What Do I Need To Buy?

You will need to purchase a few items to start off


Raspberry Pi 3

This is a tiny affordable computer that will be running RetroPie.


Micro SD Card

The Micro SD Card will store the RetroPie software and all the games. Think of this as the hard drive of our system.

Micro SD Card Reader

This will read and write data onto the Micro SD Card.


Power Adapter

A power adapter for the Raspberry Pi that uses micro USB as its connection.


HDMI Cable

This cable is used to hook up your Raspberry Pi to your television set.


USB Thumb Drive

A simple USD Thumb drive to help us transfer the games from your computer to the Raspberry Pi.

Controllers

For the most authenticate feeling, we'll need some Super Nintendo style controllers.

Raspberry Pi Case

The case is completely optional, but it sure does make it look cool.

What Do I Need To Buy?

You will need to purchase a few items to start off


Bundled Raspberry Pi 3

This is a tiny affordable computer that will be running RetroPie. This bundle includes all the other required components.

Controllers

For the most authenticate feeling, we'll need some Super Nintendo style controllers.


Raspberry Pi Case

The case is completely optional, but it sure does make it look cool.


Do you use Windows 10 or macOS?

Required Software

Download these to help with the setup

Etcher

This program will write RetroPie onto our Micro SD Card.

RetroPie

You'll need to download RetroPie itself to put onto the Micro SD Card.

Prepare Your Micro SD Card




Step 1: Install Etcher

Open the folder where you downloaded and Etcher and install it. Launch Etcher after the install has finished.

Quick Tip: Unplug all external drives to your computer so there is no confusion selecting the correct USB drive in the next step.


Step 2: Prepare Etcher to Write

Insert your Micro SD Card into your Micro SD Card Reader. Then plug in your Micro SD Card Reader into your computer.

Click on "Select Image" and select the RetroPie file you downloaded. It should be named something along the lines of 'retropie-4.3-rpi2_rpi3.img.gz'

Click on "Select Drive" and select your Micro SD Card Reader letter drive.


Step 3: Flash it!

Select 'Flash!' and let Etcher do its thing. You will see Etcher go through two phases: Flashing and Validating.

Once both phases are done and Etcher has given you the message it has finished, unplug your Micro SD Card Reader.

Plug In Your Raspberry Pi




Step 4: Plug In All the Required Cables

Plug in the following items into your Raspberry Pi

  • Micro SD Card
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Controller

Note: The Micro SD Card slot is on the bottom


Step 5: Have RetroPie Boot Up

Plug in your HDMI cable into your television or monitor and finally plug in the power adapter to your wall outlet.

Give RetroPie some time to boot up.


Step 6: Setup Your Controller

Once you are booted, you will need to configure your controller. Press the controller buttons corresponding to what is shown on the screen.

If you come across a button that you don't want to assign, hold down any button for a few seconds and it will be skipped.


Tip: Gamepad HotKey

When you come across the last button called "HotKey Enable", set this button to the 'Select' button

This will allow you to hit both 'Select' and 'Start' at the same time to exit a game to the main menu

Transfer Games




Step 7: Setup your USB Thumb Drive

Plug in your USB Thumb Drive into computer and open it within your File Explorer. Create a new folder within it and name it 'retropie' (without the quotes).



Step 8: Let RetroPie Do Its Setup

Unplug your USB Thumb Drive from your computer and plug it in your Raspberry Pi while it is still turned on.

There is no way to indicate the progress of its setup so just leave in the USB Thumb Drive for about a minute to let RetroPie finish its setup.



Step 9: Verify RetroPie Setup Worked

Unplug your USB Thumb Drive from your Raspberry Pi and plug it back into your computer.

Open the USB Thumb Drive in your File Explorer and open the 'retropie' folder then the 'roms' folder. You should see many new folders created with names of different retro systems.



Step 10: Load the Games

Transfer your ROMs into the corresponding 'snes' and 'nes' folders. Take notice of how long it took to transfer all your ROMs over.

Step 11: Transfer To RetroPie

Once the transfer is done, remove your USB Thumb Drive from your computer and plug it into your Raspberry Pi.

Again, there's no way to know the progress of the transfer so keep it in for the same amount of time or longer than the amount of time it took to transfer the games onto the USB Thumb Drive

There is no harm in unplugging the USB Thumb Drive early. All the games just may have not finished transfering.

Let the Games Begin




Step 13: Restart Raspberry Pi

Press 'Start' on your controller and select 'Restart EmulationStation'.



Step 14: Games!

When the restart has finished, you will see new system logs where you can selet and select a game to play.

Got Black Borders?

If you have black borders around your screen, take a look here




Step 15: Raspberry Configuration

Let's fix those annoying black borders. Start from your main menu and select the large 'RetroPie' icon. Then select the 'Raspi-Config' menu item.



Step 16: Blue Screen of Settings

You'll be taken to a blue screen of settings. Scroll down to get to 'Advanced Options'.

In order to select this option, after you've highlighted the option, hit 'right' on your gamepad. You'll notice that the 'Select' button gets highlighted. Then press your B button.



Step 17: Overscan

Scroll to the 'Overscan' setting, hit 'right' on your gamepad, and hit the B button to select this option.



Step 18: Overscan

The dialog will ask if you want to enable this. Make sure you select 'No'.



Step 19: Reboot

Finally, the system will ask you to reboot and you just have to select 'Yes' and you're done.

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