Freeplay Zero DIY Kit

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)


As seen on the Freeplay Zero / Freeplay CM3 by Freeplaytech Kickstarter campaign. Please scroll down to read the full description before making a purchase.

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We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for this product. Please go to to learn more about what the Freeplay Zero DIY Kit contains and what you do with it.

You will need to supply several accessories to successfully assembly a working Freeplay Zero using this kit.

The DIY Kit Includes

  • Freeplay Zero Circuit Board (shown in red)
  • 3.2″ LCD
  • 40-pin Header (to solder to your Raspberry Pi Zero or Zero W)
  • X/Y Button Drill Guide
  • 2 Gray X/Y Button Caps
  • 2 Standoffs (for mounting your Raspberry Pi)
  • Micro USB to USB Adapter (for connecting USB to your Raspberry Pi)

Necessary Additions

Optional Additions

Please see for any accessories that you may need that we don’t offer. On that page, you can also request to have Retro Modding build your Freeplay Zero DIY Kit for you.

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 7 × 5 × 1.5 in
Backlight Controller

No Brightness Controller, Brightness Controller Preinstalled

13 reviews for Freeplay Zero DIY Kit

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Rusch (verified owner)

    The GBA was the system of my youth, and I had been trying to figure out how to fit a Raspberry Pi in a GBA shell for months. Lo and behold, Freeplay Tech introduced this bad boy, and made my dreams come true! It was simple to assemble (although I recommend you have a rotary tool to carve out a case), and the only soldering required was the gpio pins. Now I’m jamming with all my favorite old games, and it feels just like my childhood! Thanks, Freeplay Tech! It probably won’t be long before I’ll want to buy another!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Pretty awesome kit! Takes a while to assemble and some skills are required to get it done, but once you hold the finished product in your hands and re-play your childhood memories you will be amazed.
    Big thanks to Ed of Freeplaytech for shipping it over to Europe just in time for Christmas 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    This kit is incredible. I never owned a GBA but it feels great in the hands. Ed did an incredible job making this and I’d recommend it to anyone that likes retro gaming. The build was not difficult and took me about an hour (I just went step by step with the YouTube video)

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jordan D.

    Fantastic kit! I had been wanting to put together a GBA Retropie build for a while now and it would not have been possible without Freeplaytech and the Freeplay Zero. Thank you to Ed and everyone else at Freeplaytech! You all rock!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a great kit that can be put together by anyone, including a beginner hobbyist like me. I have had the Zero up and running for about a month, and I the look and feel is very true to an original GBA. The Retropie image specific for this build has been stable with no issues.

    Great customer service! Every question I had was answered almost immediately, and I could tell that these guys want to make sure buyers have a good experience with the product.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    chadponce (verified owner)

    Just wonderful. I love it! I have to try the FREEPLAY CM3 as well soon!!
    Thank you for this incredible product!!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    ballen (verified owner)

    Fantastic project. It was fun building it!

    I ended up buying three GBA cases before I finished, but that was due to me being picky. I found the best tools (for me) were side snips and a good Xacto set.

    Battery life was a concern prior to starting this project. With the two 1000mah batteries it isn’t in use. I’m not sure what my exact mileage is, but it’s several hours (extensively “tested” with Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart Super Circuit).

    I’ve been happy with performance for the emulators I use… GBA (took a bit of work), GB, GB Color, NES, SNES, NeoGeo (!), Master System and Genesis/MegaDrive.

    I am still trying to get MAME working, most games either don’t run or run slowly. I’m using the same MAME library as my Pi3 Retropie, but the Pi Zero doesn’t seem to have enough juice to properly run the lr-mame emulators. Not the fault of Freeplay, probably just needs some more loving and emulator work on my part.

    I didn’t like the slider as the hotkey. It was an easy fix to put it back to start+select.

    Down the line, I intend to play with the hardware. I’d like to try to add in a Noir camera and a sensor or two. Love the fact the buttons are GPIO based – That coupled with the portable format provides some interesting possibilities outside of emulation. This thought (and full GPIO plus wireless) was why I bought the Pi Zero over the CM3 version.

    Thank you Ed/Freeplay for this awesome project. I’m considering the CM3 version down the road!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Roberts (verified owner)

    I just wanted to say thank you for this kit. I had assembled some of the parts to put a pi3 into an old Atari Lynx, but I knew it was going to be a very challenging project, then I saw your kit. I immediately bought the kit, a pi zero, and a GBA case off ebay. It went together in a day, no hitches at all! I thought the battery I had might fit, but it was a tiny bit too big, so I got a pair of batteries from you, and you shipped everything so quick for each order, I’m quite impressed! Now all assembled, this is possibly one of the easiest things I’ve built, and I’m having a blast playing with all the Atari 2600 games I grew up with, now in pocket size. Thank you so much !

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Schrotenboer (verified owner)

    This Kit is excellent. Well designed and performs perfectly. I highly recommend it if you are trying to put together your own retro system in a handheld.

    Even better than the product is the customer support. I made some silly mistakes and ended up needing help twice. Both times support immediately responded and resolved the problem even though it was my fault. They really went above and beyond to make sure it was a good experience.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kent Brailsford (verified owner)

    This Kit is awesome! It really brings back memories of the original GBA with better features like back light and better audio. Easy to put together and it is great having other emulators being portable as well. I am very impressed with the board.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5


    Absolutely amazing kit! A perfect DIY project! What really blows me away is the customer support! Ed is extremely quick with responses and very knowledgeable. A special thanks to him for helping me get my modifications to work.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Awesome KIT! Great detailed instructions! Works great!
    Thanks Ed !

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel (verified owner)

    I got this kit so I could learn to solder on a circuit board before attempting to build a megasquirt ecu. I could not be happier with this kit. It was very fun to build and even more fun to play. Runs snes, gbc and nes games flawlessly. Gba games run very well but there is some audio lag when you state save. This is down to the processing power of the pi zero, not the free play kit. Audio has some static. Cleared most of it up by filing down the case to reduce interference with the volume control knob. I’m only giving this kit 5 stars because I can’t give it 10! Loads of fun from start to finish!

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