Nothing brings on nostalgia quite as well as gaming in the 90’s and early 2000’s. From PlayStation to Nintendo to Atari to Sega, the list goes on. Sitting on the edge of your seat in the last lesson of the day, ready to jump up as the bell rings so you can run home and sit in front of the TV for hours playing Mario Kart. So, what if I told you that you can have this experience again at a reasonable price and all in one piece of hardware. Well you can, hence the reason for this blog post obviously.
The raspberry pi, for those of you who don’t know, is a low cost basic computer, if you look at a raspberry pi you wouldn’t be convinced of its capabilities to do anything, in fact it kind of looks like a piece of hardware you pull out of your TV or high-tech toaster, but in fact the raspberry pi comes with HDMI ports, USB ports 1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53 and runs smoothly. The beauty of a raspberry pi is its versatility. RetroPie is a free software found at retropie.org.uk. Retropie allows you to turn your raspberry pi in to an emulation station for all your old console and arcade games.
You can run RetroPie easily with just your raspberry pi, a screen and a keyboard, but because we at DIY are EXTRA, we decided to hook up some SNES controllers which we happen to sell on our website here DIYelectronics SNES.
The RetroPie download doesn’t take excess packages or convoluted installations. It’s almost a plug and play experience. You can download ROMs for your Retropie at numerous websites and added to the relevant emulator ROMs folder in your pi folder, reboot and PLAY!
The Retropie can emulate consoles such as Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Game Boys, MAME, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 1, PSP, Sega SG-1000 and many, MANY more.
The thing that makes this system so great is its affordability. The RetroPie has the benefit of all the consoles listed above for the price of a raspberry pi, a screen and maybe some controllers.
So grab yourself a Raspberry pi here, Raspberry Pi 3 download RetroPie, plug that bad boy in to your TV and get playing!