List of Applications/Games/Emulators

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An emulator is a program which serves to replicate the functions of another platform or system so as to allow applications and games to be run in environments they were not programmed for. While emulators themselves are not games in a strict sense, they provide users with the ability to play games and therefore have been included in this article.

Note: For possibly more up to date selection of emulators, try checking the AUR 'emulators' category
Warning: Emulators provide users with the ability to run programs called "ROMS", which are copies of games. While owning an emulator itself is not illegal, downloading or sharing (and in some cases, creating) copyrighted ROMs without the copyright holder's permission is ILLEGAL. Using an emulator to run ROMs that you do not own the legal rights to is ILLEGAL. Use at your own risk and be sure to read the Terms of Service for the emulator. Arch Linux etc. is not responsible if you get in trouble.


  • DeSmuME - Linux Nintendo DS emulator.
  • Dolphin - Very nice GameCube and Wii emulator.
  • epsxe - Emulator of the PlayStation video game console for x86-based PC hardware.
  • Mupen64Plus - Highly compatible N64 emulator with plugin system.
    • Hint: disable "frame skipping" to avoid flickering in games
  • snes-9x - portable, freeware Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator.
  • Gens2 — emulator of Sega Genesis, Sega CD and 32X; written in assembly language, no longer actively developed.
    • Hint: activate OpenGL, set video resolution per custom to 1024x600 for streched full-screen or 800x600 for non-streched
    • Hint: use "Normal" renderer, I couldn't find a visible advantage with the other ones || gensAUR
  • Gens-GS — Gens2, rewritten in C++, combining features from various Gens forks || gens-gsAUR
  • Mupen64plus – Nintendo 64 emulator
    • most games are running with little slowdown (NTSC games have about 56fps instead of 60fps)
    • Tweaks:
      • disable "frame skipping" to avoid flickering in games
  • VisualBoyAdvance-1.7.2-5 – Game Boy (Advance) emulator
    • runs perfectly with vbaexpress (available in aur). visualboyadvance is available in the community repository
  • Visual Boy Advance - Game Boy emulator with Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Super Game Boy support.
Note: runs perfectly on netbooks with vbaexpress (available in aur). visualboyadvance is available in the community repository
  • ZSNES — Super Nintendo emulator
    • all tested games work perfect
    • set video mode to "640x480 ODS F" for using full screen (but streched) or "800x600 ODS F" for using max height (non-streched)
    • video filters: bilinear filter and hq filter activated here working fine, but that's your choice || zsnes
  • PCSXR — PlayStation emulator; Debian fork of the abandoned original PCSX
site || pcsxrAUR
  • PCSX2 - PlayStation 2 emulator. It is still being maintained and developed.
  • FCEUX — NTSC and PAL 8 bit Nintendo/Famicom emulator that is an evolution of the original FCE Ultra emulator; accurate and compatible; actively maintained || fceux


  • MAME — Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator || sdlmame
  • ScummVM — virtual machine for old school adventures || scummvm
  • DOSBox — open source DOS emulator which primarily focuses on running DOS Games || dosbox