RetroArch Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to RetroArch for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Snes9x, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to RetroArch and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to RetroArch are ePSXe (Free), PPSSPP (Free, Open Source), Project64 (Free, Open Source) and ZSNES (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 7, 2021

    1. D-Fend Reloaded is a graphical environment for DOSBox . DOSBox emulates a complete computer including the DOS commandline and allows to run nearly all old DOS based games on modern hardware with any of the newer Windows versions.

      Discontinued

      Seems to be no longer in development as the last version 1.4.4 was released in 2015-07-31.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Windows RT
      • Windows Phone
      • Self-Hosted
      • JavaScript
      • Adobe Flash Player
      Nesbox Emulator is a multiplatform emulator of video consoles. You can play your favorite NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and GameBoy Color/Advanced games on any computer working under Windows 8.1/RT/Phone or directly in the browser.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      AppleWin (also known as Apple //e Emulator for Windows) is an open source software emulator for running Apple II programs in Microsoft Windows.
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    2. Kawaks is a streamlined Neo-Geo/Capcom (CPS1/2) emulator that works well even in low-end computers and is compatible with Kaillera Netplay. You can assign macros to specific keys to perform otherwise complicated supermoves!
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gens is a Win9x based emulator for the SEGA Genesis/Mega-Drive/Sega-CD/ Mega-CD/32X systems, it allows you to play games developed for these classic SEGA 16bit game consoles on your x86 compatible PC.
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    3. Happy Chick emulates more than 18 systems all in one APP, some of the included emulators are FAB/MAME/MAMEPLUS,PS,PSP,FC(NES),SFC(SNES),GBA,GBC,MD,NDS,DC,NGP,WS(WSC),PCE, ONS…etc. More games will be updated in the future...
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      Simple,fast easy to use and you can also get your roms here tho
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    4. Gens/GS is a version of Gens maintained by GerbilSoft. The main goal of Gens/GS is to clean up the source code and combine features from various forks of Gens, as well as improving portability to other platforms.

      Discontinued

      last version: r7: February 23, 2010

      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      MESS emulates portable and console gaming systems, computer platforms and calculators. The project strives for accuracy and portability and therefore is not always the fastest emulator for any one particular system.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      JPCSP is an open source PlayStation Portable emulator for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X written in Java.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Genecyst is a Sega Genesis system emulator released in 1997.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer updated, but last version, xxx for DOS, released on August 1998, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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