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What’s inside a 16 bit mini handheld video arcade?

Surprisingly little it turns out! I was hoping for something slightly more hackable, but pretty much everything is done by a blob chip on the PCB.

The Main PCB - With a Blob

The big IC is just flash storage for all the games (156 of them!).

What is interesting is that they have managed to get all of this onto a single sided board! That’s pretty impressive work - though it is probably helped by having the flash on a little daughter board that has multiple layers and lets the route the signals in a way that simplifies the main board.

Flash Daughter Board

It’s still a pretty interesting tear down - always good to see what’s inside these things.

This is the [one I bought]]( - shop around as there seems to be a lot of options!


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