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Anyone built an emulator console using raspberry pi?

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Just curious because it looks cheap and fairly easy. I'm curious if anyone has done it if you have advice. I think I have most of the components laying around the house other than the pi itself and an enclosure. So maybe a ~$50 investment.

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If you want a sort of plug n' play solution I think you can just load a RetroPie image on to a MicroSD and most of the heavy lifting is done for you.

I've been off and on futzing around with Libretro, it's significantly more complicated though I like the granularity of it a lot.

BTW Amazon has the Nespi [amazon.com] enclosure back in stock at the regular price point...
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If you want a sort of plug n' play solution I think you can just load a RetroPie image on to a MicroSD and most of the heavy lifting is done for you.

I've been off and on futzing around with Libretro, it's significantly more complicated though I like the granularity of it a lot.

BTW Amazon has the Nespi [amazon.com] enclosure back in stock at the regular price point...
Cool. Yeah this whole thing might be easier than I initially expected. I hadn't even heard if libtetro before. What are the advantages? That case looks pretty cool. I might get it or one similar.
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Cool. Yeah this whole thing might be easier than I initially expected. I hadn't even heard if libtetro before. What are the advantages? That case looks pretty cool. I might get it or one similar.
RetroPie should be easier than you expected - there's a ton of documentation, forums, etc. Might be worth it to cull the literal fcukton of ROMS you'll never have any interest in ever playing to streamline the experience.

Libretro is more suited for a desktop type experience, and like I said it is NOT a simple install/run type thing. The advantage is it's basically a unified front end for most of your emulators, with insane tweakability. As we near the holiday I will likely get back to fighting with it - trying to figure out a Linux/Pi based thing that will do a bit more than play old games and "Kodi durrrrp."

If you get the Nespi I'd really like to hear your take on it, I've been on the fence for a while...
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While I am very technical, I had no problem setting up a RetroPi in about an hour. Most of that was tweaking things. Once up and running, its super easy to use for the majority of games. The hardest part, if you even care, will be arcade/MAME ROMs where you will need to match up tons of stuff to get it working right. But even moderately technical people should be able to get a RPi up and running quickly.

Speaking of cases, I actually just upgraded my standard no frills one to this:
https://www.amazon.com/Super-Tiny...+snes+case

I like it, especially next to me SNES Classic. I just wish the buttons worked.
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While I am very technical, I had no problem setting up a RetroPi in about an hour. Most of that was tweaking things. Once up and running, its super easy to use for the majority of games. The hardest part, if you even care, will be arcade/MAME ROMs where you will need to match up tons of stuff to get it working right. But even moderately technical people should be able to get a RPi up and running quickly.

Speaking of cases, I actually just upgraded my standard no frills one to this:
https://www.amazon.com/Super-Tiny...+snes+case

I like it, especially next to me SNES Classic. I just wish the buttons worked.
So I'm thinking I might get pi 3 and this SNES case since they sell it with the fan for $27. The NESPi case looks a little nicer to me but I'm afraid the power button would get pushed sometimes and that's not a safe shutdown. How do you turn it on and off with this one? I've seen the power cords with a shutoff switch after you've done a safe shutdown.
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So I'm thinking I might get pi 3 and this SNES case since they sell it with the fan for $27. The NESPi case looks a little nicer to me but I'm afraid the power button would get pushed sometimes and that's not a safe shutdown. How do you turn it on and off with this one? I've seen the power cords with a shutoff switch after you've done a safe shutdown.
Yes I bought one of those power cables. Works well.
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Yes I bought one of those power cables. Works well.
I ordered a pi 3, SNES case with the fan, a couple heatsinks, and a power cable with a switch on it. I am planning on using PS3 controllers since I have a few that never get used. Hopefully setup and everything goes smoothly because I don't feel like spending a ton of time on that part. I already put retropie on a micro SD card.

Thanks for the info guys.
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Kids got me an 8bitdo FC30 Pro controller for my birthday, haven't tried it out yet.
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Kids got me an 8bitdo FC30 Pro controller for my birthday, haven't tried it out yet.
What will you use it on? Emulators on PC?
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What will you use it on? Emulators on PC?
It should theoretically work with pretty much everything. Was considering it for Axiom Verge on PS4, and if I can get it going with the old Wii in the other room that I have emulators on, that would be cool too. Would definitely beat my X360 controller on my laptop, if for no other reason than skipping the USB dongle.
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i feel for the price of the above, you can get a used Wii and homebrew it. for some reason i think remember reading you can emulate ps3 on Wii U.
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i feel for the price of the above, you can get a used Wii and homebrew it. for some reason i think remember reading you can emulate ps3 on Wii U.
I'm not sure how likely that seems.
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I'm not sure how likely that seems.
maybe I'm remembering wrong. i know some guy got win 10 running on wii u and then ran a wii u emulator through it. so you know you can play wii u games on your wii u while using your wii u.

sony had it right using proprietary hardware to protect their stuff. i think after 15 years the ps2 emulators still aren't 100% fully functional.
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maybe I'm remembering wrong. i know some guy got win 10 running on wii u and then ran a wii u emulator through it. so you know you can play wii u games on your wii u while using your wii u.

sony had it right using proprietary hardware to protect their stuff. i think after 15 years the ps2 emulators still aren't 100% fully functional.
I don't think there's even a good PC emulator for PS3 and if there was, I doubt the Wii U will ever run it.

Maybe I am way underestimating the Wii homebrew... What systems can it emulate?
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