I have always wanted an arcade machine for as long as i can remember and recently jumped into the world of the Raspberry Pi. What is a Raspberry pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming through fun, practical projects
Looking at websites like Gearbest i can clearly see that the pricing on the Pi is relatively cheap, however being South African and the Rand to Dollar looking rather pathetic i went about my search to find a Pi supplier in South Africa who could meet the requirement. I found a few but all in all it would work out cheaper to get a Pi from Gearbest. You can get a Rpi Case also here.
Retropie is essentially an operating system which converts your raspberry pi into an arcade machine. What it does is emulates ROMS which in turn is the games you so love.
So here is what you need:
- Raspberry Pi 3
- HDMi Cable to plug into a screen
- Micro SD Card
- Micro USB Power Cable (i used my S7 Charger Cable) – 2.5Amp 5v recommended.
Go to the website and download the image. This is not really an image but a file to write to the SD card.
The most basic tool for Windows would be to use Win32DiskImager.After installing, you should get a compressed file that requires Winrar to uncompress. Extract this file and it should lead you with an .img file ready to write onto the SD card.
- Run the Win32DiskImager.exe
- Click the blue folder near the top right to browse for the image. Select the extracted .img RetroPie OS file you just downloaded.
- Plug your SD card in with your SD Card reader.
- Go to file explorer to check what drive letter your SD card slot is under.
- Select the drive letter your SD card is on (located right next to the blue folder).
- Press write and wait for it to say write complete.
Plug the Card into the Pi turn it on and it should boot up into the Retropie.
Now find yourself some ROMS somewhere :P, i used an old USB 16gig stick, format the USB to FAT32 and plug it into the Pi, restart the Pi and the Pi will write a folder structure to it, remove the stick and load up the roms.
So the steps are:
- first create a folder called
retropieon your USB stick
- plug it into the pi and wait for it to finish blinking
- pull the USB out and plug it into a computer
- add the roms to their respective folders (in the
- plug it back into the raspberry pi
- wait for it to finish blinking
- refresh emulationstation by choosing restart emulationstation from the start menu
You can go balls out and build up an arcade machine.
Im currently using controllers: