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Futura Theme




    • These were the last systems that I added to the Futura theme, at least for the time being.
    • The support for the non-video Futura themes stops today. I will only update and improve the video Futura versions since those seem to be the way forward.


    Futura video Themes (v1.4) now available at github and via RetroPie menu.

    You get the right layout by using "screenshots" as images and "wheels" as marquees using the UXML scraper.



    Change log

    v1.4 - 2017-06-25

    • slight change in layout
    • code cleaning
    • Added Tubrografx-16 system
    • Added Tubrografx-CD system
    • Added PSP Minis stystem

    v1.3.7 - 2017-05-31

    • Added Amstrad CPC system (All credits to chrisdodgen)
    • Added Apple II system (All credits to chrisdodgen)
    • Added CoCo system (All credits to chrisdodgen)
    • Added Intellivision system (All credits to chrisdodgen)
    • Added Vectrex system (All credits to chrisdodgen)
    • Added Zmachine system (All credits to chrisdodgen)
    • Added ZX Spectrum system (All credits to chrisdodgen)

    v1.3.6 - 2017-05-18

    • Added Famicom system
    • Added Japanese Megadrive system
    • Added Super Famicom system
    • Added Sega SG-1000 system
    • Added SuperGrafx system

    v1.3.5 - 2017-04-04

    • Added Game & Watch system

    v1.3.4 - 2017-03-30

    • Added Daphne system

    v1.3.3 - 2017-03-13

    • Added MSX system
    • Added Virtual Boy system
    • Fixed wrong center screenshots for SegaCD and Game Boy Color

    v1.3.2 - 2017-02-26

    • Updated Atari2600 center screenshot (Special thanks to cylum)
    • Added MS-Dos system (Special thanks to abunille)
    • Added ScummVM system (Special thanks to abunille)

    v1.3.1 - 2017-02-06

    • Updated Kodi screenshots (Special thanks to sketch2k278)
    • Added Psikyo theme files
    • minor fix in futura.xml (all theme versions)

    v1.3 - 2017-02-04

    • Added Sega CD, TurboGrafx CD and Famicom Disc System (Special thanks to cylum)
    • Added alternative logo for Sega X32 and pcengine/turbografx systems (Special thanks to cylum)
    • Added 3 alternative logos for Arcade system (Special thanks to UDb23)
    • Added Kodi standalone system
    • minor fix in futura.xml (10px and 10px dark)
    • removed unnecessary code inside the fba theme

    v1.2 - 2017-01-31

    • Added Sega 32X, Colecovision and Neo Geo Pocket Color systems

    v1.1 - 2017-01-30

    • Fixed frame spacing
    • Created a dark version of each Futura theme
    • Separated the theme into 4 repositories (Futura 10px, Futura 10px dark, Futura 20px, Futura 20px dark)
    • Added Ports system (Special thanks to blackshadow)
    • Added Capcom Play System 1-3 and generic (Special thanks to UDb23 for the images)
    • Added custom color feature

  • @FlyingTomahawk Looks really good! I'm looking for a theme for a bartop arcade i'm building and this might be a candidate.

  • Very interesting. :) Looking forward to trying it out.

  • Looking very good! What is the name of the font that you have used?

  • @robertybob
    Which font do you mean? I used 3 different fonts.
    For the "select game" text I used the chu chu rocket font, for the system name and year in the top-left and top-right corners I used a font called sofachrome and for the main text like help menu, metadata, rom names etc... I used the good times font.
    The sofachrome and good times fonts will have to be replaced to some other free license fonts before I can release this theme.
    I personally will continue to use those fonts though once I have installed that theme into my RPi 3.

    Right now I am looking through the google fonts to find some worthy replacements for those two.

  • @FlyingTomahawk

    Ah, Good Times! Shame about the licence thing, hope there's a decent replacement :D

  • @robertybob

    Yeah, too bad indeed. 15 years ago things used to be simpler. Either things were free or you just paid for it.
    These days you have to be a lawyer to know and understand all those damn licenses.
    I found a font for the main text stuff now I only need to find a matching font for the system name and year.

  • What would be the best and easiest way to set all the emulators to detailed view mode?
    Fake roms?
    Real roms?
    Other setting?

  • @FlyingTomahawk each system needs to have one game with an image

  • @jdrassa

    Maybe I didn't formulate my question correctly.
    I know how it usually activates the detailed view. I was just hoping to find a different way to do it.
    So you are saying the only way would be to use real roms to do it?

  • @FlyingTomahawk There is currently no way to force detailed view. The roms don't have to be real, but the gamelist xml needs to have at least one entry with an image that points to an actual file.

  • @jdrassa

    I see...
    You not might happen to know how to create fake roms for testing?

  • @FlyingTomahawk Just save an empty text file with the appropriate extension. You can see the supported extensions for each system here

  • @FlyingTomahawk: When I was making the Theme How-To for the wiki I made some fake games for the Spare theme. You can download the zip file here. It's just 15 games each for gameboy, nes and snes. They are just empty renamed .txt files, but they scrape fine with the built in scraper (not the sselph scraper).

    You can make your own pretty easily (but it's time consuming):

    • Make a new empty .txt file and rename it to
    • Paste into every single ROM directory (eg: gb, new, snes, etc)
    • When you restart ES, every system that accepts .zip format will now have a game in it called Game. This is fine for testing System View and Basic View, but as they aren't named after a real game, they won't scrape.
    • For each system, go to Wikipedia and type in "list of [system] games", then choose one from the list and rename to whatever that game is. You can also check the RetroPie Wiki to get the right file extension (eg: .gb for gameboy games, so will be

    Like I said, time consuming, but it should do the job.

  • Thanks guys.
    That is simple enough for me.
    Hopefully I'll be able to finish this theme in the next few days and then move it to my RPi for further testing.

  • I finished the theme but I need to get it running on my Pi for further testing.
    What are the right steps to do that? I accessed my Pi via FTP but can't find any theme folder.

  • @FlyingTomahawk The file path is /etc/emulationstation/themes

  • Global Moderator

    A less dangerous directory to place a theme is /home/pi/.emulationstation/themes This directory takes dominance over /etc/emulationstation/themes and does not require you to chmod the directory to give you write permissions.

  • To go along with what @Rookervik said, you can also add that path to your Samba shares so you can modify the theme without SSH or FTP just in Windows Explorer (or another OS, I'm not picky). Here's how:

    SSH into your Pi (I use PuTTY) and type sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

    Scroll all the way to the bottom and add the following:

    comment = themes
    path = "/home/pi/.emulationstation/themes"
    writeable = yes
    guest ok = yes
    create mask = 0644
    directory mask = 0755
    force user = pi

    After that, you will need to restart the samba service:

    sudo /etc/init.d/samba stop
    sudo /etc/init.d/samba start

    Then when browsing to \RETROPIE you will see a themes folder where you can add and modify your theme all you need.

  • Thank you guys.
    I'll get to it asap.

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