Building A Raspberry Pi Into A Retro Gaming Machine

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From bidding on a Sega Saturn to buying a Raspberry Pi, last weekend was dedicated to retro gaming in some form or other. I didn’t win the Saturn but I was ready to retract my eBay bid anyway (I actually got outbid as I clambered to find the retraction page with two hours to go). The Raspberry Pi was a much better acquisition not least because I could have multiple emulators on the one system. Lifehacker have a full walkthrough of how to do it yourself but I’ll go over the basics.

I purchased a starter kit from Amazon UK for just under £50 (this one here for under $70 is pretty good on Amazon US). You’ll need a keyboard and mouse to navigate initially and a TV with a HDMI port unless you have a cable that connects HDMI to your TV’s specific input. The software is called Retropie and it uses Emulation Station as its front end. The retro gaming project provides 40 different emulatorsfrom the Atari 2600 all the way to Game Boy Advance.

I’m happy with mine so far and managed to crack out Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past and Bubsy, which both looked and sounded incredible on HDMI. I’m currently compiling a list of games I’ve always wanted to play and I hope to write about them in the coming weeks so watch this space.

In the meantime, stream this installation tutorial below and relive your childhood with the Raspberry Pi and Retropie.

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