What are the best ROM sites?

Are you itching to play your childhood retro video games from the NES or Atari generation? Relive your memories by downloading your fave game through this list of ROM sites. Play all of these ROMs through your favorite emulators.

asked by Anonymous
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16 solutions
  1. 13

    #1Retrostic

    Retrostic

    Retrostic provides direct download links of retro games in a ROM form. It has emulators to run ROM and ISO files. You can even request them to add a game on their catalog.

    Websites

    Free

    Nicole Parker
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "I always download gba roms from this site. From the legend of zelda to the pokemon series. you can all find it here."
  2. 9

    #2Gamulator

    Gamulator

    Gamulator is a website that lets users download ROMs of their favorite classic games absolutely free. It also offers lots of emulators to choose from, starting from SNES up to PSP.

    Websites

    Free

    Brianna Venegas
    Written on April 29, 2019
    "Best Retro Gaming Website no viruses and you have all the popular retro games in one place. The safest website for this kind of games."
  3. 8

    #3RomsMania.com

    RomsMania.com

    RomsMania.com is a website where users can download free ROMs from various consoles. Users can also download emulators to use with their games on this ROM site.

    Websites

    Free

    Daniel Monroy
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Where else can we find hard to fund stuffs like free roms? Of course in the romsmania!! Everything are located here, but you need to search for sure."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

ROM, which stands for read-only memory, is a type of computer memory that is hard-wired and cannot be changed. It is often used to store firmware and for storing data that do not need to be modified. A ROM file is typically used in the context of emulation, where the ROM chips of video game cartridges are copied and run on a software called an emulator, making it possible to play the game without using the console it is made for.

DID YOU KNOW?

There are ROM files for games for virtually every console. This makes it easy and convenient for players to take a walk down memory lane and play games for nostalgia, especially for older consoles that may not be available anymore due to old age, like the 1983 Nintendo Entertainment System. In a way, ROMs immortalize these games and make them available to play for everyone, despite their age and loss of original hardware. Additionally, ROMs can be modded to provide a new gaming experience for players, whether by improving the graphics, increasing the difficulty, or adding twists to classic games. However, because of ROM files’ hackability, they can become a vector for malware and viruses. Make sure to download ROMs only trusted sites to avoid security risks.

  1. 8

    #4WoWroMs

    WoWroMs

    WoWroMs is a website of game ROMs from different platforms such as Game Boy Advance, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and PlayStation Portable (PSP).

    Websites

    Free

    Matthew Hayes
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Better choices of cool roms and easy to download. You can even get the emulator here so you can use it on your phone or pc."
  2. 6

    #5Internet Archive

    Internet Archive

    Internet Archive is one of your possible choices for downloading game ROMs for free. Aside from that, users can also find other free digital products such as movies and music.

    Websites

    Free

    Lidia Núñez
    Written on July 26, 2018
    "@Henry Yeah no lmao. This site isn't entirely legal, and if "Nintendoot", as you put it, finds ample reason to prove that the site is providing copyrighted content, it'll still get removed from the site. But if it doesn't, well then, I guess this is the place I'll be getting my roms from too. Let's just hope for the best and hope that Nintendo overlooks this particular gem."
  3. 4

    #6My Abandonware

    My Abandonware

    My Abandonware, like other ROM downloading websites, has a vast catalog of games to choose for. It has playable ROMs from various platforms like Atari ST and Genesis.

    Websites

    Free

    Navya Mehta
    Written on July 26, 2018
    "@Ralph Reynolds I'm with ya on that one, mate. Speaking as someone who doesn't have access to a high-end PC, ROMs and emulators are the only places I can play games without dedicated ram. Unfortunately for us GBA emulator gamers, Nintendo doesn't really care about it's playerbase and I doubt they'll pull the lawsuit back just because a select few wouldn't approve. Their plans for future revenue comes first, after all"
  4. 0

    #7NicoBlog

    NicoBlog

    NicoBlog is a site with free ROMs and ROM packs to download from different consoles like NES and SNES, Game Boy Color and Advance, up to the PS2 ISOs and NoNpDRM files from PS Vita.

    Websites

    Free

    Patrick Fox
    Written on September 27, 2018
    "Didn't know this blog would have so many classic games kappa. I gave it a shot and although the DL speed wasn't as fast as the others, they're all worth the wait since 4 games I've DLed have woked well so far."
  5. 0

    #8Royal Roms

    Royal Roms

    Royal Roms is one among this list of ROM games downloading sites that users can use to find games like Pokemon from Nintendo DS and Game Boy for free, among others.

    Websites

    Free

    Nicole Sims
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "Royal Roms is a really underrated ROM site and I'm actually really surprised that it was included in this ranking. Props to the person that put it here! I have always felt that more people need to use this site since it has really good game ROM collection. Some obscure titles are here too and it's just as easy to use as other sites. It's great so check it out!"
  6. -1

    #9Loveroms

    Loveroms

    This defunct ROM downloading website, Loveroms, used to offer free downloading of playable retro games in the form of ROM files from platforms like Nintendo Game Boy, and more.

    Websites
    Chen Yao
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "Wow. I saw this list and was surprised that this was not at the top of the list! To be fair, though, I do like the other top two sites mentioned here, but I personally use Loveroms more than those two. Maybe it's the website layout (looks like a Super Mario game) that has me hooked but it really is just an all-around great site where I can easily download the games that I want with no fuss. "
  7. -1

    #10Rom Hustler

    Rom Hustler

    Rom Hustler is a website to download ROM of games from many different video gaming consoles like Atari 2600 and 5200, up to Sony PlayStations 1 and 2 and PlayStation Portable.

    Websites

    Free

    Frank May
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "This is a good website if you're wanting to download ROMs you can use on your emulators. I have downloaded around 10 games from here already and I haven't had any trouble with viruses or those kinds of things. Some may think that the website is too simple-looking but it works for me and I don't really like fancy designs so it's fine. I recommend this to everyone. "
  8. -1

    #11RetrosGames

    RetrosGames

    RetrosGames is one of those services that offer ROMs to download that lets its users play retro games from different classic gaming platforms on their PC and mobile devices. 

    Websites

    Free

    Edward Weber
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Growing up, Super Nintendo has been a part of my everyday life! Now that I have my own family, playing these games are still a possibility because of the snes roms. The nostalgic feeling when you play MArio, best feeling ever!"
  9. -2

    #12Romulation

    Romulation

    Romulation, one of the best ROM sites, offers games they can play on emulators from the classic video game consoles such as SNES, up to the most recent like the Sony PlayStation 3.

    Websites

    Free

    Kathy Kim
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "Ok, this is the coolest thing ever! I have been a gamer since I was a kid. As with most youth, we don't realize what we had until it's gone because we are always looking at the latest, shiny, new object. Some of the old school games are the best, most fun games, even compared to many of today's titles. The problem is, finding those old games is hard, and then finding the console to play them on is even harder. NOW it's possible to play a lot of old school games on the PC. This is my heaven. My only complaint is that they don't have games as far back as the Atari 2600. If they did, I'd never leave the house again. "
  10. -2

    #13RomsMode

    RomsMode

    This site of ROMs has games from almost all consoles that most of the millennial a grew up on. RomsMode has Pokemon ROMs from Nintendo GBA and DS, as well as ISOs for PS2 and PSP.

    Websites

    Free

    Tang Jiang
    Written on June 17, 2019
    "Aside from emuparadise, RomsMode is my second go-to site for rom downloads. Faster downloading and also has many games to choose from!"
  11. -4

    #14CoolROM.com

    CoolROM.com

    CoolROM.com is a website offering ROMs of various games from different classic gaming consoles that users can download and play on their emulators for free.

    Websites

    Free

    José Antonio Áviles
    Written on July 26, 2018
    "@Sun Wu I don't really know what you're trying to get across here. This isn't about money or our "ability to buy new consoles" or whatever TF you're hinting at. Just because a game is old doesn't mean no one wants to play it anymore. Games are an art form, and how they impact the viewer will depend on how much they will stay in a person's memory. And let me tell you, whether or not they admit it, one of the reasons they're banning these old games from emulators is because they want to keep the game on lockdown and inaccessible to people for now so it gains value over time, enabling them to use that value for future sells."
  12. -6

    #15Complete Roms

    Complete Roms

    Complete Roms is a website like other ROM websites in this list that used to offer free ROMs of retro games from consoles like SNES that users can download and play with their emulator. 

    Websites
    Katherine Gonzalez
    Written on July 26, 2018
    "@caterina donthaveone Yeah, same. Couldn't access the site for myself as well. Guess Nintendo does work fast in dropping those lawsuits and getting ROM sites shut down. It's a shame though. They obviously want to keep the games in lockdown so they can earn more from them in the near future. I wouldn't fret too much about it, tbh. These sites are a lot like thepiratebay, they get shut down, and they get back up again with the same content and a different domain. Nintendo's fighting a losing battle here. Everyone knows nothing stays off the internet for too long ROFL"
  13. -14

    #16Emuparadise

    Emuparadise

    Emuparadise is one of the largest ROM sites that users can find on the internet. It offers classic video game ROMs and ISO files of different video gaming consoles.

    Websites

    Free

    Beverly Gonzalez
    Written on June 27, 2018
    "This is my go-to ROM site and I have been using this for the past 2 years or so. I started using it when I had a sudden need to play all of my Final Fantasy games again and I have really enjoyed how easy it is to download my ROMs here, especially since I like playing games on my laptop these days. I highly recommend this site!"

Summary

Best What are the best ROM sites
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1RetrosticWebsites 13 Free
2GamulatorWebsites 9 Free
3RomsMania.comWebsites 8 Free
4WoWroMsWebsites 8 Free
5Internet ArchiveWebsites 6 Free
6My AbandonwareWebsites 4 Free
7NicoBlogWebsites 0 Free
8Royal RomsWebsites 0 Free
9LoveromsWebsites -1 Paid
10Rom HustlerWebsites -1 Free
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