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RetroArch Wii
Author(s)Themaister, Squarepusher, Toad King
TypeConsole emulator
Downloadable via the Homebrew Browser

RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed tobe fast, lightweight and portable. This Wii port can run cores for a large number of systems, including CPS1, CPS2, and NEOGEO.

  1. What are RetroAchievements? is a service that provides a trophy/achievement unlocking mechanism similar to modern consoles, for retro games.
  2. Integrating RetroArch with RetroAchievements.orgStore and display all your retro gaming achievements.RetroAchievements:
  3. This tutorial will show you how to setup and install Retro Achievements to RetroArch, which adds achievements to old school/retro games (including the consol.

Since 2nd March 2013, a total of 148417021 points have been earned by users on The last registered user was Flotsam on 27 Apr 16:57.


The following emulators/games have been ported to RetroArch and are included inthe Wii release of RetroArch:

  • 81 (ZX 81)
  • Atari 800 (Atari)
  • Final Burn Alpha Cores (CPS1 - CPS2 - NeoGeo) [version]
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
  • Fuse (ZX Spectrum)
  • Gambatte (Game Boy Super Game Boy Game Boy Color) [version 0.5.0 WIP]
  • Genesis Plus GX (Sega SG-1000 Master System Game Gear Genesis/Mega Drive Sega CD) [version 1.7.0]
  • Lutro (2D game engine)
  • Mame 2000 (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator)
  • Mednafen NGP (Neo Geo Pocket)
  • Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine/PC Engine CD/Turbografx 16)
  • Mednafen PCFX (PC-FX)
  • Mednafen Supergrafx (PC Engine SuperGrafx)
  • Mednafen VB (Virtual Boy)
  • Mednafen Wonderswan (WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color/WonderSwan Crystal)
  • mGBA (Game Boy Advance)
  • Mr Boom (Bomberman clone)
  • Nestopia (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Np2kai (Nec PC 98)
  • NXEngine (Cave Story game engine clone)
  • PrBoom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)
  • QuickNES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom)
  • Stella (Atari 2600)
  • Tyrquake (Quake 1)
  • VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)


Copy the entire directory (retroarch-wii) to your SD card in your 'apps' directory. Start up the Homebrew Channel and start up RetroArch Wii from there.

On first startup, RetroArch will create a folder in the root of your storage device called 'retroarch'. All RetroArch configuration files are stored here.

You can now select a ROM that this core supports and load it in the Filebrowser.

Selecting Cores

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RetroArch will select one of the dozen or so emulator/game cores on start-up. The name of the core currently loaded will be shown at the bottom side of the screen. To select a different core - go to the Settings menu (see 'Ingame controls'). Select the option 'Load Core' and hit the A (or 2) button. A filebrowser will appear where you can select a different core. Press A (or 2) to switch to the emulator/game core.

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See the RetroArch documentation for setting the controls.

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  • Some GBA games don't run at fullspeed on Wii (VBA Next is a RetroConsole Level 2 emulator port). It will be replaced by a port of gpSP in the near future.
  • The biggest Neo-Geo ROMs that can be loaded are around 23+MB in size, such as Real Bout Fatal Fury 1 and King of Fighters '96.

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