• Retroarch

    RetroArch is a frontend for emulators, game engines and media players. It enables you to run classic games using Libretro cores on a wide range of computers and consoles through its unified graphical interface. Settings are also unified so configuration can be done once and applied and applied to all. It has advanced features like shaders, netplay, rewinding, next-frame response times, and more.

    Consoles covered include but are not limited to PlayStation 1, Super Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment System, GameBoy/GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, Arcade, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Virtual Boy, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear, Sega CD/Mega CD, PC Engine/PC Engine CD, WonderSwan Color/Crystal, Cave Story, Doom(s) and much more!

    It can run on the usual platforms like Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, but it stands alone in that it can support far more platforms beyond just that.

    • Ludo - A smaller libretro front end by only implementing the core features and by targeting less platforms but definitely shares a lot of the same core values.

    • Lakka - lightweight Linux distribution for small computers like Raspberry Pi

    Last Release:





    Windows: Vista+ 

    Linux: Please follow their instructions

    Mac: Apple macOS High Sierra+ with Metal2

  • Bizhawk

    BizHawk is a multi-platform emulator written in C# which focuses on core accuracy and power user tools. Its main features are TASVideo (Tool-Assisted Speedrunners) for full recording and debugging tools as well as Lua scripting. The consoles covered include but are not limited to Apple II, Atari 2600/7800, ColecoVision, DOS, Game Boy/Game Boy Color/Super Game Boy, MSX, Nintendo Entertainement System, Super Nintendo, Gameboy/Color, Sega Master, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, Sega Saturn, Sega GameGear,  ZX Spectrum, Atari 2600/7800, Commodore 64 and a few more!

    Last Release:





    Windows: 7+ 

    • .NET Framework 4.6.1, Visual C++ Redists (2010 SP1, 2012, 2015) & Direct3D 9 required.

    • They provide a pre-requisite package

    Linux: As stated by the authors, support is a work-in-progress

  • MAME

    Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator is a free and open source emulator designed to recreate the hardware of arcade game systems. The aim of MAME is to be a reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines; the ability to actually play the games is considered "a nice side effect". The emulator now supports over seven thousand unique games and ten thousand actual ROM image sets, though not all of the supported games are playable. It worth mentioning that MESS was integrated upstream into MAME in the past.

    Unofficial recent MAME 32-bit versions are available here..

    Last Release:





    Windows: Vista SP1+

    Linux: Nothing reported

    MacOS: 10.9+

    CPU: Intel Core series CPU or equivalent 2.0 GHz+
    GPU: modern card with Direct3D 9.0c+ / OpenGL 

    RAM: 4GB+

    Support files

    MAMEUI - 0.230

    MAMEUI is an integrated front-end for MAME.

         Category inifiles - 0.230

         Sort by category, release year, version, etc.


    Info.dat - 0.230

    File maintained by MASH containing all the information from "". It gives information about the status of games in MAME-Arcade (i.e. development, bugs, improvements).


    News.txt0.37b1 to 0.230


    gameinit.dat - 0.229

    Provides the initialization procedures of some games emulated by MAME


    History.dat - 0.230 XML / DAT

    Access all trivia, facts, tips and other information for the games and machines

    Command.dat - 0.230

    Provides in game instructions manual to games that supports it. For example,  you can view the individual command lists for fighting game characters.

    UI64 - 0.230

    x64 GUI version of MAME on the Windows platform.

         Snapshot pack - Update (install original first)

         Source Code file

         Icon Pack file

         Benchmarks link


    WolfMAME - 0.230

    Main / Source Code / Source Code (gz)

    Used to prevent cheating (.inp) and important for establishing records


    Wayder Cheat Date - 0.223

    An add-on for Pugsy's XML cheat (arcade part only). Note it has to be used in addition to the original file