Pi Zero Retro Gaming Emulation – What Systems Will Run

Pi Zero Retro Gaming Emulation – What Systems Will Run

What gaming systems and games will run on the pi zero. Although not as powerful as the pi 3 the pi zero definitely can play the games!

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37 Comments

  1. The Doctor on January 31, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I never had problems with PSX or N64 games on my RPi 3 model B.



  2. ๐•ฏ๐–†๐–—๐–™๐– ๐–•๐–”๐–”๐– on January 31, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Is pcengin game that you would only play on your computer like Pokรฉmon insurgence



  3. joe husosky on January 31, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    most of the arcade games ran ok on the Pi 1 which is slower



  4. Jim T on January 31, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Good overview, Drew. I’m altogether new to the Pi (haven’t done this kind of thing since the 1970s Radio Shack & Heathkit stuff). Are there emulators for ColecoVision and would it run on the Zero? Got a Zero W coming this week…



  5. jny78 on January 31, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Just need it vertical



  6. DannyBeatzEnterprise on January 31, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    with subzero you either gotta jumper over him or duck when he uses that move



  7. Artimes on January 31, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    My single question is can any of these Rasbery Pie virtual consoles play Sega Saturn or Sega Dreamcast games. Some of my favorite games are in these consoles. Also which Rasbery Pie system would you recommend to purchase?



  8. Travis Pendell on January 31, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    some awesome classic arcade games will run (simpsons does) at least it works on my old pi 1…



  9. AJ12Gamer on January 31, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    1:58 *Loses*
    "So not really playable."
    ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚



  10. Sergio Gutierrez on January 31, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    did you upload the image somewhere?



  11. Marlon Brans on January 31, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    He bro im a fan no disrespect but i can run Final burn Alpha and mame Just fine on a stock pi 3..the whole set is smooth maybe i tried diff games than you? But if seems like it uns full speed..on the pi zero in not sure but the pi 3 runs mame fine



  12. Mr Bonono on January 31, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    I believe the lag is due to the size of your monitor and that’s why other Youtubers with smaller LCD screens run them absolutely fine. But the Nintendo 64 and couple others really don’t run any ways and it’s best to run that on the original or on a pc



  13. YoshiTimePuppets on January 31, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    can it run crysis



  14. chic0ur on January 31, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    I bought a pi zero last summer for my nephew to make him play to sonic or mario. Then I discovered orange pi one. Bought for the same price ( 5+5 with the port for the pi), le pi one was 9,XXโ‚ฌ. No need to buy adapter or anything that cost as much as the board. Installed retrorange pi and it works better.
    Neogeo / mame are fully playable. No overheat. The board is a bit bigger but with a transparent case it’s nice.



  15. Stu-ool on January 31, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    ETA prime had no problem playing sonic advance on pi zero…



  16. Cody Chamberlain on January 31, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Are you running the pi zero version of retro pie?



  17. Stephen on January 31, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I wish there was a handheld amiga 1200



  18. Vickmann on January 31, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Excellent guide!!!



  19. jny78 on January 31, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Hey drew do you know how to rotate retropie. So we can play pac man properly?



  20. Eric James on January 31, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    As the CPU heats up the clock is being turned down to reduce the heat so the more games you play that requires more CPU the worse it is going to get – put a heat sink on the board and overclock it.



  21. GreekManX on January 31, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I guess I don’t get the pi zero for emulation I mean even at 5 bucks you need the extra stuff like HDMI adapter and Bluetooth and wifi adapter to make like pi3 and don’t save much only reason I see is for very low end systems and for portability like a pi grll zero



  22. TnA Plastic on January 31, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I do not understand the thumbs down…



  23. Eddie Rey on January 31, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    PSX runs smooth on my Pi Zero W, but not the N64



  24. camiji on January 31, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Don’t forget PC Engine CD, I build my Pi Zero just so I can play Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Runs 100% perfect.



  25. MetalheadBuser on January 31, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Its propably resolution and stuff… With a low res it will run fine. I am so excited to get my parts from china… I’m gonna build a Zero driven handheld ๐Ÿ™‚



  26. Jerome C on January 31, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Canโ€™t wait my GPI case !!!



  27. Barbacoa Bob on January 31, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    you need to play cadash or splatterhouse for pc engine



  28. Barbacoa Bob on January 31, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    that was sega master system not genesis



  29. RyanWake bradtelle on January 31, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Could you try it running DS emulators on the pi zero and the pi 3. I know the pi 3 can do it but I bet the pi zero wouldn’t crash.



  30. Brian Perfitt on January 31, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I know you put a lot of effort into creating your image for the Raspberry Pi Zero. I’ve seen someone use a Raspberry Pi Zero W with retro pie on it. They were playing snes flawlessly.



  31. Sean Landry on January 31, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Hey @DrewTalks! Love your videos and wanted to add a little tip that I found while testing and building my first Pi Zero image last summer. Go into the Raspi config settings and modify the Memory Split option to 384MB for the GPU and reboot the Pi for the settings to apply. I have found it improved performance on the Pi Zero across the board during emulation after. Games that used the SuperFX chip on the SNES lagged horribly, but after the memory split change they were noticeably faster and the sound wasn’t distorted. Although I saw no slowdown before the change, the emulators FBA and MAME worked with no issues during my testing. Give it a test and see if you see the same thing.



  32. Dino Renna on January 31, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    does the shutdown command in attract mode shutdown the pi so I can then unplug it safely?



  33. blueberryskygang on January 31, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    I know this is years later but you didnโ€™t have the neogeo bios in the rom folder and I think thatโ€™s why it didnโ€™t run any games.



  34. Chris Jericho on January 31, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks Drew. Great video as always. Have you tried inputting the Contra code in any games? I was wondering if it worked. I am planning on making a mini retro system when they get PiZero in stock again .



  35. Seth Sapp on January 31, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Also with emulation different games will give you different results even within the same emulator. One example is that some games require better timings. You can run a game perfectly on the same emulator and another game will run like complete garbage. This result is due to the emulator program itself not necessarily the hardware or games. Play different games and try different emulators to find what works



  36. Alex Padilla on January 31, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    I wish there’s a list under description what systems it can play



  37. xiki 16 on January 31, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Drastic?