Category: Raspberry Pi

Software Installation

 

Day 3: Create your own Retro Games Console...

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So you should have by now, received all your physical items, and downloaded all the aforementioned software?

The next stage is pretty simple, next we need to install the software we have downloaded.

 

 

1-  Retro Pi:  Don’t worry about the RetroPie software just yet, we’ll get to that on Day 4!….

 

2-  SD Card Format Software. Go to the download file and follow on the on screen instructions to install the SD Card Formatting Software, once complete move on to the  WIN 32 Disc Imaging software….

 

3-  Windows 32 Disc Imager: As with the SD Card format Software, follow the on screen instructions to install the WIN 32 Disc Imaging Software.

 

 

All done?

We’re not rushing into things, so relax for now, Day 3 was a simple installation step in our Retro Games Console Tutorial. Tomorrow, we’ll begin by putting everything together and installing Retropie….

See you tomorrow!

 

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Welcome back!

Its Day 2, Step 2, of How To Create a Retro Games Console on Raspberry Pi.

 

Software/Downloads

 

(You must have a desktop/Laptop computer for the next stages. You will also require a way to install software on to your SD card. Recent computers should all have an SD card slot built in, but if they don’t you can purchase an external USB connectable SD card reader from a number of outlets.)

So with all our parts sourced, we can get into the ‘nitty gritty’ part of the Retro Games Console Tutorial. The software/programs that we require are all free and can be downloaded free from their respective websites. We have however provided links to them all, so simply go through each of the items and download to your computer.

1-  Retro Pi: You can download the latest Retropie version (4.3) from the official website here

Note: The type of file you are downloading is an ‘image file’, which we will be ‘installing’ on our SD card with the use of Win 32 Imaging Software (See Below).

 

2-  SD Card Format Software. You need the ability to format your SD card correctly. You can download the one we use from our website here.

 

3-  Windows Disc Imager: This is a tool that allows you to write images to an SD card, and in this case we’ll be using it to write the Retropie Software to the SD Card. You can download the software directly from our website here.

 

4-  ROMS/Games. Obviously, we need something to play on our Retro Games Console. There are loads of sites offering ROMS, but some are really REALLY bad quality so we recommend only sourcing the ROMS from the sites/sources we recommend.

Don’t worry too much about the games at this point, thats for later in the tutorial…

ROMS: Direct link to Games Website Here

 

That’s it for Day 2, Tomorrow we’ll look at actually putting everything together and beginning the setup phase of our Retro Games Console Tutorial.

 

 

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Hello Everyone!

It’s been a while since we last posted, but we’re back with an amazing tutorial on How To Create a Retro Games Console using the Raspberry Pi.

If your a regular Facebook user, you’ve no doubt seen numerous advertisements for the Retro Games Console, and whilst we also offer the fully operating Games Console for sale, we also want to share with you exactly how to create one for yourself.

We’re going to split the tutorial into 7 parts, one quick tutorial each day for you to work through at your own pace.

 

 

Day 1: Getting the Physical Items.

 

So you want to build your own Retro Games Console?, well lets get to it…

 

1-  A Raspberry Pi: This is the brains of the console, if you’ve never heard of a Raspberry Pi, its not something you eat, rather its a micro computer that we’ll be using to build our console. There are many versions out right now, but for our tutorial we’ll be using the very latest and up to date which is the Rapsberry Pi 3, Model B.

 

 

2-  A case for the Raspberry Pi: The Raspberry Pi comes ‘bare’ and we recommend purchasing a case to ensure your Pi stays clean and operating efficiently. There are loads to choose from, we’ve pictured one that we like to use but your free to choose your own.

 

 

3-  A power supply for the Raspberry Pi:

The Raspberry Pi is powered via a Micro USB cable, HOWEVER… We have found that using any old cable can cause problems. We have tried using old cables we have found around the house, but this has proven to be extremely problematic in regards to adequately powering the Pi.

The Pi Documentation states that the power requirements must be at minimum, 2.5A@5V.

 

 

 

4-  HDMI cable (Good Quality): To connect the Raspberry Pi to the Television you’ll require a decent HDMI cable, preferably one with gold connectors.

5-  32GB Micro SD Card– (Genuinely Branded), . The SD card is where we are going to store both our games, and also the program required to run the console (RetroPie). DON’T be tempted to go cheap on this option, there are plenty of sellers on Ebay and Amazon offering the real deal, but if you decide to go super cheap, don’t be surprised when, not if, it decides to stop working or doesn’t work at all.

 

6- Gamepad Controller. In order to actually play and interact with the games within the Retro Games Console, you’ll have to use a controller that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi and the program RetroPie. Fortunately, we have already sourced and tested some good quality GamePad Controllers.

We recommend a SNES type controller, but you can experiment with other USB controllers to see which you prefer, providing of course that they are compatible.

Retro Games Console USB GamePad controller

Once you have purchased and received all the above items, your ready to move on to Day 2 of 7: Downloading The Required Software

 

 

 

 

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