Raspberry Pi 3 RetroPie Game Emulator

Posted by Greg on Mar 9, 2015


There have been many blog posts written about setting up a game emulator using the Raspberry Pi, however with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 and its amazing speed I wanted to see just how much better game play is on the latest board. This quick run through shows how I created my system so I could play some of my favorite classic games and how I got around the minor issues I encountered. What you will need is the equipment listed below, a game emulator along with game files (ROMs). Please note that you are not legally allowed to create a ROM (Digital Copy) of a game unless you own a physical copy of the game. I have limited myself to games that I personally own a copy for my demos.

Equipment

83-17300        Raspberry Pi 3 Model B - Add to Cart
83-17306        Raspberry Pi 3 Case - Add to Cart
83-17305        Micro SD Card - Add to Cart
28-19336        Power Supply - Add to Cart
24-14757        HDMI Cable - Add to Cart
83-14403        USB Mouse & Keyboard - Add to Cart
83-14647        HDMI equipped monitor or TV - Add to Cart
32-32225        USB Game Controllers - Add to Cart

Setting It All Up

1. Download the RetroPie Image

- Download the RetroPie Project SD Card Image from the RetroPie Website (Use version 2.5 for a Raspberry Pi 2)
- Save the image to your computer hard drive

2. Install the RetroPie on the SD Card

- Download Win32DiskImager
- Select the RetroPie image file that you downloaded onto your computer hard drive and select the drive letter that your SD card is assigned (e.g. E:\)
- Confirm you have the correct details and click on Write

 

 3. Booting up the Emulator

- Insert the micro SD Card into the PI and connect your mouse, keyboard, network cord, monitor and power supply (also game controller if you have one)
- The Pi will now boot up and into RetroPie

Retro Pi Emulator
- Press f4 which will take you to command line


- Type sudo raspi-config
- Select Expand File system and accept until you’re back to the main screen
- Go to Advanced Options->SSH and enable it (Mine was already enabled)
- Go to overclock, select Medium (You can select higher if you wish to play games with more complex graphics)
- Finally, select finish and then select yes to reboot
- Once you restart you will be taken to the main screen which will show your loaded emulators

RetroPie Emulators 

4. Adding ROMS to Your Raspberry Pi Emulator

- Connect your Pi to your home network and go to network in windows explorer
- In the list you should find a device called RaspberryPI, double click it
- Look for the ROMS folder, this is where you store your game files based on game emulator
- Make sure your ROMs are unzipped before you load them into the proper directories

Note: If you cannot access the Raspberry Pi via your network connection you can try the following solution
- Plus an empty USB drive into your Raspberry Pi
- Once the activity light stops flashing remove the USB drive and attach to your computer
- When you access the USB drive you will see an empty directory structure for the ROM files
- Copy the unzipped ROM files from your computer to the appropriate directories on the USB drive
- Reattach the USB drive to your Raspberry Pi
- Once the activity light stops flashing all of your files will have been copied to the Raspberry Pi

5. Play Games! 

Raspberry Pi Doom

 

 

 

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