Introduction: Raspberry Pi 3: Retro Arcade Emulator
The Raspberry Pi is a small computer, a VERY small computer. It consists of much of the same components as a real computer, a central processing unit (CPU), random access memory (RAM), and is interacted and controlled with video display and USB devices. Although less powerful than your Windows PC or Mac it packs a lot of power with the form factor of a credit card. There are many uses for this little thing but those are out of the scope of this guide, the main purpose it to make it as easy as possible for you to buy a kit online and quickly turn it into a retro gaming machine that covers almost any retro gaming console you could think of.
This kit is what I used because its price is moderate in comparison to the other kits, and it comes with a cool case for your Raspberry Pi along with 2 Controllers and an SD card with a preloaded operating system. So all you need to do is to download games and transfer them to the SD card.
Everything mentioned in this tutorial will be included in the kit.
Step 1: Step 1: Install Heatsinks
When the components of any computer work, they generate heat. And above a certain level of heat this can reduce the lifespan of the device or even outright destroy the device. A "heat sink" carefully machined block of metal designed to dissipate heat from an electronic component and pass it onto the air surrounding the device.
Step 2: Step 2: Install in Case
The Vilros Retro Case comes apart in 2 Pieces.
The circles on the bottom line up with the screws on the Raspberry Pi. After lining it up place the part on, aligning the ports as shown in the second picture.
Then screw the 4 holes in the bottom with a small Phillips Head screwdriver.
Step 3: Step 3: Power
Plug in the A/C to Micro USB power adapter in the port shown.
After insertion a red light will appear and glow, indicating it is on.
This will provide power to the device and removing and replugging this cable will be the method of turning the system on or off.
Step 4: Step 4: Insert SD Card
Insert the provided 32 GB Samsung EVO SD card into the slot next to the power indicator.
You want to do this with the red and white side facing down. Also be careful and gentle when inserting because there is no click lock mechanism on this version of the Raspberry Pi and these SD cards are very fragile by nature.
Step 5: Step 5: Plugging in Display
Plug the included HDMI cable into the HDMI port next to the micro usb power port.
Then plug the other end into your television,monitor,etc.
This will show the interface of the Raspberry Pi and you would not be able to interact with it otherwise.
Step 6: Step 6: Configure Input
The Raspberry Pi will boot into the screen shown above.
Plug in the 2 included controllers or any input device of your preference and follow the on screen instructions to map your controls.
Be sure not to mess this up because it will be the main source of controlling your Raspberry Pi, however you can go back in the settings and reconfigure if needed.
Step 7: Step 7: Installing ROMS
1. Ensure that your USB is formatted to FAT32
2. Create a folder called retropie on your USB stick
3. Plug it into the pi and wait for it to finish blinking
4. Pull the USB out and plug it into a computer
5. Add the ROMs to their respective folders for their console (in the retropie/ROMs folder)
6. Plug it back into the raspberry pi and wait for it to finish blinking
7. You can now remove the USB stick.
8. Refresh emulation-station by pressing F4, or rebooting your system
9. Your games should now appear on the main interface under the logo of their respective console
DISCLAIMER: I assume no responsibility for the violation of laws in your quest to download ROMs, as these are intellectual property the legality of whatever method you may use to attain them can lead to legal consequences.
Downloading ROMs is only legal for games that you own, and that is what I recommend you stick to doing.
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