How to play retro game ROMs with Windows

Games on video are always a good time, something we desperately need during our COVID lockdown. I’ve shared with you the best ways to play your favorite games on Mac and also how to patch games using popular ROM hacks like Invictus or Grand Poo World. Macs are slower than other gaming machines and have superior performance. Let’s have a look at how you can play games from the past on Windows!

Step 1: Download and install RetroArch

RetroArch is the open-source, free software which powers RetroPie as well as Recalbox. RetroArch can be used on almost all platforms, but we’ll only be installing RetroArch on our Windows 7 PC. No complicated installation is needed.

Step 2 – Install Emulators

Once RetroArch has been installed and is opened, click the following menu items

  • Load Core
  • Download a Core
  • (Select the emulator or video game system you prefer)

If you’re offered other options like SNES and Bsnes 2014 Performance, you should take the time to examine the distinctions. For example there is the “higan Accuracy”, which needs more resources, is less popular than the SNES9X. The SNES9x is also utilized by streamers and the bsnes2014 performance makes games seem link website There are many emulators available to you.

Step 3 Step 3: Let’s have fun!

Once you’ve got all emulators installed You can begin to play. Move your ROM file into the RetroArch window. RetroArch will launch an emulator that matches the format of your ROM. It’s really that simple.

…but where do I find or patch games?

Game ROMs

From a legal perspective, you’re allowed to create ROMs from games you have, however downloading them isn’t legal. It’s that simple. But, this is the internet and if you come across ROMs via the use of a Google search I won’t condemn you. It’s not difficult to do…

Modifying ROMs in order to Create ROM Hacks

This is an important part of retro gaming. Legendary Super Mario World hackers Juz King and Barbarous Kings utilize Lunar Magic, to transform the classic Super Mario World in amazing new “Kaizo”. These hacks bring back memories of what I remember as a child, and makes them more enjoyable. These hacks are soon to be available on SMWCentral, where thousands of eager gamers can download these hacks.

Hacks cannot be shared with the whole gameit is illegal. Hacks are usually bps files that must be patched onto the clean game ROM to create the final, playable version. Some of my favorite SNES mods are Grand Poo World 2, Invictus, and Super Dram World.

We can patch your Super Mario World for SNES Rom to implement one of these hacks. The FloatingIPS program is the Windows program required for patching. Floating IPS needs only three things: the file that needs to be patched (bps), the ROM it is to be applied to, and the desired output name.

This is the method you use to patch your game. You can take your customizations of your gameplay to the next step by creating your own system for replay, or patching your game with your own modifications!


The easiest aspect of playing Windows games is the controls. A lot of emulators let you utilize your keyboard as a controller. If you’re like me and would like to use the controller native to that system, there are a myriad of USB controllers that can give you the perfect input experience!

As someone who is passionate about video games, software engineering and streamlining, I find the ecosystem of emulators. I love the fact that ROM hackers keep our childhood games alive, while making games more difficult and rewarding. RetroArch is also a fantastic UI improvement. While it’s still an ugly interface however, I was able to download the emulators and get them running in a matter minutes.