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  • RetroArch cannot be found on the PlayStore, the first result is a copycat. It is just me?
    No, isn't just you. Every 64-bit phone haves the Play Store Retroarch available, the 32-bits no. But you can still download the 32-bit version on the Retroarch website. Source: 11 months ago
  • Cause of the intrusion has been found and isolated. Sites are operational again.
    It was only the download links on on the Platforms page that got (briefly) redirected for a few hours. That should all be safe now. Source: 11 months ago
  • Malicious download links?
    Yes, only the and websites were affected. Source: 11 months ago
  • Recent update from supposed hackers
    I went to and it said " is big haxors" its unrespectable. Source: 11 months ago
  • Latest RetroArch on Xiaomi Mi box
    I've got installed RetroArch Plus from Google Play on my Xiaomi Mi box 4k and I want to update it to the latest version. I downloaded apk from but when I use apk installer to update it say is not compatible. I removed version from Google Play but fresh install 1.15.0 is not compatible too. I tried 32 and 64 version. What I'm doing wrong? Is any other AndroidTV version? Source: 11 months ago
  • I know its an emulator but...
    If it's still giving you issues, try using Retroarch and the SNES9X core. You can install it directly through Steam ( and use the Big Picture mode (since it looks like you're going into a TV?) or as a stand-alone ( , you can add the stand-alone into Steam as well for Big Picture mode). I think Steam might handle controllers a little better... Source: 12 months ago
  • Why the heck is retroarch running so badly? All of a sudden it just started running literally EVERYTHING, no matter the game or console super poorly, and iirc I didn’t change any of the settings. Steam says it’s up to date too and it doesn’t have any other problems with my other games.
    Have you tried using the non-steam Version? You can download it on Source: 12 months ago
  • How can I get PCSX ReArmed on V90 to read chd files
    If you want to run RetroArch on your V90, you can grab the V90 version of RetroArch from RetroArch has a bit of a learning curve and is not as easy to use as the default emulators. Source: about 1 year ago
  • Episode 3:
    Oh if you ever want to try the ds version you can get the rom from here and play it with retroarch here using the desume ds emulator core. Source: over 1 year ago
  • 32 or 64 bit for Android?
    If possible, you should sideload the apk from instead of using the one(s) from the Play Store, as we cannot update the one in the Play Store until we have full compliance with Google's "scoped storage" requirements. Source: about 2 years ago
  • How To Play Dos Games From GOG With PS4 Controller? (Using DS4 Windows)
    I don't know how well these games specifically run on it, I don't have then, but my go-to app for retro gaming with a controller is RetroArch. I've used the DOSBox-Pure core there to play some DOS games with controller, worked really well. You can zip the game folder and load in RetroArch just like you would load a ROM in a console emulator. Source: about 2 years ago
  • Ps2 cds
    So do it at night and if you want a good ps2 emulator check out Retroarch. Source: about 2 years ago
  • M1 iPad Pro
    Retroarch. Everything above. And more. Source: over 2 years ago
  • unable to install RetroArch on my Sony Smart TV
    I can install it now. Need to reserve 1.x GB space on the TV and I download retroarch.apk form to install (not from Play Store). Source: over 2 years ago
  • unable to install RetroArch on my Sony Smart TV
    I tried install RetroArch from play store (V1.9.14) but failed, I tried both the normal and plus version . The apk can be downloaded but installation failed at near 100%. I already turn on the developer option inside my Sony X80J. I also tried install from the apk downloaded from also failed. Anyone have similar issue and know how to solve it ? Thanks a lot. Source: over 2 years ago
  • Does anyone have the final fantasy iv pixel remastered apk?
    My honest opinion is , Instead of apks and mods, download an emulator like retorarch or Drastic(paid mod) , and download the rom(I don't know if I'm allowed to link it here, just search on YouTube , there are many good ones) for the game and play it on there , much better experience and performance imo. Source: over 2 years ago
  • Issue with remaping
    I'm not sure, I downloaded the last "stable" version on Source: over 2 years ago
  • Installing Retroarch on IPad?
    Install Altstore: If you have a non-mac, install the Windwos Version, If you have a mac, Install the macos version. Open It (Install if Windows) and then go to your taskbar (Windows) or Top bar thing (MacOS). After that, you will see a little AltStore Icon, Click that (If on Windows, right Click), then select install Altstore>-USERNAME-'s iPad (Or whatever you called your iPad). After it installs, you... Source: about 3 years ago
  • Retroarch from ubuntu repository, wont work correctly
    Retroarch works correctly on my Rpi2 but its too slow for example Mario 64, So I wanted to install retroarch on my old laptop. Full image running OpenElec(downloaded from and flashed to usb stick. It works, it shows all 10 emulators in menu. But OpenElec wont work on my laptop.. Source: about 3 years ago
  • Issues involving Save States made on Android > PC
    It gets confusing when you compare builds/cores between the installers and the ones you get from the Play Store, and build/core versions seem to matter. The Information panel in the main menu is your friend for researching this scenario. Source: about 3 years ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of RetroArch

Best DS Emulator: Are These Emulators Safe And Legal To Use?
RetroArch also supports a wide range of controller types, making it a great choice for gamers who want to use their favorite controller.
5 Best Nintendo DS Emulators for PC
It has highlights like RetroArch are shaders, netplay, rewinding, next-frame response times, run ahead, machine translation, blind accessibility features, and much more.
Best emulators for Android in 2023
RetroArch is a popular open-source front-end for emulators. If you’re into playing retro games, RetroArch is your one-stop shop for all your emulating needs. It's not an emulator by itself but instead allows you to add "cores" that act as the backend to emulate several legacy consoles. While most of its most popular emulators are already covered here by dedicated apps, it has a large variety of retro consoles that...
5 of the Best GameBoy Advance (GBA) Emulators for Android
RetroArch is a poster child worldwide of emulation, specifically due to the fact that it’s not precisely an emulator. The retroArch is best refer to as a solitary, unified application where you can communicate with other emulators.
4 Free Open Source Game Emulators For Windows PC, Linux, and macOS
In addition to this, you are able to run original game discs (CDs) from RetroArch. RetroArch has advanced features like shaders, netplay, rewinding, next-frame response times, runahead, machine translation, blind accessibility features, and more! What systems does it play?
Top 3 GBA Emulators for iOS 15 | gba4ios Alternatives
This GBA emulator iOS is a must-have for all game enthusiasts. With its simple yet powerful features, this app will make your gaming experience more exciting and fulfilling than ever before! The input says that there are plenty of options available with Retroarch; however they don’t give any idea on what those extra choices might entail or how one would go about using them without installing additional cores...
SNES ▷ 7 Best Emulators For PC FREE
Another of the more interesting and attractive alternatives is the open source RetroArch project if we want to play almost all the games in the SNES catalog on PC. As you already know RetroArch is a cross-platform emulator which allows you to run titles from over 8 different consoles and laptops. However, if we are talking about the Super Nintendo, its performance is still what we would expect, so we will have no...
Best SNES Emulators for Android in 2020
SNES9x EX+ is another open-source SNES emulator for Android, which means it is absolutely free to use and has a community backing its future updates and support. However, unlike the other open-source emulator in the list, RetroArch, it follows a more simplistic and classic approach with a simple and easy-to-use interface. In terms of features, you get the basic on-screen controls, ability to save/load states,...
15 best emulators for Android to play old favorites!
RetroArch is one of the most unique emulators. It has the capacity to emulate a bunch of different consoles. The app itself is the emulator. People download cores that run inside of the app. Each core is a different console. It’s a bit difficult to learn at first. However, most of the emulator cores work extremely well. This is a great option for those who like to emulate multiple consoles without wanting to...
10 Emulators To Turn Your Computer Into A Retro Console
OpenEmu is partially based off Retroarch but with the aim of providing a Mac-like experience. It includes a gallery view of games similar to that of iTunes, helping you organize your collection. The default download of the software won’t emulate the same amount of consoles as Retroarch can but there is an experimental version that will, note that it may not be as stable.

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