How to Play GameROMs from the past on Windows

Video games are an excellent way to play and have fun, which is an aspect we should consider in our COVID lockdown. Some time ago, I explained how you can play games from the past on Mac and ways to patch games in order to play popular ROM hacks such as Grand Poo World and Invictus. Macs do have one disadvantage: performance. The typical gaming PC is much faster and has superior gaming. Let’s see how Windows plays retro games.

Step 1: Download RetroArch and install it.

RetroArch is the open-source, free software that runs RetroPie or Recalbox. RetroArch is easy to install on any platform, however for this article we will make use of it to install it onto our Windows 10 PC. The installation process is simple, therefore there is no effort to be done here.

Step 2 2. Install Emulators

Once RetroArch has been installed and open, choose the following menu items

  • Load Core
  • Download the Core
  • Choose the video game system or emulator you prefer

It’s worth taking the time to study the differences between SNES and other choices. For instance, the “higan Accuracy” is much more resource-intensive, while the snes9x emulator is used by some popular streamers, and the BSNES 2014 Performance appears to make the games feel more responsive.Join Us website There are many emulators that are accessible with just a single click.

Step 3: Let’s Play!

Once you’ve installed the emulators you want installed…it’s time to start playing! Just drag the ROM file into the RetroArch window and RetroArch will begin the emulator that matches the format of your ROM. It’s really easy.

…but where can I get and/or patch games?

Game ROMs

Legally speaking, it’s legal to make ROMs for games that you already own. It’s however illegal to download the ROMs. It’s true. This isn’t the web. I’m not going to judge anyone when they come across ROMs via a Google search. It’s easy to do…

How do you create ROM Hacks by Patching ROMs

The retro gaming scene is awash with hacking ROMs with patches. The legendary Super Mario World ROM hack creators such as Barbarous King and Juz Cook utilize Lunar Magic to transform vanilla Super Mario World into amazing new “Kaizo” experiences. These hacks are a great way to bring new excitement to an old-fashioned game you loved growing up. When ready these new hacks are made available on SMWCentral where they are downloaded by thousands of eager gamers.

Hacks aren’t shared as the complete game however it would be illegal so hacks are usually BSP files that have to be patched on a clean game ROM to make the final game that is modified and playable. Some of my favorite SNES modifications include Grand Poo World 2, Invictus and Super Dram World.

If you have a fresh version of Super Mario World SNES, then we can patch it in order to implement one of the hacks mentioned above. The program required for patching on Windows is called Floating. The Floating IPS application works extremely quickly. You will be asked for the patch file (bps), ROM to apply it, and the desired output filename.

This is how you patch your game. You could even go further and customize your gameplay by patching a replay!


Controls are by far the most straightforward element of playing games with Windows. Most emulators permit users to use their keyboard as controller. If you’re like me and want to make use of the controller that is native to that system, there are a myriad of different USB controllers that can give you the perfect input experience!

As an avid fan of video games, software engineering and streamlining, I love the ecosystem of emulators. I love how hackers for ROMs preserve our childhood games but make them more difficult and therefore more satisfying. I’d also like to mention that I’m extremely impressed by the UI improvements to RetroArch — it’s still somewhat rough around the edges, however getting the emulators up and playable took just a few minutes.