I know it's been said a million times with the NES Classic but remember RetroPie is an option if one is willing to go that route.
Probably cheaper even with all the accessories/controllers than whatever scalpers will be charging for the SNES Classic, and it'll support more than a single console and easily allow one to add games. Native bluetooth support allows for you to use a PS3/PS4 controller if you have one laying around or any number of bluetooth or USB controllers you can find online.
There's supporting Nintendo but it's not really supporting Nintendo if you can only buy from scalpers since Nintendo already got the scalper's money. So if the SNES Classic has severe supply shortages there'll probably be some hefty markup making the idea of getting one from a scalper a turnoff. Of course if one doesn't like piracy and or (third party) emulation a RetroPie would be a no-go as well.
I dusted off my Bay Trail Intel NUC to see if it can run RetroPie, my NUC is gutless but I figure it's worth a shot since I don't have a spare Pi3 lying around.
edit: oh also RetroPie takes like a literal 20+ hours to build the files so run the installer and come back the next day...
there's a better answer to the problem: stop buying these classic editions.
Nintendo clearly isn't showing that they care about consumers getting it for the price listed, so why should we care to purchase their product?
I do NOT condone piracy of any kind, however, one is allowed to make a legal copy of games they already own, and legal software such as retropie can be used to make your own mini console that'll work just fine with your existing wii u or switch pro controller.
I was going to get the NES classic last year, but was disappointed when it was impossible to get one. I ended up taking a Raspberry Pi 3 and loading RetroPie onto it. It's 100 times better, plays more, and is more compatible. I hooked up my xbox 360 wireless reciever, so I can use my xbox controller to play the games. Now, I have no interest in getting the SNES classic. Thanks for always underestimating the demand of your products Nintendo!
You're in Kiosk mode.
Input the Konami cheat code - up,up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a - on your controller to exit.
up,up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a
More info: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Child-friendly-EmulationStation/
RetroPie. Most of NES, SNES, N64, Amiga, Atari 2600, Master System, Megadrive, 32X, MSX, Saturn, PSX, DOS, Dreamcast and even PSP games can be played on a single machine. You call this "no idea"? Get some friends and a pair of USB gamepads, plug those into your RPI connected to your TV via HDMI and have fun!
Not sure if this will be the same fix for you, but if you have a Samsung TV connected to your RPi4 you might be able to fix it with this:
“I went in my TV settings and turned on " Settings>General>External Device Manager>Input settings Plus "
This made it so the Pi 400 could choose different HDMI video modes”
Without that setting, if I chose a 1080p video mode it’d only use the upper left part of the screen.
Retropie is a frontend. Basically it organizes everything. When you install it. You will then need tonplace your games in the appropiate folder in the Roms section. For example you want to install the arcade version of Donkey Kong. You place the game file in that folder. And the same for other systems.
As far as what types of game files this should help
For Dragins lair you will need to add the emulator. Its called Daphne.
Forgot to mention. Getting Daphne to work with a joystick is tricky.
Retrogaming, mediecenter, hygge-programmering / elektronik-nørderi, voice kit, overvågningskameraer, der er masser af muligheder.
If you get a $30 RaspberryPi and install RetroPi you can play Contra and like 50+ other games. Check it out.
Don't take the term "building" too seriously on the pi. No, "building" your own doesn't require soldering. That canakit link is the slower and older pi3b, get the pi3b+ kit. You'll still have to put it together if you buy a kit or the parts separately, and you'll still have to wipe that card clean to install retropie. The kit is just convenient of selling the parts together.
If you want a silent case with no fan, get the flirc gen2 case. Case acts as a giant heatsink.
The only thing that's not allowed in here are links to people selling retropie pre-installed. It'll be overpriced, illegal, and no one will help you with it.
Read up on the installation and emulators https://retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation/
Back up the four folders available through SAMBA shares - bios, configs roms and splashscreens (this one can be ignored if using default splashscreen). More info: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation/#samba-shares.
I had the same problem with PSX. Crash Bandicoot worked well but MGS did not boot (I got a black screen). After reading the retropie documentation https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Playstation-1/ (the bios part) it says that some games need to run with the playstation BIOS. So you just need to get from the internet the BIOS file named « SCPH1001.BIN » and put it in /home/pi/RetroPie/BIOS (make sure the name of the file is all in uppercase) after that MGS booted fine for me
Thanks for spreading the good word about RetroPie! It's a great project and makes setting up a retro gaming emulation system really easy.
Unfortunately, a lot of this advice is incorrect. Here are the corrections I noticed:
> that would be okay
No it wouldn't. As per the RetroPie license even selling a system with zero ROMs and with just RetroPie it is still illegal and against their license.
>The image we provide is Raspbian Lite with RetroPie pre-installed. Much of the software included in the RetroPie image have non-commercial licences. Because of this selling a pre-installed RetroPie image is not legal – this includes “giving away” a pre-installed RetroPie with your commercial product. Including copyrighted games with RetroPie is also not allowed.
I found the audio was better for most games when changing the emulator in this guide:
I only find choppy audio now when it's a performance issue. I might try overclocking.
The release of the new image based on Stretch basically means that support for 4.3.x (based on Jessie) is going to dry up very quickly.
Having been using RetroPie for quite a while it is usually best to do a full clean install. That's what the devs recommend. But have a read through this and have a search of the forum. I'm sure people have done an upgrade and hopefully documented their experience.
To be fair I just copied my ROMs and BIOS folders and started fresh. Still a work in progress but I don't mind.
Edited to add: The 4.3 image is already gone from the website.
Did you follow everything here:
As of Raspbian 9 (Stretch) there are additional edits that need to be made to clear all boot text. It’s captured in the link above.
Hope that helps!
The 8bitdo d-pad problem can be fixed with tape or hole punch reinforcements:
...not that such tomfoolery should be necessary on a $40-50 controller, especially when it's marketed as a replica of the reliable SNES pad.
RetroPie comes with a notice that says
> NOTICE: The RetroPie-Setup script and pre-made RetroPie SD card images are available to download for free from https://retropie.org.uk.
> The pre-built RetroPie image includes software that has non commercial licences. Selling RetroPie images or including RetroPie with your commercial product is not allowed.
> No copyrighted games are included with RetroPie.
> If you have been sold this software, you can let us know about it by emailing .
But that does not seem 100% consistent with the GPL license included with the source code. It is usually allowed to sell GPL software as long as you do not mislead the customer about the fact that it is also available for free. I don't think any merchant has ever gotten in trouble for offering an optional $5 pre-installation service for free software.
No need to reinvent the wheel https://retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation/
Saying that, some of your instructions are redundant .
You don't need to run diskpart or disk management. SD Formatter will format all partitions. A normal user doesn't need to do this. As long as the card doesn't have any multiple partitions and it's already fat32, the writing process of the retropie image will format it.
Retropie automatically resizes partitions now when ran for the first time...for quite a while. Maybe for 2 years?
Retropie is not in an iso container.
I just happened to catch this. The DraStic author mentioned 3 days ago it was coming "very soon".
Supposedly it runs really well. Even on the Pandora which only has a 600mhz processor. It is test build, and has less features than the Android version.
Here is the forum post discussing it being added.
The author posted the file on another forum here for testing.
You need to put nds_bios_arm7.bin and nds_bios_arm9.bin into your /home/pi/system folder.
You should connect a keyboard to configure everything.
M brings up the menu, configure your controls. These probably work great with a 360 controller. D-Pad is mapped to the D-pad for NDS, and the analog stick controls the stylus to interact with the screen. If you do not have a controller with an analog stick, then you'll have to remap the controls. iBuffalo SNES pad, the D-pad reports as an analog stick, so you have to remap it. Use backspace to unmap the stylus controls. Hooking up a mouse seems to work without an issue!
I suggest pushing S on the keyboard to switch to side by side screen orientation. A will return to top and bottom screen orientation. In the options you can change the scaling to full screen.
Saving seems to be an issue. With New Super Mario Bros, it complains about the save, and backs out. I had another game crash when it attempted to save. Trying to figure out how to resolve that. I did some reading and it refers to an XML file to check the CRC32 of the file against. My files and CRC32 are in the XML file, but it doesn't appear to handle saving correctly. Part of being a test build I guess. :)
At the risk of stating the obvious, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Thankfully, there is a library worth of decent guides online to help you learn.
If you like classic gaming, you can check out the RetroPie project. It allows you to turn your RPi into a retro gaming console.
For a wide variety of other projects, you can check out the official RPi site's guide for lucky Christmas recipients =) Once you've got your bearings, you'll probably find yourself with more ideas than you could possibly complete. Good luck, and I hope you have some great fun!
Yes there is. So normally the 8bitdo zero is recognized as a keyboard in retropie.
To fix this, you'll need to read this forum post
Follow user meleu's instructions.
Basically, it boils down to downloading the "8bitdozerogamepad.cfg" file from the forum and putting it in the "/opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch-joypads/8BitdoZeroGamePad.cfg" location. I SMB share into Retropie and just dragged it into that folder.
After that, add bluetooth device using the retropie setup. Then go and go back to EmulationStation, press start and remap the keys using the gamepad now. Once that's done, you're good to go.
If you scored one of the Raspberry Pi 4s from yesterday, grab one of these and then go nuts with RetroPie.
There are many "scene" images that target the 128GB sizes. So much fun and nostalgia to be had!
The "retro stuff that been put out in at least the last five years" you refer to are modern games made with a pixel art style used to resemble retro games and developed for modern x86 systems such as Windows.
Retro games playable in RetroPie are games released in the '80s and '90s for 8 and 16-bit systems such as NES, SNES and Megadrive. This is made possible because of the availability of emulators. Running Windows apps on Pi is near impossible, the only real way being the paid-for app, ExaGear.
The example you give, Cave Story, was released in 2004 for Windows as freeware. With the source code freely available, the game could be developed for, or ported to, other systems such as Linux. As such, Cave Story is available in RetroPie: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Cave-Story/
For other modern games to also be available in RetroPie, the least you need to ask is is there a version available for Linux ARM, not just Linux x86, either released by the developer or through a source port.
By chance, did you download the RetroPie image from the official RetroPie website? If so, then that may be your problem. The stock RetroPie image on the website does not support the Pi 3 B+, since this new model only supports Raspbian Stretch images, and the current RetroPie image is running off of Raspbian Jessie.
That said, you can download a beta testing image of RetroPie that works with the Pi 3 B+ here:
You also need to flash the image to your SD card using Win32 DiskImager on Windows, or if you're on Mac, use ApplePi Baker. Etcher is also an excellent tool as well.
Running a Vertical system on an old CRT.
Here is a great guide to using the 3.5mm jack - Link
[Edit] Protip: Look for the Xbox One 3.5mm A/V cable. Probably the best available with the correct plug/jacket setup for the Raspberry Pi.
In total, 150 dollars. While I realize that is twice as much as the NES Classic, realize that you can fit every single NES, SNES and Genesis game on it with tons of room to spare if you want to add in Gameboy Advance etc. So you can have upwards of 3000 games instead of 30.
74 Dollars for the Raspberry Pi 3 Kit: (There are cheaper kits but this one comes with a 32GB SD Card and a Card Reader already so you don't have to worry about getting them seperately)
38 dollars per 8Bitdo SNES Controllers:
You can find cheaper solutions for the Bluetooth controllers but I wanted the authentic feel of the SNES controllers with the wireless capability.
Then you run Retro Pi on it https://retropie.org.uk/
You need to identify what's your os. Probably retropie, but check in the menu to make sure. If it's retropie, there's plenty of ways to add games easily (the usb method comes to mind).
Be carefull before updating retropie. Check the version first and visit their forum to educate yourself.
RetroPie is the most popular way to make an emulation system with a Raspberry Pi. I built one back in May and it's loads of fun.
I also use one to run my 3D printer using OctoPrint.
This 100%. That RetroSys OP is looking at is literally just a pre-made Retropie. It costs far less than 160 to put one together yourself, and you get to buy whatever case you want for it. I put one together two years ago and it works wonderfully.
Edit: Holyshit, that RetoSys is ON SALE for 160 and is normally 400? Highway fucking robbery. I got a special case and had to buy a new SD card and mine still came in under 100.
Edit 2: Resources
Putting together a Raspberry Pi: https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/set-up-raspberry-pi-4/
Installing Retropie software: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation/#usb
Are you using 3b+ or another revision? I've heard of people getting better results with the on board bluetooth if they disable the wifi or by using a dedicated USB bluetooth receiver.
Here is a link to someone that had issues with their DS3 controller and fixed them.
>For RPI users it is recommended to start from a fresh image with this update. It is possible to upgrade the system from Jessie to Stretch but there have been reports of issues by some people when doing so.
Pi3 can run most N64 games in a playable fashion when slightly over clocked and with proper cooling (Heat sinks + tiny fan). PS1 games run flawless without any tinkering at all though. Check out RetroPie.
Here is the documentation page from the official RetroPie site; it tells you literally everything you need to know. The process itself is really quite simple--you just have to buy the proper hardware components, flash a microSD card with the operating system, and you're good to go.
So... saw some Reddit traffic on my YouTube page and this showed up in a Google search. I'm the one that built it. Yes, a PSP is capable of emulating many of the games by itself, but this PSP was dead and therefore couldn't emulate anything. Like others said though, this is able to do far more than emulate games. It has a USB port on top, so a mouse and keyboard can be added. That's not what I'm using it for, but the capability is there.
This was mostly about making use of a broken PSP being able to play old school games on something with a reasonably-sized LCD. Oh, and it is a PSP 1000...not sure where this guy got PSP Slim from my video.
Check out the build progress of version 2.0 here:
More videos are coming, so subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notifications.
Please ask questions, I'm happy to answer them.
If you have a pi4, I recommend you use fbneo for most games. For the games it doesn't support, start with mame2016. If the game is too slow then try 2010 and finally 2003plus.
Keep in mind that you need a specific rom set for each arcade emulator. https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Arcade/
Here is a forum topic to help you along the way. Unless you just buy a different usb adapter which is what I would do. Or get Xbox 360 dancepads which will already be USB and conform to x input protocols.
Any moron can download a pirated image and sell it. When it has problems, no one will help you. It's not hard but it might be time consuming if you're new to all of this https://retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation/
I've probably typed it a thousand times on this sub, but here I go again...
Downloading random ROMs from random / sketchy websites and then trying to launch them using random MAME emulators is the road to insanity.
Decide which MAME / FBA emulator you are going to use and then obtain the correct ROM set for that emu.
I really don't get why people don't understand this. Some people like to say running MAME games is some sort of voodoo. It's not, it's simple if you take the time to understand what you need to do.
This is a very good guide (plus the official RetroPie docs, of course) https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/2859/how-to-use-mame-with-retropie-help-guide
pi2 can handle PSX fine. pi3 can handle the PSX enhanced resolution mode, but that has it's own issues: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Playstation-1/#enhanced-graphics
n64 is a mixed bag on pi3. many posts on it here.
You just need a couple things!
Go for it, it's easier than you think. I started with zero wood working skills and zero Raspberry Pi skills.
https://retropie.org.uk/ will give you almost everything that you need to get the system running and there are plenty of plans for arcade cabinets scattered around the internet, you just have to find one that you like the look of. The one that I based my design on was called Easy Cab and there is a guide here http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Cab-arcade/
Basically, you buy it and snap a Raspberry Pi Zero (or Raspberry Pi Zero W, but not the Raspberry Pi Zero WH) into it. You'll also need a micro SD card. I'm partial to the 32 GB Samsung Evo Plus, but most any (8GB+) will do for this setup. You also download the RetroPie OS and flash it onto the micro SD card. Then setup the Retroflag scripts and load your ROMs. The Retroflag GPI case will come with assembly instructions. The RetroPie's website has instructions for the software side of things. You'll also want a micro SD card reader and 3 AA batteries, if you don't already have.
I suspect the easiest way to load ROMs would be to do it over a network, in which case you'll want the Raspberry Pi Zero W because it has wifi built in. Just be sure to turn off the wifi when not in use to save batteries.
No support here for 3rd party builds. No one knows what was altered. It's also illegal to sell. I'd get a refund. If not, this is the only supported build here https://retropie.org.uk/download/
From the retropie legal page:
The image we provide is Raspbian Lite with RetroPie pre-installed. Much of the software included in the RetroPie image have non-commercial licences. Because of this selling a pre-installed RetroPie image is not legal – this includes “giving away” a pre-installed RetroPie with your commercial product. Including copyrighted games with RetroPie is also not allowed.
i'm afraid we don't support preloaded/installed cards: https://retropie.org.uk/about/legal/
on the official image, psx will appear once you transfer a rom of the right file extension to the right folder (see https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/Playstation-1)
>RetroPie is a system to install/configure emulators on an existing OS – The RetroPie Setup Script is released under the GPL.
>If you are selling hardware that supports RetroPie you should provide a link to our site for your customers rather than including a RetroPie image with your product.
>RetroPie does not ship with any copyrighted ROMs or games and does not condone illegal activity.
One option is that you could use a Raspberry Pi (£40) and RetroPie as an N64 emulator (or any/all retro consoles really). You'd need a couple of controllers but you can buy cheap USB ones for £10 each.
The Raspberry Pi 3B+ uses a differetn image to the other Pi version. Here is a link to the Beta image for the 3b+
Yellow lightning bolt I believe means under voltage. Which means the power supply might be insufficient.
Rainbow screen during boot is normal.
Here it is: https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/14995/december-game-of-the-month-illusion-of-gaia
Also, I didn't realize that my post would lead to such hostile comments from others. Sorry for knowing nothing about an obscure old game.
It looks just like RetroPi which is a linux OS that is nothing but emulators for games.
It's used all the time for home arcade machines and emulation stations that people build with Raspberry Pis. Its actually quite a fun project to do.
Yup, retropie is the bomb! I was looking into buying a Switch for my 4 year old niece and I, since it seemed like the perfect console to get her started with games and because I needed that Zelda fix. When I found out there's no virtual console, I got a Raspberry Pi instead. We've had an absolute blast with it.
Unless you are specifically sold on the CoinOps software package, I would buy a Raspberry Pi 3 and put RetroPie on it. This will be cheaper, run better, and work better with modern TVs than an Xbox.
That's some exotic set of specs to mesh together. 200W in handheld device is outright silly even :) For reference - Nintendo Switch is ~10W.
If you are looking at more serious answer: think of a Raspberry Pi 4 with Retropie installed and put into some suitable case with screen and battery. Can your device be cheaper/better than that?
From other direction you also have existing products like GPD Win. Which are interesting, but don't seem to enjoy any sort of wide success. And obviously smartphones.
You should give this section a look through to fix that cropping issue. Simply setting my TV to Game Mode fixed it all for me - which automagically adjusts the TV picture size on mine.
Definitely not normal. I've built a half-dozen Pi Zero's for friends & family and not had any freezing issues. Make sure you're using the official RetroPie image (the one from https://retropie.org.uk/). Try reflashing the image, and if that doesn't work a different SD card.
I've done it, it's quite simple when you figure how to wire everything. First of all, here's the button pinout, you can use any of them or the ones BennVenn uses. Next you'll need a power source. I used the same as the GBAmp3 uses, the rightmost capacitor on the back of the motherboard. Finally, you'll need to solder to the back of the screen, just like for the GBC backlight mod
Si vous êtes vraiment mordu de ce genre de console, procurez-vous un Raspberry PI et installez-y Retropie. L'installation consiste à copier un fichier image sur la carte SD et vous voilà en affaire. En plus il supporte plus de 60 émulateurs.
Pour ce qui est de trouver les ROMS, je ne peux légalement le dire ici, mais c'est pas ça le plus difficile.
It's basically just running RetroPi. You can then download the roms and FTP them to the Pi. It's really awesome, I've had hours of entertainment with this thing playing old NES, SNES, Megadrive and Speccy games.
It’s got a raspberry pi running retropie. He’s an 80s guy, so mostly Atari 2600, and late 70s/early 80s arcade games like Dig dug, Donkey Kong. It has about 1,000 games on it now, and can play up to ps1 era games.
New hardware. Raspberry Pi 4 isn't supported yet.
>This version does NOT work on the recently released Raspberry Pi 4. We are currently working on support for this.
> I love the promise of RetroPie/Emu Station and I've tried a number of RetroPie-based distros, but they have all been hampered by too much complexity for my simple needs and a focus on more games, media and skins vs. being intuitive and stable.
it's the only one that's stable, and supported. all you need to do is add the 0.78 arcade romset
A pi2 overclocked at 1Ghz will handle most but not all ps1 games at fullspeed. You need a pi3b or pi3b+ for ps1.
This is the only retropie supported here: https://retropie.org.uk/download/
A brief article I found for those that would like to see it.
I followed this for awhile because I was pretty aggravated about the situation, so here's my summary:
> A guy sold the "RetroPie Emulation Station Console" which was really just RaspberryPi with RetroPi already on it, a controller, power adapter and HDMI cable. They were/are around $100 for the kit.
> They used their claim to the trademark in the US to squash legitimate competitors and of course, strategically called themselves "RetroPie" while selling their "EmulationStation" so that all of the 'branding' looked like it was originally them to their customers.
Pretty scummy, right?
These are the technologies involved since it is confusing, which I assume, was the squatter's intent:
> RetroPie is an open source project that provides 'distro' for the RaspberryPi that includes RetroArch, EmulationStation, Kodi and their Apt repository to keep it all updated (on the RPi at least, not sure about the other OS packages').
> EmulationStation is its own open source project that is a themeable front-end to emulators that you can navigate using a controller.
The Linux kernel that forms the basis of RetroPie 4.4 separates Dualshocks into two controllers, the Gamepad and the Motion Sensor, which is recognised as Gamepad 2. More info here.
There is a fix in this post that will disable the Motion Sensors so the second Dualshock controller will be recognised as Gamepad 2. It's worth checking the rest of the thread to see which is the correct procedure.
Also, remember to back up your image before you attempt this fix.
You need the image based on Raspbian Stretch for the 3B+ which you can download from here: https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/16307/retropie-4-3-17-stretch-images
You should be able to transfer your roms, configs, scraped data etc from your 2B to the 3B+ by using SAMBA shares. More info: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Updating-RetroPie/#making-a-backup-option-2
> It's Emulation Station and probably RetroArch. The hardware could be just about anything, though considering it's running some advanced shaders for the screen distortion it's likely not a Pi as it's a bit weak for that.
pi can run shaders like that: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Shaders-and-Smoothing
it's also definitely using emulationstation as a UI, so yeah, probably raspberry pi + retropie, and infringing a bunch of licenses.
whats the latest & easiest installation of a bgm script?
I was using this for awhile but I couldn't get it to stop playing music when I loaded anything that was under "Ports" (Kodi, Mario war, minecraft, etc).
If anyone knows how to fix that so I can get the one I have already running or recommend me a new superior one.
& thank you for the upload!
For those of you who love Pixel, make sure you set up these custom launching images.
And this is how you do it.
Raspbian is a good stable system based on Debian. Use it, abuse it and try and remember as many commands as possible (there's too many to remember all of them).
RetroPi can already switch between emulators, koi and a desktop. I suggest you start there.
BerryBoot might be of interest to you too (maybes).
>So I formatted the card now. Flashed with Etcher the latest Rasbian, ejected, reinserted card and flashed with retropi. Idk even that was the right thing to do.
This is not the right thing to do. Grab the Pi4/400 image from retropie.org.uk and flash that to your SD card with Etcher. Once it's done you can pop it into your pi.
>Would be nice to add/remove ROMs while the card is plugged into the Pi400...
As long as your pi is connected to your network, you can add roms over the network from your desktop. There's a few different ways to do this, but you won't be able to put the SD card into your computer and move them that way as the Retropie image is Linux and Windows can't read the EXT4 partition that the roms directory is located on. Check the official documentation for instructions on the different ways to add roms to your install.
>Would be nice if there's an official follow along diagram how to go from New - gaming.
In fact, the documentation will take you step by step through a basic setup, so give it a read.
>By having retropi, will I still be able to use Rasbian OS and it's included programs such as Scratch or Python?
There are ways to do this (outlined in the documentation), but it's not the recommended install method for a first-time user.
TL;DR: Read the documentation
There are a few different UIs for it. I believe it launches in the ozone UI by default and a lot change it to XMB to look like a PS3, On Windows once you get through the first time set up of downloading cores you can use something like LaunchBox to add, sort, and launch your games with artwork. Then it just uses RetroArch as the back end to run them. LaunchBox can also be set to use stand alone emulators instead of/along side RetroArch
If you happen to use a Debian based Linux machine. (Like Ubuntu/Mint) you can install RetroPie on it, and it will be like a more powerful Raspberry Pi.
Check out r/launchbox, this video, r/RetroPie and the RetroPie docs for more information.
In my experience there isn't much configuring that needs to be done and mostly everything works out of the box, with the exception of N64 and Saturn games (I don't do any computer emulation like Amiga/C64/DOS/etc so can't speak to that).
Once you add roms to your setup, you can access the RetroArch menu by loading a game and pressing hotkey+X. There you can make game-specific or emulator specific configurations. You can make changes and save them as a core override, which will apply for every game in that emulator (useful for setting console-specific controller mappings), and you can make game specific overrides which will only apply to that particular game in that particular emulator (useful for setting game specific controller mapping and tweaks that only a particular game will benefit from).
There are some tweaks that can be done to make N64 games in general run a bit smoother but N64 emulation on the Pi4 is still spotty but many games can get a consistent 30fps with minimal glitchiness.
Someone posted a comment in this subreddit a while back about tweaks to make to help the performance of N64, Saturn, and Dreamcast games but I can't seem to find it at the moment.
Some systems will require BIOS in order to load games, which you're on your own for tracking down, and some systems (particularly arcade) require a specific romset that matches the emulator in order to boot games. Specific emulator requirements and information can be found on the RetroPie wiki.
i just googled your post title and found this in a couple of seconds
If you have $35 to spare (plus whatever for a PC compatible controller, a USB drive and an 8Gb micro SD card), you can fire up a Raspberry Pi as a PS1 emulator.
A Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer, and super easy to set up.
I'd recommend Retropie, usually the most straightforward way to set up emulators for retro gaming consoles. Shouldn't take you more than an hour and a half to set everything up. https://retropie.org.uk/
>What is wrong with a non official image?
It's against the RetroPie "ToS."
As far as the community goes the only person who knows every exact thing that was edited is the person who made that image. So when an user runs into a very uncommon issue the RetroPie Support Team and Community has a negative starting point.
Instead of spending hours, days and even weeks trying to troubleshoot a non-standard RetroPie image the development team decided just to not give those images any support.
Unfortunately due to the nature of how fan subs are created not a single RetroPie developer has any Admin/Moderator privileges here. Which is extremely unfortunate. I feel if even one had Mod privileges you'd see a cut back in a lot of practice the dev. team is against.
Unfortunately, again, internet pirates seem to hold more power then the actual right and license holders. That is unless they have enough money to hire all those lawyers.
When you write the RetroPie image to your SD card, it sets up two partitions. One is fat32 which is readable by Windows, the second is ext4, which isn't readable by Windows. This is why Windows asks you to reformat the second partition. You should reflash your SD card. Afterwards, the only way to add roms to RetroPie is either scp, sftp, USB drive or Windows share.
See https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Transferring-Roms/ for more information.
3rd party images are not supported. Don't bother going further if you're using one.
Check fps by turning on the fps counter. If it hits below 60, expect popping audio. I do change the audio volume by going to the alsa-mixer and increasing it right before the line turns red.
Try building lr-snes9x2010 from source. An alternative, and what I use, is to install lr-snes9x from binary then replace it with this version: https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/19313/rpi-3-optimized-lr-snes9x-using-pgo
It's the latest and fastest version available for the pi3b and b+.
Overclock to 1300 if you have proper cooling.
The menu used to look like this but now it looks like it needs to be scraped. Is that just how it is now?
>For the "higher-end" games (probably Playstation 2 / GameCube / Dreamcast / PSP), will a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (or whatever) be enough to run the games?
Absolutely not. The Raspberry Pi can barely run N64 games.
>What is the highest resolution I can run the games at? (I'm assuming it depends on the original console the game is for?)
I don't really know what you mean? That would probably depend on the emulator. This thread seems helpful.
>Which retro consoles aren't included in RetroPie's options? (I noticed Xbox isn't listed, for one)
>If I used "more powerful" hardware (such as building a PC), will it outperform the Raspberry Pi? Or are the emulators so resource-friendly that it wouldn't make a difference? Will it affect the FPS / resolution / performance?
Yes. Yes yes yes. Making a PC will be much better, if you have the budget. Raspberry Pis can run GB-GBA and NES-N64, while a PC can run pretty much anything.
However, this is all covered in the documentation. Did you read it at all?
On this list you should find pretty much all 4 player games worth playing. You should be okay to play a decent amount of PSX games with your SNES controllers. (NFL Blitz, NHL Open Ice, etc.). In terms of 4 player roms. For consoles, they are the same as the normal roms, you just need to enable the multi-tap in your emulator's settings. For Mame you will need actual 4 player roms. I hope this helps!
It is better to reflash your image. Here is a tutorial I used to copy all of my settings. All you have to do is re copy back after setup is complete. save retropie settings
That would not be legal : https://retropie.org.uk/about/legal/
> The image we provide is Raspbian Lite with RetroPie pre-installed. Much of the software included in the RetroPie image have non-commercial licences. Because of this selling a pre-installed RetroPie image is not legal – this includes “giving away” a pre-installed RetroPie with your commercial product. Including copyrighted games with RetroPie is also not allowed.
I know that naver stopped chinese manufacturers, though... ;-)
> try this & a fairly popular competitor
This isn't commercial software. There's no hard feelings if you decide to use something else. No one's job depends on it.
>it's no one's job to cater to anyone's preferences
Nothing in RetroPie is anyone's job.
>A vast majority of users really go wired in on both ethernet & usb
WiFi is easily configured with a file on the sd card.
>But Bluetooth & Wi-Fi aren't considered baseline
Until recently, the vast majority of builds were still using 2B and older boards. Which do not have WiFi or Bluetooth built-in. RetroPie has a system also supports boards other than the Raspberry Pi.
>So, i've got a working set according to dat files.
Which set do you have? Which MAME / FBA emulator are you trying to run this ROM set on?
>I know some of the pre-built images floating around, already populated with roms have specific cores listed somewhere, but where is that ?
I'm not even sure what you mean by this. Pre-loaded images including ROMs are not supported on this sub.
>I am currently into the letter "B" and doing trial and error for the correct core to use.
There is no "trial and error" if you have the correct ROM set for the core / emulator you are trying to run them on.
>I'm not a smart man, but I do want to sort this out. Thanks.
You don't have to be smart. The smart people already figured it out. What you need to do is read.
This https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/2859/how-to-use-mame-with-retropie-help-guide and this https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/MAME
It's not official art or completely round, but this without the text might look pretty good. You could also circumscribe a circle or other rotationally-symmetrical shape around the basic "joystick pie" logo.
This Guide is the key to your success.
Basically there is a Script that switches between 480i for EmulationStation menus and to 240p for the games. The guide has a segment on adjusting the screen for proper scaling.
As for fixing the Overscan issues you'll have to adjust the values for each Left, Right, Top and Bottom.
It's a lot of work getting the 3.5mm A/V output looking good on a CRT.
After all of that though if you are willing to throw some more money for the best CRT quality check out the RetroTink.
[Edit] Image of Vertical CRT thru 3.5mm A/V cable.
> How do I set controls for individual games or specific emulators?
For RetroArch emulators: https://retropie.org.uk/docs/RetroArch-Configuration/#core-input-remapping
For other emulators, check the relevant page(s) in the Docs.
> how do I use the favorites?
If you want a case with good passive cooling get a flirc case. You don't need to format your sd card. Just plug it in your PC, download Etcher and the latest Retropie image. Use Etcher to write the image to your SD and your good to go. Internet access isn't mandatory but recommended, much easier to update emulators and retropie. Transferring roms is easier too, since you see your pi as a SMB share on your network.
that's great - thank you!
i think some of the issues may come back to the raspbian issue i mentioned before, but hopefully there is something that can be done. please post on the forums: https://retropie.org.uk/forum/category/10/ideas-and-development
but please be a bit sensitive with it, because whilst retropie isn't perfect, it is still the result of 1000s of hours of difficult, unpaid and often thankless work :)
Why on earth did you install all of that? Do ot install software you do not need and software that you don't understand what it does.
This dhould fix your problem https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/14690/retropie-does-not-boot-to-es-shuts-down-immediately/11
If you have RetroPie you already have Raspbian. The RetroPie image is based on Raspbian Lite.
If it is the desktop environment you are after this can be installed via RetroPie setup script. https://retropie.org.uk/docs/FAQ/#where-did-the-desktop-go
Remove all partitions, create a 4GB partition and see if you can format that Fat32.
I suggest you do not worry about formatting the card and use a image writing tool to just write the RetroPie image (from RetroPie's Official site) directly to the SD card.
There's a full set of instructions on how to set up RetroPie on their website, here. https://retropie.org.uk/docs/First-Installation/
I used this myself this weekend to set up my Raspberry Pi. The one thing I'll add is that when you download the image, it'll be in the format .img.gz, then they will tell you to write it to an sd card. You need to extract it first before you can write it to sd. Download 7-zip and extract the .img file from the .img.gz file.
There are multiple ways of doing it. You can't see the partition used on the SD card if you're trying to view it in a Windows machine.
I also made a post a few days ago regarding using the SSH method which is definitely my recommendation for transferring.
You could look into getting a Raspberry Pi and a USB NES controller and turning that into a Retropie. It might be a bit of work but it's much cheaper and you'll actually be able to easily obtain that stuff unlike a NES classic or a working NES with Tetris.
There is not one reputable site that sells retropie. See:
You'll find its much more rewarding if you're able to set it up on your own, along with being able to fix it when things break.
Start with a canakit or equivalent if you just want the hardware you need (and a keyboard and or gamepads) and follow the official documentation and you'll be up and running in no time!
I'm sure the many developers of the project appreciate that you don't line the pockets of those stealing their hard work, and in return you learn something new :)
Stop stealing our work and selling it. That's a low thing to do and you should be ashamed of yourself for damaging our project with your illegal antics and ripping off our users.