RetroPie / Emulation Station

For an in depth view of retro gaming on Raspberry Pi, take a look at this wonderful guide!

And, for a specific guide on using the Joy Bonnet to retro game, check out this one.

First, you'll set up the SD card with this specially prepared RetroPie/Emulation Station image. This contains the operating system, software, and the scripts needed to bind the Joy Bonnet keys to emulator button presses.

You can download the image here.

Once downloaded, burn the image to your micro SD card. There are a number of ways to do this, one of the simplest and most effective is to use etcher.io

Check out our guide on burning an SD card for your Raspberry Pi here. Note you do not have to uncompress the rar file before burning if you use etcher

Test It

Time to test it out, before building the case. Put the micro SD card in your Pi Zero.

Then, with the Joy Bonnet in place, hook up the mini HDMI cable to your monitor and the Pi, and plug the micro USB power cord into the Pi Zero's PWR IN micro USB port. 

This is a good opportunity to test things out, make sure all of the buttons work as expected, and, of course, play games for a little bit!

Next up, we'll build the cartridge enclosure.

This guide was first published on Aug 09, 2017. It was last updated on Aug 09, 2017.
This page (Software) was last updated on Sep 03, 2020.