Any legit way to get arcade games working on the R-Pi?
Is there any legit way to get arcade games working on the Pi? from what I understand so far is some of the arcade ports that have come out over the years that ended up on PC were designed only for Windows
but unless I can get Windows XP to work on the Pi complete with audio and video drivers, this is going to be a problem.
MAME is useless without ROMs, this is self explanatory.
It looks like for now, the only legal way to emulate games on the Pi is either DOSbox or through console cartridge dumps and DRM free digital distribution sources ike GOG.
dodonpachi last edited by
@agtrigormortis Which version of the Pi are you trying to run these on, and what arcade games are you trying to play? Things like Pacman and Street Fighter 2 will run fine on lr-fbneo.
You mentioned Windows arcade games, though. Are you trying to play Taito Type X games or something? I haven't seen anyone pull it off yet, but its theoretically possible with Box86.
@dodonpachi The Pi 4, my apologies, I should've mentioned that important detail earlier. In any case though I think getting Windows XP to work with full driver support will be a problem
if I can somehow get XP to work with full audio and video acceleration to work then it's possible to get Atari classics and Taito Legends to work, maybe, it depends if there will be a conflict with the ARM hardware or not.
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Probably the best source for arcade games are the SNK games on Humble/GoG (more selection on Humble). A lot of them were actually made free on Amazon Prime/Twitch this year and it looks like they're still up for grabs. Many of them include the rom as a zip file as well as the Neo Geo BIOS.
There are lots of arcade compilations on PSX (Atari, Namco, Konami, and Midway). I dump my own using RetroArch and my CD/DVD-ROM drive. Or you can rip them in ISO format and play them that way. That's what I do with my PS2 games (sadly, not on the pi yet though).
Arcade compilations also exist on cartridges that could be dumped if you had the hardware (I've done my N64 and GBA ones).
There is a GitHub project that has a list of ways to extract roms from software on the market (GoG, Steam, Google Play, etc.): https://github.com/farmerbb/RED-Project/wiki
Many of the Taito Legends and Taito Legends 2 games run on various versions of MAME once zipped. Some are missing files required by MAME though, and it is trial and error to figure out which version of MAME they work ideally on.
I know this is a little off topic, but due to the fact that some arcade games never got an official rerelease on either console or PC, legal ways to obtain them outside their original arcade cabinets or PCB's are impossible. Namely Sega OutRunners, and while there was a console version, it wasn't the same game and it was of poor quality compared to the original, some of it was because the Sega Genesis hardware was 16bit, and Sega OutRunners arcade ran on a much more powerful 32bit system.
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@agtrigormortis Yeah, I have that problem with several games I'd like to have. The 1992 X-Men beat 'em up is a prime example. Apparently I missed the boat for it being on XBox and Google Play. It's too bad companies don't do more collections and ports for those who can't afford to be arcade collector enthusiasts and don't want to be pirates. But on the bright side there are a lot of options for many of the best arcade games in the collections that do exist.