I not sure, but I think this is the first time anyone's tried (bothered? 😅) to create a "physical" release for a PICO-8 game.
For more information out how you could get one (and what else I've been up to!):
I just thought: how many bytes is the PICO-8 software? If we can fit it on a flash drive we may as well have our console. And maybe the flash drive could have a slot for one of those SD cards above! (Sadly PICO-8 games would get a little... expensive this way, since it's physical)
*Actually, 4imprint says they have 256 MB flash drives for about $5 each, so it's cheaper than what PICO-8 is now.
What everyone might want right now might be... an NES Classic style console? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Get ready for a handful of people trying to buy a lot of make-your-own stickers (like... those Avery things?) and a bunch of SD cards, and then only selling them that way.
But yeah, that would be cool.
Like getting a flash drive for SD cards, and it's got "PICO-8 SD Port" on it or something like that
or #P8PLFTW lol
You have to bold the hashtag so it's not big. lol
I did some searching around and to make a physical copy of a PICO-8 game, the worth of it has to be around $5 or so with the amount it costs for 1 SD card, a SD card case, and a label for the SD card. (Much cheaper than a Nintendo Switch game.)
In fact, if everyone just switched to an SD card format (with proper encryption) games could cost less to make physically!
hey i like the idea of cardriges a lot ibuild some pico8 consoles with raspberrys and was thinking of giving them away
but the problem is that it alway needs a complete pico8 software(with editor and stuff) if i had a wish i would wish for a method to render out pico 8 software for raspberry(linux arm) then it would be possibel to build a micro os that only plays one card ...like roms and it would be on sd.... and i hope all will look so nice like this one...love the game
thanks for the hint somitimes i overlooking thing i only exportet on pc never on raspi...cool
the next would be to make an minimal os to just boot one cart i tried with tiny core but im not skilled enouth it gives me an error about libbcm ....don't know
i found a tic 80 project but for pi2 and for tic...not pico(wich is mutch better:-))
a bare sythem to boot one cart... enybody an idea maybe should write a new post
thanks again for the hint
Don't worry, you'll have market competition soon. :)
Good work, I'm glad someone did this as well. I actually have plans to make games for pi that boot straight into the game like a real cart. :) There's tutorials around for this already...i.e. a boot script that goes right into pico8 cart (exported or otherwise) and when you shutdown pico8, it shuts the Pi off.
Firstly, thanks for the kind words.
Secondly, as @YoshiK1 already pointed out (and as I stated at the top of the post), this was done as a gift for my supporters on Patreon.
If you took a moment to browse my Patreon, you'd have seen that I later followed-up this "announcement" post with a complete step-by-step of how I made these - even including links to suppliers.
(I didn't have to do this but wanted to do so to give back to the community - plus I'd love for others to create their own "Pico" carts) 🤓
Cool project. You can make this cartridge of yours function like an actual cartridge like on retro consoles. On a Linux system like the Raspberry Pi, you can have a bash script look for SD cards when you turn on the computer. A SD card reader would function as a cartridge slot.
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