DIY retro gaming with RetroPie

With the release of the SNES Classic set for September 29th, and the overall success of the NES Classic before it, retro gaming is back in the spotlight. For people like myself it is nostalgic to revisit the games we grew up with. Younger crowds may be experiencing these games for the first time. Modern games feature high end graphics and cinematic cut scenes. Classic games may lack in that department but they made up for it with gameplay. Don’t get me wrong I love modern gaming but the classics still hold up well. 

Both of the products I linked above are great, but for people like myself that enjoy projects and saving money I present to you the RetroPie. I assure you that this is a fairly simple project to take on, and does not require a high level of technical skill. You may ask what is a RetroPie? The short explanation is that it is a multi platform emulator built using the Raspberry Pi. What makes this so appealing to me is the fact that it is multi-platform . It can handle pretty much anything you may have ROM’s for. This is a one stop solution to all of your emulation needs. There is no need to purchase separate units and that is a huge advantage. 

The Raspberry Pi itself is quite the versatile unit. It was originally designed to be a low cost computing platform for computer science students. That appeals to me since you can take on any number of projects. I could and probably will get into more detail on that in the future. I plan to try out a few of these myself and will share my experiences. Now back to the issue at hand, building a RetroPie.

First you will need to get the Raspberry Pi board as well as a case and power supply. You can find kits from various retailers including Amazon. I personally suggest getting a basic starter kit and selecting your own controllers and memory card. If you want a one stop solution they have RetroPie kits that come with everything you will need, the choice is yours. We all know that a quality controller is key to gaming and that is why I suggest you read reviews and select the one that fits you best. Once you have all the parts you are ready to get started. If you are one that does better with videos I will link a good YouTube tutorial I found below. 

So there you have it, lets get building and enjoy those classic games. Not only is this a rewarding project it also can save you money. What is not to love about that. That is all for now, enjoy and lets get to gaming.