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Play Thousands of Retro Games on Firestick with RetroArch

Retro Gaming on Firestick with RetroArch

This video tutorial will teach you how to play thousands of Retro Games on Firestick, Fire TV, Android TV Box, NVIDIA SHIELD, and more with RetroArch.

RetroArch is a free application that can be side-loaded onto the Firestick, Fire TV, or any Android-powered device.

RetroArch includes emulators for all popular gaming systems including PlayStation, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega, GameBoy, Atari, Commodore, and more.

The great thing about RetroArch is the ability to play all games in one user interface.

Most applications will only allow for us to play one gaming system but RetroArch give us everything under one “roof”.

Yes, there are many different ways that you can “peel this orange”.

This is one of many ways that you can setup retro-gaming on an Android-powered device along with some other options listed below:

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How to Play Retro Games on Firestick / Fire TV with RetroArch

Note:  RetroArch user interface has changed but the same process applies covered in the video.


1:26 – Prepare USB drive

8:30 – Install RetroArch

13:16 – Pair Matricom G-Pad BX Bluetooth Game Pad with Fire TV Stick 4K

15:35 – Configure initial settings for RetroArch

18:02 – Setup Game Pad button mapping

24:22 – Setup RetroArch Cores (emulators)


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26:50 – Add ROMs (games) to RetroArch

28:55 – Download thumbnails for games

30:32 – Add games as favorites

31:58 – In-game options and features

33:18 – A few tips I learned along the way

* See notes below for downloading thumbnails to USB drive.


Links Mentioned In Video

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

OTG Cable/Adapter

Matricom G-Pad BX Bluetooth GamePad – No longer available, however, most Bluetooth gamepads will work. See this –

SanDisk Ultra CZ48 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Rufus USB FAT32 Formatter

How To Format a Flash Drive With A Mac to FAT32

7-Zip File Archiver

Google Search for “No-Intro Rom Set”

Note: If you are having problems downloading the Thumbnails through the Online updater or you want to save space on your device, you may download them onto your USB Drive instead.

1. Create a new directory on your USB Drive named “Thumbnails”.

2. Download your respective game system thumbnails to this directory by using this site on GitHub –

3. Unzip the zip file into same directory.

4. Rename the folder to the matching name of the Game System that you see on the GitHub page.

Example: Super Nintendo Thumbnails folder should be renamed to “Nintendo – Super Nintendo Entertainment System” because this is how the name of the file is listed on the GitHub page.

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5. In RetroArch, change the directory of where Thumbnails are stored under Settings / Directory.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is RetroArch Legal?

Yes. RetroArch is completely legal to install and use. However, some games may have copyright restrictions.

Is RetroArch Safe?

Yes. Users can install and use RetroArch safely. However, if you want to protect your data we always suggest a VPN.

What devices can I install RetroArch on?

There are tons of devices compatible with RetroArch including Android, Windows, iOS, Firestick, and more.

What is RetroArch used for?

Most install RetroArch to play or emulate tons of retro games on any device.

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