Video games are a great way to have amusement, something we’ll need to consider to keep in mind when we lock down COVID. A few years ago I wrote about how to play games from the past on Mac and how you can modify them to run popular ROM hacks like Invictus and Grand Poo World. Macs are slower than other gaming machines, but they have better performance. Let’s have a look at how you can play games from the past on Windows!

Step 1 Download RetroArch & Install It

RetroArch is a completely free and open source software which is the engine behind RetroPie, Recalbox, and other video game programs. RetroArch can easily be installed on any platform, however in this post we’ll make use of RetroArch to install it on our Windows 10 PC. The install is standard so there is no effort to be taken here.

Step 2 Install Emulators

Once RetroArch has been installed and opened, you can select from the menu items.

  • Load Core
  • Download a Core
  • (Select the game system or emulator of your choice).

If you are presented with a variety of options that include SNES, you will want to to study the differences between them.At site from Our Articles For instance the “higan Accuracy”, while more intensive in terms of resources, is the more popular choice. However, some streamers prefer the SNES9X and the bsnes2014Performance appears to make games feel faster. There are many emulators you can download in one click.

Step 3 Let’s Play!

Once you’ve got the emulators you want installed…it’s time to play! Simply drag your ROM file into the RetroArch window and RetroArch will launch the emulator that best matches the ROM format. It’s really easy.

But how do I find and/or participate in patch-based games?

Game ROMs

Legally, it’s legal to make ROMs with games you own. However, downloading them is illegal. This is the truth. This is the internet. If you find ROMs through an Google Search, I won’t judge you. It’s quite easy to do…

How to create ROM Hacks by Patching ROMs

The retro game scene is awash with hacking ROMs with patches. Legendary Super Mario World hackers Juz Cook, Barbarousking and JuzCook use Lunar Magic for amazing new “Kaizos” experiences. These hacks are a fantastic way to add new excitement to an old game you played as a child. New hacks are uploaded to SMWCentral once they are completed. The hacks are downloaded by thousands of eager gamers.

Hacks are not allowed to be used in the game’s complete version. This is illegal. Hacks are usually bps files and need to be added to an unclean gamerom to make the desired modifications, playable games. Grand Poo World 2, Invictus or Super Dram World are some my personal favorites SNES modifications.

If you own an unmodified ROM for Super Mario World, SNES and SNES, you can patch it to create the hacks mentioned above. The application called Floating IP that will do the Windows patching. The Floating IPS application makes patching simple. It prompts you for the patch (bps) and the ROM you’d like to apply it to and the output file name.

This is the traditional method for patching your games. You can go many steps beyond creating your own customizing of game play, such as patching into replay systems!


Controls are perhaps the most simple component of playing Windows-based games. Emulators will let you use the keyboard to play your games. There are many USB controllers that can be used to offer the same experience that native controllers provide.

As someone who is passionate about video games, software engineering and streamlining, I find the ecosystem of emulators. I’m also amazed by how ROM hackers are keeping the games we played as children alive, while making them harder and rewarding. RetroArch also comes with some amazing UI improvements. The interface is still somewhat rough, however the emulators were installed and ready to go within a matter of minutes.