GameShell is the world’s first modular, open-source portable game console

You can get it now as a kit for $142.99.

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Buying consoles and games is an expensive business nowadays. Even if you do splash out, you are locked into a particular platform. But what if you could break free from this cabal? That is what GameShell is all about. This open-source kit lets you build a modular portable console that can play a vast selection of classic titles and run custom code. You can get the kit now for just $142.99 at the PopSci Shop.

GameShell looks quite similar to the GameBoy Color, but it is packed with new technology. The kit comes in five parts and it is pretty easy to put together. The assembled console runs a GNU/LINUX embedded operating system that can handle thousands of classic games.

Your choice includes Atari, GB, GBA, NES, and SNES, sourced from PICO 8, LOVE2D, PyGame, Phaser.io, Libretro, and other game engines. You can play on the move or connect GameShell to any HDMI display. In addition, GameShell can run games built on C, Python, Lua, and LISP—perfect for an aspiring developer.

Worth $199, the GameShell Kit is now $142.99 in a choice of three colors.

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