Raspberry Pi Arcade Emulator: Play Popular 80s and 90s Video Games from One Machine

Do you love popular 90s video games like I do? What about popular 80s arcade games?  What if you could customize that machine experience you remember from years past to include only the title that you really care about? If you are into retro gaming, you need to get your hands on a Raspberry Pi arcade emulator.

Let’s face it, games from the 90s rocked!  In my opinion, the 90s video games that came out of the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo platforms forever changed the face of gaming.

As a child in the 1980’s, I used to beg my parents to take me to our town’s local video game arcade.  There was something magical about playing all of those classic games. That feeling has never really left me and I find myself longing to play all of those old retro game titles.

As technology has progressed, playing these old titles is accessible to anyone in a variety of forms. For instance, MAME is used to play those old retro arcade games from a computer or computer-based device.

For classic console gaming, there are a variety of emulators that will mimic classic Nintendo, Sega, Commodore, Playstation, as well as, a wide assortment of other past systems.  But who has the time and energy to try and piece all of these technologies together?

What if you could get all of these technologies rolled into one?  Would that excite the inner child inside that longs to relive the 80’s or the excellent games from the 90s?

Awesome Retro Gaming From One Machine

Luckily, there is one solution that can do it all. Retropie is software that runs on Raspberry Pi devices and includes a ton of emulators and options that will thrill any hardcore classic gamer. It’s also very easy to use.

Installing the Retropie Raspberry Pi arcade emulator software was a relative breeze. I had some prior experience with Linux operating systems but I am no Linux expert.

What you will need

  • In order to run the installation, you will need a mini SD card with enough space to support the current version of Retropi and allow you to grow. A 32 GB card will be sufficient for most gamers.
  • Usb Keyboard. There is very little interaction with the initial install but a keyboard is required.
  • USB Game controller. Once Retropie is installed, setting up the game controller is pretty straightforward.

Installation of Retropie Software

Fortunately, the software is set up to take the headache out of the configuration. It practically installs itself. Look for an upcoming video on the installation process.

You will need some way to control your games. You will be bling playing all those games from the 90s again in no time!