More than a simple enclosure for the Raspberry Pi Zerothis rather familiar-looking unit is a full-blown battery-powered gaming console that just about fits in the palm of your hand. The clever design of the RetroFlag GPi case replicates that of eighties handheld consoles, including a cartridge-like unit that slides out of the rear and is quickly disassembled to reveal space for a Raspberry Pi Zero.
We found the unit easy to assemble and had the retro games simulator RetroPie running in no time at all. We were particularly impressed by the RetroFlag's screen, which uses IPS rather than TFT to give a razor-sharp display from any angle without any of the common side-lighting issues. A small audio speaker is built-in, with the option of headphones. The case itself is injection-moulded, solid and beautifully made. A great design, easy assembly and, most of all, great fun to use.
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Game on The clever design of the RetroFlag GPi case replicates that of eighties handheld consoles, including a cartridge-like unit that slides out of the rear and is quickly disassembled to reveal space for a Raspberry Pi Zero. Tweet with Morse code 6 days ago. Maker pHAT review 7 days ago. Reachy 10 days ago. Subscribe to The MagPi magazine.These instructions will help you get your RetroFlag GPi up and running quickly.
I highly recommend watching the above video to make you aware of all the steps before you begin. These instructions may change, so be sure to check back from time-to-time for any updates. This took several hours to write and will be changing with more helpful content.
Well, these steps will help you get there quickly and as painlessly as possible. Also, check out the above video for a walk-through there too. The following steps will walk you through preparing the first-boot of the microSD card to connect to your Wi-Fi network. This last step is important to make sure that your buttons and display are responsive. The instructions below will step you through this process. This step is necessary for the GPi to properly shutdown RetroPie when you turn off the GPi using the switch on the top-left of the device.
Not doing this step may result in file corruption or long boot times while the disk check is being performed. This image has most of the steps already covered in a single image that you can easily download and burn to your microSD card. The RetroPie setup instructions are far from obsolete, some are going to choose the official path to setup their RetroFlag GPi case.
Below are some quick instructions to get you up and running with it. My recommendation is to search google or your favorite search engine and locate whatever it is you want to install.
Once you do that, here are some basic instructions:. Problem 1: A disk check is performed on every boot of the Raspberry Pi. My only hesitation for recommending it is that the sub folder mentioned is not accessible under Windows. After rebooting, the SD card may be corrupted and you may have to start from the beginning anyways.
Just saving you some time after having this issue a few times myself. Windows will try to add that for you, just delete that portion. What do I do? At least, it was for me. Then, type and enter the Login of pi and the password of raspberry.
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After a brief delay, the RetroPie setup screen will appear and can be configured as-needed. I tried installing those same games in the emulator mame-mame4all and they run MUCH faster! Document Version 1.GitHub is home to over 40 million developers working together to host and review code, manage projects, and build software together.
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This branch is commits ahead, 12 commits behind RetroFlag:master. Pull request Compare. Latest commit. Latest commit db15 Feb 3, Multi Switch Shutdown with advanced shutdown features for more natural behaviour: If you press restart if emulator is currently running, then you will be kicked back to ES main menu If you press restart in ES main screen, ES will be restartet no reboot!
Example for RetroPie: Make sure internet connected. Make sure keyboard connected. Press F4 enter terminal. Press F4 first. And then press ALT-F2 enter termial. Multi Switch Shutdown with advanced shutdown features for more natural behaviour: If you press power-off then Raspberry will shutdown and always save metadata even if you are in an ingame session All metadata is always saved Example for RetroPie: Make sure internet connected.
Make sure keyboard or SSH connected. You signed in with another tab or window. Reload to refresh your session. You signed out in another tab or window. Fixed install. Feb 1, Nov 24, Jan 11, More natural behaviour.You have discovered the wonderful world of RetroPie- your entire childhood is within reach!
RetroPie is a combination of multiple projects including RetroArchEmulationStationand many others. This page is for people just getting started on RetroPie. The easiest way to install RetroPie is the SD image which is a ready to go system built upon top of the Raspbian OS - this is the method described in the following guide. Alternatively, advanced users can install RetroPie manually.
This guide will give you the very basics to get you up and running from a blank SD card to first boot into EmulationStation. The simplest way to get most of these components is through a kit such as the Canakit. There are currently two versions of RetroPie. If you get the error Illegal Instruction when it boots or if it just boots into the terminal, you picked the wrong SD image or the image was corrupted on download or extraction. Once you have downloaded your SD card image you need to extract it using a program such as 7-Zip.
You will extract the downloaded. To extract from the command line, you can type the following into a Terminal window, placing X with version you downloaded:. You may need a MicroSD card reader to plug it into your computer. Note RetroPie is built on top of Raspbian Stretch a linux based OS for the Raspberry Pi and as such the partition on the SD card is EXT4 a linux filesystem which is not visible on windows systems, so the card will show up as a smaller size than usual and you won't be able to see everything on the card, but it is all there.
You will be able to access the filesystem over the network as described in the transferring roms section below.
If you're updating from a previous version of retropie see HERE. On first boot your filesystem will be expanded automatically, you will then be welcomed with the following screen- this menu will configure your controls for both Emulationstation and RetroArch Emulators:.
Hold down any button on your keyboard or gamepad and the name will appear at the bottom and then open up into a configuration menu:. Follow the onscreen instructions to configure your gamepad- if you run out of buttons just hold down a button to skip each unused button.Retroflag GPi Setup: Everything You Need to Know to Get Playing!
When you get to OK press the button you have configured as "A". If you wish to configure more than one controller, you can do so from the start menu of emulationstation. For more details on manual controller configurations see this page Here. The Hotkey button enables you to press it in combination with another button to access functions such as saving, loading, and exiting emulators. It is suggested to use the Select button as the hotkey.
The following chart shows the default hotkey combinations. For example, if you chose Select as your Hotkey, that means you hold down Select while pressing the other button to execute the command. If you wish to use wifi to transfer roms over the network rather than a USB stick or Ethernet cable you'll need to setup your wifi- which can also be done from the Retropie menu in emulationstation:.
On RetroPie 4. The pre-made images contain the best working emulators for each system supported by the hardware.The Retroflag GPi case is the perfect solution for those that enjoy retro gaming on the Raspberry Pi. Featuring a 2. Join our GPi community on our Forums.
It is the perfect size and more comfortable to hold for extended periods of time than other handhelds. The display is a 2. The GPi display is large, bright and colourful. And, unlike the original Gameboy you do not have to sit under a light to see the screen! It is the ideal retro console with games!
There is a great D-Pad and four gaming buttons as well as Start and Select on the front of the case, and located on the back are two shoulder buttons. This gives the best compatibility with a range of classic gaming systems while not detracting from the case design of the retro games handheld.
Keeping with tradition the GPi case is powered by three AAA batteries, or you can use the supplied USB cable with your mobile charger or a phone power bank. Please note that some systems are not fully supported and as such some games may not run at full performance. These may be improved in future updates to the software.
In line with the policy of continued development, the manufacturer reserves the right to amend the specifications without prior notification. The illustrations in the user manual are for reference only. At the time of publication, this list is comprehensive and accurate. Specific systems may be removed or added in the future. Please note that some systems are not fully emulated and as such some games may not run at full performance.
These may be improved in future updates to emulators. Retroflag GPi Case Reviews. Package Includes:.Last Updated: January 22, I was lucky enough to get the Retroflag GPi case in its first round of batches sold. As soon as I got my Retroflag GPi caseI got stuck into setting it up, uploading my favourite games and installing the best RetroPie themes for the device.
The large majority of available RetroPie themes are made for high-resolution screens with a widescreen aspect ratio. The screen on most handheld gaming devices, including the GPi case, are very small in resolution and squarer in aspect ratio. The screen on the Retroflag GPi case has a resolution of pixels wide by pixels high and has an aspect ratio of So what are the best RetroPie themes made for handheld gaming devices with small screens?
Here are are some of the best RetroPie themes that I could find for small screen handheld gaming devices. Lots of love went into this theme, and it shows.
It certainly has the retro look and feel to match its name. The system list displays the system in a horizontal fashion on top of a retro-inspired grid landscape. The gamelist makes full use of the small screen real estate. This theme works fantastically on the Retroflag GPi case. I highly recommend giving this theme a try on your Retroflag GPi case. HeyChromey by RetroHursty69 was originally a theme made just for big screens.
But recently, RetroHursty69 has converted a good chunk of his themes specifically for the Retroflag GPi case, including his popular HeyChromey theme. The system list looks gorgeous on the Retroflag GPi case, using large visuals for each system that fill up the screen.
The chrome aesthetic from the system list carries on to the game list, as well as the system list artwork. The main meta data of players, release date and rating feature in the bottom-right of the screen, while the game artwork features nicely in the top-right. RetroHursty69 has done an awesome job converting this theme to a small screen theme.
I also hightly recommend giving this theme a try. MiniJawn is a theme created by Pacdude that is made for small screens. Pacdude made the theme after getting the Retroflag GPi case for himself and decided to make his own RetroPie theme for it. I like to use the default home screen, as I like to show the system as well as the system logo.
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