GPi Case

The art of retro gaming emulation is still frowned upon by many, but there's no denying that the growing number of players who forgo original hardware for the convenience of all-in-one solutions, such as the Raspberry Pi system.

This pocket-sized computer can be loaded up with emulators and naughty-style ROMs to give you an instant vintage gaming collection – and it should come as no surprise to learn that many companies now produce plastic shells for the Pi which ape the look of legendary gaming systems.

We've already seen Pi cases shaped like NES, SNES and Mega Drive console, but this latest effort from Retroflag is the best yet. It allows you to place your Raspberry Pi Zero (or Zero W) inside an authentic-looking replica of the Game Boy, complete with a colour screen. Nintendo's famous handheld turns 30 this week, so the timing is perfect.

The shell – which is sold without the Pi Zero inside – is powered by three AA batteries. Some assembly is required, of course (the Pi Zero fits inside a 'cart' that slots into the top of the unit) – but once it's all put together, it's a surprisingly close match for the real thing.

The plastic looks identical, and the D-Pad and buttons also work brilliantly. It's ever so slightly smaller than the original Game Boy, and there are four face buttons instead of two (you also have two 'shoulder' buttons on the back) but it's amazing how close this is to the handheld we know and love.

There's no word on when this will be available (a unit literally arrived on our doorstep this morning without warning) but we'll update this page as and when we know.