So I had to rebuild my Retro Gaming console system again. This would be my home system, the one running RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 3, which I have recently discussed making various experimental changes to (such as slamming more ROMs on the system, by using an external hard drive). And as I even more recently discussed, those experimental changes went completely pear-shaped, thus the complete rebuild.
Well, this time, I decided to go simple. I am using the tried-&-true “Pixel-Meta” theme, which is very fast, and doesn’t bring the headaches “Tronyfran” does. I tried out some Dreamcast games, to see how well they would work under Reicast, and the performance just wasn’t up to snuff, so I scrapped them in favor of more Playstation games. I also knuckled under and put Nintendo 64 games on the rig, even though it taxes the poor thing to the limit, because… well…
Let’s face it, there is no resisting the call of “Mario Kart 64”!
Since this was a top-down rebuild, I decided to try out the 8bitdo wireless SNES controller I got a while back, but can’t normally use, because the Playstation 3 wireless controllers replace the Bluetooth control software on the system, meaning you can only use those controllers over the Bluetooth stack, once they are set up. As I expected, the 8bitdo controller rocks, but doesn’t have the full range of controls to be useful for Playstation and N64 games.
That said, once we get an upgraded version of the Raspberry Pi that can easily handle “Late Retro” systems like the Playstation 1 and 2, Sega Dreamcast, and of course the Nintendo 64 and GameCube, I will be turning my RPi3 console into an 8-bit and 16-bit system only. Then I will use the 8bitdo controller on that system, while I take the Playstation 3 controllers over to the upgraded system… whenever that happens.
Anyway, as it is a fresh install, things are running really well right now, but I think this build will last quite some time. It is solid, fast, and the only thing that could make it better would be to have a lot more room for games. I still need to solve that particular puzzle, eventually.