So, you got yourself an Ouya and you want to relive your childhood all at once. Thankfully the app community has already released a series of emulators ranging from the Atari 2600, right through to the original PlayStation.
Getting them to work can be a bit of a challenge, so here's a handy guide to get up and running. We'll be looking at the SuperGNES app as an example, but the same steps apply for all other emulators.
1. Install Astro File Manager
- Go to Make on the Ouya menu
- Open the browser
- Google search for "Astro File Manager APK"
- Download the file
- Navigate to the Settings tab on the Ouya menu
- Open Advanced
- Once the APK has finished downloading, install it.
2. Grab some ROM files
ROMS are legal if you own the original cart, so we're going to go ahead and assume that you are all law abiding citizens. Just do a quick Google search for Cool Roms and grab those legal backups and unzip them all onto a USB key. Each ROM type has its own filetype. SNES roms for example always end in .smc.
3. Transfer the ROMS from USB to the Ouya
- Go to the Make section of your Ouya
- Open up Astro File Manager
- Navigate to the USB key you have inserted
- Select all ROMS and click copy
- Go to the SDCARD section of the file browser and create a new folder called ROMS
- Paste the files in the new folder
4. Import files into the Emulator
Each of the emulator programs will feature some form of import options. For SuperGNES go to options, ROM directory, and then select your ROMS folder. The program will import your ROMS, download the box art and you will be ready to rock and roll.
So far I have tested the above method on the NES, SNES, N64 and Sega Mega Drive. The Ouya also supports GBC, Atari 2600, C64 and the original PlayStation.
Enjoy the golden age of gaming on your new open-source console!