RetroPie, a retro game emulator! Want to play retro games on a cheap computer? From SNES to Gameboy to PlayStation 1, you can play all kinds of retro games on this emulator.
DISCLAIMER: ROM sites inserted may contain games that are illegal to download. Do so at your own risk.
- Raspberry Pi Zero W or better (for best performance it is best to use a Raspberry Pi 3 series (B, B+, A+)
- Official power supply (we recommend this because you won’t have to worry about power issues unlike other third-party power supplies)
- 32 GB Class 10 Micro SD card (16 GB will do, but you will not be able to store as many games)
- Video cabling (HDMI, HDMI to VGA, etc.)
- PS4 Controller (We chose this gamepad as it is high quality, has a rechargeable battery and is wireless using Bluetooth.)
- Wireless dongle (Unless you are using 3B or better)
- 8GB or greater USB flash drive with read/write light
Downloading RetroPie (Method 1):
- Download PINN
- Extract the contents from the zip file into a folder.
- Plug your MicroSD card into your computer and format it as FAT 32
- Open the folder that contains your extracted PINN files and copy paste the contents into the MicroSD card.
- Eject the MicroSD card.
Installation: (Method 1)
- Plug the MicroSD card into your Raspberry Pi, plug in all cables, keyboard and mouse and turn it on.
- In the PINN menu open the internet settings, scan for your network and connect to it.
- Wait for PINN for finishing up processes before clicking on “Games”.
- Click the checkbox next to RetroPie.
- Click install. The time taken for the install to finish is based on how fast your internet download speed is.
- After the installation finishes, click “Ok”, then let PINN reboot.
- You can now skip to the section on “Downloading and installation of ROMS”
Downloading and Installing RetroPie (Method 2):
- Download RetroPie.
- Download Balena Etcher.
- Plug in your MicroSD card, open Etcher and flash your downloaded image.
- Plug in power and video cables, keyboard and turn on your Raspberry Pi.
Download and Installation of ROMS (Games):
- First off, you’re going to want to plug your USB flash drive into your computer.
- Create an empty folder named “retropie“.
- Plug the USB drive into your Raspberry Pi (while the Raspberry Pi is running). EmulationStation should automatically detect the created folder and should start creating sections on ROMS and BIOS.
- After you see your USB drive light has stopped flashing, remove it.
- Insert it back into your computer.
- Download suitable ROMS from RomsMania.
- Extract downloads. Compatible ROM files can be found on the RetroPie website.
- Transfer the ROMS to the USB drive. Make sure that you put the files in appropriate places. For example, SNES games MUST go in the SNES ROM folder.
- Eject the USB drive, plug it into your Raspberry Pi. Wait for the light to stop flashing before removing it.
- Open the menu, move down to quit, then click on restart EmulationStation.
- You should now see your Games.
- If you want to add the extra bling factor, you can scrape for images and descriptions of games.
PlayStation 4 Controller Setup:
- Navigate to the RetroPie Settings menu on your Raspberry Pi. Click on Bluetooth.
- Hold the PlayStation Button and the Share button on your controller until the light starts to throb.
- Scan for Bluetooth devices.
- Connect to the “Wireless controller”
- Exit out of the settings menu. Open the menu and setup controls.
- Reopen the menu and restart EmulationSystem in the “Quit” option.
That is it! Enjoy your console, boredom no more! If you need any help, post a comment down below. I will try my best to help you out.