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Arduboy Extended

Porting Arduboy to SAMD51 MCU and ILI9341 TFT display using Wio Terminal.

The Arduboy is a miniature credit card size game system with open source software, based on the Arduino hardware platform. I do not have an Arduboy but I feel nostalgic and love the retro gaming culture so I decided to make a handheld game console similar to Arduboy with extended screen size.

Hardware selection
In the beginning I thought I should be starting using a breadboard with an OLED screen and buttons and later move the design to a protoboard but due to limited time I decided to use Seeedstudio Wio Terminal which has SAMD51 microcontroller, ILI9341 color TFT display, 5-way switch and 3 push buttons. It has everything I needed to get started for rapid prototyping. Although, Wio Terminal has a color display but I wanted to keep the retro B/W look and feel.”

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