How to Make a Retro Gaming Console with Raspberry Piby Alan Pfahler on March 25, 2021
Enjoy a blast to the past with retro video games! N64, Super Nintendo, NES, PS1, the gaming classics are still lots of fun. This guide will show you everything you need to do to get playing.
What you'll need:
- Raspberry Pi 4
- USB Gamepad
- Retropie SD Card Preloaded Games
- Raspberry Pi 4 Power Supply
- Raspberry Pi 4 case
- Micro HDMI Cable
Connect everything together
Before starting up the system by plugging it in (the Pi has no on/off switch, so it will be on as long as it is plugged in), hook the HDMI cable to the Raspberry Pi and to a TV set or monitor. Also, plug in the Fastoe Retropie Gaming SD Card and plug in a USB gamepad.
|Retropie SD Card||->||Raspberry Pi 4 MicroSD Card Slot|
|Raspberry Pi Micro HDMI Port||HDMI Cable||TV or Monitor|
|Raspberry Pi USB Port||Micro USB Cable||USB Gamepad|
|Power Supply||->||Raspberry Pi Power Port|
Now’s the time to unwrap your handy Raspberry Pi power adapter and plug it into an AC outlet. Carefully plug the micro USB connector into the side of the Raspberry Pi. The unit will power up.
Configure your RetroPie controller
After a few moments, the EmulationStation front end will start up. You will see a screen that says: “WELCOME. 1 GAMEPADS DETECTED. HOLD A BUTTON ON YOUR DEVICE TO CONFIGURE IT. PRESS F4 TO QUIT AT ANY TIME.”. The setup script will guide you through pairing the buttons.
Hold down any button on your keyboard or gamepad and the name will appear at the bottom and then open up into a configuration menu: Follow the onscreen instructions to configure your gamepad- if you run out of buttons just hold down a button to skip each unused button. When you get to OK press the button you have configured as "A". If you wish to configure more than one controller, you can do so from the start menu of emulationstation. For more details on manual controller configurations see this page Here.
See the following diagrams for reference:
The Hotkey button enables you to press it in combination with another button to access functions such as saving, loading, and exiting in emulators. It is suggested to use the Select button as the hotkey. The following chart shows the default hotkey combinations. For example, if you chose Select as your Hotkey, that means you hold down Select while pressing the other button to execute the command.
|Hotkey+Right||Input State Slot Increase|
|Hotkey+Left||Input State Slot Decrease|