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Game Emulation Apps

Old dedicated video game platforms from childhood can often be disproportionately expensive for what is oftentimes just a desire for a nostalgic escape from the moment. That’s where emulation comes into play. From multi-system emulation systems such as RetroArch to specialized and high performance emulators such as higan, there are many modern methods to play the games of your childhood without having to break the bank in order to get old hardware.

Platforms

  • Windows
  • Online
  • Linux
  • Android
  • Android Tablet
  • Mac
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Self-Hosted
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Features

  • Gaming
  • Roms
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License

  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Paid

CoolROM

Warning

The "Download Now" button downloads an application installer (CoolROM Downloader) that can contain harmful pieces of software. Use the "Alternative Download Link" to download the rom directly. Virustotal results - Windows: https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/8680cb03307d5d4f0910690c07edc8251df43183a3bf7cbfb81353c34e16357d Mac: https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/7f5cde211c7374fbd70d32d1b58a7fa9867cc537eacde62fa83c9ed4606c2b01

CoolROM is a database and download site for emulators and ROMs of classic videogame systems such as Nintendo 64, SNES, Game Boy and more.

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EmulationStation

Discontinued

The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 2.0.1a, released in March 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

A graphical and themeable emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one place, even without a keyboard!.

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Emuparadise

Discontinued

The website has taken down ROM downloads, for fear of being sued by Nintendo.

Emuparadise is one of the largest retro gaming sites on the net. With over 5 million users a month, roms, isos, games, video game tv-shows/music and more!

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Project Amulet

An open directory dedicated to the preservation and archiving of classic digital works.

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The Iso Zone

Discontinued

In August 2018, the site has removed all of its ROM download links for fear of copyright infringement lawsuits.

The Webs Finest Retro Gaming resource - Downloads Isos, Roms, Homebrew & Emulators for Dreamcast, Xbox, Playstation 1 & 2, Gamecube, PC and More!

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Lakka

Lakka is the official Linux distribution of RetroArch and the libretro ecosystem. Each game system is implemented as a libretro core, while the frontend RetroArch takes care of inputs and display.

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The ROM Depot

Get free ROMs for your classic video game systems. No registration, surveys, or waiting!.

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CDRomance

Emerging retro gaming website, offering roms, isos, games for mostly old CD based console systems.

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The Old Computer

Over 500,000 ROMs for NES, SNES, DS, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Advanced arcade games, Sega, Commodore from the world’s largest retro gaming site.

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Roms Mania

Warning

The "Download" button downloads an EXE file ("Download Manager") that can contain harmful pieces of software. Use the "More Options" menu and choose the "Browser Download" to download the rom directly

Download free Video Games Roms! The biggest collection of ROM games and Emulators exclusively on RomsMania!

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mGBA

mGBA is an open source emulator of the Game Boy Advance. The goals are speed and accuracy.

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ROMNation

Warning

It has dangerous pop-up and pop-under ads that can infect users' computers. Use an adblocker to be safe

Rom download site

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Retropie

RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi or PC into a retro-gaming machine. It builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch and many other projects to enable you to play your favourite classic games with the minimum set-up.

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RomUlation

Information and downloads for classic system emulators.

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DopeROMS

Discontinued

The website has pretty much been abandoned since 2013.

Roms and Emulators for Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Playstation, NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, MAME, Sega

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Jpcsp

JPCSP is an open source PlayStation Portable emulator for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X written in Java.

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Drastic

DraStic is a fast Nintendo DS emulator for Android. In addition to being able to play Nintendo DS games full speed on many Android devices it has the following features:

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Mesen

Mesen is a NES/Famicom emulator and NSF player. It is still a work in progress and under active development.Features:

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DEmul

DEmul is a Sega Dreamcast emulator able to play commercial games.

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Vimm’s Lair

Dedicated to nostalgia for many of the greatest game consoles ever made. Thousands of games, full-color manual scans, ratings and reviews, and much more.

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The Eye

The Eye is a non-profit website dedicated towards content archival and long-term preservation.

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batocera.linux

batocera.linux is an operating system (like Windows 10 and Mac OS) specialized in retrogamingavailable for your pc and different nano computers like the Raspberry and the Odroids.Note that you must own games you play in order to respect legality.

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RetriX

RetriX is an emulator front end for UWP, on all the hardware platforms it supports: it serves the same purpose as RetroArch but is built from the ground up to integrate as well as possible with Windows.

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Retro Virtual Machine

The ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC emulator which works natively in macOS, Linux, and Windows.

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My Boy!

My Boy! is an emulator to run GameBoy Advance games on the broadest range of Android devices.

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