Raspberry Pi – Retro Gaming Set up – Step 1

Raspberry Pi Logo
Raspberry Pi Logo

As a child of the 80’s I have been a gamer since – well forever.  That makes Retro Gaming a part of my very core!

I started off on a Commodore +4, then moved to a Commodore 64, then an Amiga 1200, in 1992 I got my first Windows based PC, a Pentium III – DX2 66MHz (with about 500Mb of HDD space) if I remember rightly.

From there I started building PCs and then I moved to Mac and I am still here.  As the same time I was also playing with consoles.  Of course I had a Gameboy, but I was more of a Sega fanboy, Mega Drive, Saturn, then I moved to Playstation, 1 -> 2 -> 3 and now 4.

Playstation was my system of choice but I still have had xBox, xBox 360, and currently xBox One.

The amount of games I had for each system was criminal, however what is more criminal is the fact that the majority of them got traded in.  If only I was wise then I’d still have every one of them displayed in my games room, insetead I imagine they are long since in a land fill somewhere.  Devastating!

Along the way I have also picked up a NES, SNES, N64, 2DS, Neo-Geo Pocket, a Master System, a Game Gear and an Atari Lynx along with a really nice Atari 2600 and a few other random systems I have picked up along the way.

I love how gaming has progressed – I love gaming.  I’m still at on the PS4, and I have the XB1 for Microsoft exclusives – and Fifa, but I love retro gaming.  So I have finally decided to try out some old skool memories using a Raspberry Pi.

After a few hardcore days of research I have taken the first actual step today and placed my order for the hardware.  There are a few packs you can buy that have everything you need to get things started for about £55 – I however have become impatient.  I blame Amazon Prime, I want it next day so when the pack I was considering didn’t have the Next Day option for Northern Ireland I decided to go and order bit by bit, a self build if you will.

So as I am effectivelywriting this live time I apologise for any mistakes – which I will correct as the Raspberry Pi rig comes to life but at this stage I have ordered :

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 Model 3
  2. Raspberry Pi Power Adapeter
  3. HDMI Cable
  4. 64Gb Micro SD Card (for retropie image)
  5. 128GB Micro SD Card (for retropie image 2)
  6. Raspberry Pi Heat Sink Set
  7. Official Raspberry Pi Case
Raspberry Pi - Ordered Items
Raspberry Pi – Ordered Items

One big item you will notice missing for a gaming rig is missing : a controller.

After reading an awful load of reviews on Amazon and the like it seems a bit hit and miss if you will get a decent controller or not.  One company does seem to offer a quality product – 8bitdo – however I have opted to try things out with a PS4 controller – simply because I have a few so just saving a few pound coins.  If I do decide to go for a ‘retro’ styled controller the 8bitdo will be the one I choose :

8bitdo retro game controller
8bitdo retro game controller

As far as setup goes that will be the next stage, hopefully tomorrow!

I have no intention of building my own retropie images, there are just so many options and I am coming to this party a little late, I have a lot to learn.  I have found these two amazing resources though :



I will be opting for setups from Mad Little Pixel – so fingers crossed it all works as it should!  Hopefully we will see tomorrow!



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