It all started with the Nintendo Classic craze. I had a friend that was rambling about one the other day. I mentioned that I could totally make him one but better because it would emulate more than just Nintendo. Enter RetroPie. I was looking at putting the bill of materials together and thinking of cases for the mini NES, then I realized why not just print one! So BAM and BAM.
Then this for giggles
Here’s what we are doing
- Flashing RetroPie to an SD card for a Raspberry Pi
- Soldering header pins to the RUN pin holes on the RPi
- Soldering wires to some push buttons
- Soldering some wires to an LED
- 3D Printing a mini NES case for the RPi
- 3D Printing a bracket for the NES case
- Glueing push buttons, LED and bracket into the printed case
- Wiring the LED and buttons to the RPi
- Testing it all
Here’s what you need
- Raspberry Pi (save yourself a headache, get a RPi 3!)
- RPi power supply MINIMUM of 2.5A!
- SD card 8gb+ class 10
- HDMI cable
- USB keyboard
- Network cable (even though the RPi 3 has wifi you will at least need to do the initial wifi setup with a LAN connection)
- A 3D Printer to print the case and the bracket
- (2) push buttons
- (2) male header pins
- Super glue and hot glue
- (1) red LED
- (1) 100 ohm resistor
- (6) pieces of jumper wire with connections (you can cut some in half if long enough)
I will assume you have a network connection (non wifi) a USB keyboard a TV or Monitor or tv with an HDMI connection and that you have active internet. You will need to know how to solder, and be somewhat comfortable with a terminal and hopefully the Linux environment. I also assume you have and know how to use a 3D printer. I will also assume that you know and are comfortable with Raspberry Pies. Lots of ASSumptions.
This post is not designed as a how to install RetroPie but more of a how to get RetroPie installed and create the scripts for shutdown the Pi and lighting the LED, then you can follow the first install guide by RetroPie to get you going with the actual RetroPie software.