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Emulation within Retroid OS[edit]

There are no changeable settings for emulators within RetroidOS, and currently there is no way to add new emulation cores. Switch to the Android OS for custom options.

RetroidOS supports the following systems out of the box, with the listed emulator cores for Retroarch:

System Emulator Core
Arcade Final Burn Alpha (2.97.08, 2.97.42, 42_ORI, 42_HOME)

MAME (0.37, 0.78, 0.106, 0.139, 139_RA)

NES/Famicom FCEmu
Master System Genesis Plus
GameBoy/GameBoy Color TGB Dual
PC Engine Beetle PCE
WonderSwan/WonderSwan Color Beetle Cygne
Mega Drive/Genesis/CD/32X Genesis Plus
SNES/Super Famicom SNES9X
GameBoy Advance gpSP
PlayStation PCSX (labelled as PSCX)
Nintendo 64 Mupen64 Plus
PlayStation Portable PPSSPP
Dreamcast Reicast

Emulation within Android OS[edit]

The Android OS on the RP2 comes pre-installed with standalone Emulator apps and RetroArch (1.8.4), a single application with the ability to emulate many systems cores.

Also included is a single RetroArch (1.5.0) app, exclusively for the best performing GBA (gpSP) Core.

It is generally not recommended to update emulators, as the Retroid developers chose these builds because they run well on the device. This can be done however if you choose to, as emulators and RetroArch cores get improvements all the time.

Emulation is generally prioritised as a RetroArch core first, then a stand alone Emulator second. RetroArch offers internal options across multiple systems, including Online Leaderboards, image filters, and save file paths to allow you to save to a Google Drive or Dropbox for cross-console play.

For help setting up and using RetroArch on the RP2, see A Brief Guide to Retroarch.

The only emulator that does not come standard is DraStic (which is recommended) for Nintendo DS emulation; it can be purchased from the Google Play Store.


Listed below is a table of standalone emulators & RetroArch Cores for best performance. Systems listed as A are Recommended (usually installed as default) and optimal for the Retroid Pocket 2, although harder to emulate systems may still show issues.

The performance ratings are:

  • A: Recommended. Plays with few to no glitches.
  • B: Playable. Plays with minor glitches.
  • C: OK. Plays some games at full speed, others with issues.
  • D: Unplayable. Technically runs games, but with major issues.
  • E: Does not run.
System Emulator/Core Is It Pre-Installed? Performance Is It Standalone? Cost Notes
3DO Company, The - 3DO Opera/4DO Yes D RetroArch Free BIOS files needed to run.
Arcade (Capcom CPS-1) Final Burn Alpha 2012 CPS-1 Yes ? RetroArch Free
Arcade (Capcom CPS-2) Final Burn Alpha 2012 CPS-2 Yes ? RetroArch Free
Arcade (MAME 0.37) MAME 2000 Yes ? RetroArch Free MAME 2000 is equivalent to MAME 0.37.
Arcade (MAME 0.78) MAME 2003 Yes ? RetroArch Free MAME 2003 is equivalent to MAME 0.78.
Arcade (MAME 0.139) MAME 2010 Yes ? RetroArch Free MAME 2010 is equivalent to MAME 0.139.
Arcade (MAME 0.139) MAME4droid(0.139u1) Yes A Standalone Free Requires MAME 0.139 compatible ROM set.
Arcade (MAME 0.159) MAME 2015 Yes ? RetroArch Free MAME 2015 is equivalent to MAME 0.159.
Arcade (Neo Geo AES) Final Burn Alpha 2012 Neo Geo Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Arcade (Sega Naomi) Flycast Yes ? RetroArch Free
Atari - 2600 Stella Yes A RetroArch Core Free https://docs.libretro.com/library/stella/
Atari - 5200 Atari800 Yes A RetroArch Core Free Core Settings must be switched to "Atari 5200", and the resolution mudt be set to 336x240.
Atari - Lynx Handy Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Bandai - WonderSwan/Color Beetle Cygne Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Coleco - ColecoVision blueMSX Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Commodore - Amiga P-UAE Yes A RetroArch Core Free Needs BIOS files and a working Amiga Hard Disk File (HDF).
Commodore - Amiga UAE4ARM No ? Standalone Free
Commodore - C64 AnVICE x64 No B Standalone Free Based on VICE v3.0. "Official" Android port of VICE, but no longer supported. Interface is designed around touchscreen and external keyboard, making it difficult to use on the RP2. The RP2 will run the "armeabi-v7a" binary.
Commodore - C64 C64.emu No B Standalone Paid Based on VICE v3.1.
Commodore - C64 VICE x64, fast Yes A RetroArch Core Free Based on VICE v3.3. Switch sound emulation to "Fast SID" at 44.1kHz to get full-speed emulation. Some disk games may not load with True Drive Emulation activated.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Morrowind OMW (aka "OpenMicroWave") No ? Standalone Free Requires the files from a PC installation of the original game.
GCE - Vectrex vecx Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Microsoft - MS-DOS DOSBox - SVN Yes A RetroArch Free It is possible to install Windows 3.1 on the emulated machine. It may also be possible to install Windows 95.
Microsoft - MS-DOS Magic DOSBox No ? Standalone Trial It is possible to install Windows 3.1 on the emulated machine. It may also be possible to install Windows 95.
Microsoft - MSX fMSX Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Minecraft Craft Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Microsoft - MSX blueMSX Yes ? RetroArch Free
NEC - PC Engine / CD Beetle PCE FAST Yes A RetroArch Core Free
NeoGeo NeoDroid Yes A Standalone Free Compatible with MAME ROMs. Put the neogeo.zip BIOS file in your ROMs directory “/sdcard/neodroid/roms”.
NeoGeo Pocket Color RACE Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Nintendo - 3DS - - E - - Not powerful enough.
Nintendo - DS DraStic No A Standalone Paid The only DS option. To set controller mappings, go to Settings -> External Controller and choose Select Key Mapping, then choose PlayStation 3. Use home button to enter mouse mode when needed. You can set right stick as stylus. See here for a list of confirmed playable games, including known patches. taki udon reviews
Nintendo - Gameboy / Color Gambatte Yes A Retroarch Free
Nintendo - GameBoy/GameBoy Color My OldBoy! Yes B RetroArch Free/Paid Has Link Cable emulation for local/remote multiplayer.
Nintendo - GameBoy Advance gpSP Yes A RetroArch 1.5.0 Only Free Runs under the older RetroArch app (v 1.5.0, with a blue GBA icon). Newer GBA cores running in newer versions of RetroArch do not perform well.
Nintendo - GameBoy Advance MyBoy! No B Standalone Free/Paid Runs better than gpSP and has link cable/network play if you buy the paid version.
Nintendo - GameCube - - E - - Not powerful enough.
Nintendo - Nintendo 64 Mupen64Plus FZ Yes A Standalone Donation Do not update! Use recommended rendering profile per game for optimal performance. Here are the settings/render profiles if you lose them, copy these to internal storage. The most recent version in the Play Store will not work on the RP2. This is the latest working version. These are games reviewed by Taki Udon.
Nintendo - Nintendo 64 N64oid Yes B Standalone Free N64oid does not recognize the right joystick at all.
Nintendo - NES / Famicom FCEUmm Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Nintendo - SFC Satellaview Snesx 2005 Plus Yes A RetrorAch Core Free Minor issues.
Nintendo - SNES / SFC Snes9x 2002 Yes B RetroArch Core Free Has netplay for multiplayer.
Nintendo - SNES / SFC Snes9x 2010 Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Nintendo - Wii - - E - - Not powerful enough.
Nintendo - Virtual Boy Beetle VB Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Pokémon Mini Pokemini Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Quake TyrQuake Yes A RetroArch Core Free
ScummVM ScummVM Yes A Standalone Free Has a known bug that shows no directories on launch. Fix is to search for a game and place a “/“ in the search box and select “Choose”. This will bring up the directory listing.
Sega - 32X PicoDrive Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Sega - Dreamcast Flycast 1.8.4 Yes C RetroArch Core Free Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM. Here are more configs and game demos.
Sega - Dreamcast Flycast 1.9.0 No A-C RetroArch Core Free The 1.9.0 update to the core provides better performance on par with standalone. Better that its inside RetroArch. Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM. More configs game demos
Sega - Dreamcast Flycast No C Stand-alone Free You may need to use Reicast to configure Flycast and configure the Bios. See DC Configuration Tips at the bottom of this page. Taki Udon reviews are listed here. (Flycast is not included on beta batch units).
Sega - Dreamcast ReDream No E Standalone Donation The RP2 is not powerful enough to run ReDream.
Sega - Dreamcast Reicast Yes C Standalone Free The back end for Flycast (beta units only have Reicast installed). Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM.
Sega - Game Gear Gearsystem Yes B RetroArch Core Free
Sega - Game Gear Genesis Plus GX Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Sega - Master System Gearsystem Yes B RetroArch Core Free
Sega - Master System Genesis Plus GX Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Sega - Master System PicoDrive Yes B RetroArch Core Free
Sega - Mega Drive / Genesis (plus CD) Genesis Plus GX Yes A RetrorArch Core Free
Sega - Mega Drive / Genesis (plus CD) PicoDrive Yes B RetrorArch Core Free
Sega - Saturn - - E - - Not powerful enough.
Sega - SG-1000 blueMSX Yes ? RetroArch Free
Sega - SG-1000 Gearsystem Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Sharp X68000 PX68K Yes A RetroArch Core Free Needs BIOS file to run.
Sinclair - ZX Spectrum Fuse Yes A RetrorAch Free Needs Keyboard Control.
SNK - Neo Geo AES Neodroid Yes ? Standalone Free Compatible with MAME ROMs. Put neogeo.zip bios file in your roms directory “/sdcard/neodroid/roms”.
SNK - Neo Geo CD NeoCD Yes A RetroArch Core Free
SNK - Neo Geo Pocket / Color RACE Yes A RetroArch Core Free
Sony - PlayStation PCSX ReARMed Yes A RetroArch Core Free Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM. https://docs.libretro.com/library/pcsx_rearmed/

Also, if your games are in CHD format, be sure to set the 'CD Access Method' to 'Synchronous'.

Sony - PlayStation ePSXe No B Stand-alone Trial Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM.
Sony - PlayStation FPse64 No B Standalone ? Compatibility can be increased by installing the system BIOS ROM.
Sony - PlayStation 2 - - E - - Not powerful enough.
Sony - PlayStation Portable PPSSPP Yes A-C Standalone Donation Use the recommended profile settings per game for optimal performance. Generally struggles with more demanding 3D games, such as the God of War series. Taki Udon reviews are listed here.
Spectravideo - SVI blueMSX Yes A RetroArch Free
TurboGrafx 16/PCE Beetle PCE FAST Yes A RetroArch Core Free
TurboGrafx 16 CD/PCE CD Beetle PCE FAST Yes A RetroArch Core Free BIOS files needed to run.
Various (PC Adventures) ScummVM Yes ? Standalone Free Shows no directories on launch. Fix is to search for a game and place a “/“ in the search box and select “Choose”. This will bring up the directory listing.


CONFIGURATION TIPS[edit]

==== N64 Emulation Tips ====[New]

With over 300 games tested with the universal profile provided by Expertwooden, Retroid Pocket 2 is now able to play most of the N64 games smoothly without further configurations. You can find the video tutorial here: https://youtu.be/nF8Mb9WIF5Q

You will need a specific Mupen64 FZ version: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-4x2B4s-WACd74_HIVvCyQmteuiLIguS/view


==== N64 Core Tips ====[Old]

You can use N64 in your RP2 with RetroArch (so you can use RetroAchievements, for instance). Not every game runs perfect, and many need further tweaking, but overall you should be pleasantly surprised.

This only works with Mupen64Next or NextGLES2 (GLES3 and Parallel simply crash).

Paste the contents of Mupen64Plus-Next.opt to:

  • <internal storage>/Android/data/com.retroarch/files/retroarch-core-option.cfg

Or paste the full OPT file here:

  • <internal storage>/retroarch/configs/Mupen64Plus-Next/

Please note:

  • Use only glide64 for video (angrylion is slow, parallel simply fails).
  • All Mupen Cores share the same configs.

Dreamcast Configuration Tips[edit]

This only applies to beta batch units (Pink, Blue, and Orange). Later units do not include Reicast, and include Flycast pre-installed by itself.

Configuration for the pre-installed Flycast Standalone app is done through the pre-installed Reicast app. Flycast will have better performance than Reicast.

Open Reicast and click on the DC BIOS and format Memory Card 1. For controller settings, set the ports of all to "None", and the port for Android PlayStation to A. Click Map, and map the buttons to their appropriate locations - you may not need to map all buttons. Click Done, then Done again. You may now close Reicast.

Launch Flycast, which shares a config with Reicast, and load and play your game.

If there are issues with the controller, you may need to modify the .cfg file in Flycast. To do this, go into the directory path for Flycast and find the folder named mappings. Inside, there should be a file named Android_Playstation3.cfg. Open the file, scroll to the bottom, and erase the line for deadzone value. This should not be needed if Reicast 20.02b or newer is installed, or if you have used the .cfg file.



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