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We've compiled a list of 28 free and paid alternatives to EmulationStation. The primary competitors include RetroArch, Mame. In addition to these, users also draw comparisons between EmulationStation and LaunchBox, Lakka, HyperSpin. Also you can look at other similar options here: Games.

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EmulationStation Overview

EmulationStation is a graphical and themeable emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one place, even without a keyboard!

Works with any controller

EmulationStation provides an interface that is usable with any 4-button controller, set up from within the program itself.

Give each system the look it deserves with the custom theming system

EmulationStation includes a custom theming system that gives you control over how each screen looks on a per-system basis, from the system select screen to the game list.

Don't like our style? Try another set, or make your own!

Easily download game box art with the built-in metadata scraper

Download the full name, description, box art, rating, release date, developer, publisher, genre, and number of players for every game in your library with the press of a button.

EmulationStation Features

tick-square Custom themes
tick-square Multi System Emulator
tick-square User interface
tick-square Easy to use
tick-square Support for Themes
tick-square Night mode/Dark Theme

EmulationStation Platforms

Windows Linux

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EmulationStation Tags

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