Freeplay CM3 Base Kit

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The Freeplay CM3 is inspired by (and runs) RetroPieRetroPie is built on top of RaspbianEmulationStationRetroArch & Libretro, etc.

This is intended as a do-it-yourself (DIY) product, so please fully inform yourself before proceeding to do anything yourself. For hardware-specific information about the Freeplay CM3 see the original Kickstarter.

You will need to supply several accessories to successfully assemble a working Freeplay CM3 using this kit. Please check out our DIY Project Builder if you aren't sure about what is required for a full build.

This circuit board is slightly different than versions prior to 2019.  It now comes with the backlight brightness controller built in, and it has new options for how you, the builder, can implement the X/Y buttons from 3 available solutions.

Supported buttons configurations

All kits comes with the Long and Clicky buttons soldered-on, they will need to be unsoldered if you opt for any other buttons configuration. Here is a list of supported buttons configurations:

  1. Long & Clicky
  2. Silicone Rubber Pad (GBA feel) (see images below)
  3. Soft Buttons


Soft Buttons building tutorial


The Freeplay CM3 DIY Kit Includes

  • 1x Freeplay CM3 circuit board with pre-soldered Long & Clicky buttons
  • 1x Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite (CM3)
  • 1x 3.2" TFT LCD
  • Built-in Brightness Controller
  • Heatsink
  • Freeplay CM3 Keychain/Charm
  • X/Y Button Drill Guide(Long and Clicky)


Glass lens sold separately