Who doesn’t like to play the classic old school titles right? We all grew up playing our favorite games on our beloved classic consoles & handheld devices. When we look at them now, we instantly remember the good old days of our childhood.
Well as many of you already know, we can still play our favorite old console games using Emulators.
Emulators are not illegal to download but some of the ROMs are. That is why Nintendo the big-daddy of the old-school consoles, filed multiple lawsuits against many free ROM sharing websites. So as a result, some of the popular rom sites removed the download links from their websites and some just simply disappeared from the web.
Nowadays most of the remaining sites are filled with malware and other threats, most of them try to imitate the now-closed good sites. So that’s the reason why I am writing this post to share some of the best ROM sites from where you can download your favorite ROMs along with working Emulators.
Here is a list of 20 best ROM sites which are safe to visit and are still working even after the Nintendo lawsuits.
1. Vimm’s Lair
This one has to be on our number one spot. Vimm’s Lair is a website dedicated to providing us with classic ROMS and Emulators. The website is more than 18 years old but is still going strong.
After the downfall of Emuparadise, the site gained more popularity and became one of the best rom sites hosting ROMs for almost all the classic systems.
Their collection consists of almost all of the game titles which were released in the US for 10+ different classic game consoles. The site uses a very simple yet very to browse design, the ROMs are sorted out nicely and can be very easily found by using various search & sorting options available on the site.
The site also provides the Emulators for various platforms like WINDOWS, MAC, LINUX, ANDROID etc, which are required to run the ROMs downloaded from their site.
2. The Eye
The Eye is an archival site which hosts various content from all over the internet, including ROMs. Their archival service currently holds ROMs for more than 60 consoles which total up to 3.1TB of storage!!.
On The Eye, you can find Rom files for almost every console imaginable. From Atari Consoles to Nintendo Switch, you name it. Most of the ROMs files are directly downloadable from here without any ads or any intrusive pop-ups.
The site is very simple to navigate and content can be easily found there, they do offer a sitewide search tool but do not have a search tool for specifically searching ROMS. However, they do sort them in alphabetic order and specific games can easily be found using the Find and Replace function of a web browser.
Another site hosting great quality roms and emulators. DopeRoms has one of the best roms collection among the websites that I listed here.
The games can be easily found using the search bar located on the top of the page or by selecting your console from the left side of the page. Currently, they have over 171,589 ROM files available to download for 140+ different consoles, so no matter how unique classic ROM you are looking for, you will likely find it here along the emulator required to run the game.
DopeRoms also provided you with tips, glitches which gives you advantages & cheat codes for over 9000+ ROMs, which might come in handy if you are stuck in a part of the game and need help clearing that section.
Unlike other rom sites, nicoblog is a Blog type site which provides ROMs of various popular consoles. They do not host any content on their servers but do provide download links from very reputable and fast services like Mega and Mediafire.
They Provide full ROM sets for various consoles like N64, Sega, Atari, NES, GBA and many more. Full ROMs are full sets of games for the specified console type, by using them the whole folder of games that they have can be downloaded as a single compressed file.
The thing which makes NicoBlog different from other similar ROM hosting sites is that they also have ROMs(iso) for PS Vita, ps3 &Wii, which are very hard to find.
Nicoblog also has posts related to fixing the most common errors with emulator and ROM files. They also have various tutorials related to Running the games on your respective systems, you can check these posts out if you are facing any errors while Emulating the ROMS.
Romulation is one of the best rom sites on our list. The site hosts almost 28,000 ROM files, each well organized as easy to find. The site also claims that they have tested each ROM for stability and safety.
They offer ROMs from various Nintendo, Playstation & SEGA consoles like Wii, Gamecube, GBA, NES, Dreamcast, PS2, PS3 and more.
The site is very easy to browse and you will not have any trouble finding the ROMs that you are looking for. The homepage has all the names of the consoles for which they have ROMs for and every console can be easily identified because of their picture next to the name of the console.
Another site filled with which provide great ROMs. On the download page of CDRomance, you will find the original artwork of the game along with some gameplay screenshots. You will also find other useful details like Games Release Date, Genere, and Region of the ROM file.
You can find all kinds of roms here, from original to fanmade ports and even hacks and mods. They also give you a recommendation for emulators according to the device that you are using.
If ignoring the occasional pop-up ads, the site is an excellent place to download ROMs for popular classic consoles like GBA, GB, GBC, SNES, Gamecube etc.
FreeRoms only Provide ROM files for a few consoles like Atari, GB/A/C, PSP, N64 etc, but Over 3000+ ROM files are available. They also provide links to various Emulators and software that you need to get on your Emulation Journey.
They have a Rating system in place so you can check every ROM that you download and see other peoples opinions. You can also Rate a ROM file with 10 points if you like it and 0 Pts if there was any problem with it.
No need to register for downloading ROMs, downloads are quick and safe. Just beware of the ads on here and you will be good to go.
This might be the perfect site for you, if you like simple, clutter-less, ad-free design that is. They have game ROMs for popular Atari, Nintendo, SEGA and Sony Consoles along with the Compatible emulators to run them.
Sadly, you can not search through their archives for you favorite ROMs as there is no search bar or anything. But searching for them is very easy because of sites neat design, Find and Replace works pretty good as well.
They provide google drive links for download so no need to worry about getting fake exe files, malware etc.
ROMs for popular consoles like Atari, Nintendo(GBA, GBC, SNES, NES etc), MAME, SEGA etc along with SNK, BBC, NEO etc can be downloaded from Emulator.Games. You can either download the game or play it online. Yes, this site also allows you to play your favorite console games online in your browser.
The homepage will show you most popular games on their site and this along with the search bar will get you to the ROM that you are looking for very quickly.
Romsmode is a fariy new site but in no means inferior to the older ones. They have a fairly decent roms collection with ROMs for most of the popular classic consoles as we all some roms for handhelp devices such as GB, GBA, PSP etc. On their home page, they list some of the popular consoles which you can get roms for. You can also use the provided seartch bar to get to what you are looking for. They even have a emulators section form where you can get all of the emulators to run the games that they list.
On Emulanium, you can find roms for gba n64, nes, dreamcast, super nintendo and a couple of other consoles. This list might not be huge the collection of roms in each of the mentioned catagoery is. they have thousands of roms available to download, each with the emulator that they run on.
Wow roms is one of the best rom sites which is available right now. The site has roms available for over 30 + emulators and even games for old computer systems like apple I, Acron, DOS etc. You can even play some rom files (GBA ones) online from their site.
The sites listed above are safe to use and are in working condition, but for some reasons if you want other alternatives, here are rest of the sites if you want to check out more options, following the lawsuits, they are still in working order despite having some of their ROM sections removed.
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Well, this concludes my post on the best safe and working ROM sites. Please note that it might not be legal to download some of the ROM files if you have never owned a physical copy of them before.
The last time I checked, all the websites were fully functional and working, if you find that some of the links are broken or no longer work do mention them in the comments.
If you have any suggestions for this list write a comment below to let me know, also I would love to hear about your favorite site to download roms and about your favorite good old classic games.