I'm producing miniature physical releases of Low Mem Sky (my attempt to "demake" No Man's Sky),
as a THANK YOU to my supporters on Patreon. 🙏
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!):
That's awesome. Now all someone needs to do is make a console for it.
Maybe in that pocketchip console thing?
Thanks - yeah, maybe! 😁
But for now, you can play it on ur computer (assuming you have an SD memory card slot!)
Ohhh, so it's an SD. You can get a bunch of, like, 64 KB cards and bulk buy them lol
*One day we will have a legit PICO-8 console (hopefully)
Thanks @arashi256 😊
Yeah, thought I'd better include it here also - as not everyone uses Twitter (and understandably so!)
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 ͡°)
@Skulhhead1924 Go for it! 👍
I plan to do a write-up of how I put this together soon, so others can make their own ones. 😉
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!
I'm still amazed there's no physical PICO-8 console yet.
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
Oh... There was/is a physical console... More a handheld: The Pocket C.H.I.P.!
They seemed to be unavailable for some time, but I found a current distributor, it seems:
URL Pocket C.H.I.P.
@CeriX so... a PICOBoy?
What about a PICOtendo Entertainment System?
@rmueglitz You can now create "Raspberry Pi" binary exports for games in PICO-8.
So, if you do this for your games - you would not need to "full" PICO-8 for every machine.
Just whatever minimal RPi linux distro takes your fancy + your binary exports.
@Liquidream So if someone made a special OS for a Pi, it could literally just be a PICO-8 and not anything else?
(Basically they would make a PICO-8-type GUI that runs a selected 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
@rmueglitz No probs. Also, if it helps, you should be able to create RPi binaries on ANY machine, not just the Pi (as of the latest ver of PICO-8, ofc).
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) 🤓
I really want to make a physical console: most likely in Raspberry Pi. It'll be interesting: using the GPIO pins to plug in cartridges. Wonder if it would be officially approved...
ok, all you need to do is make it a nintendo switch and ds lite card and you have a buyer
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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