Want to have some old childhood games at your disposal, on one system? We are talking Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and many more. Follow these steps and you will have them at the edge of your fingertips in no time.
The hardware you will need are linked below to Amazon where I ordered mine. They are;
Raspberry Pi; $50
Micro SD card (w/adapter); $10
Computer adapter for SD card; $7
That’s it! For less than a $100 you can get more childhood games than you can think of.
Step 1: Acquiring the supplies;
I purchased this Pi 3 kit through Amazon for a very fair price and it has been worth every penny, I would highly recommend it;
You will also need the controllers, which you can use any controller type for any system. Keep in mind that if you strictly use SNES controller, like I do, you may need to reconfigure it to play some playstation and N64 games where they have L1 and L2 buttons needed to play some games.
Secure Digital Card (SD card)
You will need a micro SD card, if you do not have one, you can purchase one through Amazon with an adapter which you will need to plug into your computer provided it has the slot for it;
If you do not have a connection on your computer for an SD card then you will need an adapter for the computer, like this (sd card adapter is not necessary if you go this route since a micro sd card fits too);
Step 2: FORMATTING;
Once you have all your supplies you will need to format the SD card to FAT32. You can do so by downloading Fat32 formatting;
Step 3: Installing Retropie;
After your SD card is formatted, now it is time to install Retropie. Here is a link to do so;
Click on the download tab and then on the new page, download Pi 2/Pi 3
Step 4: Burning the image;
Once you have Retropie downloaded to your PC, you will need to unzip it and burn it as an image to your SD card. I recommend using this imager;
Once saved, run it, locate your Retropie unzipped folder and burn your image to the SD card.
Now you can pull your SD card and plug it into your Pi. Start your Pi (plugging power cord in last) Once booted, click on the RetroPie icon and setup your wifi at the bottom, or plug in your ethernet.
Once your Pi has internet, check your computer networks, find Retropie, Roms and upload your unzipped roms to each emulator you plan to use.
Step 5: Find your ROMS;
You can upload via direct connect or through flash drive (see step 6)
A couple good sites I used for them are
You save them as a zipped folder in your downloads folder and then unzip them and add them to the retropie roms folder
NOTE: ANTI-VIRUSES MAY BLOCK YOU FROM GETTING THE CONTENT, AND DISABLING IT, MAY INFECT YOUR PC WITH VIRUSES/MALWARE. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND RUNNING CLEANERS AND SCANNERS WHEN DONE DOWNLOADING, JUST TO BE SAFE.
Step 6: Configuring your flash drive (optional);
Now, if you use a flashdrive instead to load games, format it like the sd card and then create a folder called Retropie. Once you have the folder, take out the flashdrive and put it into the Pi. When it is done blinking (or after 3 minutes) put it back in the computer and that folder you created should have folders in it like these;
Open the Roms folder and find the system for which you downloaded the games, there are hundreds, and most are abbreviated; NES, SNES, N64, PSX, etc.
Step 7: Extraction;
Now you will need to open the folder (downloads) and find your games. Again, you will need a program that unzips these folders to extract the files, I use Winopener and 7-zip for these, you can get those apps here;
Once you have that you can decompress and extract each file and place it in your Roms appropriate system folder on your Retropie flash drive (or Retropie itself through internet) and after all the games you want are loaded, it is time to test and play.
Step 8: Testing;
Make sure you plug in everything on your Pi with power cord being last so it detects everything. Upon startup you will configure your controller which is self explanatory, then it is time to play. Every time you add games directly to the Pi through internet, you will need to reboot your Pi.
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