I wouldn’t be who I am today without classic video games. The sense of pure amazement I got from playing Munch Man and Tunnels of Doom on my TI-99/4A as a child inspired me to write my first program in Basic. The dream of one day developing my own game fueled my passion for learning to program and ultimately led me to my current career as a software engineer. Unfortunately, I didn’t always have the latest gaming system. I did not acquire and Atari 2600 until 1994 and I got my first Sega Genesis when a neighbor ditched his in favor of the Sony Playstation. I never owned a classic NES, but I have fond memories of playing Castlevania, Excitebike and Califonia Games all night during sleepovers at my friends houses.
So, after I bought my first Raspberry Pi in a failed attempt to install it at work and use it to remotely clock in (don’t ask why they make salaried employees clock in), I set out to re-purpose it as a classic video game console. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how you can build your own classic video game console and have access to hundreds of your favorite classic video games all for less than $100.