Beta releases of the KADE miniConsole+ Gamepad Mapper software are now available for download. The software has been tested successfully with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10) and Mac OSX (10.10-Yosemite, 10.11-El Capitan). A Linux version will be made available soon.
This short video shows the Gamepad Mapper (an older version) in action.
To install the software, simply download and extract the file contents to a folder on your machine.
Select the download corresponding to your system.
Note that the KADE miniConsole+ device itself is plug and play out of the box so this companion utility is not essential and is not aimed at everyone. The utility is intended for those that want to tinker with the settings and make changes to the default gamepad assignments.
We have put out this early release, ahead of the Kickstarter rewards shipment, so we can get feedback and address any installation and usage issues before you receive your devices. Please try out the software and let us have your feedback.
We’d like to say a huge thanks to our 175 Kickstarter backers for believing in our project and helping us to make it happen. We’re totally stoked that we achieved well over 500% funding for the miniConsole+ and we’re super excited about being able to finalise development and take it to production.
Good luck to everyone who entered our contest on facebook and twitter, we’ll be contacting the prize winners soon.
We’ll be in touch regularly in the coming weeks with updates on our progress.
KADE miniConsole+ is now officially supported by RetroArch emulator software and many of its derivative gaming frontends which run on systems including Raspberry Pi, Linux, Windows, Mac, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox and Xbox360.
RetroArch automatically configures the controls when miniConsole+ is connected including all of the menu navigation controls and button combos which are used to exit games (e.g. Select+Start on SNES gamepad, Start+Up on Saturn gamepad).
In this video, I show a RetroArch based frontend called “Lakka” which runs on Raspberry Pi. I had this system set up and running on my Rasp Pi Model B+ in a matter of minutes. I simply downloaded and flashed the latest Rasp Pi image to an SD card. No controller setup was necessary.
Official support for miniConsole+ is provided in the latest release of Lakka.
Read more on the Lakka news page.
THANK YOU so much to our Kickstarter backers for your help in getting us to £10,000 (over 400% funded) and for making a commitment to our project.
We are thrilled that miniConsole+ has succeeded and have now turned our attention to stretch goals so that we can reward our backers a little more for their generous support if we hit the overfunding levels shown below.
We listened to feedback and have incorporated popular requests in the mix. We hope to provide a colour choice for the case, laser etching (limited edition for Kickstarter) and extra cables if we hit 1000% funding. We have some nice upgrades for makers too.
We want to deliver on all this awesomeness, so please tell your friends, retweet our tweets, spread the word on Facebook and enter our contest. The more people we get involved and pledging, the more likely we will be to provide this extra goodness.
We are sending review units out to gaming channels, reviewers and youtubers who have a good following so please get in touch if you can recommend any good ones.
We need your help!
Since our last kickstarter in 2013, we have been working on a new device that connects a wide range of arcade and console controllers to a multitude of computers and gaming consoles. We call this new device the miniConsole+. You can finally game how you want, on the system you want, with the controller you want.
Until now, we have been personally assembling all KADE hardware sold by hand and would prefer to spend our time on features and prototypes. We’re launching our Kickstarter on April 30th so we can have a batch of the miniConsole+ hardware assembled by a fabrication house. We hope you will support us on our journey by spreading the word and backing our Kickstarter campaign so we can make this happen.
We’ll be running a pre-launch contest on Facebook and Twitter starting on April 28th, and will post information on Facebook soon about how you can enter. Get involved early and bag yourself one of our great prizes, including full miniConsole+ kits and a unique fight stick.
Start by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter, and please help get the word out!
This video shows how an optional LCD expansion board is connected to KADE miniConsole+ device via the 8 pin expansion port.
The LCD is invaluable for debugging and development and allows us to display useful information about the connected gamepad and system.
There will be many other uses for LCD including using them in your own arcade and fight stick projects. We will explore options as the project evolves.
We have other expansion options too, including an arcade expansion board which can accept a large number of additional inputs from joysticks and buttons to be used simultaneously with a connected gamepad.
This video shows how miniConsole+ can be connected to various computers and consoles.
The miniConsole+ device has 2 outputs ports – USB and RJ45.
The USB port can be used to connect to USB compatible systems including PC, Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Raspberry Pi, Playstation 3.
The USB port can also be used to connect to non-standard USB systems including WiiU and original Xbox.
The RJ45 port can be used to connect to Playstation 1, Playstation 2.
RJ45 can also be used to connect to a Wiimote controller for wireless gameplay on Wii, WiiU and any other system that has bluetooth and support for Wiimote drivers.
The Playstation output can also be used in conjunction with third-party converter cables such as Xbox 360 and Dreamcast.
Finally, we made a multi-out add-on board to provide output options to older consoles and systems. The add-on board supports NES, SNES, Neo Geo, Megadrive/Genesis and other 9 pin based systems.
Some pics of our miniConsole+ device inside a prototype metallic case.
We think our device looks pretty neat in this shiny black aluminium case. We’re considering other case options too such as clear acrylic.
If you plan to use miniConsole+ inside an arcade stick or cabinet then you won’t need a case.
You can see that the device has 3 ports. Gamepads connect to the DB15 port (via an adapter cable). At the other end we have the output ports. USB compatible systems connect to the USB port (Type B) and other supported systems connect to the RJ45 port (via an adapter cable). The miniConsole+ will automatically detect which systems and gamepads are connected and allow them to to communicate with each other.
We’ll be supplying DB15 and RJ45 adapter cables for all of the gamepads and systems that we support. Alternatively, you will be able to make your own by modifying a controller extension cable and following our DIY guide.
Here are more pics to show miniConsole+ connected to various gamepads and systems.
Here’s a short video to show some of the stuff that connects to KADE miniConsole+.
Kickstarter will be soon. We decided to delay things a little so we could cram in lots of extra functionality.
Stay tuned for more information about the KADE miniConsole+.