30 October 2016

Shipping delay update :(

I apologise for the lack of information recently regarding the delays in shipping the Mini NES electronics kits.
Unfortunately I've had some major QC issues with the PCBs that's meant I haven't been able to ship on time.

This has effected batch 2 onwards and after a lot of back and forth between me and my board supplier I finally have the defect sorted out and from next week will be able to resume shipping kits.

I know my initial shipping estimates have come and gone, and this must be frustrating for you, I'm working hard to get the rest of the kits sent out as soon as possible,

I've set up a new page that I'll update everyday on the shipping status, you can find it here.

You'll receive a notification from PayPal when your individual order ships and they will be sent out in the same order they were received.

If I haven't responded to an email you've sent me in the last week, I apologise, I've had some computer problems but I should be caught up later on today.

This has meant that the install guide was delayed too (I lost all the footage and had to reshoot), the new video's now up and you can check the written guide here.

91 comments:

  1. Awesome Mike! Thanks for the update!

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    1. I hope this projects not dead. You think electronics kits will be available in at least the next couple months?

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  2. Thanks for the update! I can imagine managing this is a hand full!

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  3. Did this affect batch one because I still haven't gotten my kit

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    1. Some of them unfortunately :/

      Look out for a shipping notification email some time this week though.

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  4. Any chance for another batch ?

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    1. Give him a chance to ship the current batches first

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    2. It looks like people who are batch #5 will get next year...
      no more updates even reply!

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  5. hi mike, any other updates?

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  6. Hi! I'm in batch #2, expected for 3rd October, delayed to 10th October, and now shipping since 2nd November, but I've still no news from my batch. Mike, do you know an aproximate date?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hello, do you mind sharing what the cost is for the bare bones kit? If not it's ok was just curious. Thanks in advance!

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  7. Hi Mike...Why don't you answer our questions?
    You have our money but no answers!!

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  8. If I remember right it was $60 USD for the kit itself, $70 if you wanted the kit with a fan, $100 for the kit with Rasp PI board and $110 for the kit, fan, and Rasp PI board included. Assuming it hasn't changed.

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  9. Ok. Thanks for the info! Hopefully I get an email soon to place the order.

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  10. Still waiting as well (batch 2). I'll give it a few more days...

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  11. Posting in hopes that an update will be made soon.

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  12. Still waiting as well, I'm part of batch 2 ill post a heads up with I get shipping confirmation. Thank you for everything Mike!

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  13. I received mine. (batch 2) Rest assured daftmike is taking the time to make sure everything goes out. Even if there aren't updates everyday, when he does update he makes it count-- like the last guide and video, he goes above and beyond. Stay patient and you won't regret it.

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  14. Hi Tom or anyone who has received the kit,

    Could you post high res images of the main board top and bottom. That way I can draw up a schematic for the DIYers.

    Thanks

    Ben

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  15. Ben.... that sounds superb! Hope you get some response so you can help us DIYer's waiting to get building! ;-)

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  16. Someone give BEN a picture of the KIT!! Im nervous about gettting the DIY mod done! heheh

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  17. Would like to get mine before Christmas, I ordered ages ago (batch 2).
    Where is it? Would like some comms please... You got our money.

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  18. I'm still waiting for mine (batch 1). Almost ready to issue a chargeback if I don't hear anything soon.

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  19. That's crazy that those on batch two have received their kits before batch 1.

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  20. He swindled us out of hundreds of dollars!!
    no updates!! Never answers!!

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    1. Well Do what i did contact him via email.
      I was apart of batch 1 that was missed and mine getting shipped out 5th Dec.
      Mike replied to me within the week of me sending an email.
      We have to remember he only one guy that's dealing with many customers and wants his boards to go out without defect.
      Yes he could give and update but I've sent 2 emails and got reply both times.

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    2. Yes, i got answer also via email. I get it how he probably don't answer to all questions here but i agree that he should make even little update weekly.
      People are used to get frequent updates from ordering from stores but this is one guy and i bet its not easy. Still he should put small updates to put our minds at ease..
      Just suggestion for Mike: You probably should take orders one batch a time and second after sending all orders first...just a suggestion.

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  21. Please anyone give me a picture of the kit!!! I have made changes to the code, I will setup github in the next couple of days. Ill post the link here.

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    1. What did you have to change? I was able to get it working without the kit. Only thing I have to do is shut it down via Putty since I can't use the buttons.

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    2. Hi Doug,

      I changed the NFC from SPI to i2c (Didn't have to but less pins). and some other minor alterations to the delay and button debouncing. I also added a level converter for the rx and tx pins as the rpi is one 3v and the arduino is 5v. how did you power the rpi form the arduino? like mike did with the vcc pin or did you use the raw pin? I am powering mine from J1 pad as it bypasses the 500ma fuse. If you could share anything on how you did it we could exchnage ideas and get the DIYers going!!

      Thanks

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    3. I don't have the arduino yet. I just downloaded restropie to the sim card and put all the code like Mike did in his video. Found some good rom sets and uploaded them via Winscp. I found a wireless NES lookalike controller that synced well with the rpi and so far the games work perfectly. Only draw back is having to shut the rpi down either through putty or from the system itself.

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    4. Oh, yes that works perfectly. But if you want the NFC or the buttons you need the arduino.

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    5. Correct, so for the time being I'll keep waiting for Mike to let me know when to order the kit. He has been keeping in touch through email so I'm not too worried. Had the case printed and it looks pretty good as well. I hope to get the kit sooner than later lol. I'm just glad it's working now so I can play all the games on the big tv haha!

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    6. Hello Douglas/Ben, I stumbled onto this project whilst searching for a case for the rPi3 I have on order so I have not been following as long as the two of you it seems. I am also a 100% noob when it comes to this sort of stuff, but I am willing to learn. It seems like the two of you know quite a bit about this stuff given what I have read above and I was wondering if one/two of you would be willing to help a guy out? It seems that Mike has his hands full ;) so I don't want to add to his workload...rather let him get to producing his electronics packets. Seems he's got a bit of a runaway train here...
      My first question is regarding the 3D print. Did you outsource? If so, what did you need to provide the printer with and what was approximate cost? Did the quality match what Mike has in his videos?

      Very appreciative Canadian.

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    7. Hey bud, I'm new to all this as well and basically followed the steps outlined by Mike on this blog. For the 3d case I outsourced through 3dhubs.com and it cost around 70 dollars US. Mike has the files on his webpage http://www.thingiverse.com/daftmike/designs. The color is a little bit off but not too much ad thats because the guy I used didn't have the correct color. Everything fit as it should. Had to do a little wet sanding to get the print lines smooth. As far as running the pi I just went the the software install page and followed it all step for step and it all went smooth. The only thing is I can't turn it on/off with the buttons. I ordered a micro usb power cord with a switch so that after completing the shutdown from the system I can push the switch to cut off power to the pi. For the games I just looked online for ROMsets and followed Mikes steps on how to transfer the files to the pi. Hope that helps.

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    8. Because you mention needing an Arduino for the buttons I'll mention again that Recalbox (very similar to Retropie, but maybe a slight bit more user friendly) has an option to wire up a power button, reset button, and front LED by connecting them directly to the GPIO header. https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/wiki/Add-a-start-stop-button-to-your-recalbox-(EN)

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    9. I read that but was unsure how to go about it. I'll check that out. Thanks!

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  22. Mike if you need a hand with anything let me know. You have done such a great job and I'm willing to help in anyway.

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  24. Could you post a detailed pictures of the kit for the DIYèrs?

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  25. Aussie - great to see you are trying to get the DIY route moving - I too am at a standstill now and just need a diagram of connections for the power switches/Arduino/nfc parts etc - xmas is getting closer and mine is a gift for my eldest son so the pressure is building!!! LOL - what info do we have so far? can anyone post something? keep up the excellent work guys!

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  26. anyone can post URL that the kit got from mike??
    I can't find anyone who built it using mike's kit.

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    1. No one got anything..

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    2. There's one person in the software instructions page who got his (after the original quality issues Mike mentioned) and still was having some trouble.

      Me personally though, I don't care as much about the NFC functionality (it's neat, but just a nice-to-have thing) so I'm just going to use Mike's STL files along with the suggested power switches and USB ports and do that part of it myself. Recalbox in particular makes the power/reset/LED part dead simple because you can wire them all directly to the GPIO header.

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    3. I received all three of my kits and after an email exchange with mike I was able to get them ready for use as christmas gifts

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  27. Not cool man, I have payed 70$ for this, the least you can do is to give an update!

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  28. Hey Mike,
    If you can't keep promise and handle with it.
    forgive it and return our money back!!

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  29. I've done a chargeback..

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    1. me too.
      He never answers.

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  31. I find it interesting and almost entertaining how many people on here are in denial of whats actually happened and are clinging to hope. Wake up, many people over on the "daily shipping thread" (linked above) have already filed claims with paypal to get their money back (people from Batch 1 mind you). If I were in any other group I'd file a claim immediately to avoid getting stuck behind all the others waiting to be reimbursed by paypal.

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  32. claim filed with PayPal. what a shame.

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  33. what a shammer~

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  34. Sent an email on Monday. No response. Am requesting money back now.

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  35. I can understand quickly finding yourself over your head, I can't understand all the preorder batch rubbish. I can also not understand why there are no updates not to mention the dragging his feet about the refunds. At least he lived up to his name "Daft"!

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    1. Getting in over his head is what I was afraid of. It was a popular project, and don't know the amount of orders her got in, and how much work he'd had to do to each one before shipping it out, but it seemed like a lot more than I could probably handle in his projected timeframe.

      I agree that if he'd make a few updates every now and then, I'd probably still continue to keep my money in the project. But since he's gone silent for so long, I figured it's best to just pull out.

      He seemed like a really nice, helpful person. Saw replies to comments here and on Youtube. But don't understand why he went dark all of a sudden. Hope everything is all right.

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  36. The other Dustin has created a Facebook group for continuing on this project. While Facebook can be good, it's hard to find older posts. It's a very linear general group chat. After working on this project and the Gameboy Zero project, I've started forum called Console Builders. If you'd like to share progress with your own build, or ask questions about the Mini NES, please head to: http://www.consolebuilders.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=2

    Still working on the site, but the forum capabilities are all there. Hope to see you!

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  37. I got full refund from Mike. I hope this project will go on someday.

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    1. from Mike or from Paypal?

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    2. def from paypal. Mike never responded to my PayPal dispute (got refunded yesterday due to him not responding)

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  38. just got my money back from PayPal I suggest everyone does the same before you get caught in a backlog of refunds. If he hasn't gotten into any serious accidents, then he clearly took the money and ran. No way someone can be away this long in a location with "spotty internet" and not have a post or 2 explaining whats going on. Its a shame because he seemed like a nice guy over email... turned out to be a scammer.

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    1. I'm almost really thinking something has happened to him. He seemed to be proactive, and had a pile of parts that he'd purchased. If he was taking the money and running, there's no reason to go through that trouble. And if he's broken down mentally because it was too much for him to handle, he'd have to have some pretty thin skin. And all he'd need to do is make a post saying that he's gotten burnt out, and will ship at a much slower rate.

      Today is the last day for him to respond to my Paypal claim.

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    2. And just got the email from PayPal that I've received back my money. Such a shame that it came to this.

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  39. He answered me last week via mail. He didn't mentioned what is happening nor his sudden silent, I don't know what to think about all this...

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    1. Here is the answer...
      You don't need to believe liar.
      I claimed paypal and got money back.
      Even paypal...he never answers.

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  40. I was also refunded via PayPal. His PayPal account/ attached bank account is more than likely frozen. I am sure if his accounts are frozen it would be near impossible for him to continue shipping or selling kits until the funds are released.

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  41. I just got refunded by paypal due to no response also. Such a shame it had to go this route :/

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    2. same here

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  42. I started out angry, but now I am getting worried. Really hope he is doing OK. From the videos he seemed like a trustworthy guy, and I still think he is. I am not going to speculate in what has happened, just hope he is OK. I have asked for my money back as we will likely never see any products shipped.

    Merry Christmas to you all :)

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  43. Waiting for news and updates from Spain. Congratulations on your work, it's great. I would like to build your project

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  44. I did know nothing of this amazing project until today. I have seen the mini NES videos for the first time and I was really amazed.
    Then I have read all your comments.
    People, I'm very sorry for everyone here who is waiting. Mike seems a REALLY trustworthy person, so I think something may have happened to him. Maybe Nintendo got in touch with him in some way and asked him to stop all the projects, that maybe is interfering with the Nintendo Classic Mini they are selling.
    But, this doesn't explain why he is not responding. I must say I'm worried. I DON'T think he is escaped with the money. He could have made more just by continuing work on this.

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  45. I tried to get money back in PayPal, but it didn't work. It says: "This problem was automatically closed on because no further action was taken within the 20 day period. "... I tried to reopen it, but it doesn't work anymore. It seems not everyone can get their money back.

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    1. Did you make sure you did everything on your end? 20 days was longer than I had to wait to get my money back. I think they gave Mike 10 days to respond. After he didn't I got my money back the next day.

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    2. You have to click "Escalate to Paypal" when the seller doesn't respond.

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  46. mr mike i understand your issues with the parts but i think you should at least try to say something or post something beofre people go through legal actions against you... you sold a product and wanted foward payment before the shipment (ok it's normal) but at least tell us what the situation is or people will start to think that you're a hoax

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  47. I think you people are forgetting that Mike has done this before, he has produced the product people have paid for. He's trying to improve on this "product" and with that comes set backs. We could have all order the first batch and that what we would have got. The batch we ordered will be better. You have to remember, not only are there issue with the production and setbacks when trying to improve a product, but we all have personal lives that can cause delays. I hate social media and don't want anyone to know about my personal life. So maybe have some patience! If you want something fast and mainstream order off of Amazon or eBay.

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    1. Since people are getting their money back from PayPal, I don't think this is an issue with setbacks on trying to improve a product. During the dispute process, Paypal sends the seller an email to ask for an explanation on why no product has been sent. If they do not respond, Paypal refunds the money. With so many people now getting their money back, I would think that I'd make a comment to let people know that I'm still working on the project. Because Paypal will take the money out of the sellers account. Or slap them with an invoice. Paypal still makes sure the seller is liable.

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  48. Hey guys, building a forum for those of us who'd like to continue to build our own. Head over to ConsoleBuilders.com to start a conversation.

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  49. Call it holding out hope or whatever you want, I'm not really stressing until I work the bugs out of my 3D printer. It doesn't really matter if the guts of the system get here before I can make the case anyway.

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  50. Does anyone know if Mikes ok?

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    1. I got burnt by this and put in a claim, got my money back....

      To answer your question, no one knows anything but I don't think it was a deliberate scam. If it was, he would have transferred all the money out and paypal wouldn't recover it so easily.

      So maybe something did happen to him, or maybe he just gave up on the project and walked away. I hope he gets whatever help he needs as he did seem like a nice guy who wanted to help out.

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    2. Yeah, I don't think anything is wrong with Mike. He was in contact with me about 3-4 weeks ago and kept promising the kits were going to be shipped. I was batch 2 and another one from 3. It was pretty much a runaround for months until he finally dropped off the radar. The thing is-- this was just 3-4 weeks and he seemed totally together and fine in e-mails. Just as nice and considerate and he comes across in the videos. Not sure why I got the extended treatment, since, in the end he didn't end up sending anything anyway. Guess I should have come on here earlier to save some time. Pretty disappointing.

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  51. I waited about as long as I possibly could, but Paypal's dispute window was closing soon for my transaction. It's a shame that Mike decided the best strategy was to shut down and not share any information with us, because if there were even monthly updates on the status, I'd have been okay with waiting. As it is, I recommend not letting your dispute window close without getting your money back.

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  52. Since it's on a public website talking about his own project, I figured it's safe to post his full name here. If anyone has any sleuthing abilities, Mike's full name is Mike Gibson. Found here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/nespi/

    Maybe we can find an answer. Could be that he's transferred jobs, and has been too busy and completely forgot about this project. Happened to me once with my online store. Happened so quick that I didn't have any time to shut down the store while I moved and got settled, and with so many things to take care of in the process of moving, finding a new place to live, and getting situated with my new area and job, I completely forgot about my store. Here's hoping that's what happened here.

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