The RetroPie Project, Day One

I have an unfortunate habit of leaving projects on the proverbial back burner for far too long. Yesterday I decided to revisit my Retropi project.

In case you didn't know, RetroPi is an application that lets you use your Raspberry Pi as a retro gaming console. I'm mainly interested in running old arcade games, but if I can get it to do more, that'd be great. First things first, though.

Mine is a Raspberry Pi version 1B+. It's faster and more capable than its predecessor, but has only two USB ports and no built-in wifi. While I was able to set it up as a Kodi box, it really lacks the horsepower for it. Luckily RetroPi isn't nearly as demanding on the processor, so I'm going for it.

The first step is installing RetroPie on an SD card. I'm putting it on an 8 GB class 10 MicroSD card. (My RasPi uses full-size SD cards, but since I hope to eventually use this on a RasPi Zero, I figured I'd plan ahead just a little bit.) When I did this in the past, I always had spotty luck with the SD card creation tools that were available. That changed today when I discovered Etcher. It is dead simple, and made quick work of creating the SD card. On top of that, it looks great, too. That's icing on the cake.

Tonight I'll plug it in to my RasPi and start setting it up.