Category: Arcades

X-Arcade with Raspberry Pi 2 (Retropie)

Since my first project with Raspberry Pi Arcade with an Old 15Khz Arcade Monitorthere was a great evolution in this tiny computer. Today it allow us to emulate games from the Vectrex to Playstation 1 among others.

(For left to right, Rob Bishop (Raspberry Pi foundation), Celso Martinho and Me (The Arcade Man).

Taking into account the size of the Raspberry Pi, it is possible to integrate it in various applications.


I had an idea that involved an X-Arcade with a PC dedicated to running the largest number platforms possible and that would most likely work with Hyperspin frontend.
Great ideia, aside the fact of not being very practical to walk around with a PC and an X-Arcade back and forth whenever we wanted to play. Although you can find on the internet some projects of this kind ,the Raspberry Pi 2 came to make things easier and practical.


Therefore, I decided to integrate the Raspberry Pi virtually ignoring the entire X-Arcade system. I used an I-Pac to interface with the control panel by connecting the Raspberry Pi’s USB .


I also assembled a power switch and a USB plug to the exterior of the X-Arcade, so it is possible to connect a keyboard, a mouse or any other necessary peripheral.


I used an entry that was already in the X-Arcade for the Raspberry Pi HDMI output and headphones phones, avoiding any more “damage” on the box.



And … say hello to this baby! Raspberry Pi 2 meets X-Arcade and allows you to play more than 55 platforms such as Nintendo Game Boy, Commodore Amiga, Sega Megadrive, ZXSpectrum and 50.000 games! If you don’t have enough space for an arcade, this is a cool way to play all your favorite retro games!

Here is a short video demonstration of the system, hope you like it!

List of emulators avaliable:

  • 3do
  • Amiga
  • Amstrad CPC
  • Apple II
  • Atari 800 ST/STE/TT/Falcon
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200 and 8 bit series
  • Atari 7800
  • Atari Jaguar
  • Atari Lynx
  • CoCo
  • Commodore 64
  • Dragon 32
  • Dreamcast
  • FinalBurn Alpha
  • Game Gear
  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Game Boy Color
  • Intellivision
  • Macintosh
  • MAME
  • Master System
  • Megadrive/Genesis
  • MSX
  • N64
  • Nintendo DS
  • Neo Geo
  • NES Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Neo Geo Pocket (Color)
  • PC
  • PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16
  • Ports
    • Cave Story
    • Descent
    • DOOM
    • Duke Nukem 3D
    • KODI
    • Minecraft Pi Edition
    • OpenTTD
    • OpenTyrian
    • Quake Series
    • Super Mario War
    • SuperTux
    • Wolfenstein 3d
  • PSP
  • PlayStation 1
  • Saturn
  • ScummVM
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega CD
  • Sega SG-1000
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Vectrex
  • Videopac or Odyssey2
  • Virtual Boy
  • WonderSwan (Color)
  • Zmachine
  • ZX Spectrum

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RiftCycles @ Lisbon Mini Maker Faire

As promised in this year edition of SAPO Codebits, the RiftCycles are back on the “road”, this time at the Lisbon Mini Maker Faire. The event will take place at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento located at Parque das Nações in Lisbon on the 19th,20th and 21th September.


Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.”

Noite Europeia dos Investigadores 2011

This event will be open to the public and everyone will be able to test our RiftCycles.

Me and João Morais, from Overflow Interactive, we will also be in a Talk entitled “How I’ve built the RiftCycles, Two Cycles Tron movie replicas.” where we will explain the entire process of creating this unique project.

For those who haven’t had the opportunity to experience the RiftCycles at SAPO Codebits, you don’t want to miss this event that will take place for the first time in Portugal. The entry is FREE but you still need to get your ticket. You’re advised to check for updates on the event calendar regularly to check the latest news.


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