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A portable retro video game console based on Raspberry Pi





Please take care of the direction of poles when mounting the batteries. It may damage the charge circuit if you reverse the batteries. And please use the same types of batteries, different types/brands of batteries may cause charging issue.


  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi B+/2B/3B/3B+/4B.
  • 4.3-inch IPS screen, 800×480 resolution.
  • 60 FPS game experience, say goodbye to picture loss and stuttering.
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi B+/2B/3B/3B+/4B.
  • With charging circuit, powered by 18650 lithium battery, easy to carry and play at any time.
  • Onboard power indicator, easy to check the power of the game console.
  • Onboard speakers and headphone jack, listen to the familiar BGM.
  • Onboard volume and backlight adjustment buttons, adjust the status according to the occasion and experience a better experience.


The GamePi43 is a portable retro video game console based on Raspberry Pi 3B+ with a 4.3inch IPS display, 800x480 pixels.


  • Raspberry Pi controller, available options:
    • PI3B+, 64-bit 1.4G frequency quad-core CPU, 1G RAM
    • PI4B-2GB, 64-bit 1.5G frequency quad-core CPU, 2G RAM
  • 60 fps smooth gaming experience
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi A+/B+/2B/3B/3B+4B (external HDMI adapter is required for Pi Zero/Zero W/Zerao WH)
  • Integrates battery charge circuitry, powered from 18650 lithium batteries (NOT included), plays anywhere anytime
  • Battery life indicator
  • Onboard speaker and earphone jack, listen to the familiar BGM from the old days
  • Volume and backlight adjustment keys, adjust the device status according to a specific game, better experience



User Guides

【Note】Please make sure you mount the batteries in correct direction, otherwise it may damage charging circuity

Hardware connection

  • Insert GPIo of Raspberry Pi to GamePi43
  • Connect HDMI interface of GamePi43 to Raspberry Pi by HDMI connector
    If you use Raspberry Pi Zero/Raspberry Pi Zero W, you should use HDMI cable
  • Turn power switch into OFF and mount 18650 batteries

To use GamePi43, you can install the driver manually or directly use pre-configured image

Method 1: Use pre-configured Image

Note: If you use Raspberry Pi 4B, please install the driver with the original Retripie image manually.

1) Pre-configured images

OS Revision Raspberry Pi User name/Password Link
Retropie V4.6 Raspberry Pi 4B pi / raspberry One Drive
Retropie v4.4 Raspberry Pi 2/3/3B+ pi / raspberry Google Drive
Retropie v4.4 Raspberry Pi 1/Zero/Zero W pi / raspberry Google Drive
Recalbox 6.0-DragonBlaze Raspberry Pi 2/3/3B+ root / recalboxroot Google Drive
Recalbox 6.0-DragonBlaze Raspberry Pi 1/Zero/Zero W root / recalboxroot Google Drive
Recalbox 7.1-DragonBlaze Raspberry Pi 2/3/Pi 3B+ root / recalboxroot One Drive
Recalbox 7.1-DragonBlaze Raspberry Pi 4 root / recalboxroot One Drive

2) Write the image to the Micro SD card. Then insert the SD card to Raspberry Pi. Turning Power switch into ON to start Raspberry Pi

If batteries are low, Raspberry Pi is failed to booting. In this case, you can connect a 5V 3A power adapter to the Power interface for charging. Indicators are flashing when charging. (You can play when charging, however, Raspberry Pi will reboot when inserting/disconnecting power adapter)
If batteries are enough, Raspberry Pi is started and indicators are on

3)After booting, you can select emulators. In Retropie, button "A" is OK, and "B" is the return. In Recalbox, button "B" is OK and "A" is the return

4)You can press "Start" to start games

5)If you want to exit games, press "HK" and "Select" or "Select" and "Start" at the same time

6) To adjust volume and backlight of LCD, you can use buttons on the bottom of GamePi43

Method 2: Install driver manually

Install driver on retropie

Download Retropie image from Retropie website

RetroPie 01.png

1)Write the image to SD card.

2)Copy the driver (Do not unzip it) to the root directory of the SD card (BOOT directory of the Raspbian)

3)Then open the config.txt file in the root directory of the TF card, add the following code at the end of config.txt, then save and quit the TF card safely.

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4)Connect SD card, keyboard, and an HDMI display to Raspberry Pi, Turn the switch into ON side to power on Raspberry Pi. Press F4 (Keyboard) after booting.

5)After entering the terminal, there are two methods to install the driver, you can choose one of them to install:

  • Method 1: Install the remote sensing driver that comes with the system

【Note】: The Raspberry Pi must be connected to the network, or else the driver won't be successfully installed

Enter the following command to enter the configuration interface of RetroPie-Setup:

cd RetroPie-Setup/
sudo ./

Select the Manage Packages option in the following interface, and then press "Enter".

GamePi43 driver01.png

After entering the following interface, select the Manage driver Packages option and press "Enter".

GamePi43 driver02.png

Select mkarcadejoystick in the following interface and press "Enter"

GamePi43 driver03.png

After entering the next interface, select install from source. After the driver is installed, Ctrl+C can exit the RetroPie-Setup configuration interface.

Then enter the following command in the terminal to modify the configuration

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/mk_arcade_joystick_rpi.conf

Modify the statement in the file to

options mk_arcade_joystick_rpi map=1

After saving the file and restarting the system, the keys can be mapped normally.

  • Method 2: Use the driver provided by us and install it in the following way.

Download driver of GamePi43: GamePi43-210127 Driver-Support Retropie-v4.7
Download the GamePi43 driver and copy it to the /boot directory of the TF card (you can also use a U disk or network to copy the driver file to the RetroPie system), and perform the following operations: After opening the folder where the driver is located

tar xzvf /boot/GamePi43-210127.tar.gz
cd GamePi43/
sudo ./GamePi43

After restarting, you can enter the system normally.

6)Long-press "A" button (GamePi43) to enter the configuration page, configure by pressing related buttons (GamePi43), you can also long-press to skip any button

After configuring, you can press "A" (GamePi43) to save configured and exit, or press "B" or "Start" (GamePi43) to exit without saving.

Save and reboot the system then you can play games normally.

Install driver on Recalbox

Download the latest image from Recalbox website

Recallbox 01.png

1)Unzip the files download to get the .img file

2)Write the .img file to SD card

3)Copy the GamePi43 driver to the root directory of SD card

4)Then open the config.txt file in the root directory of the TF card, add the following code at the end of config.txt, then save and quit the TF card safely.

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5)Connect the TF card and USB keyboard to the Raspberry Pi, turn on the power switch, start the Raspberry Pi, press F4 on the keyboard after entering the system, press Alt+F2, enter the account: root, password: recalboxroot, and enter the terminal (also You can log in to the terminal control interface through the network).

6)Enter the following commands in the terminal to configure the gamepad

mount -o remount,rw /
mount -o remount,rw /boot

Edit the recalbox.conf file

nano /recalbox/share/system/recalbox.conf

Modify the line controllers.gpio.enabled=0 in the file to


After modification, save the file and exit the editing. After entering reboot to restart the system, you can use the buttons normally.

Add new games

Maybe the default games in the test image are not those you want, you can also add games as you like.

  • Size of most games are always large, so we need to expand the filesystem fist. Choose RASPI-CONFIG on configure page and press enter



  • Choose 7 Advanced Options -> A1 Expand Filesystem, Enter->Finish, (physical keyboard is required)


  • Choose OK, and reboot.
  • Download ROMS of games you like


  • Connect your Raspberry Pi to the network (Make sure the network you connect is in the same LAN as your PC). Find SHOW IP in Retropie list, press “A” to query the current IP address of your Raspberry Pi.


  • Open it with the IP address on your PC



  • Then on the emulator choose the page, you can press “Start”->QUIT->RESTART EMULATIONSTAION, press “A” to confirm. Then restart the emulator, you can find the game added.

For more operations, you can read Retropie Instructions


【Note】 NC: not connected

PIN Symbol Description
1 3.3V 3.3V power input
2 5V 5V Power input
4 5V 5V Power input
6 GND Ground
7 UP BCM=4,WPI=7
8 TL BCM=14, WPI=15
9 GND Ground
10 X BCM=15, WPI=16
11 DOWN BCM=17, WPI=0
12 Y BCM=18, WPI=1
13 LEFT BCM=27, WPI=2
14 GND Ground
15 RIGHT BCM=22, WPI=3
16 TR BCM=23, WPI=4
17 3.3V Power input
18 B BCM=24, WPI=5
19 START BCM=10, WPI=12
20 GND Ground
22 A BCM=25, WPI=6
23 NC NC
24 NC NC
25 GND Ground
26 NC NC
27 NC NC
28 NC NC
29 NC NC
30 GND Ground
31 NC NC
32 NC NC
33 NC NC
34 GND Ground
35 NC NC
36 NC NC
37 NC NC
38 NC NC
39 GND Ground
40 NC NC



Put under the system bios/ and roms/neogeo/ (note: do not unzip), and then restart the system to try.


2-3 hours, different games will be different.


 Answer: Select Emulators in RetroPie Docs to view.



If you require technical support, please go to the Support page and open a ticket.