Freeplay, Raspberry Pi CM3 Aluminum Machined Shell

Anodize: Purple Anodize
Sale price$69.00 Regular price$87.00


This has been discontinued.


Freeplay Emulator Shell

This a fully machined set of aluminum front and rear housings designed to be a drop-in fit for Freeplay Tech's PCB.  Freeplay's board uses the CM3 Raspberry Pi. 


  • This latest design is now two parts - a front and rear housing
  • Full screen - This housing allows the screen to drop in, and use the full screen size
  • Buttons/D-pad, front glass and other parts are purchased separately
  • The new front shell has room for joysticks.  You simply need to drill a single hole if you need them.  There is a pilot hole on the inside of the shell.  The Sony PSP-1000 joystick OR Nintendo Switch joysticks can fit.  (Switch joysticks will require trimming the plastic ears)

Other items you will need:

  • Freeplay CM3
  • Replacement plastic shoulder buttons available as a set.  You will only need the top trigger buttons 
  • Replacement conductive button silicone.  You'll only need the D-pad silicone from the set.
  • A custom glass lens - This is a custom Boxy Pixel lens that has a black border and is sized for full-screen viewing.  
  • Buttons - The A,B,X,Y buttons and the directional keypad are machined aluminum and available for purchase.  Any plastic Game Boy Advance D-pad can be used.  HOWEVER the A,B,X,Y buttons are custom to this shell.  You can purchase them here, or download and print 3D printed buttons I have uploaded on thingiverse.
  • Optional: 2x Sony PSP-1000 joysticks or Switch Joysticks 

Basic assembly help is here.

 Other items you will need are listed above.  If you are interested in add a laser etching to the front of your shell, add the laser etching service  to your order.

Freeplay info on adding the joysticks:

If you find a part out of stock, visit our central location for part availability. It shows what colors are on order and also an estimated time to receive parts.  Here are updates on parts:   


To view all of our Freeplay products

Please refer to our FAQ page if you have further questions.



1.  These parts save considerable time vs. cutting a plastic shell.  However, there still needs to be some DIY ability to correctly wire, configure, and adjust some Nintendo parts to fit.

2. Freeplay allows a few different configurations for buttons on their boards.  In order to use these Boxy Pixel shells you must use the Freeplay silicone "nipple" type switches for the A,B,X and Y buttons. (See sample PCB in images)

3.  This housing may (or may not) fit the Freeplay Zero if your PCB board has 4 rubber nipple type buttons. I cannot offer support for fitting if you choose to do so.

4.  The included fasteners may be too long in some rare instances.  Do not force them; either cut the fasteners to size, or order M2x4mm long fasteners.  

5. These parts are not mass produced and  we use multiple machine shops, so surface finish, texture, and color may vary between batches. Colors may also look different depending on your screen, the lighting, and variations in anodizing.

6. Inventory may be slightly off due to these variations and potential damage of parts-- though we adjust for it, this is difficult to predict and we may have fewer of any item than anticipated.

7. Please be sure to review our refund policy for cancelled and returned orders.

8. Please see our FAQ page for information about international orders, import fees, and tariffs. We do not change the value of the shipment.

9. Brass parts are custom machined one at a time after an order is placed. Brass will come as it was machined and can show some oxidation/discolor. Assume you will need to do your final surface finishing. Please allow approximately 1 month to machine.

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