How to Install Virtual Boy Emulation On Retroarch

In this guide, you will find out how to install Virtual Boy Emulation On Retroarch. 


First, you will need to install the PC version of Retroarch, whether a Standalone or Steam version. The Steam version best places the internal files with the standalone version.

Bios File

1- Source Virtual Boy Emulation bios file; otherwise, games will not launch. Download this from Google Chrome.

2- You need to Source some Virtual boy Emulation games like Metal. Then put all the games in the games folder of Retroarch.

Retroarch Settings

1- First, boot up the Retroarch and once the main menu is open, go into the online updater and select the core downloader. Then scroll down and find the 3DO Company section and download it.

2- After this, go back, click on Load content, and then go to the directory where your games are stored. Then choose the game and the core to load up.

3- Now, if you want to create a game playlist, go to the main menu and click on Show desktop menu or press F5 on your keyboard.

4- Once the desktop menu is open, you’ll find the content browser on the left side of the screen. Rright-click on it, select the new playlist, and the playlist’s name should be The 3DO Company. Then press Enter and a new playlist will be created.

5- Right-click on the right side, select Add folder and then go to the location where your games are installed. Select the games folder and click on the Select Folder button at the bottom right side of the screen.

6- Set the core to Beetle VB and set the Database to Nintendo Virtual Boy and then click on OK. Now all your games will be added to the playlist.


The best thing about the desktop menu is it will show you if your Bios File is being detected properly. So if you don’t have a Bios file, this will appear in red if your Bios file is being detected, it will appear in green.

7- Once your playlist is made, go back to the Retroarch on the main menu. You have to click on the Restart Retroarch button, as it will help you in showing your game’s playlist on the left side.

8- Now, if you want to play a game, then select the game from the game’s playlist that you just added and then on the next page, click on the Run button on the top.

Core Options

1- After that, go back to the Core option, the first option here will be the bios selection that you added during the initial setup, so that is what is selected here.

If you don’t have a 3DO bios file, there is a built-in high-level emulation bios file, but the compatibility with it is not as good as the official one, which is why you have to download the BIOS file first.

2- Then go to the system tab, and the first option will be the region. Select it to your default region, and the next option will be the language, you can set it according to your native language. 

3- The next option is to use the Hle BIOS file if you have an actual bios file present so you can force the use of a high-level emulation bios file.  

4- The next option is to boot directly into the 3DO bios file, so if you want to boot into the bios one inside your Retroarch system folder, you can enable this option.

5- If there are some options you want to set for some specific games but not others, then go up to Manage Core Options and save them as a Game options file. that’s the only way to apply to the settings for a specific game.


Shaders are extensive, and you could get a fun look for all of your games based on any shaders you selected. Open the Shaders tab and turn ON the Video Shader. You have to make sure you downloaded them from the core updater.