RetroArch, your emulator for all your classic games and retro #Cydia #android

Hi guys! After all the weekend started with apps for your devices, and this time we bring you a  all in one emulator  for your iDevice or Android device. RetroArch is his name, and I’ll show you how it works.
This emulator serves to play many classic games, provided we have the corresponding ROM. The supported platforms are:


  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
  • GameBoy
  • GameBoy Color
  • GameBoy Advance
  • Sega MegaDrive
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega GameGear
  • Sega Mega-CD
  • Arcade (MAME 2003)
  • Neo Geo Pocket
  • Neo Geo Color
  • TurboGrafx-16
  • Nintendo Virtual Boy
  • Playstation 1 (PSX)
  • Nintendo 64
  • Atari 2600
  • Nintendo DS

You see, many insurance retro consoles to the delight of the now larger children, plus other emulators that are not consoles. This application can be found in Cydia for iOS (so you will need the jailbreak, if do not know You press here ) and for Android in Google Play.

I’ve been testing it with several of the available platforms and unless Nintendo DS, all worked properly. I’m going to teach how to use RetroArch for iOS and Android, as it can be complex.

Setting RetroArch for Android

The first thing is to install the app, we can find it easily by searching Google Play ‘RetroArch’ and installed it on our device, it is chunky, just over 50MB. Once done, open it and proceed to set for the device.

When you are finished, and assuming you already have the corresponding ROM game that you want to play on your microSD card, you must configure the template controls. Too bad this can not be done automatically, but if you indagáis a bit, the process is simple:
  1. We went down to the ‘Settings’ (Settings) option.
  2. Slid to the left until you reach the ‘Input’ tab (Input).
  3. Down a bit in the ‘Touchscreen Overlay’ section, tick ‘Enable’.
  4. Click on ‘Overlay Input’ and us a file browser appears, you have to look for the ‘gamepads’ folder (If you do not appear, You press the [Parent Directory], and seek it. Location overlays> gamepads ). 
  5. Once gamepads, enter the folder of the console that we will emulate, eg ‘gba’ and within selectgba.cfg .

By default, the plug controls the game screen, you can change this by adjusting the opacity to ‘overlay opacity’

Ready? Proceed to load the ROM, we went to Settings and click on Load Content (Core Detect), and search the file browser our ROM. The default path is the root of the microSD. When you have chosen the ROM (which should be uncompressed), start emulation. ‘ll see three buttons at the top, the center is the menu where you reload the ROM, change the save slot, save and load ‘states’ (exact points of game), close the emulation, etc. And presto!

Setting in iOS RetroArch

This is something more complex than Android, but not impossible, I’ll explain in detail below these lines.

  1. To begin we must go to Cydia and search RetroArch, we find it for free on one of the default Cydia repositories. 
  2. Then, once installed, we need to have iFile, which can be found in Cydia, because I need to carry the ROMs to the appropriate folder.
  3. With both things ready, proceed to get the ROM, you can use the method that you believe appropriate.
  4. Now we find the ROM in iFile and take it to / var / mobile / documents (click on the icon of the house, and once inside in documents). To take, once we locate, click on ‘Edit’ at the top right, and select the ROM by clicking the circle to the left of its name. Then on the last icon on the bottom row (similar to typical ‘Paste’) and select ‘Cut’.
  5. Press the house to go to / var / mobile and enter ‘Documents’, back to touch the icon “Paste” and press, redundant, ‘paste’. We’ll have to load the ROM list.
  6. RetroArch time to open, but we also have to configure the buttons. Let ‘Frontend’> ‘Global Core Config’> ‘Input Overlay’. Inside, click on ‘Up’ and enter the amount of the console that need folder. Then we choose the corresponding cfg file.
  7. All ready! Go back a couple of screens back and select Load Content, seek our ROM and play.

A somewhat complex process of iOS but once you do get used mechanically without problems.

Pros 🙂

+ Compatible with iOS and Android.
+ Lots of consoles to emulate.
+ Works fluid and does not consume battery excessively.
+ Completely Free.

Points against 🙁

‘In Jailbreak requires iOS.
It’s in English.
-Process Something complex to play properly.
-At loading ROMs Nintendo DS iPhone 5S with iOS 7.1.2 and 1.2.1 Jailbreak Pangu, RetroArch closes.