Raspberry Pi Interface
(Photo : Raspberry Pi via Twitter @Raspberry_Pi)
Lakka
(Photo : Lakka)
DOSBox
(Photo : DOSBox)
PPSSPP
(Photo : PPSSPP Emulator)
RetroPie
(Photo : RetroPie)
RetroArch
(Photo : RetroArch)

Raspberry Pi has been an exceptional platform to enjoy retro gaming, and 2021 has a lot to offer on the best emulators that can help in upgrading the experience to something enjoyable and worthwhile. Enjoying retro games is best fitted with a rightful emulator that bears a variety of tools that complement the feels of the good ole days.

Raspberry Pi Interface
(Photo : Raspberry Pi via Twitter @Raspberry_Pi)

When people say retro, the first thing coming to mind is old, and that is exactly what the function of emulators is for, as it relieves the games loved in the past to the modern world. The addition of the Raspberry Pi Pico device has been excellent in supporting this feature of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, as it promotes the use of Linux native language for its functions. 

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Best Raspberry Pi Emulators of 2021

Here are emulators that you ought to check out. 

RetroPie

RetroPie
(Photo : RetroPie)

One of the top-rated emulators that run natively on the Raspberry Pi interface is RetroPie and it offers some of the best experiences there is for retro gaming. According to Android Central, RetroPie offers a fully customizable interface that is flexible for most controllers and it offers the best graphics there is while having a display that resembles old games. 

Check out the RetroPie for free.

RetroArch

RetroArch
(Photo : RetroArch)

Another retro-focused emulator for the Raspberry Pi interface and hardware is the software called "RetroArch" which was the initial favorite of fans of retro gaming. However, it is not the most user-friendly as it requires lines of code to be inputted for it to work and function. The good thing is that it is the most robust and customizable emulator on this list. 

Check out the RetroArch here. 

Lakka

Lakka
(Photo : Lakka)

A great alternative to RetroPie, Lakka offers its emulator to be a fully customizable one but does not necessarily remove the user-friendliness that it brings to the table. Lakka also has a variety of old console games that it can run, stemming from the NES console, up to the different iterations for the PlayStation. 

Check out Lakka here.

PPSSPP Emulator

PPSSPP
(Photo : PPSSPP Emulator)

Part of the group that offers an exclusive and specialized gaming experience, the PPSSPP emulator is one of the most known software that brings back gaming to the good old days. PPSSPP is known for its being available for the mobile platform but also brings its features for the Raspberry Pi interface. The emulator can play any PSP ROMs, and make it feel like the old portable device. 

Check out PPSSPP Emulator here. 

DOSBox

DOSBox
(Photo : DOSBox)

Missing the MS-DOS games back in the days? Raspberry Pi is running its previous titles available for retro gaming through DOSBox, an emulator designed by its creators specifically for the Linux-based system. It is an upgraded version of the game as it brings better graphics that are sure to fit a modern gaming screen.

Check out DOSBox here. 

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