Collection:Game ROM images

From Free Software Directory
Jump to: navigation, search

Team Captain: David Hedlund

Participants: Jacobk

These free games are occasionally offered on ROM cartridges by the developer, so they can be used on original home video consoles, but also downloaded for emulators.

ROMs are short for read-only memory. In the emulator/rom scene it is a catch-all for cartridge dumps, ISO disc backups, etc. They can be played on the hardware if you have means to flash a cartridge, bypass the verification, or use a "flash cart" which varies on the system. Homebrew, when applied to video games, refers to games produced by hobbyists for proprietary video game consoles which are not intended to be user-programmable.

This page is an evaluation. We do not yet know if this page exclusively refers or links to free software. Please read the page for more information.




Atari 2600


Home consoles

Nintendo Entertainment System
Super NES
Nintendo 64
  • A note about N64 ROM images: currently any ROM that works on a real N64 depends on some nonfree Nintendo bootloader code, known as IPL3. This software was included on every N64 cartridge release. See and for more details. It may be the case that some N64 emulators do not actually read that part of the ROM, in which case modified ROM images that only work on emulators may be easier to get as fully free software.
Wii U


Game Boy
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
Nintendo DSi
Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo Switch


Home consoles

Sega Dreamcast
Sega Genesis


Game Gear


Neo Geo CD


Template:See also


Homebrew: "Making games on the PlayStation is possible with any model of the system through the use of a modchip or the double 'Swap Trick'. There is also a softmod/save game exploit called "tonyhax" Requirements consist of a PC, SDK, and a 'Comms Link' device to upload and download files to and from the console." -

PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Portable
PlayStation 4



Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the page “GNU Free Documentation License”.

The copyright and license notices on this page only apply to the text on this page. Any software or copyright-licenses or other similar notices described in this text has its own copyright notice and license, which can usually be found in the distribution or license text itself.