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Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/6 0:20
Virtual Freak
Joined 2014/5/27
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My brother came home from work and told me about this neat little mini computer called a Raspberry Pi and what you could do with it. I started looking for one and found a site http://www.retrobuiltgames.com. The creator of the Porta Pi arcade. I had to get one and try my had at assembling this beast and here is what I ended up with:

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#2
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/6 2:16
VB Gamer
Joined 2015/2/20
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That looks great!!! I'm looking into getting the PI 2 Its a quad core with 1gig of ram. (Just as soon as I can find them in stock. I was thinking about doing the handheld emulator,but looking at what you've done here.....
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#3
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/6 2:29
Virtual Freak
Joined 2014/5/27
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The great thing about this setup is that I will eventually be able to put the pi 2 right in there, but I would have to rewire all the buttons. Hopefully Ryan will get his pi 2 image to work,then all I have to do is swap them out.

I'm not sure what took longer, gluing the cabinet together or all the wiring, but it was a fun 3 days!
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#4
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/7 14:26
VB Gamer
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That's the exact control scheme I want with the 6 button layout and a Happ joystick. What emulators you got loaded?
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#5
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/7 18:54
Virtual Freak
Joined 2014/5/27
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Right now I have Mame, GB, GBC, GBA, NES, Snes, PC engine aka Turbografix 16, DOS,Apple II. When you plug a thumb drive in the pi it puts a folder on it for roms and there is a heck of a list. Once the roms are in that folder emulationstation on the pi takes over and adds the corresponding emulator. I know there is atari,sega etc on there, but I haven't tried them all yet.
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#6
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/14 17:48
Virtual Freak
Joined 2014/5/27
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Update! I just got my raspberry pi 2 yesterday and got everything up and ready.I need a get an n64 usb controller adapter and try out the n64 emulation. Some games work really well others do not at the moment.
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#7
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/14 20:09
VB Gamer
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Cool I take it the Pi 2 image is updated and working. Man let me know how well it runs the n64 emulation (been wanting to play a decent version of Blast Corp.) Also if you get a chance, see if it can do the Sega Saturn at all. I'm not expecting much from Saturn emulation because of Sega's hardware in that particular system but I am curious if the frame-rate is playable.

Have Fun
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#8
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/15 18:19
Virtual Freak
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It doesn't look like the sega saturn is supported on rpi. I've searched petrock's official pi blog site and have found that the saturn is not currently being supported on raspberry pi. I still need to download some n64 roms and try it out my self.




Just tried Mario 64,Ocarina of Time,Super Smash Bros,Blast Corps and none of them booted up at the moment. I'll see if there is an update available in the repository and try again, but at this time it looks like n64 is a bust.
Edited by modeltfordman on 2015/3/15 18:54
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#9
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/16 1:05
VB Gamer
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I thought with the pi2 you get a download of windows 10 developer edition. So i figured any emulators for windows would work just maybe not that well. I know Saturn will run (though not well on the rpi b (it may of been a special mod emulator). And now that I'm thinking about it I remember there were certain settings for the n64 emulator that you had to toggle for certain games, apparently this made a world of difference in performance. You may have to Google it but n64 runs very well on pi2 and I remember Mario 64 and Star fox specifically. So don't give up on the n64 you just need to tweak it.

BTW I'm saving my money and being extra nice to the wife in hopes of getting a mini arcade. Wish me luck (I just got the Flash Boy a couple of weeks ago)
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#10
Re: Just finished my Porta Pi mini arcade kit!
Posted on: 2015/3/16 17:44
Virtual Freak
Joined 2014/5/27
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My guess is the n64 emulator I have is what the problem is. I have seen others running n64 games and have had no problems, so I'll still have to fiddle with it. I am in no way proficient with linux, so I'm learning as I go. Good luck on the mini arcade. I still need to get a flash boy, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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