Today, I’d like to talk about my experiences playing games on Retropie, especially on the original platforms.
It’s hard to find good games on Retropie that have a link to download them.
I’ll give you a list of my favourite games, along with a screenshot I took and a link to download each one. I’ve played each one a little to make sure it works.
Here are my screenshots, so you can play them on Retropie.
But I can’t assure that the game is still available and playable when you’ll read these lines.
As a reminder, you can get an SD card with more than 100,000 games on it from Amazon for a reasonable price (direct link here). It saves you a lot of time and has all the games on this list.
Let’s get going! The games on this list are all good, and there is no particular order.
Let’s start with a legendary 80s game: The Donkey Kong
For the youngest, you may know about Donkey Kong’s more recent adventures, but this is about one of the first video games.
They made the first version for an arcade in 1981. Since then, they have made versions for many other systems, such as Atari computers, NES, and Game Boy.
Even though we are in a Donkey Kong game instead of a Mario game, the idea is the same.
At the bottom of the screen, you play as Mario and run to get Princess Peach to the castle (top of the screen)
You must obviously avoid traps and enemies along the way.
I put this game in this post because of its history, not because it’s fun to play. Even if you can play this game for a long time without finishing it, it’s a simple one.
This game came out on the Nintendo 64 only 10 years after Donkey Kong.
And the graphics technology shows a big difference.
A 3D render and a lot of details. Maybe too many colours.
We don’t have the same hardware, but it’s a big step forward in the evolution of the game.
Wave Race 64 is a game where you race jet skis. There are different ways to play, such as Championship, Time Trial, and Stunt.
You can play each mode by yourself or with other people.
This game was one of my favourites when the Nintendo 64 first came out, so I chose it.
I played this game a lot, and the tune “Waaaave Race” is still in my head.
Super Mario 64 is by far the best Nintendo 64 game, but it can’t be downloaded because of ESA rules, so I didn’t include it in this post.
Street Fighter II Turbo
This is a memorial
In the 1990s, Street Fighter II Turbo was a big hit.
I think it’s the best Street Fighter game.
I’m showing you the version for the SNES, but you should know that it was later changed for a lot of other platforms.
The game could be played on PC, Saturn, PlayStation 2, Xbox/Xbox360, and even PlayStation 3.
If you don’t know Street Fighter, which I find hard to believe, it’s a fighting video game.
You pick a character and an opponent for 1v1 fights.
You can choose how hard it is or play with friends in the multiplayer mode.
Because it is a 2D game, it hasn’t changed much over the years and is still fun to play today.
And it would work great on a Raspberry Pi with an arcade machine like this one from Amazon.
Golden Eye 007
It was one of the games I played the most, along with Wave Race 64 and Super Mario 64: Golden Eye is a James Bond movie.
In URSS, you play James Bond in a series of adventures based on the movie of the same name.
This game was one of the first to make first-person games feel so real (even if today it seems hideous)
One good part of the game was the infiltration. The level will be easier if you can kill enemies without letting them know (yes, you can also play noisy and get all the enemies after you if you want)
The AI of the enemies was also good for a game from that time.
If you want to play this game on Retropie, I suggest you get a controller with two sticks (at least).
You need to use one hand to move and the other to move the camera and the weapon.
I tried to play it with my SNES controller, but I couldn’t…
This pack with two controllers can be found on Amazon. It’s cheap, and you’ll have a lot more fun with your old games. Even though it’s been a long time since they came out, these controllers are still needed to play any N64 game.
Also, here is where you can see my list of the best N64 games you can play on Retropie. That was one of my favourite game consoles, and it brought back a lot of good memories.
You already know that Pac-Man is a legendary game.
Pacman was first played in arcades in 1980. After that, it was made for many classic systems (like Atari, SNES, PlayStation and Game Boy)
Pacman is also often mentioned in books and movies (such as Pixels, Player One, Black Mirror, etc.).
The goal of this game is to eat all of the coins on the map without getting killed by the ghosts and other traps.
Each level is different, and you have to try a lot of times to find the best way to beat it.
I didn’t play this game much when I was a kid, but I can’t make a list of old games without including Pac-Man.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Oh, my gosh… I don’t know how many hours I spent on this game: Tony Hawk Professional Skater
I mostly played this game on PlayStation (1/2), but it was also available for Nintendo systems and personal computers. You can play in different ways.
My favourite was the “Career” mode, where you start out as a “noob” and build up your skills to compete with “pros.” Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 slowed down on RetroPie, but Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 works fine.
You might have to try out a few versions or platforms before you find the right one for you. Tony Hawk is still a popular game today. If you want better graphics, you can buy a holocene edition of the game on Amazon for Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.