RetroArch Wii

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RetroArch Wii
Retroarch icon.png
General
Author(s)Themaister, Squarepusher, Toad King
TypeMulti-System Emulator
Version1.8.6
Links
Download
Website
Source
Downloadable via the Homebrew Browser
Peripherals
Wiimote.svg Nunchuck alternative.svg ClassicController.svg GameCube Controller
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Loads files from SDHC cards in the Front SD slot USB mass storage device


RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight and portable. This Wii port can run cores for a large number of systems, including CPS1, CPS2, and NEOGEO.

Overview

The following emulators/games have been ported to RetroArch and are included in the Wii release of RetroArch:

  • 81 (ZX 81)
  • Atari 800 (Atari)
  • Final Burn Alpha Cores (CPS1 - CPS2 - NeoGeo) [version 0.2.97.26]
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
  • Fuse (ZX Spectrum)
  • Gambatte (Game Boy | Super Game Boy | Game Boy Color) [version 0.5.0 WIP]
  • Genesis Plus GX (Sega SG-1000 | Master System | Game Gear | Genesis/Mega Drive | Sega CD) [version 1.7.0]
  • Lutro (2D game engine)
  • Mame 2000 (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator)
  • Mednafen NGP (Neo Geo Pocket)
  • Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine/PC Engine CD/Turbografx 16)
  • Mednafen PCFX (PC-FX)
  • Mednafen Supergrafx (PC Engine SuperGrafx)
  • Mednafen VB (Virtual Boy)
  • Mednafen Wonderswan (WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color/WonderSwan Crystal)
  • mGBA (Game Boy Advance)
  • Mr Boom (Bomberman clone)
  • Nestopia (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Np2kai (Nec PC 98)
  • NXEngine (Cave Story game engine clone)
  • PrBoom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)
  • QuickNES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom)
  • Stella (Atari 2600)
  • Tyrquake (Quake 1)
  • VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)

Install

Copy the entire directory (retroarch-wii) to your SD card in your 'apps' directory. Start up the Homebrew Channel and start up RetroArch Wii from there.

On first startup, RetroArch will create a folder in the root of your storage device called 'retroarch'. All RetroArch configuration files are stored here.

You can now select a ROM that this core supports and load it in the Filebrowser.

Selecting Cores

RetroArch will select one of the dozen or so emulator/game cores on start-up. The name of the core currently loaded will be shown at the bottom side of the screen. To select a different core - go to the Settings menu (see 'Ingame controls'). Select the option 'Load Core' and hit the A (or 2) button. A filebrowser will appear where you can select a different core. Press A (or 2) to switch to the emulator/game core.

Controls

See the RetroArch documentation for setting the controls.

Troubleshooting

  • Some GBA games don't run at fullspeed on Wii (VBA Next is a RetroConsole Level 2 emulator port). It will be replaced by a port of gpSP in the near future.
  • The biggest Neo-Geo ROMs that can be loaded are around 23+MB in size, such as Real Bout Fatal Fury 1 and King of Fighters '96.