The best and most complete Raspberry Pi 3 microSD card you will find! This has been handcrafted, tested, and enhanced to run to the best of its ability. All you will need to do is plug it into your Raspberry Pi 3, configure your controllers, and start to have fun!
This will work with either version of the Raspberry Pi 3, either the Raspberry Pi 3 B or the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ The Pi 3 B+ is preferred, but not necessary.
This does not work with the Pi 4, ONLY the Pi 3.
While making this, I did try to pull out as many duplicate games as I could find, I also tried to remove as many non-game files as well, such as programs, magazines, and random files. With this card, it was made for the highest game count I could fit on the card. Because I focused on game count, it does not have any game descriptions, video previews, or any box art images / pictures of game play. Purely games here.
This has Retropie installed, and it uses EmulationStation as a front-end GUI.
To get this set up, all you will need to do is plug it into your Raspberry Pi 3, configure your controllers, and start to have fun! The first time you boot up, the system will automatically ask you to configure a controller/keyboard, note that a keyboard and/or mouse is required for the computer emulators, see list below for more information.
The console list and game count is as follows:· Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) - 1,750 - This has a complete North American game set and a Europe set as well. On top of that, there are also a folder of games called "World and Others" that has the rest of the worlds games beside the two already listed (they are organized I might add), it also has some betas, prototypes, revisions, and translated games as well.
· Nintendo NES Classic Edition - 37 – There are 22 games that were released worldwide, 8 Japan exclusive, and 8 North America/ PAL exclusives. Why spend hundreds when you don't have to?
· Nintendo NES Rom Hacks! - 2,534 – User/Community created games. These are generally modeled after a preexisting game that has some form of user created modifications. These modifications (hacks) can range from simple tweaks to make the game better, to making an entirely new game from an existing game! There are 103 different game folders here.
· Famicom (Family Computer) – 1,054 – Everything works well. Runs off the NES’s emulator. Japanese 'NES' games.
· Famicom Disk System - 265 - Everything works well. A Japanese exclusive console that has Famicom/NES games on disks, somewhat like a 3.5 inch floppy disk. There is a folder of Unlicensed, Betas, and Alternate games here as well.
· Super Nintendo - 1,964 - Much like the NES when it comes to how the games are organized. One main folder with North American games, with a Europe folder and a "World and Others" folder as well.
· Nintendo SNES Classic Edition - 26 – There are 16 games that were released worldwide, 5 Japan exclusive, and 5 North America/ PAL exclusives.
· SNES Rom Hacks! - 703 – Same as the NES hacks, but with the SNES. There isn't as wide of a verity as the NES, but there are some good games here. Ever heard of Kaizo?
· Super Famicom – 1,448 – Everything works well. Runs off of the SNES’s emulator. The games are divided into five different alphabetical ordered folders.
· Nintendo BS-X Satellaview - 199 – Another Japanese exclusive 'console'. This hooked up to a Super Famicom and the games were broadcast over the air to players.
· Game Boy - 1,662 - Same folder structure as the NES and SNES, this time, however, there is a Japanese game folder since there isn't a main menu item for them, as well as the rom hacks folder is in with these games as well.
· Game Boy Color - 1,468 - Same structure and layout as the Game Boy.
· Game Boy Advance - 1,017 - Everything works well. Due to size restraints, there are only North American released games here.
· Nintendo 64 - 248 - Some games work just fine, some lag a bit, some are pretty bad. The emulator is getting better, but still has some issues. You can try switching emulators, but you'll need a keyboard to exit the game with any other emulator besides the default.
· Virtual Boy - 24 - Works well, but still might make your eyes bleed...
· Pokemon Mini - 44 – Quite an interesting collection of games, the vast majority are Japanese but still completely playable.
· Sega SG-1000 / Multivision - 166 - Most people don't realize Sega was making consoles and computers prior to the Genesis and Master System. This is one and it works well.
· Sega SC-3000 - 6 – Same as the SG-1000. There are a lot more games for this, but these six are the only ones that worked.
· Sega Tec-Toy - 42– This is actually a Brazilian console. Seems to work well, and is an interesting piece of Sega history.
· SEGA Master System - 519 - Everything works well. Same layout as most of the Nintendo/Sega consoles. The main folder consists of North American games, then there is a Europe, Japan, and Others folder.
· SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive - 1,737 - Everything works well. Same as the Master System, same file layout.
· Game Gear - 496 - Everything works well. Full sets of North American games, Japanese games, and European games.
· Sega 32X - 41 - Everything works well. There are 36 official games, and five rom hack games.
· Atari 2600 - 660 - Everything works well. Sorted like you'd expect.
· Atari 7800 - 114 - Everything works well. Sorted like you'd expect.
· Atari 800 - 6,090 - There are many hoops, and many steps every time you want to play a game, but if you jump through all the hoops, most of the games seem to play.
· Atari 5200 - 107 - Takes some extra steps to get going, seems to work well once the game loads.
· Atari Jaguar - 59 - Slow, the Pi doesn't handle the emulator too well. I kept them on here because they don't take up a lot of room, and the emulator could be updated at some point.
· Atari Lynx - 358 - Everything works well. Sorted folders.
· TurboGrafx 16 / PC Engine - 415- Everything works well. Two sets, North American, and a Japanese set.
· SuperGrafx - 6- Everything works well. Emulator needs switched when going from TurboGrafx 16 to this and vice-versa.
· Game & Watch - 59 - Everything works well.
· Neo Geo Pocket - 9 - Everything works well.
· Neo Geo Pocket Color - 173 - Everything works well.
· Vectrex – 43 - Nothing says fun more than vector graphic games! This works well by the way. There is also a folder of random game types, these are not included in the game count.
· WonderSwan - 110 - Everything works well.
· WonderSwan Color - 92 - Everything works well.
***Below are the arcade emulators. They will generally work the same as the above consoles. Select will add a coin to the system, whereas Start will start the game.***
One thing to note about all the arcade sets, they are full sets and will have different versions for most of the games, I found it better to just include all versions of every game for all the hardcore arcade people who want/need them all.
· Capcom Play System I - 266 - Runs off the Final Burn Alpha emulator. Similar enough to MAME that controls will be the same as MAME.
· Capcom Play System II - 352 - Same as the CPS1.
· Capcom Play System III - 35 - Also the same as the CPS1.
· MAME - 4,244 - Uses MAME2003! Note that most games work fine,but some just don't work.
· Neo Geo - 186 - Everything works well. Uses Final Burn Alpha emulator.
· Nintendo Vs. System - 51 - Everything works. This is Nintendo's arcade machines, called Nintendo Vs. System. This runs off the MAME emulator, so the controls will be the same as MAME.
· Nintendo PlayChoice-10 - 53 - Same as the Nintendo Vs. System, arcade machines produced by Nintendo, runs off MAME, and everything works well. Will need a keyboard to start the game however.
***Below are the computer emulators, they will need a keyboard and mouse for the most part, unless otherwise noted. They are not as reliable as the above console and arcade sets, but they generally work for the most part.***
· PC – DOS - 3,403 - There are a lot of games here. It seems that most work, but some do not. I tested and used a keyboard/mouse.
· Amiga - 4,135 - Everything, for the most part, works. Takes a few steps to get the games setup and playing, but they all seem to work. Check the directions for a video on how to get it working.
· Amstrad CPC - 7,301 - All the games I've tested load. Emulator of a computer so a keyboard and mouse are needed.
· Apple II - 2,330 - All the games I've tested load.
· Atari ST - 5,090 - One of the sets that can take a few extra steps, but seems to work decently. Needs a keyboard/mouse.
· Fairchild Channel F - 38 – Basic set of games, but they seem to all work.
Commodore 64 - 28,936 - this is actually six different consoles, C64, C128, C64DTV, PET, Plus 4, and Vic-20. The emulator needs changed for every console, this isn't hard to do and I include instructions on how to change the emulator.
- C64 - 26,464 - Everything works decently.
- C64-DTV - 24 - Slow.
- C128 - 50 - Some Work, most do not.
- PET - 30 - Some Work, most do not.
- Plus 4 - 967 - Seems to work well.
- VIC-20 - 2,914 - Hit or Miss.
· Tandy (CoCo) - 109 - Most work, some got hung up loading.
· Dragon (CoCo) - 519 - Same as the Tandy (same emulator), most worked, not all though.
· ColecoVision - 291 - Everything seems to work how it should.
· FM-7 - 227 - Experimental, needs some hoops to jump through to get playing.
· IntelliVision - 235 - Seems to work well. Keyboard and mouse needed.
· MSX - 774 - Seems to work well. Some games work with a controller.
· MSX2 - 1028 - Same as the MSX but more work with controllers.
· Oric - 535 - Works well enough, some bad apples here and there but overall not bad.
· PC 8800 - 2,782 - Experimental, hit or miss. This was tricky to get working, but it works as well as it can.
· PC 9800 - 2,599 - Experimental like the PC-88. Uses a different emulator though.
· Sam Coupe - 171 - Works well.
· TI-99 / 4A - 129 - Works well.
· VideoPac Odyssey 2 - 225 - For the most part, it works pretty well. Keyboard and mouse though a lot can be played with a controller.
· X68000 - 2,320 - Experimental, hit or miss.
· Infocom Z-machine - 63 - TEXT ADVENTURES!!! Everything works well. Needs keyboard.
· ZX Spectrum - 21,259 - Works, decently. I have these sorted out pretty well. There is a main folder with the bulk of the games. Then I have other folders, such as 128K games, compilations, disk based games, etc.
Just a few quick notes:
1) This has both Kodi and Pixel OS installed.
2) I buy only the top rated microSD cards to use (generally Samsung or Sandisk).
3) There is still enough room for saves and any other game related data.
4) The theme is customized by me off of a pre-installed theme. Switching themes is fine, but it won't look as good.
5) The game sets that I have listed as 'experimental' or the ones that don't work well are on here because the game files are quite small, some are just a kilobyte or two in size. I am hoping the emulators will be updated at some point making the games work better.
6) This runs off of Retropie (it is the Operating System). Retropie is community based as well as all the emulators. While I have this working extremely well, sometimes it just isn't compatible with your Raspberry Pi. Note that this is EXTREMELY rare, but still something I want to point out. If this doesn't work, first check to make sure you have a correct power supply (5 volts, 2.5 amps). A typical phone charger isn't powerful enough.