The Best RetroArch Cores 2022 | Desktop & Performance Options for Raspberry Pi, etc.

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RetroArch can be overwhelming to newbies. When you open it up there are no pre-installed cores (on PC), so you will need to go to the online updater and select them yourself. So, here’s my list of cores:

  • Arcade: FinalBurn Neo
  • Atari 2600: Stella
  • Atari 5200: Atari800
  • Atari 7800: ProSystem
  • Atari Jaguar: Virtual Jaguar
  • Atari Lynx: Beetle Lynx
  • Atari ST, STE, TT, Falcon: Hatari
  • Commodore Amiga: PUAE
  • Commodore C128: Vice x128
  • Commodore C64: Vice X16 accurate
  • Doom: PrBoom (but zDoom and GZDoom are better)
  • DOS: DOSBox-Pure
  • Microsoft MSX: fMSX
  • NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx/CD: Beetle PCE Fast
  • NEC SuperCrafx: Beetle SuperGrafx
  • NEC PC-98: Neko Project II Kai
  • Nindendo 3DS: Citra (not Citra 2018 unless needed)
  • Nintendo DS: DeSmuMe has more resolutions, melonDS is faster & has many options as well.
  • Nintendo Game Boy, GBC, GBA: mGBA
  • Nintendo NES/Famicom: Mesen
  • Nintendo SNES: SNES9X or BSNES HD for widescreen hacks
  • Nintendo 64: ParaLLEI for accuracy, Mupen64Plus-Next for speed (it’s really good too)
  • Nintendo GameCube/Wii: Dolphin
  • ScummVM for old click adventure games (Lucas Arts, Sierra, etc.)
  • Sega Master System, Mega Drive, Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, etc.: Genesis Plus GX OR PicoDrive for some 32x or SegaCD games that don’t play nice with Genesis Plus GX
  • Sega SG-1000: Gearsystem
  • Sega Saturn: beetle Saturn
  • Sega Dreamcast: Flycast OR Reicast (which is not part of RetroArch)
  • Sharp X68000: PX68k
  • SNK Neo Geo CD: NeoCD
  • Sony PlayStation: Beetle PSX for accuracy, PCSX ReARMed for speed)
  • Sony PlayStation 2: PCSX2
  • PlayStation Portable: PPSSPP
  • Panasonic 3D0: Opera



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