How do I play the old game ROMs on Windows

Video games are always a good time and something that we need in our COVID lockdown. I’ve shared with you my experience playing old-fashioned games on Mac in the past. Also, how to patch the most popular ROM hacks like Grand Poo World or Invictus. Macs have one drawback in terms of performance. The gaming PC is faster and offers superior gaming. Let’s take a look at what Windows can play old games.

Step 1 Download RetroArch & Install It

RetroArch is a completely free and open-source software that is the engine behind RetroPie, Recalbox, and other video games programs. RetroArch can be installed on nearly every computer, but in this case we’ll use it to install on our Windows PC. The installation process is simple, therefore no effort is required to be done here.

Step 2: Install the emulators

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

  • Load core
  • Download a Core
  • Select the video-game system / emulator you like

If you’re offered more options such as SNES, take the time to research the distinctions. The „higan Accuracy“, on contrary, will require more resources.Read about At website Some streamers employ the snes9x, while the bsnes2014 performance makes the games feel a lot faster. There are many emulators you can download with just one click.

Step 3: Let’s Play!

Now it’s time to start! Simply drag your ROM file to the RetroArch window and RetroArch will begin the emulator that is most compatible with the ROM format. It’s that easy.

…but where can I get or patch games?

Game ROMs

Legally, it is legal to create ROMs using games that you own. However downloading them is illegal. There, I said it. This is the internet. If you find ROMs by using the use of a Google Search, I won’t judge you. It’s very easy to do…

Patching ROMs with patches to Create ROM Hacks

The retro gaming scene is huge on hacking ROMs with patches. Legendary Super Mario World hackers Juz Cook Barbarousking, JuzCook and JuzCook utilize Lunar Magic for amazing new „Kaizos“ experiences. The hacks I am a fan of since they are able to take something I loved as a child and bring it back to life. The latest hacks are uploaded to SMWCentral as soon as they are finished. The hacks are downloaded by thousands of gamers.

Hacks cannot be distributed as a complete game, which would be illegal. So hacks are usually files that need to be installed on a clean ROM in order to create the modified playable game. Grand Poo World 2, Invictus or Super Dram World are some my favorite SNES modifications.

If you own a clean copy of Super Mario World on SNES and you want to use it, we are able to patch it with one of the hacks described previously. The application required to do the patching on Windows is called Floating. With FloatingIPS, it is easy. It prompts you to enter the patch (bps) as well as the ROM you wish to apply it to and the name of the output file.

This is the method you use for patching your game! You can also alter the your gameplay by adding additional features like adding replays to your games.


Controls are perhaps the most simple aspect of playing games that run on Windows. Emulators let you use the keyboard to play your games. A variety of USB controllers can be used as a controller if like me, and you want the best input experience you can get.

As someone who is passionate about video games, software engineering, and streamlining, I love the ecosystem of emulators. I am awestruck by the way ROM hackers keep our childhood games alive and make games more challenging and rewarding. RetroArch is a great emulator with some impressive UI enhancements. Although it is still a little rough on the outside installation, it was a breeze and took just minutes.

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