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Raspberry Pi Retro Arcade using RetroPie (with NO programming) // How-To | I Like To Make Stuff

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Make your own retro Raspberry Pi Arcade!
For more info and a list of everything you’ll need visit

RetroPie linux distribution:

If you’ve been around my site for a while, this may look familiar. That’s because I’ve written blog posts, here and here, about this exact build. If you look at those, you’ll get a MUCH more in depth look at the process that I went through to make the original version of this Pi arcade.
I’m not one to repost content, but since I’m starting to move toward building the full size arcade cabinet, I thought it’d be good to make a video of this portion of the project, so that my newer audience members have the context.
While making this video, I actually found that the software that I use, RetroPie, has been updated and SIGNIFICANTLY improved! It’s fantastic !! Kudos to those guys for making a really stellar package that is free for anyone to use!!! Since I made my original version, the controller board, IPAC2, has also been updated. The newer version has some new options, and looks pretty great, although I have no real reason to replace mine.
Obviously, this one isn’t much to look at. It’s just a prototype to explain how the controls go together and will be put into a much better package (and wired in a nicer way) in the final arcade cabinet.

Here’s what you’ll need:
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– IPAC controller
– Raspberry Pi
– 8GB Micro SD card
– Female wire connectors
– Hook up wire
– Arcade LED Buttons
– Joystick
– Wire Stripper
– Wifi USB Adapter
– Power adapter (for Raspberry Pi)
– Silhouette Portrait
– Transfer paper
– Black vinyl

You’ll need a control board like this IPAC-2.
Also, a Raspberry Pi and a small SD card.
Using free software, add the disk image to the SD card, in one simple step.
Plug in the SD card, HDMI cable, USB keyboard and power to the Raspberry Pi.
It will boot right up and be ready to play with the keyboard.
Add your own games by putting them on a thumb drive and plugging it in.
The system will automatically add them.
I made button designs in Adobe Illustrator.
Then cut them out, in vinyl, on a craft cutting machine (Silhouette Portrait).
Cut and apply a piece of transfer paper over the vinyl.
Roughly cut out each individual sticker.
Take apart a button by twisting the switch.
Peel the back, apply the sticker to the button, and peel the front off.
It will leave behind the cut out shape.
Make a wiring daisy chain with one female plug per button.
Make three daisy chains in red, black, and green.
Make a single wire, with female plug, for each button.
Layout your control board (this was a very rough prototype).
Drill holes for each button and joystick.
Add a simple frame to lift it off the table.
Screw in the joysticks from the back side.
Drop in buttons from the front.
Screw on rings from the back to hold buttons in place.
Attach wires as shown on each button.
Also add wires to the joysticks (no LED = no red & black daisy chain)
Wire the joysticks and all buttons to relevant terminal on IPAC.
Attach the end of the green daisy chain to the ground terminal.
Daisy chain the right sides of each button (red) and the left sides (black).
Wire the ends of the daisy chains to a 12v power supply.
Plug it in for light up buttons!
Plug in IPAC to the Raspberry Pi (via USB).

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  1. the only thing I need are the roms? i mean the raspberry pi instals te emulators it

  2. whats the brand of cutter/crimper tool you used? this is great! my kiddos loves your channel!

  3. Ok. Read my mine I have a lot of games old school (rom) How do I put in .

  4. can you run basic commodore 64 games/the basic coding language on the retropie example games from TIM HARTNELL'S
    OF COMPUTER GAMES or 101 BASIC Computer Games those books are where I got the code.

  5. Custom buttons, that's exactly what I was looking to do! Thank you!

  6. Which button do you connect to 1SW1, 1SW2, 1SW3, etc?

  7. What parts would we need now, about to go into 2020? Is there a different IPAC we need?

  8. Who thought there would be programming involved??

  9. really? no one noticed the konami code at the end? well done.

  10. Hi, dear friend! You have build a lot of arcademachines, but no one has the light gun! And if you will make your own diy light gun it Will be very interesting!

  11. My retro pi didn’t come with pre installed ports ?

  12. i think I'm gonna make this but modify it but instead of buttons and a joystick its gonna use 4 8bitdo controllers the non pro version maybe even use a Razer Atrox fight stick with sanwa buttons and stick

  13. That simple ? Really ?
    I tell you what is simple : stack a small PC in the cabinet and closed it ! This is simple

  14. I got a raspberry pie nothing worked
    So I Ate it

  15. Thank you! This video encouraged me to finally build my own arcade cabinet, which I have always wanted. And now I have one!

  16. Anyone know what the gauge is for the red wiring?

  17. So I wanna make this but it’s now 2020. Is there a new raspberry pi, or is there a way to get the one you have?

  18. Hi, thank's man, I have a question please: how much game we can put in reapberry pi, and if we put many games that's can make it be slowly or have any problems in it, thanks again

  19. Having bought Bob's bar top arcade plans and built it ,i can say since the build a year ago , i have upgrade all my buttons from these cheap ones. do your home work and spend the right money the first time.

  20. Love the video but the link for the raspberry pi takes you to a page that's selling a different one than in the video, which one is used in this video? because the one in the video uses a SD card while the one linked uses a micro sd

  21. Does the ipac have a side for player 1 and a side for player 2!?

  22. Het, Bob. Just watched this with my boys. They want to keep up with the rest of it. Thanks for great inspiration!

  23. I have a squids question I want to use the buttons as key board imputs on a normal computer and I was wondering if there is any way to change witch letter the buttons go to?

  24. im wondering where i can find the games because i want more than just pacman like donkey kong and such. what website would i do?

  25. Buy why use a USB interface on a raspberry pi when it has a gpio header built into every single model.

  26. Most people would make this into a 30 minute video, thanks for doing it right.

  27. Thanks. I plan to build a Stargate but connecting it to my 86 inch TV to play … can you do a video on that?

  28. I have seen that some people are having trouble with this, you just have to watch over and over and over, untill you understand it. That's what helped me. (Also great video!)

  29. No you cant use a cellphone charger you need a large pi supply.

  30. amazing vid, wich brand or seller u recomend, to get some good sticks and buttons? ty alot

  31. Can you built pie into the pandoras box that we can switch system pie to pandora or oposite. This is more challanging operation beside pandora owners think to upgrade their systems

  32. Great video.i like the music on the video. What is the song and who is it by

  33. Really great video but how do you make one where the screen is perpendicular like a lot of the old standup arcade games used to be? For example to mod an Arcade1up countercade.

  34. hey dude, are you willing to review a power supply for Pi? I can send it to you.

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