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Dolphin is a Wii and Gamecube emulator. It has been ported to libretro and an alpha version of the core is available now for Windows and Linux! Version for macOS will be released at a later date.

Cross-platform, sophisticated frontend for the libretro API. RetroArch needs IPA is a free, open-source and cross-platform front-end for emulators, game engines, video games, media players and other applications. It is the reference implementation of the libretro API, designed to be fast, lightweight, portable and without dependencies. It is licensed under the GNU GPLv3. RetroArch runs programs converted into dynamic libraries called libretro cores.

For more information on Dolphin, visit the author's website here.

See also our in-depth article here.

Citra

Citra is a 'work in progress' Nintendo 3DS emulator.

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Core available now for Windows and Linux. Version for macOS will be released at a later date.

For more information on Citra, visit the author's website here.

See also our in-depth article here.

OpenLara

OpenLara is an early Tomb Raider game engine recreation.

Core available now for Windows/Linux.

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For more information, read our article on this release here.

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It uses the original data files in order to work. What is nice about this one is that it has some very fancy graphics effects that it adds on top of the old game engine without it resulting in any stylistic clashes.

melonDS

melonDS is a 'work in progress' Nintendo DS emulator.

Core available now for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

For more information on melonDS, visit the author's website here.

See also our in-depth article here.

SameBoy

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SameBoy is a highly accurate Game Boy/Game Boy Color emulator.

Core available now for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

For more information on SameBoy, visit the author's website here.

PX68K

PX-68K is a Sharp X68000 emulator. This is a Japanese home computer from the late '80s/early '90s that was used by Capcom as devkits for their arcade games. It played host to many popular games from the likes of Namco, Konami and Capcom.

Core available now for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

For more information, read our article on this release here.

Libretro Retroarch

RetroArch is a frontend for the Libretro emulation API. It effectively functions as a multi-system emulator, although that is technically not correct. Its main strength is the number of systems it has emulation 'cores' for and the number of platforms it can run on. RetroArch runs on everything: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android; you name it, and it will have a port for it.

The Libretro API allows developers to turn emulators into 'libretro cores,' which any compatible Libretro frontend can use. Among the available Libretro cores are ones based on Mednafen (as 'Beetle') and MAME, which both are multi-system emulators by themselves. So it would be pointless to list all the supported systems here.


RetroArch can also be useful for platforms such as Android, where you may have limited choice in what emulators are available for a particular system. In such cases, it's worth checking out if RetroArch can fill the gap.

Because RetroArch/Libretro is a complex system, it may take some time to get it working the way you want it. I had it crash on me more times than I would have liked. You can find some hints and tips on the General Emulation Wiki's Dummies Guide for RetroArch page.

As the RetroArch downloads tend to be quite large, you will find only the Windows versions below (and a link to the Google Play Store for the Android version). For downloads for other platforms, see download section on the RetroArch website.


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