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  • Re: The Nintendo Switch Thread! - Out now!

    Darksakul wrote: »
    @AlphaCharlie Unless you are here to talk about the Nintendo Switch like a civilized human being go the fuck away.
    Go play in Traffic or something.


    Wait.... you're FINALLY done bashing the NES Classic? Nothing else to say after the past four months of whining?

    Now that i've proven you're one of those anti-emulation "purists"....

    "Purists"= Jackasses.

    Alrighty then. lol.

    Darksakul wrote: »


    If Nintendo hadn't poorly designed the Dock, or constructed the Switch out of such easily scratched materials, you wouldn't have to resort to such aftermarket contraptions.

    But on that subject of better docks, i think Hori's adjustable Dock is a nice step-up to the deathtrap that Nintendo packed with the Switch.


    https://www.amazon.com/Compact-Playstand-Nintendo-Switch-Officially-Licensed/dp/B01N9RTMWS
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    Edit: Oops! Looks like this dock doesn't output with HDMI, it just charges/cradles the Switch for tabletop mode. I Guess you guys better put one of those tempered-glass screen protectors on instead, to protect it from the dock.

    https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Protector-Caseology-Transparent-Anti-Scratch/dp/B06XJ5BSYH/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1490737003&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=tempered+glass+nintendo+switch&psc=1

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  • Re: The Nintendo Switch Thread! - Out now!

    Abbachio wrote: »
    Thought this article might useful to some in here.

    Power bank tests with the Switch.

    http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/03/video_digital_foundry_puts_various_portable_chargers_to_the_test_with_nintendo_switch

    EDIT: Should have read the article it's mostly just a link to thi vid.




    ^^ Ah yes, a "portable" system that requires you to carry around a battery pack almost as big as the console itself.

    *sigh*
  • Re: Anyone run MAME on a Raspberry Pi 3?

    jopamo wrote: »
    Um yeah...you need to check out BigBox.
    I boot to it. Use only my Xbox One pad or an arcade stick. I can even start my Steam games from it.
    Is it free? no...but nothing halfway decent in life IS.


    Retropie is free and it's awesome. Most of the emulators come pre-packed with the Retropie image also. So no need to be hunting down and installing emulators.

    This.

    Also thanks for the tutorial.

    Quick question: as many know here, Im a junkie for Mortal Kombat games. How good is the mk2-umk3 emulation on the Pi3? I have read about sound issues on Pi2.


    I have not tried the MK games but, they'd probably play fine on one of Retropie's MAME ports.

    Also there are gamepad shortcuts that are good to know:

    Select+Start= Quits out of your game and takes you back to the main menu.

    Select+R= For game saves/savestates.

    Select+L= Loads your game save/savestate.

    I'm sure there are probably other gamepads shortcuts in Retropie but, those are ones i use the most.
  • Re: Anyone run MAME on a Raspberry Pi 3?

    One of the things i love the most about the Raspberry Pi 3 with Retropie is, you can control EVERYTHING through gamepad. Never have to touch a mouse or keyboard.

    PC emulation is great but, always having to resort to mouse/keyboard to navigate stuff never sat right with me. It always took me out of that "console gaming experience".

    With the Rasperry Pi you can plug it into any display that can connect with HDMI, and control everything with gamepad. Just like a full-fledged game system. Love that.
  • Re: Anyone run MAME on a Raspberry Pi 3?

    ParryAll wrote: »
    Hey so,

    I've never owned a Pi.

    I have very basic questions. Like how do I even get started? Is there even an operating system on it? Or am I gunna have to type commands and shit like it's 1989 and ms dos lol.

    All I'm using it for is emulators that's all I care about, I have all the gear ordered (except the Sega Genesis case, fucking sold out everywhere they want 50$ now for it fuck that I'll use a plastic shell or nothing).

    Emulators and Kodi is what I want on it. Are there tutorials out there someone could link me to a good, super simple one for the things I wanna do?


    Alrighty. This is all crazy easy to set-up. Here's everything you need to know:

    Things you need:

    1) RaspBerry Pi 3
    2) Micro USB power cord brick
    3) Decent case for your Pi 3
    4) Decent sized Micro SD card. At least 16GB. But it can use 128GB.
    5) USB gamepad of your choice.
    6) HDMI cable obviously.

    ^^ Should cost you $60-$70 total. Here are some good links to what i recommend:

    Logitech F310: A console-quality, Playstation 2 style gamepad w/long wired cord:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VAHYQY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Canakit Raspberry Pi 3 with Power brick:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C6FFNY4/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    64Gb Sandisk Micro SD:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013TMNNDQ/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&th=1

    And what, in my opinion, is the single coolest line of Raspberry Pi cases out there: The Zebra case. A little tricky to assemble but the end result is worth it. Many colors available:

    https://www.amazon.com/Zebra-Case-Raspberry-Black-Included/dp/B00M6G9YBM/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1490109460&sr=1-7&keywords=Zebra+Case

    While your at it, various heatsinks for your Pi 3 available. I don't think it really needs these, so long as the case you choose has good ventilation but, i put them on mine because anyway because they looked cool:

    https://www.amazon.com/JBtek-Aluminium-Cooling-Heatsink-Raspberry/dp/B00NKAKN40/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1490107284&sr=1-7&keywords=raspberry+pi+heatsinks


    Downloadable software required:

    1) Latest Retropie Image:
    https://retropie.org.uk/download/

    ^^ The Raspberry Pi 3 itself has no built-in software. If you plug it in with nothing installed, it'll just be a blank screen. Retropie is essentially your operating system for the Pi 3, stored on your Micro SD card which is basically the PI 3's "Hard Drive". All the emulators come pre-packed/installed with it.

    2) Win32 disk imager (Copies Retropie image to Micro SD Card):
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

    3) FileZilla FTP manager. For wirelessly adding/deleting files:
    https://filezilla-project.org/

    Installation:

    Unzip Retropie image, install Win32 Disk imager, Insert micro SD card into computer, and "install" Retropie Operating system image onto your Micro SD card using win32 Disk imager. Done.

    Now before you plug everything in, for some HDTV and monitor types, Retropie has a quirk where it won't want to output through HDMI. So once you are done installing the Retropie image, simply click on your micro SD card to inspect the installed contents, locate the "config" Text file. And add THIS into it:

    hdmi_drive=2
    hdmi_force_hotplug=1
    hdmi_force_edid_audio=1

    ^^ You can skip this step if you don't run into this issue but, if you do, that is how it is fixed.

    When finished, plug everything in, put Micro SD card into the PI3 and and turn it on.

    Adding games:

    Now the Retropie software is linux-based so it WILL NOT automatically display contents of the card when inserted into a PC or MAC. You cannot simply remove the card from your Pi 3, put it into your computer, and start adding Roms. It's a tad more complicated than that but still easy.

    Method 1):

    USB method. Take a blank USB drive, create a yellow folder inside named Retropie and plug it into the Pi 3. The Pi 3 will create some folders inside. Unplug USB drive and plug it back into your computer. Now locate your Retropie file on the USB drive and click on it. Now you'll see the folders for all the various emulators inside have been created. Locate the system you want, copy your games to it, unplug and plug USB drive back into the Pi 3, and it'll automatically copy the games to the proper folder on your PI 3's Micro SD card storage. This is the fastest method if you have many, large files to move over, like PSOne or Dreamcast games.

    I actually just bought a cheap, long USB extension cable and keep that plugged into my Pi 3 at all times. Makes it easier to transfer stuff by USB whenever i want, and i don't feel like i'm wearing out my Pi 3's USB ports, by constantly plugging in/unplugging USB stick.

    Method 2):

    Good news is, because of the built-in WiFi on the PI 3, there is an even easier method to add games. By transferring wirelessly using an FTP manager like filzezilla, which is simple to set-up. Although not nearly as fast as the USB method for large files, this is still awesome because it makes adding/renaming/rearranging files very easy.

    Tutorials:

    Great channel here, i recommend subscribing to ETA Prime. Learned everything i know about the Raspberry Pi 3 and hacking the NES Classic from this guy.



    Adding files wirelessly:






    That's basically it for the Raspberry Pi 3. Once you start messing with it yourself, you'll see how easy it all is but, let me know if you have questions.
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