From Shea Silverman – the man behind the emulator frontend PiPlay comes a PCB that attaches to the Raspberry Pi Zero that gives you buttons and a screen so you can setup your own portable retro gaming device.
Still in development, the YouTube video (shown below) gives you a sample of what to expect from this PCB. It shows the device starting up and loading a game and playing. The board in the video has quite a small screen attached but it is definately viewable and will only serve to make any device made from this even smaller.
You can read more about this project on Shea Silvermans website at – http://blog.sheasilverman.com/
or alternatively, here is the PiPlay Advance PCB in action:
A guy on YouTube by the alias i64X has fitted a Raspberry Pi inside an X-Arcade Tankstick to make an all in one Retro Games controller.
The Tankstick is well known in the arcade games community as a great control system, solidly built and designed to last. Many people use them when building their full size games systems.
This project however decided to fit the Raspberry Pi inside the Tankstick and make it a portable and simple to use device. All that is needed in connection to a TV via HDMI and power.
The video runs through exactly what was used in getting the Pi installed in the Tankstick as well as each step of the process. While it is a tight fit with all the components inside the Tankstick it goes together pretty easily and can be done by any hobbyist.
Checkout the video on YouTube here
Lakka, one of the lesser known options for Retro Gaming on the Raspberry Pi has just gone through an update. It now includes the latest version of RetroArch – version 1.3.6.
Changes from the previous version include :
- Updated RetroArch to 1.3.6, this brings in all the new shiny stuff about downloading free games directly from the menu.
- Updated kernel and GPU blobs for OdroidXU3. Performance is said to be better.
- Atari800 packaged
- Assets, core informations, databases updated
- Fixed FBA scanning
- Updated Gambatte, fixes the savestates bug
- Fixed command line updater for imx6
- Added an ncurses interface for easier wifi configuration (still command line based)
- moved the builds to a new server provided by a sponsor
You can read the official release page here – http://www.lakka.tv/articles/2016/08/23/lakka-update-including-retroarch-136/
Or you can download the latest version from here – http://www.lakka.tv/get/linux/
Shortly following the release of 4.0 we now have RetroPie version 4.0.2. This latest release includes some bug fixes but also includes the Dolphin emulator – which is a GameCube and Nintendo Wii emulator. Unfortunately for Raspberry Pi users it will only run on the x86/64 platform so PC users only. Maybe we’ll get Dolphin on the Pi soon.
A list of changes since 4.0 include:
- Added Dolphin GameCube/Wii emulator to experimental (x86/x86_64 only).
- Fixed issue that caused system retroarch configs to be reset/overwritten when they didn’t end with a complete line (ending in LF character).
- Uae4arm – fixed issue with kickstart rom being overwritten when updating. Added missing dependency.
- Mupen64plus – fix for The Legend of Zelda: Majoras’s Mask.
- Wolf4SDL – launch Wolfenstein 3D shareware by default.
- Quake3 – fixed demo files extraction path.
- SDLPoP – fixed saving.
- joy2key – ignore ps3 potentiometer (avoids triggering runcommand menu accidentally). Fixed joy2key not being stopped on exiting RetroPie-Setup.
For more information you can visit the official RetroPie releas page at – https://retropie.org.uk/2016/08/retropie-4-0-2-released/
or the new image can be downloaded from here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/
This YouTube video tutorial is a little old (from 2014) and shows how to do it specifically for the Porta Pi games machine but you can you try this with any Raspberry Pi based arcade machine.
It runs through how to add a coin slot to your machine so that when you drop a coin into the slot it is recognised but the Raspberry Pi and adds credit to your games. It adds yet another level of authenticity to your Arcade.
The video is by Ryan Bates and runs through what compnents you need, how to install them and get it all working. A very good video to watch.
Those of you not wanting to commit to a full blown arcade cabinet might be interested in having just an arcade control unit. This is basically the arcade controls – joystick and buttons which you can then attach to your monitor or TV and play your arcade games. The control box itself houses your Raspberry Pi so it is an all in one unit making it very portable and easy to use. It differs from simply using a Raspberry Pi case in that it gives the player the arcade look and feel.
There are several Arcade control units available out there to buy and use but nothing beats making your own. You get a sense of satisfaction from making it yourself – and you can setup the layout however you want. You can also make it whatever size you want and whatever material you want to use.
A user on YouTube by the name Hacker House has done a nice video tutorial on how to make your own arcade control unit. He runs through making the cutouts and holes, how to wire up and parts needed for the project. It is very simple to follow and he also runs through setting up RetroPie on the unit once it is built.
If you have a desire to make your own arcade control unit please watch the following video.
It has been teased for a while now but version 4.0 of RetroPie has finally made its appearance. This new release brings a host of updates and new features and is touted as being more modular than ever.
A few of the updates and enhancements include:
- Improved management of RetroPie components.
- Better N64 emulation.
- Improvements to configuration of Xbox/8Bitdo gamepad
- Analogue support in lr-mame2003 and correct aspect ratios for games.
- Splashscreen/Carbon Emulation Station theme updates.
Changes from the previous version (v3.8.1) include:
- Setup script improvements:
- Added the ability to install/update and remove packages.
- Added help docs to the setup script.
- Renamed mednafen emulators to beetle to match upstream libretro repositories.
- Renaming of ES input configuration which was causing confusion for shoulder/trigger inputs.
- Much faster Emulation Station start-up in gamelist only mode.
- Updated Xpad driver included with “trigger to button” enabled, so mapping of Xbox 360 / Logitech trigger buttons is easier.
- Input configuration script to set up player 1 automatically on pifba and pisnes.
- Configuration Editor can now help you configure player gamepad order for libretro emulators.
- Updated PSP emulators ppsspp and lr-ppsspp with a fix for the pausing during play.
- Autostart improvements: boot to kodi option added – (exiting kodi will take you back to emulationstation).
- Improvements to mupen64plus Glide64 video plugin, which is now the default.
- Added new libretro emulator based on mupen64 – lr-glupen64.
- lr-mame2003 updates – support for mice/analogue joystick support. Fixed aspect ratio issues.
- Updates to various other emulators including reicast, lr-fceumm, lr-nestopia, lr-snes9x-next and the RetroArch frontend.
- SDL2 dispmanx scaling, so SDL2 software can render to a lower resolution and be scaled in hardware. This enhances performance on mupen64plus for example, without having to change the video mode.
- Improvements to the Bluetooth module, including the ability to try and reconnect to devices in the background, and an option to switch off our mapping hack for 8bitdo, so devices with a newer firmware will map correctly for RetroArch. Fix pairing with Android phones.
- Splashscreen improvements: New default splashscreen and a new splashscreen repository with additional splashscreens.
- Support for configs/all/runcommand-onstart.sh configs/all/runcommand-onend.sh user scripts
- New experimental modules:
- TRS-80 emulator sdltrs.
- TI-99/4A emulator ti99sim.
- Oric 1/Atmos emulator Oricutron.
- Dinothawr (lr-dinothawr – standalone libretro puzzle game).
- lr-mame2014 (Late 2014/Early 2015 version of MAME – uses 0.159 romset)
- Alternate Virtual Gamepad by sbidolach.
- Various other bug fixes and improvements.
For a full list of changes go to the official RetroPie 4.0 release page at – https://retropie.org.uk/2016/08/retropie-4-0-released/
You can download the new version from here – https://retropie.org.uk/download/
Seems the good old Commodore 64 still has more to give with a new game on the Horizon. Titled My Life!, it bills itself as the spiritual successor to the well known favorite Mikie.
Take control of Eugene, a hapless chappie, who has to work his way through a stressful week in order to earn a well-earned sleep-in at the weekend. Avoid all manner of meanies including vicious vacuum cleaners, rampaging roadsweepers, terrible toddlers, scary security guards and more as you stomp your way through each screen.
Features of the new game include:
• Tons of catchy tunes and arcade style jingles!
• Fantastic colourful cartoon graphics and detailed characters!
• Stunning authentic retro-style packaging!
It seems updates to RecalBox are coming thick and fast. We now have another new version with RecalBox 4.0.0 beta 5.
A number of fixes and tweaks are built into this beta release which includes:
- Updated libretro mame 2003 core. Fixes the ratio issue in mame.
- Improved pads and gpio support for moonlight
- Change location of PM2_HOME to fix a bug with API daemon
- Disable printer sharing to reduce log output
- Prevent MacOS from adding its .DS_store
For more information please visit the official RecalBox release page where you can download the latest version here – https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/releases
Another month and another update to RecalBox. This brings the beta releases up to version 4 so the official full release of version 4.0 shouldn’t be too far off – as quoted from the RecalBox website.
This new beta version includes many new updates and features including:
– Update to “moonlight-embedded-2.2.1” (it still displays 2.2.0 when running), adds support for “GFE 2.11”
– Added “enet” library for “moonlight-embedded-2.2.0”
– Solved a bug on “xarcade” where the B button and the Hotkey were sending the same event
– Slide transition by default in “EmulationStation”
– Power management switch support (power, reset and LED) for pin 3/5/6
– Added “ifconfig -a” and “/boot/recalbox-boot.conf” in “recalbox-support.sh”
– “S99Custom” now transmits its init parameter to “custom.sh”
– Bumped “retroarch” to version 1.3.4
– Add “ipega 9021” rules
– Added “stat” in busybox
– Added integer scale (Pixel Perfect) option!
For more information checkout the RecalBox blog at – http://blog.recalbox.com/
and you can download this latest beta release from here – https://github.com/recalbox/recalbox-os/releases/tag/4.0.0-beta4