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EmulationStation Alternatives for Raspberry Pi

There are many alternatives to EmulationStation for Raspberry Pi and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Raspberry Pi alternative is RetroArch, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to EmulationStation and eight of them are available for Raspberry Pi so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Raspberry Pi alternatives to EmulationStation are Retropie, Pegasus, Lakka and Recalbox.

EmulationStation alternatives are mainly Game Emulators but may also be Game Library Managers or Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of EmulationStation.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Raspberry Pi

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    RetroArch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • iPad
    • OpenPandora
    • Steam
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Playstation
    • Xbox

    RetroArch is a graphical frontend for emulators, game engines, and media players.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeRetroArch supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Some users think RetroArch is a great alternative to EmulationStation, some don't.

    RetroArch allows you to emulate directly using "cores" included with the program and downloadable from their website. EmulationStation does not do emulation, and only acts as a front-end for other emulators installed on the system.

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    RetroArch is core (emulator) but emulationStation is like a interface or GUI.

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    Retropie

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi

    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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  3. Pegasus icon

    Pegasus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Raspberry Pi

    Pegasus is a graphical frontend for browsing your game library (especially retro games) and launching them from one place. It's focusing on customizability, cross platform support (including embedded devices) and high performance.

    ⚫︎ PortablePegasus can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Lakka

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Cubieboard
    • HummingBoard
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Odroid

    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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    Recalbox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Odroid

    Recalbox is a light embedded system created to run on the raspberryPi ,raspberryPI 2 and others!

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    Batocera.linux

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Odroid

    batocera.linux is an operating system (like Windows 10 and Mac OS) specialized in retrogaming

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  7. Pi Entertainment System

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi

    PES is a graphical front end for a variety of games console emulators that has been written in Python which is intended for use on the Raspberry Pi.

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    Main PES screen showing recently earned achievements.
  8. Ignition (gaming OS)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi

    A fully customizable "console" in your living room that not only plays all the classic games you grew up with, but also brings modern features such as Gaming Achievements, Gaming Profiles, Online play, Social Interaction and more?.

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    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer accessible, but has been archived by Archive.org (https://web.archive.org/web/20160317030645/http://ignition.io/) and the source code is available on GitHub: https://github.com/alexjstubbs/ignition-dev

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