Vilros Retro Pi Gaming Platform

Today by request we are going to show you how easy it is to setup Retro Gaming on the Raspberry Pi. I picked up this package last week and I couldn’t wait to get into building this fun project. Gaming has always been a pretty big industry for quite awhile now and it nice to see the nostalgia when it comes to the games of yesteryear. This is a easy project for you to get done in just a few hours and it will give your years of enjoyment. So lets get started.

Vilros Retro Pi in the box
Vilros Retro Pi in the box

I ordered the kit off of Amazon and you can get it here.

For a limited time you can get a Raspberry Pi 3 kit that has just about everything you need to get started (including a retro-style case) for $66 on Amazon when you use the promo code 45YOCHIQ at checkout. The full list of features includes:

  • Includes Official Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi 3) Model B Quad-Core 1.2 GHz 1 GB RAM–Features On-board WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity [Latest Broadcom BCM2837 Chip]
  • Includes Samsung 32 GB Evo Plus (Class 10) Micro SD Card Preloaded With NOOBS & RetroPie With MicroSD -USB ADAPTER (can be used to Re-Write the SD Card if desired)
  • Includes UL Listed 2.5 Amp USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter – Designed for the Raspberry Pi 3–Includes Retro Gaming Style Case With Easy Access to all Ports
  • Includes High Quality 5 FT CEC Compatible HDMI Cable–Set of 2 Heatsink–Vilros Raspberry Pi Quick Start Guide
  • This kit is fully guaranteed for 1 year with our 5 Star US based Customer Support

Again, you can get it here and that code as of the time I posted this will save you $9 which you can put that towards a USB controller of you don’t have one. So lets get to the unboxing.

HDMI Cable, Power Supply and Heatsinks
HDMI Cable, Power Supply and Heatsinks

Everything was pre-packaged and very well shipped.

The Raspberry Pi 3, Retro Gaming case, SD card and good documentation.
The Raspberry Pi 3, Retro Gaming case, SD card and good documentation.

I like the fact that everything is in this kit. Makes trying to get this project done very easy.

Easy to read manuals
Easy to read manuals

It helps with the print is large, easy to follow and pictures. Even grandpa can do this! 🙂

Top side of the Raspberry Pi 3
Top side of the Raspberry Pi 3

The top side of the Raspberry Pi 3 does not have the heat sinks installed on it. I will cover that in another post. There is a lot you can do with them. In this build I did not install them and everything ran fine. Keep in mind I played real simple retro games on it as that is the least stressful and everything worked flawless.

Bottom side of the Raspberry Pi 3
Bottom side of the Raspberry Pi 3

When mounted in the Retro Case the bottom side sits high enough off the bottom that it will allow some airflow. For a stock, fan-less case, this is sufficient. There are other cases and things we can do in the future if we have the need..

Pre-installed Retro Pi on the SD card
Pre-installed Retro Pi on the SD card

Everything is pre-installed for you. All you have to do is insert the SD card.

Putting the Raspberry Pi 3 in the case
Putting the Raspberry Pi 3 in the case

This was very easy to do and you can’t put it in the wrong way. Once you put it in you can put the top on and insert the 4 screws.

Closing the Vilros Case
Closing the Vilros Case

Vilros even supplies the screwdriver for you. How cool is that?!

Assembled Retro Pi
Assembled Retro Pi

Everything is assembled and now we are ready to power it up.

Select Retro Pi and then setup your WiFi
Select Retro Pi and then setup your WiFi

Setting up the WiFi made things very easy for us to get updates and connect to the Internet. Very nice setup.

Pick your network and enter your password
Pick your network and enter your password

I wish more Raspberry Pi setups were this easy!

Make sure that you have Retro Pi selected and then click Install.

Click on Retro PI and Install
Click on Retro PI and Install

They RetroPie will then go to the Internet and get the files it needs to finish the installation.

NOTE: I would use the following command when done on the command line.

sudo apt-get install && sudo apt-get upgrade

This will take a few minutes to make sure everything is up to date.

Automatically reboots
Automatically reboots

Once everything is done the Retro Pie will reboot and not the fun starts!

USB Joystick is required
USB Joystick is required

When I got to this point I did not have a joystick. I had to text my brother to ask him where his was so I could calibrate it and get to the next steps. Now you know why I linked you one above and here it is again USB controller.

Playing Bubble Bobble 2
Playing Bubble Bobble 2

Success! A few minutes later I was playing one of the games I probably spent a few paychecks on (one quarter at a time) while I was in Okinawa Japan. It brought back a lot of fond memories and I look forward to trying out some others soon.

NOTE:

There are free and copyrighted ROMS out on the Internet. I am not telling you what you can or can’t do since Google is your friend and your mind is your conscience. I know some people that literally have hundreds of games. If you educate yourself I am sure you can find something that works for you. I look forward to hearing what all of you learn. So who’s up for a game?!