RetroPie Download/Install on Raspberry Pi

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.

Things needed:

  • 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):

  1. Download PINN
  2. Extract the contents from the zip file into a folder.
  3. Plug your MicroSD card into your computer and format it as FAT 32
  4. Open the folder that contains your extracted PINN files and copy paste the contents into the MicroSD card.
  5. Eject the MicroSD card.

Installation: (Method 1)

  1. Plug the MicroSD card into your Raspberry Pi, plug in all cables, keyboard and mouse and turn it on.
  2. In the PINN menu open the internet settings, scan for your network and connect to it.
  3. Wait for PINN for finishing up processes before clicking on “Games”.
  4. Click the checkbox next to RetroPie.
  5. Click install. The time taken for the install to finish is based on how fast your internet download speed is.
  6. After the installation finishes, click “Ok”, then let PINN reboot.
  7. You can now skip to the section on “Downloading and installation of ROMS”

Downloading and Installing RetroPie (Method 2):

  1. Download RetroPie.
  2. Download Balena Etcher.
  3. Plug in your MicroSD card, open Etcher and flash your downloaded image.
  4. Plug in power and video cables, keyboard and turn on your Raspberry Pi.

Download and Installation of ROMS (Games):

  1. First off, you’re going to want to plug your USB flash drive into your computer.
  2. Create an empty folder named “retropie“.
  3. 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.
  4. After you see your USB drive light has stopped flashing, remove it.
  5. Insert it back into your computer.
  6. Download suitable ROMS from RomsMania.
  7. Extract downloads. Compatible ROM files can be found on the RetroPie website.
  8. 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.
  9. Eject the USB drive, plug it into your Raspberry Pi. Wait for the light to stop flashing before removing it.
  10. Open the menu, move down to quit, then click on restart EmulationStation.
  11. You should now see your Games.
  12. If you want to add the extra bling factor, you can scrape for images and descriptions of games.

PlayStation 4 Controller Setup:

  1. Navigate to the RetroPie Settings menu on your Raspberry Pi. Click on Bluetooth.
  2. Hold the PlayStation Button and the  Share button on your controller until the light starts to throb.
  3. Scan for Bluetooth devices.
  4. Connect to the “Wireless controller”
  5. Exit out of the settings menu. Open the menu and setup controls.
  6. 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.

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