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Downloads[edit]

Internet Archive[edit]

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, but be warned however that these torrents can be problematic if the uploader has added/removed/renamed files in the collection as they tend to not update correctly, if at all, so you may end up with only part of the collection, or an older version of the collection. A better recommendation is to use a download manager listed below to grab all the files rather than use the torrents.

NOTE: If downloads are restricted (greyed out), copy the file name and append it to the end of the URL (ie: https://archive.org/downloads/NameOfPack → https://archive.org/downloads/NameOfPack/ROMPack.zip)
Set Date Registration
Required
Notes
NI ROM Sets 2024-03-06 No Huge collection of updated No-Intro ROM Sets. Maintained and updated regularly.
pspminispspminigamecollection No 294 PSP mini games
Arcade Version Roms No Caveui v1.3.3 Shooting Complete, Demul v0.7 Full Roms, FinalBurn Alpha v0.2.97.34 Full Roms, Mame4All v2.3 Full Roms, Mame4Droid v0.139u1 Full Roms, Mame32 Plus! v0.84u5, Nebula v2.25b Full Roms, NeoRAGEx Full Roms, Raine v0.64.16 Full Roms, Raine v0.91.4 Full Roms, SEGA Model 2 v1.1a Full Roms, SEGA Supermodel v0.2a Full Roms, Win Kawaks v1.65 Full Roms, Zinc v1.1 Full Roms
HTGDB/SmokeMonster ROM Packs No Regularly updated, organized ROM packs designed for use with flash carts or MiSTer. Originally maintained by SmokeMonster, and now maintained by HTGDB. Source code available here
MAME and MESS No
Redump.org Sets No A massive collection of most of the Redump sets. A good place to start for those new to collecting.
Redump Original Xbox No Extract with extract-xiso.
Redump Sega - Saturn 2019-10-17 No
Redump SNK - Neo Geo CD 2019-10-16 No
TOSEC (The Old School Emulation Center) No
TOSEC - Sega Dreamcast No
Vintage Software No Many DOS collections and older games.
Neo-Kobe NEC PC-9801 2017-11-17 No
Neo-Kobe NEC PC-8801 2016-02-25 No
Redump Wii America (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) 2017-09-07 No
Complete Gameboy Roms 2019-02-19 No US/EU/JP/World/Proto/Demo/Etc. Includes Translated and Hack Titles.
Complete Super Nintendo RomPack 2019-02-11 No US/EU/JP/World/Proto/Demo/Etc. Includes Translated and Hack Titles.
No-Intro Collection 2016-01-03 No Outdated.
No-Intro Nintendo DS 2019-06-30 No File names are in alphabetical order.
No-Intro Nintendo DSi 2018-06-30 No
Nintendo DSiWare 2019-01-29 No Formatted to .nds, can be used on homebrewed DSi's running TWiLight Menu or converted into a .cia for 3DS. Will NOT work on any emulators (in theory could work with No$GBA).
Redump PS2 NTSC-U (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) 2018-08-01 No Game IDs are used for file titles. CD-based games are .bin files, DVD-based games are .iso files.
Redump PS1 America 2017-10-02 No
John (Mr) Smith No Uploads Redump PS1 NTSC-U and PAL sets.
No-Intro Collection 2017-06-27 No Outdated.
Complete North American GameCube Collection 2015-09-13 No Redump SCRUBBED ISO image files. To bypass registration look in comments for magnet link (torrent).
Redump Saturn 2015-09-13 No Includes manuals and magazines.
FinalBurn Neo 2024-02-10 No Maintained and updated regularly.
No-Intro Collection 2024-02-21 No Maintained and updated regularly.
Sega CD, Sega Saturn, PC Engine CD, PlayStation (Part 2), 3DO, Neo Geo CD, PC-FX 2020-08-03 No A collection of trurip/EmulationArchive sets.
Redump NEC PC-FX 2020-02-13 No Complete collection (at least as of 2020-09-05). Some titles are outdated, so files themselves and contents of .CUE files will have to be renamed.
Redump NEC PC Engine CD & TurboGrafx CD 2024-03-06 No
Terraonion - SNK - Neo Geo (.neo format) 2021-04-02 No Terraonion (141) Torrent contains "SNK - Neo Geo - NEOs + TOSEC manuals.torrent"
No-Intro Collection 2023-09-19 No
C64 Preservation Project 10th Anniversary Collection 2015-11-07 No Clean copies of Commodore 64 games in nbz and G64 format.
The IPA Software Archive No Best source for classic iOS (1-to-6) ROMs. Just search your app or find collections with your app in it

ROM & ISO websites[edit]

Name Content Registration Required? Rate Limited? Rating Notes
 

Myrient

Various No No ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️ A collection of almost if not all No-Intro, Redump and TOSEC sets accessible with no prior registration, no ads and unlimited download speed.
 

Legends World

PC Games No No N/A Hosts many obscure games not found elsewhere. The files labeled "full demo" are actually full games.
 

Ziperto

Most of Nintendo Games No Yes ⚫️⚫️⚪️⚪️⚪️ Good for decrypted 3DS games for Citra and others. Use an adblocker.
 

Madloader

3DS No No ⚫️⚫️⚪️⚪️⚪️ Decrypted 3DS and Switch games for Citra and yuzu. Use an adblocker.
 

ROMsie

Various No No N/A ROMs up to 6th gen.
 

RomStation

Various Yes Yes ⚫️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️ ~30KB/s for free accounts. Run by shady people. Needs extra proprietary spyware software to download games. Has netplay. Downloads are limited and you often have to wait in a queue. Premium subscription unlocks Full Speed download and without queue. The PS1/DC/PSP part is full of bad dumps.
 

EmuGen

Various No No ⚫️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️ Collection of Various ROMs and Recent Nintendo Games.
 

FreeRoms

Various No No TBA Wide selection of retro titles (Nintendo first-party titles nuked, but third-party titles remain).
 

DownloadGamePS3
 
DownloadGameXbox
 
DownloadGamePSP
 
DownloadGameWii

Various No Partially ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚪️⚪️ 1.PS2/PS3/PS4 games.
2.Xbox Classic/360 games.
3.PSP/PS Vita games.
4.Wii/Wii U/3DS/Switch games.
When using this site, make sure to have a good adblocker to protect you from malicious ads and whatnot.
 

Vimm's Lair

Various No No ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚪️⚪️ A lot of games up to 7th generation, as well as scans of the manuals. All dumps are matching Redump or No-Intro, however GameCube and Wii dumps are scrubbed.

Note that scrubbed discs can be restored to 1:1 copies using Nkit. Most games by Nintendo, Sega and Lego have been removed from this site as of June 6, 2024.

 

CDRomance

Various No No ⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚪️ Contains PSP ISOs and PSX2PSP eboots collection but also PS2, PS1, Gamecube, NDS, GBA, GB, SNES, many ROM hacks and English patched games. Also contains a collection of PSP DLCs.
BlueRoms Various No No ⚫️⚫️⚪️⚪️⚪️ Collection of various ROMs and ISOs, from Arcade and SNES to 3DS and PS3. All dumps are matching Redump or No-Intro, download via direct download or torrent. It has descriptions, covers, and screenshots of the games, simple and functional interface to browse/search and there are no ads.
 

PortableRoms

Various No No ⚫️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️ Collection of various ROMs.
 

Gamulator

Various No No TBA Small website where you can download all sorts of retro console ROMs and ISOs.
 

RomsPlanet

Various No No TBA One of the biggest ROM collections for PlayStation, Game Boy, Nintendo, etc.
 

CoolROM

Various No No TBA Wide selection of retro titles (Nintendo first-party titles nuked, but third-party titles remain).
 

RomsDownload

Various No No TBA Standard selection of ROMs up to 5th gen, plus some 6th and 7th gen.
 

Roms-Download.com (Killerroms)

Various No No TBA A website which contains ROMs from Magnavox Odyssey to Wii. Roms on this site originate from a website called s2roms.cc A.K.A Killer Roms.
 

Emuparadise

Various No No TBA Good for No-Intro sets (which require registration). Since Emuparadise removing ROMs download links from view, a TamperMonkey/GreaseMonkey script is currently required for downloading ROMs from it (outside of the forums).
 

RomUniverse

Various No No TBA Wide selection of retro titles (Nintendo first-party titles nuked, but third-party titles remain).
 

Planet Emulation

Various No No TBA Very old, weekly updated and classy French ROM site, full MAME CHDs. Just click on "Telecharger" for download. (All ROMs from Nintendo-based systems have been taken down as of July 2018.)
 

GameTronik

Various No No TBA French ROM site.
 

Atarimania

Atari 2600 No No TBA Contains a complete Atari 2600 ROM set.
 

Pokemonlog

Pokémon Mod & Hacks No No TBA Small website where you can get the latest Pokémon ROMs and Pokémon ROM hacks.
 

Macintosh Garden

Macintosh No No TBA Abandonware archive for old Macintosh games. Popular vintage PC abandonware site, "Home of the Underdogs", originally hosted this site. It has small guides to running a few Macintosh emulators.
 

Macintosh Repository

Various No No TBA A website with a lot of software from old Apple computers, including games.
 

MacGameFiles.com

Macintosh No No TBA Site dedicated to basic shareware and demo versions of Macintosh games; as well as patches, mods and tools.
 

AsciiExpress

Apple II No No TBA Little collection of Apple II games + some miscellaneous files.
 

JapaneseCompendium

Old PC Games Jpn No No TBA A blog dedicated to old PC games from Japan.
 

ROMsGet

 

Download ROMs

Various No No TBA Standard selection of ROMs up to 6th gen, plus Wii.
 

EmuRoms.ch

Various No No TBA Torrent site for ROMs and ISOs. Has ROMs up to the 3DS. Also, it has the same layout as the now dead Portal Roms.
 

World of Spectrum

ZX Spectrum No No TBA For ZX Spectrum games and applications as well magazines, cover art, booklets, and much more. ROMs and tape images on the site were released with permission from their original authors.
 

RetroStic

Various No No TBA Standard selection of ROMs up to 5th gen, plus NDS.
 

Abandonware France

DOS No No TBA Also, a French ROM site.
 

Rom Center Markdown Edition 2022 (/r/Roms Mega Thread)

Various No No TBA Center made with MkDocs in Github, Edition 2021.Documentation of places to get roms, curated by /r/Roms on Reddit
 

MAME

MAME No No TBA Directly from the MAME site. Games that were released with permission for free and non-commercial use.
 

eagleforces

Various No No TBA Hosted in South Korea, has no-intro sets for various 8 and 16-bit consoles available as individually downloadable ROMs. Links are direct with no redirects, confirmation pages, or captchas.
 

XCINSP

Nintendo Switch No No TBA Decrypted Switch games for yuzu.
 

jiyouWang

Nintendo Switch Yes No TBA Chinese site, decrypted Switch games for yuzu.
 

Romulation

Various Yes Yes TBA Useful for Wii, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 etc, maybe 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

MAME & Non-MAME No No TBA Was once a great private tracker for getting full sets of many systems (MAME, No-Intro, GoodSets, Trurip, Redump, TOSEC) as well as miscellaneous content like video game magazines and Daphne laserdisc rips that were almost impossible to find elsewhere. Did not allow newer systems, and was a strict ratio site that required you to maintain a positive upload to download ratio. In 2021 the tracker and forum were permanently closed, and only the MAME & Non-MAME ROMs and wiki remain. There are several other gaming-focused private trackers, but none have open registration.
 

TheOldComputer

Various Yes Yes TBA Contains various ROMs, emulators, box arts and more. While some ROMs are available to download for registered users, you can get Unlimited membership for lifetime by donating the site to get access to all ROMs (PS1 games for instance.)
 

Arcade Punks

Various Yes
(User Uploaded Direct-Download (Forum post))
No TBA
 

Emudesc

Various Yes
(User Uploaded Direct-Download (Forum post))
No TBA Spanish forum site where you can find Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Nintendo DS, 3DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable roms (possibly more stuff too).
 

k73

Various ? Yes TBA A Chinese site that relies on Baidu as a hosting service. Whenever prompted to install an external application (really persistent malware), most if not all links are not premium. Has lots of Chinese fan-translations as well as Japanese games on newer consoles that are not usually uploaded, and more importantly latest gen dumps.
 

oldmanemu

Various Yes No TBA Chinese site for getting full rom sets of various systems. Files are hosted on Baidu/CTFile/115.
 

ROM Hustler

Various No Yes TBA Has Renascene PlayStation Portable dumps. Has a good selection of games from all consoles Gen-6 and earlier. Limited to one download at a time; additional attempts "503" while a download is active. Currently you can't download Nintendo related ROMs from here.
 

RomToHome

Various No Yes TBA ~50kB/s downloads, but has proper scene releases for a variety of consoles including (but not limited to) Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo 3DS, DS and PlayStation Portable.
 

PS1Games

PS1/2/PSP No No TBA Contains a complete PSP, PS2 and PSX ISOs.
 

popuw

Various Prince of Persia Games No No TBA Contains Prince of Persia 1/2/3D games.
Partial PlayStation 2 Redump (2016/03/19) PlayStation 2 No Yes TBA PS2 (5046/6863 games).
 

NXBrew

Nintendo Switch No No TBA Downloads to the latest Nintendo Switch Games, NSPs, XCIs, Homebrews, & CFWs etc. Use an adblocker.
 

hShop

Nintendo DSi and Nintendo 3DS No No TBA This website has 3DS games (including retail, eShop, and Virtual Console), updates, DLC, Virtual Console (official and injects), Themes, and DsiWare in .cia format. You can download them directly or through FBI Remote Install through a QR Code.
 

64DD.org

Nintendo 64DD No No TBA Collection of dumps for 64DD games.
 

RomsDL

Various No No TBA Roms up to 6th generation.
 

nsw2u

Nintendo Switch No No TBA This website carries many games and updates in .nsp, .ncz, and .XCI formats. The website uses dedicated hosts and torrents, though sometimes the torrent files do not work.
 

My Abandonware

Various No No TBA Old abandoned PC and console games.
 

romsever

Playstation, Nintendo Switch No No TBA This website carries many games and updates in .iso, .xci, .nsp, .ncz and many other PKG formats.
 

SwitchXCIROMS

Switch ROMs, Nintendo Switch No No TBA This website carries many games and updates in .xci, .nsp, .ncz and many other PKG formats.
 

Bytebay

Nintendo, SEGA, and PlayStation No No TBA This website carries databases of ROM sets for dedicated systems related to Nintendo, SEGA, or PlayStation. From what I have seen, it seems to just contain ShrinkMe (a URL shortener) links which, in the end, redirect to Myrient.
 

EdgeEmu

Various No No TBA Contains ROMs for all Atari consoles, as well as Nintendo (up to 6th gen), Sega, and some lesser known consoles (3D0, CDI, etc.) It also contains some arcade ROMs.
 

Half-Life Project Beta

PC Games & Mods No No TBA Contains unreleased/cut Valve & Id Software beta contents.

BitTorrent[edit]

Note: Here's a list of public trackers you can use to increase the amount of peers you can reach, and a service that attempts to convert magnet links into torrent files in case your BitTorrent client doesn't support magnets.

Trackers[edit]

Outside the trackers[edit]

Tools & emulator forks for auto-download[edit]

Official Dumps[edit]

Nintendo Wii U[edit]

Nintendo used to deliver games the same way Sony does with the PlayStation Network; with a big encrypted disk image where all the data is useless without an authentication key. Unfortunately, they've changed this for 3DS and Switch, but not for Wii U (yet).

You need a titlekey database, covering base games, updates, and DLCs. A notable one is titlekeys.ovh. 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. You can likely still find these types of games from ROM sites above.

On real 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 will just install the tickets you need for the game you chose.

If you're using Cemu with physical dumps, you'll also need the Common Wii U Key, and individual game keys for games you're emulating.

Once you have the titlekey database including your game, you can download the game off the official servers using your tool of choice.

NUS Downloaders (PC)[edit]

You can get Wii U dumps this way. First get the NUS Downloader, for example Wii U USB Helper or WiiUDownloader. 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.

Updates and DLCs can be downloaded the same way. Right-click on a game's name to choose which to download. 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.

Sony PSP / Vita / PlayStation 3[edit]

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 PlayStation 3 games for example, including PlayStation Classic versions of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 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 PlayStation Classics), though emulators like RPCS3 now offer built-in installers for those, and PlayStation 3 CFW supports those as well.

PSNStuffX is another PC downloader tool that comes with a database and covers some games that PSNdl doesn't.

An even newer project is NoPayStation, offering both a database of pkg links and licenses, as well as a Windows downloader and auto-converter: NPS Browser

For PlayStation 3 game updates, go to https://a0.ww.np.dl.playstation.net/tpl/np/{game_id}/{game_id}-ver.xml (replacing both {game_id} with the game's ID) to see links to available update .pkgs for that game.

PKGj for the PlayStation Vita can be downloaded from within VitaDeploy and comes with a database of PKG files and ISOs for Vita and PSP/PS1 games respectively, all of which can be extracted and played on the usual emulators.

Nintendo Amiibo[edit]

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.

Verifying Good Dumps[edit]

Game Recommendations[edit]

Game recommendations are highly subjective, but big lists like these usually cover the worthwhile games for each system.

Searching for ISOs[edit]

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. This number is region specific and is very useful if you want to find an ISO from a specific region.

Download Managers[edit]

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.

  • JDownloader 2 (Adware-free installer) - Written in Java, and quite possibly the most recognized tool for the job.
  • pyLoad - Written in Python under AGPL3, PyLoad is a good alternative.
  • Internet Archive Python Library - Archive.org specific command-line download tool.
  • NoIntro Roms Downloader v2 - Download "datted" ROMs from the popular NoIntro libraries on archive.org (listing live updated) with user-friendly interface (only Windows release for now)

Bypassing Copy Protection[edit]

Main article: Copy protection

NoCD and NoDVD cracked executables.

See Also[edit]

  • Ripping Games - If you don't feel comfortable downloading ROMs you can try dumping the game yourself.