How to Play GameROMs from the past on Windows

Video games are always a great moment. It’s something we require during the COVID lockdown. A few years back I explained how you can play old-fashioned games on Mac, as well as how to patch games to play popular ROM hacks such as Grand Poo World and Invictus. The only downside to Macs is their performance. The typical gaming PC has more power , and thus, has better gameplay. Let’s look at what Windows can play old games.

Step 1. Download RetroArch and install it

RetroArch is a no-cost and open source software which powers RetroPie, Recalbox, and other video games programs. RetroArch is able to be installed on nearly everything, but we’ll install it on our Windows PC. It doesn’t require anything.

Step 2: Install Emulators

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

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

If you’re offered other options like SNES, take the time to research the differences. For instance the “higan Accuracy”, while more resource-intensive, is the preferred option. However certain streamers prefer snes9x , and the bsnes2014Performance is believed to make the games feel much about it from Our Articles However, there’s an abundance of emulators available at just one click.

Step 3 Let’s Play!

Once you’ve installed the emulators you’d like installed…it’s time to start playing! Simply drag your ROM into the RetroArch window. RetroArch launches the emulator which most closely matches your file. It’s that simple.

Where can I find patches or game games?

Game ROMs

Legally, it is legal to make ROMs using games that you own. However downloading them is illegal. It’s real. This is the internet. If you come across ROMs through an Google search, I’m not able to be able to judge you. It’s simple…

You can patch ROMs and make ROM Hacks.

This is an important part of retro gaming. The legendary Super Mario World hackers Juz Cook and Barbarous King make use of Lunar Magic in order to transform the vanilla Super Mario World into new “KaizoExperiences. These hacks are great as they revive something I used to love when I was a kid. The hacks will be uploaded to SMWCentral when they are complete. There will be thousands of gamers able to download these hacks.

Hacks can not be shared as the whole game because it is illegal. Instead hacks will be bps files which need to be added to an existing game’s ROM to create a playable and modified version. Grand Poo World 2, Invictus (and Super Dram World) are among my top SNES Mods.

If you own a clean version of Super Mario World SNES, then we can patch it in order to create one the hacks mentioned above. The FloatingIPS program is the Windows application required to patch. Floating IPS works very quickly. It will ask you for the patch file (bps), ROM to apply it and your desired output filename.

This is how you patch your game. It is also possible to go even further and customize your gameplay by patching it into a replay!


Controls are by far the most difficult aspect when playing Windows games. Most emulators will allow you to make use of the keyboard as a controller. Many USB controllers can function as a controller, if you’re like me and would like to have the best experience you can get.

As an avid fan of video games, software engineering and streamlining, I love the ecosystem of emulators. I love the fact that hackers for ROMs maintain our beloved childhood games, while making them more demanding and rewarding. RetroArch also has some great UI improvements. The interface is still a bit rough, but the emulators were up and up and running in just a few minutes.

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