Tutorials & How To's

Monday, September 16, 2013

Any Emulator ROMS

Hi, it has been a while since i wrote the last tutorial, mainly because I was busy during the last two weeks working on a new app, well since I’ve got many requests asking for the best way to get the games, I decided to make an app that will help you out finding the ROM files you are looking for. Now, that it’s ready, this will be a quick review/tutorial for my new app : As always, I will try to keep it as easy as possible so anyone can follow up easily.

By the way, if you have any issues/problems about configuring or running your emulators you can check my tutorials over here Emulators Tutorials, if you can't find a tutorial about your emulator:

Contact us via or by email geminiandroidapps@gmail.com

  1. Requirements :

  2. Running the app :

    Any Emulator ROMS includes a list games for the consoles below :
    - Atari 2600
    - Atari 5200
    - Atari 7800
    - Atari Jaguar
    - Atari Lynx
    - Commodore 64
    - CPS1
    - CPS2
    - Gameboy Advance
    - Gameboy Color
    - MAME
    - Neo Geo
    - Neo Geo CD
    - Neo Geo Pocket
    - Nintendo
    - Nintendo 64
    - Nintendo DS
    - Nintendo Gamecube
    - PC ENGINE (when using google search engine)
    - PSP (when using google search engine)
    - Sega CD
    - Sega Dreamcast
    - Sega Game Gear
    - Sega Genesis
    - Sega Master System
    - Sega Model 2
    - Sega Saturn
    - Sony Playstation
    - Super Nintendo
    - Bandai Wonderswan
    - Bandai Wonderswan Color
    - Nintendo Famicom
    - Nintendo Virtual Boy
    - Panasonic 3DO
    and much more...
First when you run the app you will notice that there is a search engine that you will have to choose from, for now it’s either google or coolRom, I will try to add more to cover more consoles, while google is more generic and will provides many random links Hypnotized, coolrom (Default search engine) is straight to the point and will deliver instantly what you are looking for Winking :

Next thing to do is to select the console and click browse button, this will list all the games for the selected console, you can use the text field at the top to search or filter the list :

When you select a game, you will prompted to the game details screen, when you will be able to see some screenshots of the game, browse for other images for the games with the “show more snapshots” button, look for an emulator with the “Look for an emulator” button and search for the game with the “Search for game” Button which when you click on it will direct you to the search engine result page (for this example coolrom) :

  1. CoolRom Search Engine :

If you have chose CoolRom search engine, select the game, and scroll down until you see the download button :

Click on it and you will get the game :

  1. Emuparadise Search Engine :

If you have chose Emuparadise search engine, select from the search result the ROM file to download, as you can see emuparadise offers ROMS for different regions (E) for Europe, (U) for USA, (J) for Japan, etc...

Now scroll down and click the link "8-Download Links" :

Scroll down until you reach "Direct Download Links" and click the Download link (Download Resident Evil 3 for our example):

Finally, scroll down to "Direct Download" and click the Rom download link, and the download should start :

And that’s it Whew, i hope this tutorial was clear, see you again in another tutorial and please don’t forget Dohto rate our apps Gemini Apps to support us.

For more emulators tutorials, check out : Android Emulators Tutorials

Sunday, September 1, 2013

RetroArch Android : Multi Console emulator for Android – Part I : NeoGeo Emulators

Hi, welcome back to another android tutorial, this time we will be covering a new kind of emulator, it’s not just one, but a plenty of them in one application : RetroArch Android, this is the first part of the tutorial/review where we will try the Arcade Emulator, Mame , NeoGeo… what ever you would like to call it Winking. As always, I will try to keep it as easy as possible so anyone can follow up easily.

To contact us or by email geminiandroidapps@gmail.com.
  1. Requirements :

    First, lets list the necessary tools to play games on our phones :
    • RetroArch Android : First, we need to install the app on our android devices, here is the link of the app on android app store : RetroArch Android. It's Free btw  Winking.
    • Any Emulator BIOS : This a necessary tool for the emulator to work, we will need it to generate a file called BIOS which is necessary to run the games, here is the link for the app : Any Emulator BIOS.
    Time out “ A what?? a BIOS?? what the heck is a BIOS file?? ”
    Nerd “ BIOS - that is the shortcut for Basic Input/Output System : that's there the name comes from! You can think of a BIOS as a set of instructions to jump start the Emulator .Without it, you will not be able to play the games.”
    Chatterbox“ Enough with the BLAA BLAA BLAA!! ME WANNA PLAY!!Angry
  2. Generating the BIOS file :

    After installing the app Any Emulator BIOS, launch the app from the home screen :

    Select "NeoGeo Bios" from the list then press browse :

    Any Emulator Bios

    Now we choose where to generate the BIOS file, click the "Browse" button and choose the folder to which the BIOS file will be generated then press "Select", you can keep the default value which is the root of your Internal Storage :

    Any Emulator Bios

    After specifying where to generate the BIOS file, click Generate Bios Files :

    Once done, use a file manager to verify that the BIOS files were successfully generated, a folder called “NeoGeo Bios” should be created under the specified folder earlier :

    within it, we can find the BIOS files (neogeo.zip) :

    Now we need to move the generated Bios fileneogeo.zip to the same folder as your game files folder (this is crucial for the emulator to run). Since, am used to place my games into a folder named “ROMS” I will move the generated Bios file to that folder, For that am going to use my default file manager in my Galaxy S2 (if you don’t have a file manager installed, try ES File Explorer File Manager and try to do the same steps) :

    First browse to the the folder NeoGeo Bios  where you can locate the BIOS file “neogeo.zip” :

    now select it to move it :

    And paste it under the folder that contains your game files :

    And that’s it, that wasn’t hard I guess Whew, the BIOS files are ready, now we can proceed to the next step.
  3. Configuring the emulator & running the games :

    At this point, we have the bios file and the ROM files located under the same folder “ROMS”. Now we need to run the emulator :

    At the home screen of the emulator, select “load game” :

    Now the app shows a list of emulators to choose between, select “Final Burn Alpha” :

    Now we need to browse to the folder where the Bios file and the ROM files (games) are stored:

    Now you just have to select the game file to start the game :

    And that’s it Whew, now you can live the old arcade games right on your phone Dancing. This was the first part of my review for this app, there will be others to come soon where i will try to explain how to setup each emulator. I hope this tutorial was clear, see you again in another tutorial and please don’t forget Dohto rate our app Any Emulator BIOS to support us.