Tuesday, 13 September 2016
RetroPie - Retro-gaming on a Raspberry Pi
I was born into the best time of gaming ever I feel, the early 1980s, playing my first games on the Atari 2600 and Colecovision. Then moving onto the Commodore 64 when my parents got me my first computer. The list of retro-gaming machines I have played on in my lifetime goes on. The last console I bought was a Sega Dreamcast. I've been a PC gamer ever since.
I recently was looking at making a retro gaming cabinet for my son and found this amazing piece of software that runs on a Raspberry Pi called RetroPie. It is a pre-packaged image that installs easily onto a memory card and allows you to install a ton of emulaters for most old systems. I have a Raspberry Pi 2B and was able to smoothly play systems up to the Super Nintendo and Genesis era. Anything past that like Nintendo64 was a bit choppy for that model. The newest Pi model, Raspberry Pi 3B, has a better processor, which should allow you to play some higher powered systems like the Nintendo64 hopefully. I'll be getting one soon to see how many more systems and games I can play on the Raspberry Pi. I will reply here with my findings!