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RetroPie 3.0 makes Raspberry Pi an even better classic console

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One of the most popular projects for Raspberry Pi newcomers is to turn the single-board computer into a retro games console.

At the heart of those efforts has been a custom-built distro called RetroPie. It includes a program called Emulation Station, which is capable of running ROMs from practically every gaming machine from the ZX Spectrum right up to the PSone. One tiny board, thousands of classic games.

Well, the already-awesome RetroPie project has just got a little better with the release of version 3.0 (via TechCrunch).

The operating system, which can be easily installed on an SD card, now supports virtual gamepads, meaning you’ll be able to control titles from a touchscreen.

There’s also a new GUI, which enables Wi-Fi configuration in Emulation Station and configuration options.

Users will now be able to add ROMs (digital versions of old games, for those who aren’t au fait with the lingo) via a USB device without having access to a network. As a bonus, you'll even receive Super Mario War as a default ROM to get you started.

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The new version can be downloaded here, but you’ll need a USB gamepad in order to make full use of the system.

Of course, you’ll also need to get hold of the other ROMs from around the web, but you can figure that out for yourselves. We’d tell you, but it’s a bit of a grey area copyright-wise. You should really own the physical copy...

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