Gameduino 2 Shield with 4.3” 480 x 272 Touchscreen

Gameduino 2 Shield with 4.3” 480 x 272 Touchscreen

Adafruit Industries | A-000000-01896
Ready to try your hand at creating a video game? With the Gameduino 2, you have a single shield including all the hardware needed to design retro games with high-quality images. All that’s missing is an Arduino! DISCONTINUED ARTICLE.
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Gameduino 2 Shield for Arduino: game creation at your fingertips

With the Gameduino 2, you have all the hardware you need to recreate your favourite old-school games. Image, sound and video combined with a graphics processor and accelerometer: sprites will come alive before your very eyes thanks to a large 4.3” touchscreen.

And because we now have access to 2010 technology, the games you create with the Gameduino 2 Shield will be of a graphic quality never imagined in the 80s and 90s.

Antialiasing and FPGA technology allow sprites to move smoothly and offer a colour definition and image resolution that will turn the greatest Pac-Man champions green with envy.

Overall, there’s still a very 80s feel (notably because of the MIDI sound, which will delight all the nostalgists out there!), but as a game developer it’s this that will give your creations all their charm!

With the Gameduino 2 Shield, you’ll be getting your hands on:

  • a graphics processor with 256 KB of RAM
  • a screen for Arduino with a touch display
  • a headphone jack
  • a microSD slot
  • an analogue accelerometer


All fully compatible with Arduino, or with any other board equipped with an SPI!

Learn more in this video presentation about the Gameduino 2 shield (12:05)

Connecting the 1654 Gameduino 2 Shield

The Gameduino 2 is in fact an SPI device, which, like any FPGA, is reconfigurable. Because all the Gameduino accessories are integrated in the form of a shield, you’ll be able to quickly connect it to your Arduino.

You can power your shield with 5-7V in 200 mA for a current output of between 0 and 3.3V. The Gameduino is equipped with a regulator and a level converter making it compatible with 5V.

Technical specifications of the Gameduino 2 Shield for Arduino

  • Video output: 480 x 272 pixels (24-bit colour)
  • OpenGL-style commands
  • Up to 2000 sprites on the screen, any size
  • Video RAM: 256 KB
  • Smooth sprite rotate and zoom with bilinear filtering
  • Circles and lines drawn perfectly with 16x antialiasing
  • JPEG loading
  • Built-in rendering of gradients, text, dials and buttons
  • FT800 graphics co-processor
  • Direct JPEG file decoding and decompression for lossless image loading
  • Audio samples: 8-bit linear, uLaw or ADPCM
    • Included in the graphics processor ROM:
    • High-quality fonts in 6 sizes
    • Samples of 8 musical instruments, playable on MIDI
    • Samples of 10 percussion sounds
  • Dimensions: 67 x 105 x 4 mm
  • Weight: 73 g


Resources for the Gameduino 2 and its touchscreen

A Gameduino 2 cookbook and a direct access to the Gameduino site will give you a good idea of what your Gameduino 2 and its touchscreen are capable of:

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