One look at the Raspberry Pi shows that miniaturization touches every facet of life — even retro gaming! Almost every retro gaming platform can be emulated with the Raspberry Pi 3, so why not create a dedicated retro gaming station to put it on?
«RetroPie»? What’s this?
If you want to play retro games on your Raspberry Pi, you have several options. The first is to install a separate emulator, load the ROM and play.
A third possibility is to install an emulation package, a set of emulators available as a disk image. There are multiple retro gaming platforms available for Raspberry Pi retro gaming Among the most popular are RetroPie, RecalBox, and PiPlay (the Raspberry Pi-based version of MAME).
Note: Downloading a ROM that you don’t already own in physical form is illegal, right?
1. RetroPie Bartop Arcade Cabinet
Let’s start with this more traditional build. While all the designs on this list are fantastic, you probably want to at least consider a traditional-style arcade cabinet.
Essentially a half-height Raspberry Pi arcade cabinet, this build is arguably the most complete we’ve seen. Using a slit trimmer for some T-Trims is especially nice. And if you don’t need a drawer cabinet, it can be easily adapted to a full-size standing cab.
2. Retrobox All in one arcade joystick
What if you don’t need a static gaming station? You may not have the skills or materials to create something that big. You have many alternatives, including this one, Retrobox. It’s basically a Raspberry Pi in a box with an arcade-style controller and buttons.
Find the complete steps on Howchoo, including a link to the details and very helpful drilling templates.
3. MintyPi: mobile games in a tin!
Raspberry Pi portable gaming machine in an Altoids tin! This assembly really has everything, including the battery. For best results, you’ll need a Raspberry Pi Zero W (however, it should work just fine with the non-wireless version of the Pi Zero).