Ever wanted to build your own game console?
This little device is an open-source retro
DIY (do it yourself) game console.

Make your own game console

Learn STEM while programming

Hack it!

Join a vast maker community


Thanks to 1,574 awesome backers, we were successfully funded on Kickstarter
and have raised over USD100k!

MAKERbuinos sold

MAKERbuino users


Make your own Game Boy!

With MAKERbuino you can build your own game console from scratch! It’s assembled with ease. All of the components are easy to solder. All you need is some basic soldering skills and you’re good to go!

The device is based on easy-to-find components and programmed in Arduino – one of the most popular DIY microcontroller platforms.

More than a game console

Building the MAKERbuino is only the beginning.
Program a cool retro game, add an extra analog stick, connect a GSM module, use your MAKERbuino to control a quadcopter, add a Wi-Fi module and connect it to the internet.
The MAKERbuino hardware and software is designed to encourage you to make new content and extensions for it. We can’t wait to see what you’ll make!


Design a custom 3D printed or CNC cut casing, change the button caps, turn your MAKERbuino in a cellphone… Make your MAKERbuino unique.

Throughout the process of hacking and customization, you’ll enter the world of electronics, CAD designing, 3D printing, programming, all in a fun and challenging way.

Nevertheless, MAKERbuino is not only for the beginners. It’s capabilities will keep more advanced users busy as well.


That means that you can play with a vast library of games made by the community and available online with source code: creations gallery


Kids want to have fun! MAKERbuino lets them learn different STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) in a fun and explorative way.
Thousands of kids have assembled the MAKERbuino and learned about electronics, soldering, software, hardware and so much more.


“I am only 11 but it was such great fun using it and building it and it is amazing how capable it is for how easy it is to build.”

– Liam S. (11) from Japan

“It’s like our first GameBoy, but with the pleasure of having it done yourself”

– Xavier Guillemot, France

“I had not soldered since I was 14, at school. I’m proud to have built it myself.”

– Delphine, France

“My son (13, almost 14) just finished building his kit. It was his first time soldering, and I’m a novice, too. All went well and everything is working.”

– Brian Roush, Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)

“It arrived and is working perfectly. I and my children are having a lot of fun. Thanks!!”

– Jordi Tomàs, Spain

“After soldering and assembling – which was really easy, by the way – it works perfectly. I’m now looking forward to finishing a couple home-made games for this little machine.”

– Arch Stanton, Spain

“It’s a really great kit. Top quality, nearly perfect build guide online, easy to build up. Haven’t had a soldering iron in my hands for about 30 years and it took me about 3 to 4 hours to put it together.”

– Ollii, Hamburg, Germnany

“Received and built by my 9-year-old son (with minimal help from me) – his FIRST ever soldering experience which he absolutely nailed!!!”

– Nick A., UK

“Makerbuino is a wonderful project to get introduced to electronics and making, and have a console you can actually play.”

– Thomas Pietrzak, France

“I got my second unit functioning yesterday – replacement micro arrived, and away she went. Very happy with the quality of the components and Circuitmess. Thank you.”

– Eddie T, Melbourne, Australia

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