Maker and game developer Kayden has created a pocket-sized gaming handheld using our favorite microcontroller; the Raspberry Pi Pico, and has housed it in one of the most interesting and green-friendly containers: an old Altoids tin. Kayden has appropriately dubbed his creation the mintyPico; and demonstrates not only the final product but also shared a build tutorial for anyone interested in recreating the project.
The handheld works just as you might expect. It has a screen for video output and a series of buttons for input control. In addition to buttons for gameplay input, it also has a button for low-power mode that disables the display and reduces the processor clock frequency by 5x.
This isn’t Kayden’s first DIY game project and doesn’t look like it will be his last, either. Over at his official YouTube channel, you’ll find a history of game projects including some that integrate artificial intelligence. After perusing through his catalog of previous work, it’s no surprise he landed on the Pico-powered handheld.