What is BizHawk?
BizHawk is a multi-system emulator designed predominantly around the production of Tool Assisted Speedruns (TAS). It is written in C# and requires .NET 4.0 to run. BizHawk focuses on core accuracy and power user tools while still being an easy-to-use emulator for casual gaming.
Like RetroArch, BizHawk uses cores to emulate consoles. Go to http://emulation.gametechwiki.com/index.php/BizHawk for a list of the consoles BizHawk supports and which emulators the cores are based on.
Full screen support Controller and hotkey mapping Joypad support (for both controller and hotkeys) Auto/rapid fire controls Basic re-recording and rerecording "Bullet-proof" rerecording Frame/lag/re-recording counters Input display Auto-hold Alpha version of "TAStudio" RAM watching/poking tools RAM searching Lua scripting Rewind Libretro support (1.11.4 onwards)
For TAS purposes, this emulator is king. Since 1.11.4, It has support for Libretro cores, making it a good alternative for RetroArch, and adds TAS support for all compatible cores.
BizHawk is a very good alternative Multi-System Emulator to RetroArch. If you are not a fan of RetroArch's controller-usage GUI and prefer a mouse-usage GUI like what other standalone emulators use and if you enjoy making speedruns then give BizHawk a try.
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Said about BizHawk as an alternative
Excellent emulation in most of the systems I have run, simple/classic GUI, and it is updated regularly. It combines the ease and functionality of some of the classic standalone emulators into a multi emulator. LaunchBox is great, but for those looking for less frills, BizHawk is very good.