The RetroEngine runs software for over 40 different platforms, the table above gives you an overview of all supported systems. It also gives information about the systems that run with no special configuration out of the box (green). Some of the other systems require additional components or individual configuration - this is particular true for computers such as for example the Apple II or the Amiga but also for video game systems that originally came with very complex controllers (for example the Intellivision). With the exception of a few software titles, on these systems the number of keys can not be mapped in a general manner to the type of gamepads used with the RetroEngine or other video games systems. We highly recommend using a keyboard for these systems.

We have grouped the systems by color, the colors have the following meaning:

Green: These systems run without any additional install and are part of the default installation. The controls are preconfigured and can be adjusted centrally in Emulationstation for all RetroEngine and many 3rd party game controllers. Difficulty of setting up and using these systems: Beginner

Light Green: These systems are part of the optional install and require no additional bios uploads. The controls are preconfigured and can be adjusted centrally in Emulationstation for all RetroEngine and many 3rd party game controllers. Difficulty of setting up and using these systems: Easy

Blue: These systems are part of the default installation but they do require the upload of “Bios” files that we can not bundle with the RetroEngine for legal reasons. For more information see the upcoming section “Uploading ROMs (games) and Bios files”. The controls are preconfigured and can be adjusted centrally in Emulationstation for all RetroEngine and many 3rd party game controllers. Difficulty of setting up and using these systems: Moderate

Yellow: These systems are part of the default installation and do not require additional bios uploads, but they require a Keyboard/Mouse and/or idividual control configuration. The controls are not preconfigured but need to be set for the specific system. Difficulty of setting up and using these systems: Advanced

Purple: These systems are part of the default installation but they require additional bios uploads. They also require a Keyboard/Mouse and/or idividual control configuration. The controls are not preconfigured and need to be set for each specific system. Difficulty of setting up and using these systems: Complex