RetroArch Wii

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RetroArch Wii
Retroarch icon.png
Author(s)Themaister, Squarepusher, Toad King
TypeConsole emulator
Downloadable via the Homebrew Browser
Wiimote.svg Nunchuck alternative.svg ClassicController.svg GameCube Controller Loads files from the Front SD slot 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.


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

  • 81 (ZX 81)
  • Atari 800 (Atari)
  • BlueMSX (MSX | MSX2 | MSX2+ | MSX turbo R)
  • Cannonball (OutRun game engine clone)
  • Final Burn Alpha Cores (Arcade | CPS1 | CPS2 | CPS3 | NeoGeo) [version]
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version]
  • fixGB (Game Boy | Game Boy Color)
  • fixNES (Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • fMSX (MSX | MSX2 | MSX2+ | MSX turbo R)
  • Frodo (Commodore 64)
  • 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]
  • gpSP (Game Boy Advance)
  • Handy (Atari Lynx)
  • Lutro (2D game engine)
  • MAME 2000 (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator)
  • Mednafen LYNX (Atari Lynx)
  • Mednafen NGP (Neo Geo Pocket | Neo Geo Pocket Color)
  • Mednafen PCE Fast (PC Engine | PC Engine CD | TurboGrafx-16)
  • Mednafen PSX (PlayStation)
  • 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)
  • PicoDrive (Sega 32X | Sega 32X CD)
  • PokeMini (Pokémon Mini)
  • 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)
  • VICE (Commodore 64)


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.


See the RetroArch documentation for setting the controls.


  • 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 and/or mGBA 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.