Retropie Gaming System (TCC Edition)

Introduction: Retropie Gaming System (TCC Edition)

Retro Gaming System (TCC edition):

The device is running on the Retropie OS using the official "clear image" theme and a custom made splashscreen (seen when booting up the device):

Specs and things needed:

Raspberry Pi 2 Model B+

A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU


RetroPie, most recent version:

Micro sd card 8GB

Snes usb controller: (This was my preference but you can use almost any usb controller available.

Usb hub:

and also an usb light (mine is custom made but you can use whatever fits inside the case)

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Step 1: ​Step One, Getting Retropie to Run.

RetroPie, most recent version:

Download the following software: win32diskmanager and WinSCP, install them both. (google is your best friend ;) ) Also download the latest RetroPie software using the link above. Make sure your microsd card is formatted and then use win32diskmanager to write RetroPie to your microsd card. After you've done this insert your microsd into the raspberry pi and it will boot up after you've inserted the hdmi and power cables. Use your snes controller (or keyboard or a similar controller) to setup your machine, just follow the on-screen instructions.

You can use WinSCP to acces your Pi via the internet. Username: pi Password: raspberry (case sensitive). With WinSCP you can change various settings. Proceed with caution though! You could mess up your pi. Make sure to back-up your microsd using the read funtion of win32diskmanager, just to be sure!

You can download my own custom splashscreen on this page.

Step 2: Step Two, ​Putting Games on Your Raspberry:

First connect an USB-Flashdisk to your pi with an empty folder called "retropie" on it. Wait a minute or two and reboot your pi with the USB still connected. After this there should be a folder called roms inside the folder retropie. In it you"ll find a seperate folder for every emulator on the RetroPie. Download the roms you'd like to play. Place them in the right folder and insert the USB back into your Pi. It will automatically download them to its microsd. Voila, your Retropie should be able to run the games. Have fun!

Step 3: ​Step Three, Making the Case Part 1:

First I made a lego prototype:

Print this model in order to support your pi:

Step 4: ​Step Three, Making the Case Part 2:

I designed a case myself. Print it with the highest density, the support you printed earlier should fit in just fine.

Since the bottom is a bit too thin you can place a piece of wood on the bottom. Just use 2 or 3 screws to attach it. This is optional though.

I spray-painted mine black but you can do whatever you prefer with the colour.

Step 5: ​Step Three, Making the Case Part 3:

Last but not least, the top of the console.

Use the 'Blue print' pdf given to make the top out of wood.

You can cut the glass rectangle piece with the lasercutter using the .ai file.

Make the hole in the top piece really snug so the piece of glass won't move. You can even use some glue when needed.

Make sure you get the tilted side right in order for the top to fit in. From this point on its just trail and error. use sandpaper until it will fit in.

Step 6: Finishing Your Build

Now that we are done making the case it's time for the fun and most easy part, completing the game console.

If you've followed all of the previous steps correctly finishing the build should be piece of cake. First plug in the usb hub and the light. The supports of the Pi will fit in the 4 holes inside the case. Put the of the parts in place like shown on the picture.

Plug in your controller and have fun!

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    4 years ago

    I've done similar, except mine is a portable.

    Working on the front panel still.

    Also I have the heat sinks because it's over clocked to help make up for the emulators' inefficient graphics.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Nice! I wanted to make it portable at first
    but a display is rather expensive


    Reply 4 years ago

    A few more pics

    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    Cool project. If you want to make the video easier for people to view, you can upload it to a site like YouTube, then embed it in the instructable using the Embed Video tool in the step editor. Then people will be able to view the video on the page without having to download it.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Wow that is a quick response!

    Did not expect that.
    It is a school project so this page will be definitely be updated.
    I will also make a trailer for the final product which will be available on youtube.
    Anyway, thanks for the tips :).