You’ve set up your Raspberry Pi as a retro gaming station, perhaps under a TV, as a portable device, or even in a full-size gaming machine. But the default look and feel doesn’t really rock you.
Luckily, you have a large selection of themes to choose from. Here is how to install and apply themes to EmulationStation in RetroPie.
RetroPie and EmulationStation
If you’re already using RetroPie, you’ll be up to date with EmulationStation. This is the «interface» for the emulators that are grouped under RetroPie. EmulationStation is a user interface that allows you to access emulators and installed game ROMs.
You see this when you browse games on your system; this happens when you press the menu button in a game to select another game or restart your computer.
RetroPie itself can be found in the background. In some cases, you will encounter this through the menu configuration . This is where you can configure various options, including adding a new theme for EmulationStation.
Looking for new themes for RetroPie
The surprisingly easy-to-use interface of EmulationStation, unfortunately, can quickly become outdated. Luckily, alternative themes will give your RetroPie a stunning new look.
To find new themes, you need to go to the menu retropie and choose ES Themes .
Here you will see the RetroPie settings window. Go to the first option: download theme gallery and wait for the gallery to load. (Note that if you don’t want to wait for the gallery, you can simply scroll down and select a theme from the list.)
Once this is done, select » View or update the theme gallery, and then » Browse Theme Gallery», to see a preview of the themes. This will start the slideshow, but you can switch between options using the home button on your controller. It is recommended to write down the theme names as they cannot be installed without returning to the previous menu.
You can also check out the themes on the RetroPie wiki.