RetroPie

RetroRob

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So, the main use my Raspberry Pi 3B now is my RetroPie setup. I've acquired around 3500 ROMs for all sorts of consoles like Atari 2600/5200/7800, Lynx, SMS, Genesis, 32X, NES, SNES, Game Boy, and even arcade. Best little micro console in my opinion.

Space is an issue for me since I live in an apartment and don't have the luxury of having a man cave to store all sorts of game consoles and retro computers in (though I'd love to). I also understand acquiring and using ROMs is a controversial issue and a legal gray area, but the way I see it, just about all of these games are abandonware. I don't see much harm in downloading ROMs for 30+ year old games.

So what's your stance on ROMs and using a Pi as an emulation box?
 
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I've started using a MISTer for emulation, rather than a Pi, since FPGAs do a much better job of emulating classic hardware. Compared to a real, vintage computer, an FPGA tends to have almost no extra latency, for example, where a software emulator may have several frames of delay while responding to control inputs.

However... RetroPi is a great emulation package, and I love its all in one nature. If I was building a casual gaming rig, that's definitely something I'd stick on the list as a possible core.
 

cml37

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RetroPie is great... naturally it essentially is an integration platform bringing together EmulationStation, RetroArch, and a ton of emulators, most libretro based. When everything integrates well, it works great. However, I had at least one problematic controller which required some hacking at the configuration.

I also integrated my Pi to boot both RetroPie and Raspbian (I basically have EmulationStation as a desktop shortcut). Can share the instructions on how to do that with you if you are ever interested.