RetroAchievements In RetroArch

What are RetroAchievements?

retroachievements.org is a service that provides a trophies unlocking mechanism similar to modern consoles, for Retro games.

Warning

The service is not maintained by RetroArch or the Libretro team.

Note

If you want to contribute, please update RetroArch and cores to get the latest fixes on the RetroAchievements feature; then in order to propose improvements to this document, do it via GitHub using "Pull Requests"

How to setup achievements

  1. Register an account on retroachievements.org (don't forget to confirm your account creation with the email they send to you).
  2. Open Retroarch and go to Settings->Achievements
  3. Enable the functionality and fill your retroachievements credentials

Note

The hardcore mode prevents you from using emulation features like slow motion, cheats and savestates. BUT gives you double points.

Check your connection to the service

You need an active Internet connection.

In this example, we are using the game Chrono Trigger (USA) with the Snes9x core.

Launch the game and trigger the Quick Menu.

Go to Achievements and you should see a list of the unlockable trophies for this game.

Check your progress

On the retroachievements website, you can login and access your account page.

You should be able to check your progress in the games and see which trophies you unlocked.

Trophies unlocked in hardcore mode are marked with a special color.

You can also check the progress of your friends and add comments on their trophies.

Cores Compatibility

Arcade

Core Supported Notes
FB Alpha Very experimental. Supports NeoGeo, CPS1, CPS2, CPS3

Atari 2600

Core Supported Notes
Stella

NES

Core Supported Notes
Mesen
FCEUmm
QuickNES
Nestopia UE Achievements are not fully supported yet
bnes
Emux NES

Master System / MegaDrive - Genesis

Core Supported
Gearsystem
Genesis Plus GX
Picodrive
Emux SMS

SNES

Core Supported Notes
Snes9x
Snes9x 2010
Snes9x 2005
Snes9x 2005 Plus
Snes9x 2002
bsnes Accuracy
bsnes Balanced
bsnes Performance
bsnes-mercury Accuracy
bsnes-mercury Balanced
bsnes-mercury Performance
bsnes C++98 (v085)
higan Accuracy Achievement support isn't going to be added
nSide Balanced Achievement support isn't going to be added
Beetle bsnes

Game Boy / Game Boy Color

Core Supported Notes
Gambatte
Gearboy
SameBoy
mGBA Achievements only work for the Game Boy Advance
Emux GB
TGB Dual

Game Boy Advance

Core Supported Notes
mGBA
VBA Next
VBA-M
Beetle GBA
gpSP
Meteor

PC Engine

Core Supported
Beetle PCE Fast
Beetle SGX

Neo Geo Pocket

Core Supported
Beetle NeoPop

Nintendo 64

Core Supported
Mupen64Plus
ParaLLEl N64

Lynx

Core Supported Notes
Handy
Beetle Handy Beetle Handy is incompatible with modern No-Intro romsets as they require headers to work properly. The regular Handy core does not have this issue.

Virtual Boy

Core Supported Notes
Beetle VB