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Description: Do you own a Raspberry Pi2 or Pi3? Have you always wanted to use it to set up your very own gaming station? The SparkFun PiRetrocade provides you with all the control hardware and arcade software you need to play almost any retro arcade and console video game! Included in this kit are five concave arcade buttons, a joystick, an SD card preloaded with Porta Pi, and all of the connective tissue. The only thing you need to provide is your own Raspberry Pi (we recommend the RPi3) and a screen to play your games on! We even designed the box the SparkFun PiRetrocade comes in to be converted into a custom game pad. Just cut out the designated points with the included utility knife and you’re ready to play!
The image on the SD card is called Porta Pi Aracde and is a collage of several programs compiled by Ryan Bates at Retro Built Games. The image contains RetroPie, Emulation Station, RetroArch and Retrogame. The only thing you need to worry about is powering your Pi, attaching a monitor through an HDMI cable, and loading up your desired games.
Other than the Raspberry Pi 3 (and a means to power it), you’ll need wire strippers and crimp tools to assemble your PiRetrocade, as well as a monitor, HDMI cable, and speakers or headphones. Make sure to check out our Getting Started Guide below for complete assembly and installation instructions!
Based on 5 ratings:
Had a great time building with my son. Inspiring us to go further to build a cabinet. Sparkfun was great when we cut the holes wrong, they shipped out another box free of charge. Note when you cut the whole to cut the white area only so they are not too big. Tons of fun, you will lose some sleep.
Easy build. You best have a raspberry pi 3 as recommended in order to use the whole thing immediately. Everything else is included! Great!
I thought this was a very cool project and fun to put together. Now that I’ve built mine, I went to Hobby Lobby and found a plain wood box that was very close tot he size of the cardboard box and built my new permanent place for these controls. I already have plans on making that installation better, longer wires, that way when I open the top it doesn’t pull the wires out of the GPIO pins on the Pi. Also, plan on using a GPIO extender so I can remove the pi by disconnecting a ribbon cable vs having to plug each wire back into the pi each time. This kit helps teach you be basics, then you can expand from there. Well worth the money.
I’ve totally got the retro gaming bug now and am planning on building a full-sized gaming cabinet. This is a great kit for learning some basics about electronics and Raspberry Pi.
This is a great kit, and the software that comes with really helps out. A couple of notes. It would be nice to have longer than 6" wires, so that if you use a Pi in a case and want it to rest on the bottom, the wires don’t accidentally disconnect if the box is opened.
Also, I don’t like the ESC being mapped to SELECT (on the box); it’s confusing. A couple more buttons (one for SELECT, one for a Y button) would be great. And the C button should be labeled X.
But that’s all nitpicky. The components are solid, the instructions are great, and this thing is a blast. I’m planning on building mine into a lapdesk with an add-on USB attached second lapdesk controller.