Everything You Need to Build A Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming Console

Everything You Need to Build A Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming Console

How to create your own retro gaming rig with Super Nintendo, sega, neo geo, mame, and way more retro gaming systems. You can play thousands of games that you grew up with or you did not grow up with! Have a piece of gaming history! We talk about the hardware and software used.

Websites and software mentioned:
Pi Baker (for mac)
SD Card sd formatter

Build a retropie image yourself past videos:
Motionblue: https://youtu.be/13cIg7LVX-o
Base image with Packs: https://youtu.be/0lMTBV-_OKA

–Preferred Amazon products–

— Preferred Pi Products —
Raspberry Pie 3 KIT 1.4GHZ KIT | https://amzn.to/2qyBv0T
Raspberry Pie 3 1.2GHZ KIT | http://amzn.to/2gtxyWC
Raspberry Pie Zero W KIT | http://amzn.to/2BpCt6i
400gb micro sd | http://amzn.to/2glVtpH
256gb micro sd | https://amzn.to/2DFy0OB
200gb micro sd | http://amzn.to/2nblXij
128gb micro sd | http://amzn.to/2wr82b2
64gb micro sd | http://amzn.to/2iJYbK6
32gb micro sd | http://amzn.to/2xQ1kel
16gb micro sd | http://amzn.to/2glOLAb

— Preferred Pi Controllers —
Do Everything Wireless Controller | http://amzn.to/2vjEUEq
Classic SNES Style | http://amzn.to/2uWJOGu
Slick Controller Wi U | http://amzn.to/2f9piwK
Serious Contender | http://amzn.to/2viQxeQ
I’m broke but wanna game | http://amzn.to/2u4F56M
Xbox 360 Controller | http://amzn.to/2vj1WLJ
Killer Wired Controller | http://amzn.to/2f8YoVO

Capture Card | http://amzn.to/2kNZ4lm
Computer | http://amzn.to/2vgN3d3
WebCam | http://amzn.to/2pNIaT7
Headset | http://amzn.to/2uWISjF
Mic | http://amzn.to/2wjuzW1
Tripod | http://amzn.to/2uTpoOt
Nice SLR Camera | http://amzn.to/2fbmZna
Nice SLR Camera Lens | http://amzn.to/2vRlCqQ
Keyboard | https://goo.gl/gBbJFS
Mouse | https://goo.gl/MuqoMQ
Backdrop support | http://amzn.to/2osFyZI
Green Screen | http://amzn.to/2oQiJBI

**This video is for educational purposes-


  1. Ricardo Melendez on April 17, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Do you have a video on everything I need to make a Portable raspberry ?

  2. Risky Bitness on April 17, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Dumb question: my pc does not have an SD card reader. Can a retropie be connected to a windows pc as a drive?

  3. Mark Racer on April 17, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Excellent!!! You da MAN!!!

  4. J S on April 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Great video Drew

  5. Lance Gallant on April 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    What is the minimum recommended RAM for this set-up?

  6. 0dirty on April 17, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Any issues with controller lag?

  7. Pol Allen Ballesteros on April 17, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    How about using bluetooth controller?

  8. xhiltonx on April 17, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    HEY drew theres a channel on youtube for kids called ( super simple) are you singer for the songs on that it sounds like you haha

  9. Marcus Trujillo on April 17, 2020 at 3:21 pm


  10. MagicLars15 on April 17, 2020 at 3:22 pm


  11. MobileDecay on April 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Just a note of you don’t have a pc to write the image and an Android phone or tablet Etchdroid is something you can use to write images. 😊

  12. Darish Zone on April 17, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Drew i saw the video later and i have to thank you for mentioning my works… The video ending means a lot, i appreciate your purpose and i support it… Some ppl sale my images when that works should be free, this is very wrong. I hope videos like this helps ppl to make his own images FREE and dnt fill others pockets.

  13. Marco MM7 on April 17, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Always enjoy your videos Drew. Good stuff buddy.

  14. Ellipse40FD on April 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Drew, can you do a video on how to setup a Afterglow Wii UPro wireless controller?

  15. therushden on April 17, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    I thought etcher unzips as it it’s burning the image.

  16. Alex Gutierrez on April 17, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Hi drew !
    For some reason every time i try to put an image that is 128gb it gives me an error
    Have u experience something like that before?

  17. George Hernandez on April 17, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Hey drew can you do a vid for the odriod xu4?

  18. Connor Ireland on April 17, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Good vid but who uses bing!?!?

  19. suspekt29 on April 17, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Etcher works fine on a Mac

  20. Ignis Solus on April 17, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Great video.. Ive built one already.. But ppl dont say in videos the most basic things.. Like HOW TO ADD GAMES… really i saw 50+ videos that say how to ADD games only to find that i didnt have all the info like the different ways or more easy ways to do that.. Or how long it would take to add a few games vs a shitton of games.. Also the different ways to shutdown a system.. Duré THERE are videos. Most of them dont go the really new route.. Like me… I have alreally build one retro console.. With a pi3b+ and i have an odroid xu4q also..and i swear im not 100% sure how should i turno em off.. Legit i just cut the power.. Or i quit emulation station but then i dont know how to re enter emulation station.. I need ..and most ppl… A really indep tutoríal.. And clearly and slowly explained on how to use.. What would happen.. Etcetecera.. Sure THERE ARE 1000’s of videos and discord channels but not really basic ones.. In my odroid i dont know how to remove games.. I PUT a few in there just to test.. I havent found a way to remove em.. Its using retropie too.. For me has been the opposite of what everyone says its super easy.. I got the megapi case and was fairly easy to put together but i couldnt install the safe shutdown script.. And yeah i gave up and just kill the power all the time.. Also i dont know how to check for temperature.. Also dont know how to save my progress ingame… I also didnt know that configuring an xbox 360 gamepad like what the game pad is physically would not transfer correctly to les say the native setup of the buttons while playing a ps1 game.. But in the retroarch github or whatever (wth is github also).. I found diagrams of most retro controls and where to map the buttons for a more native expirence.. Dont believe me.. Map your 360gamepad to the actual pshycal buttons in emulation station and then play Mario cart 64… Look where your accelerator is vs the native n64 gamepad.. So in the retroarch github they have a map to follow.. Even recomending all the C yellow buttons on the n64 gamepad to be mapped unto the up down left right .. Right thumb stick.. Im telling you THERE ARE TONS OF BUMPERS in the way.. Its not a plug and play miniconsole.. A rasp its a computer.. Every emu its different.. Takes a while to figure it out.. Its a great project.. But sometimes frustrating as hell.. But also rewarding once u set even a few games up correctly and play with your kid..

  21. dan stewart on April 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    the 8 down votes are from the sellers trying to pimp freeware on ebay I bet!

  22. Burning Bush on April 17, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    How do i add other roms to my image? Some of my physical sega CD discs dont work anymore and just want to add Dark Wizard and Shining Force CD to my Pi image. thx again for great overviews!

  23. YouAreDumb on April 17, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Best video so far

  24. Arash Tube on April 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Hey Drew can you tell Happy Birthday to that person!!! 🙂

  25. Marty Duble on April 17, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the video. Looks like it is not to hard to build.

  26. My Channel on April 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Fantastic video. I saw one of your other videos with 128th gig image recommendation. Do you have a site that you would recommend for 256gb images? I’ve never done retropie what console does it stably work with? I would assume it would go all the way up to Nintendo 64 and GameCube? Also isn’t most Samsung phones like Ed 7 Edge 8 Edge 9 more powerful than a Raspberry Pi? Is there a way to do the emulation on your cell phone Android? Can you do a video about that?

  27. Retrocrazyuk on April 17, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Hey Drew, I’m UK based and looking for a good common wireless controller, is the Wii u pro controller a good choice ?

  28. David Poirier on April 17, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    What exactly is a “pless”?

  29. RandomTech on April 17, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    are you not capable of saying PLUS not PLESS ????

  30. R3D FALKON on April 17, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Nothing is free bro, people charge for things because they spend their own time preparing and making things convenient for others so you’re paying for their services.

  31. Boris Dusnoki on April 17, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Awesome, video, thanks… just was a bit distracted by the "PLES" 😀

  32. JoeyJoJo Junior on April 17, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Great little intro to Retropie set up. Wish this was around a couple years ago when I got started.

  33. T-Wrecks on April 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Good video, I give it a B Pless.

  34. tav raney on April 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    True should be free but you have slow internet buying a loaded SD card is lot easier

  35. Matthew Mills on April 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    imagine using bing u nerd

  36. RC from the NYC on April 17, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    I got started on building my Pi’s on this channel, so this is an excellent video for newbees to retro gaming and RetroPie.

  37. michael b on April 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    I played with the RPi 2B a while back, and I configured it so the microsd was only a bootdisk for the OS on a USB drive. Burn the image to both the microsd and the USB drive, then modify a few files on the microsd to point to the USB as the system drive…then run the initial boot. It then boots the USB drive as if it were the microsd, and does the full install on the USB. Tricky dicky. 😛

    It runs so much faster, and smoother. I also added a USB stick formatted to Swap…came in handy while compiling Kodi right on the Pi…without it, I could only use 3 cores (-j3) without crashing, as 4 cores (-j4) required more memory than what was available. Probably not needed for RetroPie, but nice to have.

    I’m currently building a portable wireless NAS using a 3B+ and a 4TB WD My Passport drive, built on Raspbian, as a media server for my Oculus Quest. I’ve also just discovered that you can remote desktop into the Pi, using Windows, Mac, Linux…and Android phones and tablets. The Oculus Quest is built on a Samsung Galaxy S10, so it should be able to connect through remote desktop as well. If that’s the case, then running retro games from the desktop through the headset might be possible…depending on the lag that is.

  38. harrvey on April 17, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Don’t forget that there are 2 Pi versions. One made in China and another made in the UK. The UK version is a far superior build (solder is much cleaner).

  39. L3GEND 84 on April 17, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Could you do a tutorial for the odroidxu4 I want to do a new card and put 32x segacd Saturn things like that on it or is it kinda the same way to do it my odroid now has retropie on it

  40. BruffDaddy on April 17, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    You should do a review for the "SNK Capcom Arcade Psyko" build!!

  41. The Hollanesian on April 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Great video. I already have a pi 3 B used inside a bartop arcade. I might try to learn some programming on linux with the use of the pi some time down the road

  42. LuckyRosco on April 17, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    What would I do if the download ended up being a slew of rar files?

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  44. KingNewfyDog on April 17, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    it sounds like b ples

  45. NavyBluntChris on April 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm


  46. Cole Jackett on April 17, 2020 at 4:04 pm


  47. Tech Circle on April 17, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Your keyboard is so loud

  48. Long Nguyễn Bảo Phạm on April 17, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Can we use Raspberry 2 instead?

  49. Yakuza Ronin on April 17, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    perfect timing, your previous video motivated me to download the nacho image and this video helped remind me how to get it onto the sd card. thanks!! appreciate the refresher course on ‘back to basics’. hope to see more in the future.

  50. Dennymolv on April 17, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this guide! even though it all looks easy it can all be overwhelming and confusing the first time you set up a Raspberry Pi for gaming,