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.
- Official website : libretro, github, official FAQ
- Official gbatemp's thread
- Compilation and development guide
- WiiU nightly builds
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)
- 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
- make sure your SD card is formatted in FAT32 with 32 or 64 k cluster size
- download ... *still working here*
--if it requires specific folder structure for games--
or link to install tutorial page here.
temporary guide here : https://gbatemp.net/threads/retroarch-guide-clean-games-collection-faq.468193/
--explain how to use retroarch, each button, etc.--
List of currently available cores
|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 : https://buildbot.libretro.com/nightly/nintendo/wiiu/