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RetroPie: video installation guide

The guide walks you through setting up a controller with RetroPie. You also learn how to connect to WiFi and transfer games to the system.

Setting up RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 

RetroPie is the number-one name in emulation for the Raspberry Pi. Setting up RetroPie, and emulating old video games, is one of the first things many of us do with a Raspberry Pi board.

Novaspirit has produced this excellent video guide to setting up RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi.

Building a RetroPie video games console

They use a Raspberry Pi 3 with a screen and games controller to build the emulated system. This makes for a neat games console that can be easily set up and used to play games on the move.

Here’s the list of materials:

  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • 5 inch 800*480 Resistive Touch Screen HDMI interface
  • SNES Retro USB Super Nintendo Controller
  • USB Thumb Drive

They use Apple Pi Baker to set up the operating system. This is a macOS product, but you can use Etcher if you’re on a Windows or Linux machine.

See our Etcher guide in issue 50 of The MagPi.

Burning the image is simple enough. Setting up the operating system and getting all the controls to work is more tricky.

The guide walks you through setting up a controller with a Raspberry Pi. You also learn how to connect to WiFi and transfer games to the system.

There’s far more to building an emulation system that installing RetroPie. This tutorial is a great way to get started.