Welcome to the site of Raspberry Retro. This site is dedicated to the growing number of people who are interested in using the Raspberry Pi for Retro Gaming. Here you will find up to date news on anything related to retro gaming on the Pi, including building cabinets and consoles, how to install the software to get it all running and what to do once it’s all installed.

Retro Gaming involves using emulators to ’emulate’ the old gaming systems such as the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Mega Drive and even old PC’s like the Commodore 64, Apple II and Sinclair Spectrum. Old handheld devices like the Atari Lynx, Nintendo DS and even the good old Game & Watch can also be emulated. But what get’s most people excited about Retro gaming is the fact that you can play many of the old arcade machines like Space Invaders or Pacman.

This opens up the retro gaming scene to have access to literally tens of thousands of games that you can play around with and satisfy your individual tastes. The scene is continually evolving as well – so the amount of systems being emulated and the games available just keeps getting bigger. Check out our Software section to get an idea of just what types of systems and games are available.

All of this and running on a very cheap little computer that fits in the palm of your hand. The Raspberry Pi really has opened up a world of possibilities to the home user. Retro Gaming is but one of those possibilities – but it really is a good and entertaining one.

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Again – thank you for taking the time to visit out site. Don’t forget to forward on this site to anyone you think might be interested in Retro gaming on the Raspberry Pi.

Happy Retro Gaming …

Nice video of how to build a Raspberry Pi Arcade Cabinet

Just found this video on YouTube which goes through the process of building an Arcade Cabinet from scratch.

The YouTuber by the name “We Build Stuff” runs through cutting out all the materials and putting them together. He then goes through wiring up the cabinet and connection to a Raspberry Pi. He lists everything that is used in the build process and even mentions where he got the parts from.

Anyone thinking of building their own arcade cabinet would benefit greatly from watching this video. He follows up this video with a second video on how to get RecalBox up and running on your Raspberry Pi once the Arcade cabinet is built.



RecalBox finally out of Beta – full version 4.0.0 released

RecalBox 4.0.0 has been released and this means the full, final version is here. There are several updates and fixes included with this new version.

After going through 6 Beta versions it’s great to see the final release is now available.

Updates since the last beta include:

  • Support for USB keys
  • New ES languages
  • Retroachievements
  • New Recalbox theme
  • Powerswitch (through dedicated boards or GPIO)
  • New shaders + Integer Scale display
  • New automatic configuration for ScummVM, N64 and Moonlight

To find out more about this new version of RecalBox – please visit the official homepage at –  www.recalbox.com

To download the latest version please go get it from GitHub here – https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/releases

And here’s a YouTube video of RecalBox 4.0.0 in Action

RetroPie 4.1 released to the public

After a bit of a wait between releases, version 4.1 of RetroPie has made its debut.

A lot of emulators have been upgraded to the latest versions (including lr-mame2003 and lr-fbalpha). RetroArch has also been updated.

Visually RetroPie has had an update as well with some new themes available for download and install.

A complete list of new features and changes include:

  • Updated RetroArch and many libretro cores to the latest versions.
  • Some libretro packages have been renamed to match the upstream core names:
    • lr-fba to lr-fbalpha2012
    • lr-fba-next to lr-fbalpha
    • lr-pocketsnes to lr-snes9x2002
    • lr-catsfc to lr-snes9x2005
    • lr-snes9x-next to lr-snes9x2010
  • Updated Vice (C64 emulator) to the latest version.
  • Fixed PPSSPP building on the RPI and updated it to the latest version.
  • lr-fba-next updated to fbalpha v0.2.97.39 including fixes for Irem hardware on arm (rtype / rtype 2 etc)
  • WiFi configuration – added ability to import Wifi ssid/psk from /boot/wifikeyfile.txt for set-up without a keyboard.
  • Updated Fuse (Spectrum emulator) to v1.3.0
  • Updated Zesarux (Spectrum / CPC emulator) to the latest version.
  • Include lr-glupen64 by default on image (moved from optional to main).
  • Added darkplaces-quake to optional packages. When installing/update the Quake emulators, launch scripts for any installed mission packs will be created.
  • Build ResidualVM with SDL2 + opengles support.
  • Added steam controller driver from https://github.com/ynsta/steamcontroller
  • Added mk_arcade_joystick_rpi driver from https://github.com/recalbox/mk_arcade_joystick_rpi
  • Fixed build issues on uae4arm, and kickstart removal on upgrade of uae4arm/uae4all.
  • Screensaver / Screen dimming in Emulation Station no longer stops the built in scraper.
  • Compatibility with upstream plymouth changes. Image is based on the latest upstream Raspbian Lite from 2016-09-23 with all updates.
  • New themes added to the theme installer – including pixel-meta, pixel-tft, luminous, minilumi from Rookervik and io and spare themes from Mattrixk
  • New packages added to experimental section
    • Added emulators lr-beetle-pcfx (PCFX emulator)
    • Added retropie-manager web interface (based on recalbox-manager).
    • Added pcsx2 emulator (Playstation 2 emulator – x86 / x86_64 only).
    • Added openpht  (x86 / x86_64 only).
    • Added fs-uae (Amiga emulator – x86 / x86_64 only).
    • Added lr-bsnes (Super Nintendo emulator – x86/x86_64 only)
    • Added lr-hatari (Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon emulator)
  • Added some RetroPie-Setup function documentation to aid those contributing code – https://retropie.org.uk/retropie-setup-api/
  • Various other improvements / bugfixes

To read more about ReroPie 4.1 please visit the official webpage at – https://retropie.org.uk/2016/11/retropie-4-1-released/

or you can download the new image from here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/

Turn an old Commodore 64 into a Gibsonian Cyberdeck

Fans of scifi and cyberpunk author William Gibson will probably recognise this as a Cyberdeck from his Sprawl trilogy of books. Using an old (non working) Commodore 64 and powered by a Raspberry Pi 3, a user by the name D10D3 has built his own cyberdeck as an homage to the author and his works.

You to can get in on the action and build one yourself, as D10D3 has provided a useful tutorial on the project, outlining what parts are used and how to get it all working together.


You can view the tutorial here – http://n-o-d-e.net/post/150716000076/how-to-create-a-cyberdeck64

And here is a link to more images of the Cyberdeck – http://imgur.com/a/knY8l



Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit TV Show

For the true Retro Gaming fan here is a new TV show that is dedicated to watching celebrities and special guests battle against each other playing Retro Arcade and Computer games.

Hosted by the UK’s Dara O Briain and being broadcast on UK Channel DAVE, each episode sees a group of celebrities and stars facing off against each other in a variety of old and retro inspired games. As the name would suggest – older games are the main focus here and it will certainly bring back fond memories watching some of the old classics being played.

The show premiered on September 5th, but you can watch episodes online if you are after a good laugh.

You can read more about the TV show here – http://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/dara-o-briains-go-8-bit/

or you can watch a preview on YouTube here:

Pi Cart – A Raspberry Pi Zero inside an NES Cartridge

Just when you thought putting a Raspberry Pi inside a weird enclosure had reached a plateau, along comes the Pi Cart.  This little project involves putting a Raspberry Pi Zero, with a USB hub inside an old NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) cartridge.

It seems fairly simple and the guy behind the project by name Zach has made a fairly detailed tutorial on how to do it yourself. A complete list of parts used is shown, as well as an actual instructional video to go along with the written instructions.


If your after a cool little project to get your friends talking this could be a hit.

You can read more about the project here – https://howchoo.com/g/mti0oge5nzk/pi-cart-a-raspberry-pi-retro-gaming-rig-in-an-nes-cartridge

And here is the YouTube instructional video for you to watch



piServer – Add SATA, a USB Hub and Optical Audio to your Raspberry Pi

Here’s an interesting project currently up on IndieGoGo. The piServer is an enclosure for the Raspberry Pi 3 that incorporates a USB 2.0 HUB, Sata Hard Drive controller (allowing for a 2.5 inch drive inside the enclosure) and a Wolfson digital audio processor with optical output.

This really opens up the expandability of the Raspberry Pi. It also manages to keep the Raspberry Pi a small package even with all these added features. One of the most wanted items on the Raspberry Pi is included in the piServer and that is a power on/off switch. The enclosure itself looks similar in style to an Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV, but appears not much bigger than a standard Raspberry Pi case – maybe a little thicker.

The IndieGoGo campaign by Nightshade Electronics is trying to raise $90,000 for this project so please go over there and checkout all the information about the product.

You can view the IndieGoGo campaign page here – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/piserver-the-ultimate-raspberry-pi-enclosure#/

You can also view the introduction video here



SNES Micro – Raspberry Pi Zero powered Super Nintendo

Here’s an interesting Raspberry Pi Zero project if you’ve got a bit of time and crafting skills under your belt.

A user on YouTube under the name Lyberty5 has used a Raspberry Pi Zero to make a Super Nintendo (SNES) type console. Now it doesn’t quite have the functionality of an actual SNES but certainly looks the part and will ultimately play way more games from a variety of consoles and arcade machines.

The YouTube video – shown below – runs through how to make the case and use clay to mold a pretty good reproduction of the SNES.

Lyberty5 also runs through all the parts used and soldering tasks required to make this little Pi Powered games machine.

You can read more about this project on the Adafruit blog at – https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/09/16/snes-micro-smallest-super-nes-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

And here is the tutorial video on YouTube –

Worlds smallest arcade cabinet powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero

This one comes from Adafruit and is being touted as the worlds smallest arcade cabinet.

Using the ultra small Raspberry Pi Zero as its brains, this small arcade cabinet measures just 6.72cm (2.64 inches) high. It comes with a 0.96 inch RGB OLED screen (yeah – that’s small) and has an inbuilt amplifier for sound.


As you can see from the above picture it’s doubtful you could make this any smaller as the Raspberry Pi Zero forms the backbone of the system.

MAME is the software running on this cabinet and seems to be doing a good job of playing and displaying the games.

For more information you can checkout the Adafruit page here – https://learn.adafruit.com/worlds-smallest-mame-arcade-cabinet/overview

and here’s a YouTube video of the cabinet in action


Pi Entertainment System (PES) version 2.0 released

We’re a little behind the 8 ball here but not by much. Version 2 of PES has been released and comes with a pretty major GUI overhaul. A list of the updates and new features include:

  • ROM scanning is now up to 5x faster thanks to a parallel (multi processor) approach
  • New GUI with various features!
  • Added PS3 GASIA support
  • Added support for RetroAchievements.org
  • FAT32 now used for /data partition

For more information you can visit the official PES website at – http://pes.mundayweb.com/

A video of PES v2.0 in action is here on YouTube (although it is in Spanish Brazilian Portuguese you can get an idea of what PES 2.0 looks like)