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libretro is an API designed mainly for games and emulators. It allows games and emulators to be compiled as dynamically linked libraries known as "libretro cores", which can be used in a frontend that implements libretro, such as RetroArch.

Libretro Frontends



Game Engine

System Core Version Notes
SNES bsnes 0.94 Separate cores for each profile.

C++98 version is bsnes 0.85 Performance profile.

SNES bsnes-mercury 0.94 Fork of bsnes. Separate cores for each profile
SNES SNES9x 1.54 Supports libretro in upstream.
SNES SNES9x-Next 1.52.4 Fork of SNES9x 1.52 WIP focused on speed.
SNES Mednafen bsnes 0.9.26 Fork of bsnes v59 with a few modifications.
WonderSwan Mednafen Cygne ? Modified fork of Cygne.
PlayStation Mednafen PSX ?
PlayStation PCSX-ReARMed r19 Supports libretro in upstream.
PC Engine & PCE-CD Mednafen PCE-Fast ?
PC Engine SuperGrafx Mednafen SuperGrafx ?
PC-FX Mednafen PC-FX ?
Neo-Geo Pocket Mednafen Neopop ? Modified fork of Neopop.
Virtual Boy Mednafen VB ?
Atari 2600 Stella 3.9.3
Atari 7800 ProSystem 1.3e
Atari Lynx Handy 0.95
Atari Lynx Mednafen Lynx ? Modified fork of Handy.
Atari Jaguar Virtual Jaguar 2.1.0
NES bnes 0.83
NES FCEUmm 98.13mm (SVN)
NES QuickNES 1.0
NES Nestopia 1.46-WIP Supports libretro in upstream.
Game Boy/Color Gambatte 0.5.0 Has an option to disable color correction
Game Boy/Color TGB-Dual 0.8.3 Has a split-screen mode for game linking.
Game Boy Advance VBA-Next 1.0.2 Fork of VBA-M focused on speed.
Game Boy Advance VBA-M SVN Supports libretro in upstream.
Game Boy Advance Meteor 1.4 Supports libretro in upstream.
Game Boy Advance Mednafen VBA Fork of an old version of VBA
Game Boy Advance TempGBA Git PSP-only fork of gpSP
Game Boy Advance gpSP 0.91 Dynarec available for ARM
Nintendo 64 Mupen64Plus 2.0-rc2 Fork, has significant modifications.
Sega Systems (Master, Genesis, Sega CD, Game Gear) Genesis Plus GX 1.7.4 Exclusive to libretro on non-GC/Wii platforms. Supports libretro in upstream.
Sega Systems (Master, Genesis, Sega CD, Game Gear, 32x) PicoDrive 1.81 Exclusive to libretro on PC platforms. Supports libretro in upstream.
Sega Saturn Yabause 0.9.13
Arcade Final Burn Alpha
Arcade MAME 2003 0.78 Old version for use on slow platforms.
Arcade MAME 2010 0.139 Old but more recent version for mobile devices.
Arcade MAME 0.221 (Git) Based on bleeding edge Git.
Non Arcade hardware MESS 0.221 (Git) Based on bleeding edge Git.
Everything (MAME + MESS) UME 0.221 (Git) Based on bleeding edge Git.
Nintendo DS DeSmuME SVN Has options for single-screen fullscreen with swapping.
Amiga PUAE 2.6.1
Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon Hatari 1.7
MSX/SVI/Colecovision/SG-1000 blueMSX 2.8.2 (SVN)
MSX fMSX 3.9
Vectrex vecx SVN
Odyssey 2/VideoPac O2EM 1.18
ZX Spectrum Fuse 1.11
Nintendo GameCube Dolphin Git WIP
Wii Dolphin Git WIP
Game Core Version
Quake TyrQuake 0.61
Doom PrBoom 2.5.0
Cave Story NXEngine
LucasArt Game Engines ScummVM 1.6.0

Standalone Game

Game Genre
Dinothawr Puzzle


Core Description
FFmpeg Media Player
Modelviewer 3D Tech Demo
SceneWalker 3D Tech Demo


The Libretro versions of DOSBox and ScummVM are not good at handling games. Use their standalone versions, instead.

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