I used to love playing Computer games in the 80s – many an hour was wasted playing Super Mario, Sonic, Space Invaders etc etc. I was pleased as punch then, when I discovered that the world of Retro gaming is alive and well. There’s more than one way to make your own Retro Gaming machine – today I will talk briefly about using a Raspberry Pi, but I’ve also had some success using a Sony PSP, but that’s for another day!
The great thing about this project is that the hardware is relatively cheap. Any Pi will do, including the £4 Zero! You then need a power supply, but again an old Nokia phone charger will fit the bill, an SD card – you’ve probably got a spare lying around – an HDMI lead – a case – and a knock off usb game pad – less than £20?
If you are really ambitious you can even install the Zero in an NES cartridge – I’ve made 2 with a couple of cable adaptors, a cheap USB hub, and a glue gun.
The key to all this though is the software. The nice people at retropie.org have produced a disc image with all the menus and emulators you need. It’s very easy to set up.
The last part then centres around the games themselves. These are available as ROMs – direct copies of the original chip coding that was found in arcade machines or on cartridges. Just google and you will find 100s of sights of questionable quality. I always head off to emuparadise.com. Everything is there!
please have a go – if you need help or have a question please drop me a comment below.