Today, we are discussing the RetroPie project, and what it en tales. Classic gaming with a modern twist.
Before we go any further, stop and remember that emulation is not a dirty word. For some gamers, emulation is how they play classic games. They may not have the resources or space for a console collection and library of cartridges. But, they still want to enjoy some retro goodness.
At the heart of the RetroPie project, is the Raspberry Pi. A credit card sized computer that was developed for those who like to tinker, hack, and learn. The model B+ is driven by a 700MHz ARM RISC processor and 512MB of non-upgradable RAM. Modest specs for computer these days, but at just $40.00 USD, it gets the job done.
Even with those modest specs, it is still leaps and bounds above any game console made before the year 2000, and it is just what is needed to play those games.
In comes the RetroPie project, a ready build graphical environment that can run game ROMs that the user provides. All in all, you are going to need the following.
– Raspberry Pi model B+ with a power supply and case.
– At least a 4GB SD card.
– USB game controller(s), I recommend something like a Super NES or PS2 controller.
– USB keyboard and mouse for the initial setup.
– A HDMI cable and HDMI capable display.
– A way to transfer ROM files from your computer to the Pi.
Check out this link to a LifeHacker article for a more detailed walk-through. And also, this link over to the PetRockBlock blog for more background on the project and to get the files you needs to run your RetroPie.
Now, go out and do it!