Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by ska invita, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  2. Mr Smin

    Mr Smin Registered Luser

    No reason why it shouldn't work.

    Not sure how they cleared rights to sell the games though. Would they be out of copyright already?

    Even though they don't accept returns, if it doesn't work just get your money back via a credit card charge back.
  3. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    You can do it yourself for about £60 (below kit comes with 16GB SD as opposed to 32GB, a 32GB Micro SD will cost you about £10 on Amazon)

    Raspberry Pi 3B+ Media Centre Kit


    Depends if the extra £60 is money you'd rather spend instead of time. E.g. Putting the RetroPie OS onto the SD card, and obtaining the ROMS yourself.

    I've often found when I have too many games, I end up not really bothering with any of them because I have too much choice.

    I've done the above myself, and it works fine, so no reason why the one for sale should not work.

    If it helps, I have pretty much all the ROMS including NEO-GEO, Atari etc, and will happily upload them to some online storage somewhere if you'd rather do the project yourself.
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  4. Enviro

    Enviro Make your assessment

    I got a pi as a present a while back and managed to find and load up some ROMs and retropie. It was fairly straight forward.

    However some were unstable, I couldn't get the Amiga ones to work, and couldn't get any neo-geo to work .... Not sure if the more recent retropie version would help or if I needed to do some tinkering in the system to get amiga and neo-geo to work?
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  5. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Thanks, this is making things clearer...
    I built my first pc from parts but I've lost the confidence a bit now... Or is it really dead simple to slot together? I would be going into it blind, same with navigating any OS issues and not sure if I would be able to do it with no help.
    Id need to buy a couple of controllers too I guess.
  6. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    It's literally a case of Put Pi in case, connect cables.

    Format the Micro SD on your computer and then follow the instructions on RetroPie site to install their distro: First Installation - RetroPie Docs

    You'll then need to alsocopy the ROMS to the SD card in the correct folder for the system.

    I believe theres a public torrent on pirate bay of a huge collection of ROMS which is what I originally downloaded, pretty sure I deleted a lot of dud stuff from what I now have, especially Nintendo stuff, I haven't really flicked through the others. I will post the magnet link to the torrent later if you can't access pirate bay (I'm at work at the moment)

    Yes, you'd need a couple of controllers too if you do the DIY route, again these can be picked up cheaply on Amazon.
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  7. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Tech can be bought cheaply enough without ever using amazon, but thanks a lot! I might give this a shot.... Going to sleep on it. Appreciate your posts
  8. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Pi's are designed for kids, so yeah, really easy to put together.
  9. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    <Subscribes to thread>

    What kind of controller type can you plug into the Pi? Any good examples that can be shared?
  10. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Pretty much any USB one can be used with RetroPie, you just have to map the controls to the right button layouts for each 'console'

    Xbox 360 and PS3/4 controllers also work..

    RetroPie Docs
  11. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Do you know if a particular shape / style of controller is best for old arcade machine games / mame roms?

    Tempted to get myself a pi so I can play games when staying away from home for work :thumbs:
  12. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Hard to say. It's going to come down to preference and what you're comfortable with. Which for me is SNES style controllers and Xbox controllers. I've never been able to get on with PS controllers always just found them uncomfortable, to the point I sold my PS4 because I'd finally had enough of using a controller which just wasn't comfortable for someone with mild RSI in my hand, where as Xbox controllers feel like another world of comfort level.
  13. stdP

    stdP I never learn.

    I built my own retropie a while back but have taken a more geeky route now and am integrating the emulators into my new HTPC.

    Hands-down the best thing I bought controller-wise though was an 8bitdo SFC30 - basically a very faithful reproduction of the classic SNES controller, but wireless (mine is via bluetooth, but I think there are standard RF models as well now). The feel of the controller, buttons included, is pretty much identical to what I remember the SNES controller being like (having last used one about three or four years ago).

    Full docs on retropie setup listed here:
    8Bitdo - RetroPie Docs
  14. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    got one...its a lot of fun :oops: the best on the proloaded stuff is arcade ports and neogeo stuff. japanese shootemups are madnesss. great (illegal) value

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