:GAME ZIP 64 for the micro:bit

The Kitronik :GAME ZIP 64 is the ultimate retro gaming accessory for the micro:bit.

It has been designed to be an all-in-one hand-held gaming platform, that also includes a built in, 64 (8x8) individually addressable full colour ZIP LED, and screen.

It features on-board sound, 4 x directional buttons, 2 fire buttons, haptic feedback, and breakout points so shoulder buttons or I2C devices can be added. All of these features are fully programmable. Also includes breakout points to allow for the use of larger LED screens.

All of the micro:bit's features are still available when plugged in to the :GAME ZIP 64, so your games can still make use of the LED matrix, accelerometer etc.

Power is provided via the built-in 3 x AA battery cages that have been ergonomically placed to act as hand grips, making the :GAME ZIP 64 comfortable to hold and play.

Kitronik have produced some example games in both MakeCode Blocks and MicroPython that can be freely downloaded from the resources section below, so you can begin playing games straight away. If you prefer to code your own games, it also offers the perfect platform for developing and testing micro:bit games.

Note: micro:bit is NOT included.

Features:

  • All in one hand-held gaming solution for the micro:bit.
  • 64 individually addressable ZIP LED display screen.
  • Fully programmable on-board sound, directional buttons, fire buttons, and haptic feedback.
  • Breakout pads for adding shoulder buttons or I2C devices.
  • Breakout pads for driving larger LED screens.
  • Ergonomic design for comfortable game-play.
  • It can also be coded to be a controller for your buggy or robotics projects.

Contents:

  • 1 x :GAME ZIP 64 for the micro:bit.

Requires:

Resources:

    Important Customer Notice:

    • Although the GAME ZIP 64 is fully functional with MakeCode, we are sorry to advise you that a software issue means that the Game ZIP 64 LED matrix is not currently working with MicroPython.
    • MicroPython communicates with the LEDs in a slightly different way to MakeCode, and Kitronik is working with the MicroPython community to resolve the software issue.
    • A software solution has been proposed which we believe will be available shortly. Please keep checking the website for updates.
    • To re-iterate, the GAME ZIP 64 will >work with MakeCode. Therefore, if MakeCode is your preferred method of coding you can still enjoy this ultimate retro gaming accessory for the BBC micro:bit prior to the MicroPython runtime solution being rolled out. The updated runtime will be included in the various available editors.
    • Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this delay may cause you.

    Python Fix Now In Beta:

    • Good News: The fix has now been added to a beta version of the Python editor for testing.
    • Please note that although the fix is believed to be good, this is a beta release and therefore may contain bugs.
    • If you find any bugs or quirky behaviour, please report it to the micro:bit Python team, or let us know and we will pass it on.
    • You can access the beta test editor at http://python.microbit.org/v/beta.