The Joy Bonnet from Adafruit is a pocket-sized gamepad for the ultimate arcade gaming fun! This Bonnet fits perfectly on top of your Raspberry Pi Zero or Zero W or any other Pi with a 40-pin header. Once you install the Adafruit script onto your Pi, the controls will act like a keyboard, for easy use with any emulator or media player.
Get your Joy Bonnet here:
This Bonnet works best with RetroPie / EmulationStation and it is really easy to setup and use. A Raspberry Pi Zero can run Retropie pretty well and you’ll be able to enjoy most of your favorite retro games.
This Bonnet is fully assembled and plugs into you Pi straight away if you already have a header soldered onto your Pi Zero. You could also use it with a Pi A+ or B+/2/3 but it wouldn’t be very hand-held.
Having your Joy Bonnet plugged into your Raspberry Pi Zero will be a bit flimsy to hold. You could easily add some spacers between the Joy Bonnet and Pi for some extra stability. Mounting everything in a case would be even better. Check out the video below! I really love this wooden case for the Joy Bonnet!
Adafruit have made a great tutorial that will show you how to install and use the Joy Bonnet – you’ll be gaming in no time!
- Made for the Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W, but works with all models of the Raspberry Pi (with 40-pin header)
- Product Dimensions: 65.0mm x 30.6mm x 18.0mm / 2.6″ x 1.2″ x 0.7″
- Joy Bonnet Pinout
- Product Weight: 10.8g / 0.4oz
- Setup instructions, Source code, schematic, and EagleCAD PCB files are available in the Adafruit product tutorial!