RetroArch (NES)

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Take a trip down memory lane as you play classic NES titles from generations past. Enjoy a unified interface for browsing your game collection with RetroArch. This open-source front-end/framework for Libretro emulators, game engines, media players, and other applications provides a plethora of features for your emulator needs.

As an emulator, RetroArch showcases many advanced improvements like shaders, netplay, next-frame response times, rewinding, run ahead, and HD support. You can even browse and view your game collection with cover art and screenshots. RetroArch also features core-specific configurations and settings. While setting up might be a little tricky, the latest versions of RetroArch are a lot easier to start - as it sets up everything automatically with its new "Online Updater" feature.

Formerly known as SSNES, RetroArch uses six different cores (Higan, Emux, FCEUmm, Nestopia UE, QuickNES, and Mesen) for NES. This cross-platform application is designed to be as lightweight as possible, with added portability for Android and iOS devices. This software supports a whole range of platforms including some modern gaming consoles.

RetroArch Core Features

  • Cross-platform (available on a range of devices)
  • Over 300 available cores
  • Gamepad support
  • Advanced savestate features
  • Clean desktop-style UI
  • Automatic setup and updater
  • Per-core and per-game configurations
  • Customizable resolution and mobile layout
  • Dozens of beautiful shaders
  • Advanced graphical enhancements
  • HD and custom resolution support
  • Advanced performance tweaks
  • Dynamic control for audio and video
  • Added support for video streaming
  • Functional fast-forward and real-time rewind options
  • Netplay support
  • Video lag reduction
  • Custom overlays

Note that performance and features may vary depending on the core used. Compared to setting up a modern standalone emulator, RetroArch can help you set things up quickly and without hassle. The extended features on top of the native Libretro core features make any NES game a pleasure to play.

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The iconic exploding bridge of Contra with RetroArchSSNES featuring Super Mario Bros. 3RetroArch featuring the first ever Tecmo Bowl on the NES consoleTesting out the popular homebrew game Zelda: The Legend of Link with RetroArch

RetroArch Emulator download can be obtained free to play Nintendo. Available for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac, Linux and Android with fastest download speeds on This NES Emulator (also known as SSNES) is in English and can run games online in high quality. RetroArch is developed by Squarepusher, themaister and Libretro Team. If you like this Nintendo emulator then also see related emulators such as NES.Emu and Mesen.

Download Links

RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 64-bit Installer newest WindowsFree2022-10-17191.07 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 32-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-10-17189.10 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 64-bit WindowsFree2022-10-17194.88 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Windows 32-bit WindowsFree2022-10-17192.82 MB
RetroArch v1.11.1 Windows 64-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-10-04191.05 MB
RetroArch v1.11.1 Windows 32-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-10-04189.08 MB
RetroArch v1.11.0 Windows 64-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-09-30191.02 MB
RetroArch v1.11.0 Windows 32-bit Installer WindowsFree2022-09-30189.05 MB
Retroarch v1.12.0 Mac newest MacFree2022-10-17165.67 MB
Retroarch v1.12.0 Mac Metal2 MacFree2022-10-17196.43 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Linux 64-bit newest LinuxFree2022-10-17242.28 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Linux 32-bit LinuxFree2022-10-17242.32 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Android 64-bit newest AndroidFree2022-10-17174.29 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Android 32-bit AndroidFree2022-10-17174.22 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 iOS 64-bit newest iOSFree2022-10-17417.52 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 iOS 32-bit iOSFree2022-10-17347.92 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 PSP PSPFree2022-10-1719.31 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 WiiU WiiFree2022-10-17607.73 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Wii WiiFree2022-10-1747.87 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 PS2 PS2Free2022-10-1741.57 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 3DS NDSFree2022-10-1743.22 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 XboxOne XboxFree2022-10-17379.09 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Switch SwitchFree2022-10-17231.08 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0-1 Haiku OtherFree2022-10-175.91 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 PSVita OtherFree2022-10-17403.15 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 RetroMini RS90 OtherFree2022-10-1732.70 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 RetroFW OtherFree2022-10-1734.70 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 OpenDingux OtherFree2022-10-1744.38 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 Miyoo OtherFree2022-10-1743.22 MB
RetroArch v1.12.0 GameCube OtherFree2022-10-1743.15 MB

Additional other files:

RetroArch v1.12.0 Source Windows SourceFree2022-10-1748.87 MBSource Code
RetroArch v1.12.0 Source Linux SourceFree2022-10-1743.47 MBSource Code
RetroArch v1.12.0 PSVita Data OtherFree2022-10-1750.15 MBData Files for PS Vita