I replaced the inside of the "NES" model with a Raspberry Pi 4 running Recalbox, and the inside of the "TV" with an 8" LCD kit with speakers. I 3D-printed a couple of brackets for the power and HDMI ports, the mechanism behind the power button and a support for the Raspberry Pi.
The software can actually emulate lots of consoles and it supports wireless controllers, like generic Bluetooth ones, and the ones from PS4 and Xbox. In the video I'm using a PS4 controller off-camera.
On the one hand, I wanna get hype.
But on the other, during the peak hype of the NES Classic, I made my own DIY emulation box in protest, using a Raspberry Pi. And it already has all these games, soooooo...
Edit: If you're interested in doing the same, here's the site with info. If you need roms, there's a certain paradise for emulation that can easily be googled. The whole thing takes maybe an hour or two to set up once you have all the hardware and software.
And when you're done, you can play Chrono Trigger or any other SNES game you want that the SNES Classic is probably missing. And when you're done with SNES, you can plug in an arcade stick and play Street Fighter III: Third Strike. Unplug that and switch to Saturn to play Snatcher. Or play everything with an Xbox One pad.
I used Recalbox and it was pretty straightforward. Their DIY install guide can be found here: https://www.recalbox.com/diyrecalbox
The part that confused me is that I tried to load roms via a SD card and it turns out that's a pain in the ass because of drive formatting related stuff and that loading them via your network using http://recalbox.local is WAY easier. I spent a few hours banging my head against a wall until I realized how easy the network load is. You literally drag and drop them in the web interface and that's it.
As for where roms are, I bet you can find those with some creative googling.
Check out Recalbox: https://www.recalbox.com/
Comes with a Kodi build as default which you can launch via the emulator front end. Once you're done with Kodi, choosing to exit Kodi will take you back to the Emulator front end.
1998... does it have usb ports ? if yes you could try to get a controller, start a recalbox image (https://www.recalbox.com/diyrecalbox I suppose you'll be using the PC 32bits version) and get a SNES/Megadrive solution (I suppose a lot of arcade games can work too).
Not sure investing money in such an old configuration is a wise choice... but just in case: scout for a soundblaster awe32, and a 3dfx 2 or 3 (the 2 requires a working 2D card, the 3 is closer to a modern graphic card). With the proper drivers and game patches (you're looking for Glide versions) you'll enjoy games like tomb raider, moto racer and Quake at 60 fps...
Ram is unlikely to be an issue, most games from that era would use 4 to 8 megas (not a typo) at most. If Quake 2 is running, you probably cover whatever game can run on that beast.
GoG.com is your friend at this point...
pourquoi RetroPie, il y a l'excellent Recalbox super simple a mettre en place (et bientôt compatible Hyperion sorte d'ambilight)
Le Raspberry Pi, c'est comme un 2ème PC. Tu pourras le connecter à ton réseau local (WiFi de la box ou câble Ethernet), il aura comme ça accès à internet et pourra échanger avec les autres PC/périphériques connectés au réseau local.
L'idée est de ne pas utiliser un flux vidéo temps réel PC-->TV qui est gourmand en bande passante, mais d'aller lire les fichiers directement stockés sur ton PC via un partage réseau. Plusieurs protocoles permettent de réaliser cela, notamment le simple partage de dossier de Windows (SMB).
Ton PC restera totalement autonome vis à vis de la télé. Il aura juste tes films/séries/musiques dans un répertoire partagé.
"Distro" c'est une distribution Linux (= le système d'exploitation). Il existe plusieurs systèmes d'exploitation adaptés au Raspberry Pi : https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/. Rasbian est l'officielle. D'autres sont plus adaptées au multimédia telles que LibreElec ou OSMC.
Le système d'exploitation s'installe sur la carte microSD.
Tu peux également en faire une console de jeu : https://www.recalbox.com/
Il y a énormément de communautés qui tourne autour du Raspberry Pi sur internet (site web, forums, reddit, etc.).
Did you get the light guns to work? It looks like you’re running RecalboxRecalbox… I have those light with a Recalbox OS but the light guns barely work…
Would love any tips if you’ve gotten them up and running successfully!
I purchased the original Retroid Pocket, it's okay, but in hindsight I think it would have been better to build something myself.
The hardware recommended by recalbox below would probably support lakka?
this is the image i am using: https://www.recalbox.com/download/stable/handheld/rpizero2gpicase
it should include all of the gpi stuff so not necessary to install any additional scripts.
Sure, and we are proud to present the Recalbox RGB dual for Pi 3, Pi 4 and Pi 400. It's a Pi hat that allows to plug your pi to a CRT through SCART/PERITEL, compatible with 15kHZ and 31kHz CRTs.
Stay tuned for the kickstarter, next week. More informations here https://www.recalbox.com/recalbox-rgb-dual/
A working beta (with few bugs) is available here https://www.recalbox.com/download/beta/handheld/piboydmg/alternative
Stable is due on this Friday.
I heard of it but since I use an alternative (recalbox) for both my RetroGaming need and "smart TV" need (recalbox do both and also I can link it to a SMB share for BIOS, ROM and SAVE).
Let's break things down. Questions at the end. I am not familiar with Recalbox itself, but these questions will help troubleshoot.
>Sorry guys... i’m a complete noob
>I bought the pi as an emulator for my son
Hi! What model of Pi?
>I installed recalbox
For installing recalbox: did you follow these instructions?
Balena etcher is free software, pretty much point and click. A bad Micro SD card can mess it up.
Did any steps give error messages? What is the last step that seems to work? What goes wrong?
>Do I need a separate monitor that’s compatible to the pi?
The Pi will talk to HDMI automagically. On first boot it might take a bit, but you'll see things on the screen. A Pi 4 will need a a micro HDMI to regular adapter.
As for games themselves, the emulator does these things:
Runs software* pretending to be ("emulating") a different computer (video game console)
** you'll have to get this software. Lots of emulator game files are out there. I googled "sonic the hedgehog 3" and "sega genesis emulator" to get my kids playing it after the movie came out.
Recalbox/retropie : tout plein d'emulateurs et d'anciens jeux jusqu'à la ps1 (en gros), avec une interface simple, le tout installé sur un raspberry pi sur la TV du salon
Ma box retropie est dans un boîtier de mini-nes, et on y joue avec des manettes de xbox360 sans fil. C'est juste parfait pour se refaire des Mario, Zelda, ou métal slug.
It's a Linux distro designed to function as an emulator console based on Batocera Linux. It comes with a number of built-in emulators and allows the machine to be operated entirely with a controller. Its good for turning old hardware into HTPC consoles as the OS is small enough to run off a USB drive.
Nice for the kid and dad 😜.
If you want to do the same it is not that difficult really. All you need is to download the free software Recalbox (https://www.recalbox.com/) or RetroPie (https://retropie.org.uk/), both free as in free speech and as in free beer). Then you buy a cheap Raspberry Pi, some cheap joysticks, and set it up.
If you have some DIY skills you can fit it in a nice decorated arcade cabinet lookalike, what is cool.
RecalBox on one of these or something similar makes a great emulation machine with a small form factor for all of the systems you mentioned (although there are some small thin clients that can take a PCIe graphics card that can handle more challenging systems like PSP, and PlayStation 2). Ones with Bluetooth can be paired with a wireless controller (Recalbox supports a wide variety of controllers).
I don’t want to turn away business, but one of these would be a better fit for emulating the 3D systems mentioned than an Xbox. That leaves an Xbox for running Xbox games.
Personally I can recommend trying out RecalboxOS ( https://www.recalbox.com/ )
I've had great success running loads of old SNES, PS1, Amiga etc. games using it on my Pi 3B+.
If you want to get fancy, you could even buy one of the SNES style Pi cases and controllers available online. :)
Playing Legend of Croc on a machine the size of a credit card is pretty dang cool.
A specialist distro like Lakka would be a good fit, it’s primarily for retro gaming but it can play movies and other videos, and its interface is similar to the PlayStation Portable and later PS consoles.
Recalbox is a similar distro that is mainly a game emulation platform but also comes with Kodi for videos and streaming.
Finally, SteamOS may be an option if you have compatible hardware, it’s great if you already have some games in Steam, and you can install Kodi to expand its capabilities.
Is there a specific skin you'd recommend? I was planning on installing Recalbox to do some retro gaming and Kodi streaming for things like YouTube and also local video playback.
I'll have a look at overclocking the GPU to see if I can squeeze out a few more frames.
Worst case scenario I'll just use my Rock64 with 2GB of ram.
I just wanted to use the A+ because well, it's there and also I like the square shape better than the rectangle shape for a 3D printed case. But I suppose I could always modify my case design if need be.
RetroPi is a specific build made for Raspberry Pi hardware, forget about trying to make it run on that hardware. I think you're confusing people using the RetroPi name. What you really want is to run retro games on an old PC using something like EmulationStation (which is the software behind RetroPi) or Recalbox.
for both PC and Pi, i've used and enjoyed Recalbox.
it's easiest to describe Recalbox as a full OS instead of something which runs on your current OS. anyhow, it works fine on a $5 Pi Zero W and on an i5.
as far as learning, it's seriously best to hit most recent vids on youtube to see what's good. links in vid descriptions for forums, project posts, and support.
Scroll a little ways down this page for a list of systems you can easily emulate on a Pi.
It runs all of them very well without overclocking. For $35.
Hell, people run tensorflow on pi’s. Not every application requires an Intel i9 and a 1080 ti.
I'd recommend Recalbox instead of RetroPie for absolute beginners who just want an emulation station up and running: https://www.recalbox.com
It's less versatile than RetroPie but is easier to set up.
I'm a little late to the thread, but from what you posted, you may want to check out Recalbox. It's an Apple version of RetroPie as opposed to an Android - It's really quick and easy to set up but not as many options to customize. I use it because I wanted something ready out of the box and gaming as soon as possible after getting a pi 3b, without stressing over too many configurations and settings.
It's amazing that gamers have never heard of this before. At any rate, those looking for something a little easier to setup software wise you can always go with Recalbox instead of RetroPie.
Check out Recalbox. It's RetroPie with additional features and you just have to copy it to the SD card and it's ready to go.
Best part for me:
It has a web-interface, that you can access via WiFi, to upload game-ROMs and BIOS files, so you don't have to fiddle with FTP or flashdrives and whatnot.
Go to "DIY" and you'll eventually find a link to the github page.
I had all sorts of stupid problems with Retropi like the image not inflating to fill the SD card, difficulting binding gamepad buttons or making unrecoverable bind mistakes, etc. Recalbox seems to have thoughtfully taken care of all that even though it's just another retropi distro.
To load games you just switch it on and find it on the network.