Nintendo Upgrade: Portable Retro Gaming Console.

Introduction: Nintendo Upgrade: Portable Retro Gaming Console.

Hey guys, this is my first instructable!!! Anyways, I present to you, the Nintendo Upgrade. This is basically a raspberry pi powered, retro gaming console that can play all sorts of games from sega to nintendo to mame games. It also has a functioning raspbian desktop for extra fun and uses. We can skip the rest, onward to the tutorial!!!

Step 1: Bill of Materials

Raspberry Pi ( it doesn't really matter which one)
An 8 GB or more SD card
Personal video glasses/ TV ( your preference on video out put)
Some sort of keyboard/ mouse or both.
Mini USB cable for raspberry pi power supply
USB power bank or USB power outlet
4GB or more flash drive (to load ROMS)
Video output cable
Wifi dongle or Ethernet cable
SNES controller or other controller. It's up to you.
Some sort of housing for all of this. Again, up to you.

Step 2: Loading the SD Card.

This is usually always the first step for a project with the raspberry pi. The image that we will be using for this project is called RetroPie. This is essentially a kernel of raspbian which is used to emulate retro games. This can be found on From here, download the v2.3 sd card image.

Next, we'll need to install the sd card formatter. You can get this from Select the formatter for which ever os and brand you have. Once installed, open the application and select which drive your sd card is in ( btw, now would be the time to put it in) then simply click format.

Now, install ( if you haven't already) win32 disk imager. This is what you will use to write the image to the SD card. Use this URL to get there:

Once you have it installed, open it up. Where it says image file at the top, select the retropie image from your computer and open it in win32. Now would be a good time to plug your SD card into the your computer. Select the drive in which the SD card is in. Now simply click write at the bottom of the window and it will write to at card.

Next, place the SD card into your raspberry pi, connect it to a T.V., and see if it works. If it does, congrats, you have just brought life to your Raspberry Pi!

Step 3: Finalizing and Playing With the Pi

Now that we have the functioning, the last part is to hook up the Pi to your pair of video glasses. This last part is optional, but gives the coolest experience for use. The video glasses I used were fairly simple to hook up and use ( You can also get these from adafruit, but I found them here for cheaper. All you do for this is connect the Pi using the AV output and plug it into the glasses. When all is done, you have some cool video glasses capable of playing video games and a mini computer! I know that I wasn't the most descriptive person in this instructible, but if anyone needs questions answered, leave it in the comments and I will answer it ASAP!

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    5 years ago

    How are you attaching the NES controller to the system? How is it all hooked together?


    Reply 6 years ago

    Hey I've seen you a lot in comments and I need some homemade gift ideas but the contest isn't really helping out. Have any Instructables you can point me too? Also I can't spend to much on materials.