How to play retro game emulation on Firesticks and Fire TVs — NES, SNES, N64, Sega, Playstation, PSP, and more

Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks have long been great devices for playing retro games on emulators. The main hurdle in doing so is figuring out the best emulator to use for each game system you want to play, as there are often several emulators and emulation engines to choose from for each game console. That’s where one of my favorite retro gaming YouTubers, Retro Game Corps, has just stepped in with a fantastic new guide for emulation on Fire TVs. While the guide does a great job of walking you through the process, I do have a few complimentary comments and tips to add to make things a bit easier.

Russ from Retro Game Corps does a great job going over all the necessary details in his video guide and accompanying written guide. However, there are some areas where things can be improved with a bit more knowledge of how Fire TVs and Fire OS work. Consider the following points before starting the setup process yourself:

  • Don’t sideload RetroArch using Downloader, as instructed in the guide. Instead, install it directly from the Amazon appstore by just searching for it on your Fire TV. This way the app automatically stays updated without you needing to do anything.
  • There’s no need to pull up and scroll through the long article within Downloader on your Fire TV just to get to the other three emulators it suggests you sideload. Instead, just enter the following short codes into Downloader for each of the three additional emulator APKs that are suggested in the guide:
    121451 for FlyCast (Sega Dreamcast Emulator)
    612953 for PPSSPP (PlayStation Portable Emulator)
    521166 for DraStic (Nintendo DS Emulator)
  • If you do prefer to load the full guide in Downloader, instead of searching for it as shown in the video guide, just enter short code 345491 to load it directly.
  • If you are using a Fire OS 8 device, like the Fire TV Stick 4K or Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and need to grant USB storage permission using the system “Files” app, which is necessary for the DraStic Nintendo DS emulator, the invisible mouse method shown in the guide isn’t ideal. Instead, it’s easier to use a keyboard or ADB commands, as shown in this guide.
  • Game performance will vary greatly depending on which Fire TV model you have. The guide focuses on the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max and says it’s good for all 16-bit (e.g., SNES) and older games and is good for most games from the generation of consoles after that, like N64 and PlayStation 1. Expect weaker Fire TV models, like the current Fire TV Stick, to perform worse and more powerful models, like the Fire TV Cube, to perform better. For an approximate idea of how your specific Fire TV model will perform relative to the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max shown in the video guide, you can check these benchmark charts.

2 comments
  1. tech3475 says:

    Heads up, Drastic is being dropped by it’s dev.

    Whilst the archive org link should still work, there obviously wont be any updates unless they open source it and someone forks it.

  2. BILLY BURNETT says:

    Has Amazon blocked ADB she’ll on firestick 4K os6.x ? My apps stopped working and I can’t reload them into storage anymore. It is stopping ADB from connecting. I get the error connection failed.

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