Kinda neat since it can be powered by 3 standard AA batteries, and the “cartridge” case contains the Raspberry Pi Zero – and the screen and controls are very solid.
OK so flashing the Recalbox on a 16GB SD card works fine, then you can format the third partition (even in Windows) as FAT32 in Disk Management, like so:
Upon booting up, Recalbox will detect that partition and set it up with a set of standard folders:
The roms folder is the one you care about, since that’s where you’ll put the games.
Directory of F:\roms megadrive pc98 fba oricatmos msxturbor daphne cavestory msx2 gx4000 atari2600 sg1000 pcengine msx1 tic80 satellaview zxspectrum scummvm pcenginecd mame gb lynx samcoupe atari7800 supergrafx snes o2em zx81 gbc fba_libretro vectrex virtualboy nes gw x1 ngpc intellivision sufami mastersystem imageviewer x68000 wswanc atarist c64 lutro ngp thomson amstradcpc atari800 pokemini wswan atari5200 channelf prboom fds neogeo sega32x apple2gs gba palm segacd gamegear pc88 multivision neogeocd psx dos spectravideo colecovision moonlight uzebox
It’s sort of questionable how many of these you want to be populated on a Pi Zero, which isn’t going to be able to emulate the fancier stuff anyway.
The ones with default “free” games, which you probably want to remove are:
A system folder with no ROMs won’t show up in the UI, so this is a way to get the odder ones to disappear.
It pokes out a bit above the top of the device though
The Retroflag GPi Case gets rave reviews and I can see why! It even has hidden shoulder buttons on the back that I didn’t notice – right above the battery compartment on the left and right.
Personally I want to explore the Pi Zero a bit more and see what it can emulate, since that feels more appropriate to this case style.
These posts appear credible, as far as what can reasonably be emulated on the Pi Zero W:
I have one in a handheld build. Here’s what I’ve found:
- NES/Master System - no issues
- SNES/GEN - I only have issues on super Fx chip games for the SNES. No issues elsewhere so far as I can tell
- GB/GBC/GBA/GG- some GBA games are suspect. There’s issues using the in-game saves with some emulators. GB/GBC/GG have not given me problems.
From previous posts I believe NES, Master System, GB, GB Color and GBA should be able to run.
I’d add TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine as well.
So almost Super Nintendo level emulation, with some rare exceptions depending on the game.
Hi,I’d suggest having a look at pre-made images for your gpi case. Then customise from there. I use a supreme team base, then add what I need ontop. I have played psx games on mine, it does stutter occasionally, but it’s pretty good. This does use retropie as a base so might not be what you’re looking for but it’s certainly done the trick for me
I’ll look at that; mostly I want to remove stuff and limit to the top ~100 games on a handful of platforms.
It is a bit different in that the SD card doesn’t create multiple partitions, so perhaps a bit simpler?
You image the OS to the SD card, then boot it up so it can repartition everything. The resulting folder structure is very simple.
After first boot it’s time to remove the SD card again and copy the emulators from the starter packs over. I wasn’t quite clear what folder to put these in, since the folder structure is so simple, so I put them in the same folder as the one app.
Next copy the ROMs over in the
/romsfolder. If you get the subfolder naming right, the emulators will know the right place to look for appropriate ROMs upon launch.
Boot up and remove / hide all the emulators you don’t want. You can do this via the select button with the emulator highlighted. It’s not totally clear to me which emulators are “better” to use because there is some overlap, like there are multiple Gameboy Advance emulators, gbSP and ReGBA for example.