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Playing Classic Games with EmulationStation & RetroArch

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  • Anyone using a launcher?
    In my opinion the ideal situation would be a backend that any developer could build a frontend to that would suit their approach. For example there are many Retroarch frontends like Highscore, EmulationStation, etc. These all suit the needs for what some person may want. Source: 2 months ago
  • SteamDeck Windows 11 Guide - Installed Win 11 on the SteamDeck and don't know what to do next? This is for you.
    Replacement for the epic EmuDeck. It utilises EmulationStation. Source: 5 months ago
  • Is there a user interface that will load all roms from NES up through GameCube?
    I use EmulationStation on a lot of devices. It would cover what you're looking for. Other frontends I like are RetroArch and Daijisho. Source: 5 months ago
  • Gifting an old pc to my handicapped grandson.
    If you want to piece meal and customize it RetroArch and Emulation Station is the way to go. Also have a robust wiki. Source: 5 months ago
  • First ever “setup” im very poor
    Helpful link Source: 7 months ago
  • [Release] Gameyfin - a simple game library manager
    Because there is already something :) Source: 10 months ago
  • Won't Install on Ubuntu
    Try this instead, scroll to the bottom, choose Debian. Source: 11 months ago
  • The emulators, oh the emulators
    The website is, they have a windows version. Source: about 1 year ago
  • EmulationStation No Systems Detected
    When I open emulationstation on my computer, it says something along the lines of "no systems detected. Visit for more details. Any solutions? Source: about 1 year ago
  • Looking for a frontend
    There’s Emulation Station. It’s the front end that RetroPie uses. Though I don’t think there’s been any development on it for quite some time. RetroPie might use their own fork. Worth looking into. Source: over 1 year ago
  • I need a good frontend the is customizable for free, and works on a simple laptop
    There have been a lot of good suggestions, I’ll throw another oddball out there, Emulation Station. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Simple Mame Menu - Any recommendations for a simple menu to run mame games in Ubuntu / Linux?
    Https:// - note that it hasn't had any commits added for a couple of years (not that it really needs any). Source: almost 2 years ago
  • M.U.G.E.N Roms for batocera retroarch
    So the program that the guy you linked is using isn't actually RetroArch, he's using a completely program called EmulationStation which works a bit differently and requires you to download the individual Windows emulators and set everything up a bit more manually. In this particular example, the Youtuber actually has M.U.G.E.N installed normally and is just using EmulationStation to launch it; much in the same way... Source: about 2 years ago

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