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RetroArch is reference frontend for the libretro API, a cross-plateform program used as hub for your different programs such as emulators or multimedia application. A single place to manage and launch all your games or media.

Wii U version

RetroArch for the WiiU is the frontend developed for libretro's Wii U emulators.

Libretro has multiple cores which you can install independently, each emulating a different console, arcade or computer.

Retroarch lets you organize your game's list and set your games and cores location.




This guide assumes that you know how launch a CFW (custom firmware), how to get into the HBL (Homebrew Launcher) and as an optional step (if you want a RetroArch channel on your homescreen) how to get into WUP Installer GX2. You can get the HBL, Haxchi Installer, Mocha CFW and WUP Installer GX2 here: WiiuBru Appstore

What you need

  • SD card
  • optional: USB drive or stick for roms (if you don't want them to be stored on your SD card)
  • PC
  • Wii U at least with FW 5.5.1
  • Homebrew Launcher
  • Custom firmware (either Haxchi, CBHC or Mocha)
  • latest RetroArch Wii U nightly build (rpx) from buildbot
  • optional: WUP Installer GX2
  • optional: RetroArch Launcher channel


  1. make sure your SD card is formatted in FAT32 with 32 or 64 k cluster size
  2. download ... *still working here*


Game collection

--if it requires specific folder structure for games--

or link to install tutorial page here.

temporary guide here :


--explain how to use retroarch, each button, etc.--

List of currently available cores

  • 81_libretro
  • atari800_libretro
  • bluemsx_libretro
  • cap32_libretro
  • dosbox_libretro
  • fbalpha2012_libretro
  • fbalpha_libretro
  • fceumm_libretro
  • fuse_libretro
  • gambatte_libretro
  • genesis_plus_gx_libretro
  • gw_libretro
  • hatari_libretro
  • mame2000_libretro
  • mame2003_libretro
  • mame2009_libretro
  • mednafen_lynx_libretro
  • mednafen_ngp_libretro
  • mednafen_pce_fast_libretro
  • mednafen_supergrafx_libretro
  • mednafen_vb_libretro
  • mednafen_wswan_libretro
  • mgba_libretro
  • mrboom_devel_libretro
  • mrboom_libretro
  • nekop2_libretro
  • nestopia_libretro
  • nxengine_libretro
  • prboom_libretro
  • puae_libretro
  • quicknes_libretro
  • snes9x2005_libretro
  • snes9x2010_libretro
  • snes9x_libretro
  • stella_libretro
  • tyrquake_libretro
  • vice_x64_libretro
  • vice_xplus4_libretro
  • vice_xvic_libretro


System Recommended folder name for roms Recommended core Rom set
Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicon Nintendo - Nintendo Entertainment System Nestopia
Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicon Nintendo - Super Nintendo Entertainment System Snes9x
*still working here* some more data some more data


Q: Which RetroArch version should I use?

A: Get the recent nightly build. If it doesn't work for you, get the recent stable build.

Q: Which one should I pick? RetroArch.7z or RetroArch_rpx.7z?

A: RetroArch.7z is the ELF version. You should definitely pick the RPX version. Only disadvantage is that it takes a bit more space.

Q: PSX/N64 games don't work!

A: That's because someone has to make a dynarec core for the Wii U. Please participate here to attract some devs:

Q: Can I install RetroArch to my home menu?

A: Yes, brienj made a forwarder. You need to have CBHC set up or launch a custom firmware (Haxchi or Mocha) everytime in order to use it. Pick it up here and install it through WUP Installer:

Q: How can I change RetroArch themes?

A: Navigate to Settings > User Interface > Menu > Menu Icon Theme. Then press right on the D-Pad to cycle through themes. (thanks to ploggy)

Q: What is the correct romset for FB Alpha 2012?

A: FB Alpha v0.2.97.30 (thanks to ploggy)


RetroArch is build automatically every day.

You can find nightly version for Wii U here :