, is undoubtedly one of the best alternatives you can find to the laptop from the Super Mario company. Because the Raspberry Pi and versions of its operating system such as RetroPie have proven on more than one occasion to be suitable for playing video games via emulation.
For example, you can enjoy the entire catalog of NES, Super Nintendo and even other machines like the Nintendo 64. So not only will you be able to enjoy the games of these three platforms that Nintendo offers through its online payment service, but also more games that for the moment they have not yet incorporated.
In the same way, with the Raspberry Pi 4 you can emulate machines such as the Sony PSP, Sega Dreamcast, MAME, etc. What make it a super striking option for any lover of retro games.
Where to buy the Retro Lite CM4?
For now this Retro Lite CM4 is not available for purchase. The first thing that has been done is to redesign part of the case that would house all the necessary hardware to have this clone of the Nintendo Switch based on Raspberry Pi.
So the only thing you can do for now is be patient, cross your fingers so that they finish soon and release the design or, at least, know where to buy a possible commercial version. Because the product, of course, is very attractive.