In the 1980s and 1990s, arcades were the place to be. Modern games have eaten up our quarters as they chase ever higher scores. I was.
With the Raspberry Pi you can run various emulators that let you play your favorite titles from old consoles such as Atari 2600, NES, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, Gameboy, etc., as well as classic arcade games. There are many emulation platforms available, but RetroPie is by far the most popular and arguably the best.
Until recently, installing RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 4 was a pain. The Raspberry Pi 4 was released in June 2019, but RetroPie hasn’t officially supported it for nearly a year and had to go through some manual steps to get it working. Now you can not only install RetroPie on your Raspberry Pi 4, but you can also install it using the Raspberry Pi imager. It couldn’t be easier.
This how-to shows you how to set up your own RetroPie setup, how to copy ROMs (games) to the Pi via USB and network sharing, how to connect a controller via Bluetooth, and finally how to create your own custom boot splash screen. I will explain.
what is required
How to install RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 4 (or earlier)
1. Open the Raspberry Pi imager on your PC [OS を選択]Click.
2. Select Emulation and Game OS. Raspberry Pi Imager groups operating systems by use. For example, there are sections for Media Player, 3D Printing, and Generic OS.
3. Select Retropie.
Four. Select RetroPie version For models (e.g. RetroPie 4.6 (RPi4)).
Five. Insert a microSD card and[CHOOSE SD CARD]Click.
6. click write Burn RetroPie to a microSD card.
7. Take out the microSD card and insert it into the Raspberry Pi 4. Connect your controller. XBox One and Playstation 4 pads are compatible with RetroPie via Bluetooth, but require a USB connection until Bluetooth is configured.
8. Power on the Raspberry Pi and wait until it detects the controller.
9. Configure your controller.
Note that the controller has fewer buttons than RetroPie asks for settings. To skip options you don’t need, hold the already configured button.
Ten. Press the A button on your controller Close the settings menu and open the main menu.
Add games to RetroPie
All games exist as files called ROMs which are dumps of the actual board/cartridge. The easiest way to add games is to transfer files from your computer to the Raspberry Pi using a USB stick. But keep in mind that retro console games are copyrighted regardless of age. If you do not personally own the cartridge/board and rip your own copy, please proceed at your own risk as downloading and distributing these ROMs may violate the laws of your country.
1. Create a folder on your computer called retropy A USB flash drive formatted with FAT32 / exFAT.
2. Connect the USB flash drive to your Raspberry Pi 4. RetroPie creates a folder structure within it. retropy Folder on stick.
3. remove the flash drive Insert it into your computer.
Four. Copy the game to the correct system/console folder in retropie/roms/. For example, put the atari 2600 game in the /atari2600 folder.
Five. Take the flash drive out of your computer and put it back into the Raspberry Pi 4’s USB port. The time taken for this is Regarding the number of transferred games. This can take minutes for a few games or hours for large transfers.
6. When finished, remove the USB flash drive, press START and select from the menu. Reboot emulation station / reboot system. The game list will update to show the available computers/consoles that currently have the game.
Add games over SMB (Samba)
Adding games via a network share is convenient and ridiculously easy, thanks to RetroPie’s ability to automatically configure SMB (Samba) shares. ROM transfer time is highly dependent on connection (Ethernet is preferred) and amount and size of ROM.
1. On your Windows machine, open your file manager.
2. Type the following address in the address bar and press Enter.
3. Copy the ROMs to the relevant system via the roms folder. A RetroPie network share has four folders: bios, configs, roms, and splash screen.
When playing retro arcade games from real arcade machines, be aware that not all ROMs are compatible with all emulators. Retropie can run on 10 different versions of the most popular arcade emulator, MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator). Some ROMs run with some versions of MAME, others with others. Maintained by RetroPie useful chartsHowever, if your arcade game doesn’t load in one MAME, try another.
Add a Bluetooth controller
Sitting and relaxing during a game used to mean a tangle of wires. But with Bluetooth, you can easily connect your favorite game controller and play comfortably. RetroPie has an easy-to-follow wizard that guides you through the process.
1. Select the RetroPie menu.
2. scroll down[Bluetooth]Choose.
3. In the new menu, select Pair and connect Bluetooth devices.
Four. Select a device from the list. Devices are listed by Bluetooth MAC address. This is usually printed on the controller.
Five. Validate the connection using security mode. This confirms that the Raspberry Pi is connected to the correct controller. If the first security mode doesn’t work, try the next security mode.
6. [Bluetooth 接続モードの構成]Choose. This sets how Bluetooth connects to the controller.
7. Configure the connection to occur at startup. This will connect RetroPie to the controller as soon as the system is ready.
Your controller is now connected and ready to use with RetroPie. Note that some emulators may require additional adjustments for specific layouts.Most Bluetooth controllers work out of the box, but some controllers such as 8bitdo’s Additional steps to work.
Add a splash screen
The default RetroPie splash screen (the one you see when you power up your Raspberry Pi) is perfectly fine, but what if you could add your own splash screen? RetroPie has a simple menu where you can add your own image to use when booting.
1. Select the RetroPie menu.
2. Select Splash Screen.
Four. Select your own/additional splash screens. You get an error because the folder doesn’t exist yet. This will create a folder where images can be stored.
Five. On your Windows PC, open the SMB share \\RETROPIE\splashscreens and copy the image you want to use. I used a 1920 x 1080p PNG of the Tom’s Hardware logo.
6. Repeat steps 1-4The images copied to the folder are displayed. Select an image.
7. After rebooting the Raspberry Pi, you should see a new splash screen.