- 1. Intro
- 2. What goes into the retro-gaming machine?
- 3. Ingredients: The Raspberry Pi Model B and Accessories
- 4. Ingredients: The 8Bitdo N30 Bluetooth Arcade Stick
- 5. Ingredients: The 8Bitdo N30 Pro Bluetooth Controller
- 6. Ingredients: The MicroSD card and Flash Drive
- 7. How much did the build cost?
- 8. Tips and Tricks
I have a soft spot for retro games. I remember spending hours clearing stages in Shining Force with my elder brother on our Sega Mega Drive when we were young. Spending afternoons with friends at the arcade trying to defeat Deimos using Elf in the side-scrolling game of Dungeon & Dragons: Tower of Doom; and figuring out how to do 99-hits combo in Marvel vs Capcom. For some, their hands might be itchy for a game of King of Fighters ’98 after seeing these game titles.
These games certainly bring back childhood memories. I still have the cartridges but the console have long failed. So the next best thing is to build a retro-gaming platform. Nope, I am not going to build a arcade cabinet but to build one using RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 3.
Why not get the Pandora Box Arcade Game Console?
Yes, I do know that there is the Pandora Box Arcade Game Console that retails for approximately S$200-ish which comes preloaded with a bunch of nostalgic games.
Aside from having a soft spot for retro games, I am also a tinkerer. I prefer to build my own. Should I get tired of it, I can always swop out the microSD card and repurpose theRaspberry Pi 3 for other usages.
What is RetroPie?
RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi, ODroid C1/ C2, or PC into a retro-gaming machine. It will enable you to play your favourite Arcade, home-console and classic PC games with the minimum set-up. RetroPie does not comes with any copyrighted games.
The RetroPie’s website has a detailed guide on setting the stuffs up so I shall not elaborate further on how to set one up.