- 1 Downloads
- 2 Official Dumps
- 3 Verifying Good Dumps
- 4 Game Recommendations
- 5 Searching for ISOs
- 6 Download Managers
- The Internet Archive. Add a slash (
/) after the URLs to view the contents of compressed archives from the browser. This helps you avoid downloading upwards of 400 gigabytes just to get only a fraction of the contents. The archive also creates torrents of each entry (that are not the same as any original torrents the user may have uploaded) that you can use to speed up your downloads.
- No Registration Required
- MAME and MESS sets.
- No-Intro Nintendo DS set (2017-02-13). File names are organized by scene release order.
- Redump 3DO set (2017-04-04).
- Redump Dreamcast set (2015-09-20). Missing lots of games. Includes manuals.
- Redump PC-Engine CD/Turbografx CD set (2016-11-06)
- TOSEC (The Old School Emulation Center) sets.
- Vintage Software Many DOS collections and older games.
- Registration Required (If you do not have an account at the Internet Archive, you can use these credentials.)
- No-Intro Collection for most cartridge-based systems (2016-01-03).
- Redump GameCube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) USA sets (2016-05-27).
- Redump PS2 (Part 1, Part 2) USA sets (September 2016). Game IDs are used for file titles. CD-based games are .bin files, DVD-based games are .iso files.
- Redump PS1 USA set (2016-06-17).
- Redump PS1 NTSC-U and PAL sets.
- Redump Saturn set (2015-09-13). Includes manuals and magazines.
- Redump Sega CD set. Includes DAT files to verify with ClrMamePro.
- No Registration Required
- Atarimania Contains a complete Atari 2600 ROM set.
- ROM Hustler Has Renascene PSP dumps. Has a good selection of games from all consoles Gen-6 and earlier
- Emuparadise Good for No-Intro sets (which require registration). Hosts a lot of bad disc rips with no indication. Avoid the PSX section in particular, because many titles don't work with the standard emulators. Many GBA games have had intro screens added. (Most Nintendo-published titles have been DMCA'd as of June 2017.)
- Doperoms Has some Redump PSX/GCN among other things. (Nintendo-published titles have been DMCA'd as of July 2017.)
- MAME Directly from the MAME site. Games that were released with permission for free and non-commercial use.
- Nicoblog A site where people can share their games.
- Planet Emulation Very old, weekly updated and classy French ROM site, full MAME CHDs, also good for GBA ROMs. Just click on "Telecharger" for download.
- Portal Roms Torrent site for ROMs and ISOs. Mostly Nintendo stuff. Especially good for Wii U, Wii, and no-intro 3DS.
- World of Spectrum For ZX Spectrum games and applications as well magazines, cover art, booklets, and much more.
- Abandonware France
- Partial PS2 Redump (2016/03/19) (5046/6863 games)
- Partial Wii Redump (2016/03/19) (602/1037 games)
- RomToHome ~50kB/s downloads, but has proper scene releases for a variety of consoles including (but not limited to) Wii U, Wii, PS2, 3DS, DS and PSP.
- The ISO Zone Many systems and PC. The filehost it uses (firedrop.com) maxes out at ~500kb/s download speed and has a 4gb per day limit.
- Romulation Useful for Wii, GameCube, NDS, PS2 etc, may be no-intro rips. (account required - use bugmenot or make one with a temp email account) (Many games (including most Nintendo titles) have been DMCA'd as of January 2017)
- Pleasuredome Great private tracker for getting full sets of many systems (No-Intro, Goodsets, Trurip, Redump, TOSEC). Does not allow newer systems. Strict ratio site that requires you to maintain a positive upload to download ratio.
User Uploaded Direct-Download (Forum post) Sites (Registration Required)
Use some common sense while downloading!
- chaosgamez.com Wii U and 3DS games, including 3DS Cia and Roms; but also retro Nintendo games like NES, N64, GBA.
- psvitaiso.com Vita, PSP and PS1 games
- wiiuiso.com Mostly Wii games, but also other Nintendo games
- ps3iso.com Many 'premium-only' links.
- 3dsiso.com 3DS games
- Decrypted 3DS games for Citra.
- warez-bb.org General warez site.
- Rom Shepherd Great site to request or fill requests for ROMs. Also has an invite only tracker, but do not ask for an invite on the forums, only privately.
- Note: Here's a list of public trackers you can use to increase the amount of peers you can reach.
- RuTracker Account required for some stuff, site entirely in Russian, use translate if you really need to.)
- ALL NTSC WiiWare titles
Nintendo Wii U / 3DS
Nintendo delivers games the same way Sony does with the PlayStation Network; the big ISO with all the data is useless without an authentication key. Unfortunately for them, these keys are much smaller than the game, and can be passed around easily provided people have broken into the console to get them in the first place.
You need a titlekey database, covering base games, updates and DLCs. Some notable ones include this for Wii U keys and this for 3DS keys. Note you're still restricted to games that are on the eShop and that people bothered to upload their tickets to that titlekey site, so rare or retail-only games are excluded.
On real 3DS/Wii U hardware, you could also download a package of all tickets ever of all regions and trick the official eShop into thinking you own the game and can redownload it, but on real hardware, it has been reported some out-of-region tickets cause problems. FreeShop/CIAngel will just install the tickets you need for the game you chose.
Once you have the title key database including your game, you can download the game off the official servers using your tool of choice.
NUS Downloaders (PC)
You can get either 3DS or Wii U dumps this way. First of all get the NUS Downloader, for example Wii U USB Helper. Make sure to use the appropriate URL for the titlekey database.
Then, it's as simple as selecting the game you want to download, clicking "Get It" and then "Download Games". This will download the files for the game you chose (the same as the .tik's title). Choose your own region where possible, so the servers are closer to you.
Once the download is complete:
- Wii U dumps: You can either install the game to your Wii U by moving it to an SD Card and using WUP Installer GX2, or if you're using the deprecated Loadiine (or Cemu), you can "Convert" it "to Loadiine/CIA". Simply right click your newly downloaded game, and then click "Prepare for Emulation". The .rpx file will be available in the game's folder, at /code/[yourgame].rpx.
- 3DS dumps: Just "Convert to CIA" when the tool is done downloading it. That CIA file can then be installed to real 3DS hardware directly using FBI, as long as you have enough free space on your SD card for double its size (CIA files are installers basically, you can of course delete them after the installation is done), or if you want to emulate them, you can have them converted to decrypted 3ds format with 3dsconv (on PC, requires files dumped from a sighax'd 3DS) or Godmode9 (on real 3DS hardware).
Updates and DLCs can be downloaded the same way. Right click on a game's name to choose which to download. For 3DS games, they can be converted to CIA files, and for Wii U games for emulation on CEMU:
To install updates and DLC on Cemu:
- Run the game at least once.
- Check Cemu's log.txt file and look for a line that says "Mounting local storage (AOC): .\mlc01\usr\title\NUMBERS\NUMBERS\aoc\"
- Add (create) folders with the same name as the above (substituting the "NUMBERS" bit with the actual numbers) in your "CEMUFOLDER/mlc01/usr/title" folder.
- Add any updates (which must be added first) you want to the "CEMUFOLDER/mlc01/usr/title/NUMBERS/NUMBERS/" folder.
- Create a folder named "aoc" and put the DLC files into there. The "code", "content", and "meta" folders of the actual game itself also go in the "aoc" folder.
Title Key Downloaders (3DS)
You'll need a 3DS with custom firmware installed (most commonly boot9strap + Luma3DS). If you don't have custom firmware, but want it, follow The Guide. Accept no substitutes on this, video guides are quickly outdated.
The most used downloader utilities are FreeShop and CIAngel. Freeshop is convenient since it only needs an encTitleKeys.bin from the titlekey site, and installs directly the games to your 3DS without the need to free up double the needed size. CIAngel can download particularly rare or obscure games only using a text file with the game's Title ID and its encrypted title key.
If you want to rip your installed games and convert them to decrypted 3DS dumps for use with Citra, get Godmode9. You can launch it at boot-up with a special button combination of your choice depending on how you named the file. Your games are under
[A:] SYSNAND SD/title, press R+A to "Search for titles" in that directory, select the tmd file for your game and "TMD file options/Dump CXI/NDS file" and then your ROM will be generated under the
/gm9/out directory in your SD card.
Godmode9 can do even more things, from generating CIAs from installed digital games or inserted retail DS/3DS cartridges, to converting between CIA and 3DS. You'll need CIA format dumps for the moment being to install any games, even retail games, on custom firmwares (unless you're willing to buy outdated 3DS flashcarts which can use 3DS dumps)
Amiibo are special figurines that interact with a number of 3DS, Wii U and Switch games. Depending on how hard they are to find, they can either be bought at a local retailer, or on eBay for a fortune. NFC tags are dumped to binary files (.bin). Android users can use TagMo to read and write these files, provided they have the appropriate encryption keys.
Here's the most complete amiibo set from October 2017.
Sony PlayStation Portable / PlayStation 3
Similar situation as Nintendo. As of now, you need RAP license files and the game dump proper to install your game on your CFW'd console, or on real hardware. Some people offer their own license files on some applications and websites so that everyone can get their dumps. Of course, these are limited to popular games people bothered to upload their license files for, and only digital games.
The PSNdl website is a good way to get PS3 games for example, including PS Classic versions of PS1 and PS2 dumps that can be extracted and run on regular emulators. Make sure to get the RAP license as well. The pkg file can be decrypted with tools like psnpkgdecryptor-extractor (useful for ripping PS Classics), though emulators like RPCS3 now offer built-in installers for those, and PS3 CFW support those as well.
PSNStuffX is another PC downloader tool that comes with a database and covers some games that PSNdl doesn't.
Verifying Good Dumps
- Main article: File_Hashes#Determining_Good_Game_Dumps
Game recommendations are highly subjective, but big lists like these usually cover the worthwhile games for each system.
- /v/'s Recommended Games Wiki
- Retro-Sanctuary's Top 100 Lists
- Racketboy's Defining Games
- Racketboy's Hidden Gems
Searching for ISOs
A lot of the above sites have ISOs for disc-based games, but some of the more obscure titles can be hard to find. If you want to find these games, searching for their ID number is generally more effective than searching for their title. Both Mobygames and GameFAQs will list these under the game's release information. This number is region specific and is very useful if you want to find an ISO from a specific region.
Many resources we've listed will link to files called .DLCs that contain a list of urls to download. We've voluntarily listed some programs you can use in the event that you come across one and don't want to deal with the links manually.