There are several ways to add games to RetroPie. My favourite is using SAMBA share, where you can connect to your Pi via Mac or PC and copy games across. But if you can’t be bothered with all of that you can transfer games with a USB stick.
Adding games via a USB stick
Plug a USB stick into your computer and in the root directory, create a folder called
retropie. We advise you to use a USB stick with an indicator light on it, so you know if it is in use.
Now plug the USB stick into your Raspberry Pi. When the indicator light has stopped flashing, remove it, and place it back into your computer.
When you open the
retropie folder you will now see a whole bunch of folders representing each system. Place all your roms in the correct folders, and then plug it back into your Raspberry Pi.
Depending on how many roms you have added, this may take some time. When the indicator light has finished, remove the USB stick and reboot the Raspberry Pi. If all has worked, you should now have games on your RetroPie.
Adding games via SAMBA share.
Navigate to the
roms volume and you’ll see a big list of folders representing all the systems on your RetroPie.
Once you have added your games, they won’t appear in RetroPie immediately, you will need to restart Emulation Station.
To do this, press the
Start button on your controller, while in one on the RetroPie screens, and a Main Menu will appear.
And in the next screen select
Restart Emulation Station
When the system restarts, you now have a new Game Boy section!
And if all has gone to plan, we should have Quest Arrest in the Game Boy section:
Let’s see if it works…
Looks like it did!
To exit a game, just press
Start on your controller at the same time.
To add other games to other systems, you just repeat that process. Some systems take a little bit more setting up, but we’ll come to them another time. In the meantime, the following systems are basically, ‘put the games in and it just works’
- Atari – Atari 2600
- Atari – Atari 7800
- Atari – Lynx
- Nintendo – Game Boy
- Nintendo – Game Boy Advance
- Nintendo – Game Boy Color
- Nintendo – N64 (Needs a fast Pi)
- Nintendo – Nintendo Entertainment System
- Nintendo – Super Nintendo Entertainment System
- PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16
- Sega – Game Gear
- Sega – Master System
- Sega – Mega Drive / Genesis
- Sega – SG-1000
Tip: If you are having audio issues with the Raspberry Pi 4 – check your HDMI cable is in the correct port. It should be in the one labelled
0 and it’s the one nearest the power cable..
You can finish now if you like! There are lots more things you can do to customise your RetroPie and we’ll be adding new posts to this series on a regular basis
- How to set up RetroPie and create your own retro games console
- Setting up WiFi on the RetroPie
- Setting up SAMBA share on Windows 10 to access files on the RetroPie
- Setting up SAMBA share on MAC OS to access files on the RetroPie
- Adding games to your retropie
- Adding additional Emulators to RetroPie
- How to add a new platform to the RetroPie interface.