RetroArch is a modular, command-line driven, multi-system emulator that is designed to be fast, lightweight, and portable. It has features few other emulators frontends have, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading based on the libretro API.
Install AUR.AUR from the
A GTK/QT alternative,AUR, is also available.
Each package from the AUR will install an emulator core to
/usr/lib/libretro/[system].so, thus to use
retroarch with your preferred system simply launch it with the
-L parameter. E.g.
retroarch -L /usr/lib/libretro/libretro-snes9x-next.so ~/path/to/game
.zipfiles using the
retroarch-zipshell wrapper, however, keep in mind that this is not supported within the implementation.
This emulation core can also be defined in the
retroarch.cfg, thus obviating the need to specify it on the command line.
libretro_path = "/usr/lib/libretro/libretro-snes9x-next.so"
There are currently several emulation cores available including snes9x, bsnes, visual boy advance and final burn alpha. See this AUR search for more.
RetroArch provides a skeleton configuration file located at
/etc/retroarch.cfg and is very well commented.