Game Emulation on MacOS: A Guide to Reliving Your Favourite Games

Luis Serrano
Game Emulation on MacOS: A Guide to Reliving Your Favourite Games


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Do you miss playing your favorite classic games from your childhood? With game emulation, you can relive those memories on your MacOS computer. Game emulation allows you to run software that mimics the behavior of classic gaming consoles, enabling you to play classic games on your MacOS computer. In this blog post, we’ll cover the basics of game emulation on MacOS and how to get started.

What is Game Emulation?

Game emulation is the process of running software that mimics the behavior of classic gaming hardware, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Sega Genesis, and others. This software, known as an emulator, allows you to play games designed for these classic systems on your MacOS computer.

Getting Started with Game Emulation on MacOS

Getting started with game emulation on MacOS is simple. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download an emulator: There are many different emulators available for different classic gaming systems. Some popular options include OpenEmu and RetroArch. You can find instructions for installing these emulators below.
  2. Download ROMs: ROMs are game files that can be played on an emulator. These can be downloaded from websites such as ROMs World, Emuparadise, and CoolROM.
  3. Configure your emulator: Once you’ve downloaded an emulator and ROMs, you’ll need to configure the emulator to work with your MacOS system. This typically involves setting up controls, graphics, and audio settings.
  4. Play games: Once your emulator is set up, you can start playing your classic games on your MacOS computer.

Let’s get the fun started!

Installing OpenEmu or  RetroArch is a straightforward process:

  • The first step is to download  the emulator from the official site:
  • Click on the “Download” button to download the latest version of each emulator, selecting the MacOS version.
  • Once the download is complete, double-click the DMG file to mount it. Then, drag the emulator icon to the Applications folder to install it.
  • After installing an emulator, launch it from the Applications folder or from Launchpad.

Adding and Playing games


  • Install Core Plugins: OpenEmu uses Core Plugins to support different gaming systems. To play games on OpenEmu, you’ll need to install the Core Plugins for the gaming systems you want to play. You can install Core Plugins by clicking on the “OpenEmu” menu and selecting “Preferences.” Then, go to the “Cores” tab and select the systems you want to install. Click the “Install” button to install the Core Plugins.
  • Add Games: Once you’ve installed the Core Plugins, you can add games to OpenEmu by clicking on the “File” menu and selecting “Add to Library.” You can add games by selecting individual files, or by adding entire folders.
  • Play Games: Once you’ve added games to OpenEmu, you can start playing them by double-clicking on the game in the library. You can also configure game-specific settings, such as graphics, audio, and controls, from the “OpenEmu” menu.


Installing RetroArch isn’t too complicated, but it takes a little more configuration to do. So here’s a video explaining the whole process.

The legality of playing games in emulators varies by country and region. In general, it is legal to use emulators if you own the original game or if you are using a legally obtained ROM. However, downloading ROMs of games that you do not own is illegal and considered copyright infringement. It’s important to note that while emulators themselves may be legal, they can be used to play illegal ROMs, which is what makes their legality somewhat murky. To stay on the safe side, it’s best to use emulators to play games that you already own or to use legally obtained ROMs.

The best machine to run your emulators: M2 Pro Mac mini

The new M2 Pro Mac mini can run PS3, WiiU, PS2, Gamecube and many more emulator at full speed and resolution. Watch this video to see in action some emulation like Gamecube using Dolphin PSP using PPSSPP, Wii U Using CEMU, PS2 using Aethersx2 for Mac and even PS3 with RPCS3.


Game emulation is a great way to relive your loved classic games on your MacOS computer. With a few simple steps, you can be up and running in no time, playing all of your favourite games from your childhood. Whether you’re a fan of classic arcade games, RPGs, or platformers, game emulation has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Download an emulator today and start reliving your childhood happy moments!


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