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The following is a condensed version of the official RetroPie instructions, found here. If you require additional help or run into any issues, please contact us for assistance.

Getting Started

Transferring ROMs

When you first boot up your Rastendo you may wonder why you don't see systems like the SNES or Game Boy. Don't worry, they are installed on the system, ROMs just need to be added to their respective ROM folders before they will become visible. Transferring ROMs is described in the following steps.

There are three main methods of transferring ROMs:

1. USB Flash Drive

  • First create a folder called retropie on your USB stick
  • Plug it into the Rastendo and wait for it to finish blinking
  • Pull the USB out and plug it into a computer
  • Add the ROMs to their respective folders (in the retropie/roms folder)
  • Plug it back into the Rastendo
  • Wait for it to finish blinking
  • Refresh EmulationStation by pressing F4, or choosing quit from the start menu

2. FTP (needs network connection)

  • Wired (needs ethernet cable)
  • Wireless - There are many FTP programs out there, for Windows many people use WinSCP for Mac you can use something like Cyberduck

  1. Enter the host name of rastendo or use your Rastendo’s IP address
  2. Login with the user name ‘pi’ and the password ‘raspberry’ (without the quotes)
  3. On the left side, browse the directory on your computer where your ROMs are stored. On the right side, browse to /home/pi/RetroPie/roms
  4. Drag and drop your ROMs into their respective folders


You can also log in as root if you wish to change more files than just the ROMs. The root password is the same as pi, however keep in mind that root has full access to modify or delete any file. If you make changes as root, we at Rastendo cannot be held responsible if you break the functionality of your system.

3. Samba Shares (needs a network connection)

  • If on Windows type \\rastendo into the computer folder. You can also replace Rastendo with your Rastendo's IP address

Refresh EmulationStation by pressing F4, or choosing quit from the start menu



Exiting a Game and Shutting Down

To exit any game press Start + Select at the same time. N64 has different controls (see below)

To shutdown the Rastendo, press the start button while at the main menu. Select Quit and then Shutdown System. Wait for the green light on the back of the console to stop blinking and then press the on/off switch on the USB cable.

**It is important to remember that the Rastendo is a computer. Always shutdown the system properly before hitting the power switch. Failure to do so could damage the Raspberry Pi or corrupt the microSD Card.**


Adding Cover Art and Game Data (Scraping) 

*Needs an active internet connection

After you add your ROMs, you can have Rastendo add cover art and game data to display.

  • Press start to bring up the Main Menu. Select Scraper
  • Select Scrape Now
  • Select the systems you want to scrape game data for
  • Select Start to begin scraping
  • If more than one result is found, scroll down to select the correct one


Controller Configurations

Your Rastendo comes preconfigured to work with the included controllers, as well as N64 USB controllers, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One controllers. If you wish to add a new controller or reconfigure the controls, follow these steps.

  1. To reconfigure the controls, or to configure a new gamepad, press the start button on an existing controller while at system select screen to bring up the main menu
  2. Select Configure Input
  3. Plug in the controller you wish to configure
  4. Hold down any button on your keyboard or gamepad. The name will appear at the bottom and then open up into a configuration menu:
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to configure your gamepad- if you run out of buttons just hold down any button to skip each unused button

See the following diagrams for reference:





Default Hotkeys

 Hotkeys Action
Select+Start Exit Game
Select+Right Shoulder Save State
Select+Left Shoulder Load State
Select+Right Save Slot Increase
Select+Left Save Slot Decrease
Select+X RetroArch Menu
Select+B Reset

Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64 compatibility is not 100%. This is due to limitations of both the hardware and software. Some games, such as Super Mario 64, work great. Others may be slow or not work at all.

To play N64 games, you will need either a N64 USB controller, or a PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, or Xbox One controller. A keyboard is necessary to save and load save states if you are using an N64 controller.

 Hotkeys Action
Z+Start Exit Game


Keyboard key Description
Escape Quit the emulator
0-9 Select virtual 'slot' for save/load state (F5 and F7) commands
F5 Save emulator state
F7 Load emulator state
F9 Reset emulator



Configuring Wifi

If you wish to use a wifi to transfer ROMs over the network rather than a USB stick or Ethernet cable you'll need to setup your wifi connection. Note that you will need a USB keyboard attached. This can also be done from the Retropie menu in Emulationstation.


It will open into this menu

Choose your SSID from a list

Type your Wifi Password

After it's done configuring you should see your wifi info in the original menu