How To Turn Your Fire Stick Into A Retro-Gaming Hub

Hey there Grizzly’s!

We’ve been playing KETCHUP (or is it catsup?) for the past two weeks . We’ve made some changes both to our main website as well as began the mid scale production of arcade cabinets. To make up for lost time we decided to put together a DIY article that will make that inner 90’s kid smile as if they just got SLIMED on their favorite Nickelodeon Game Show.


We’re going to turn an Amazon Fire Stick into a Retro-Gaming Station that will be capable of playing just about any retro title you can imagine for FREE! Lets Dive right in!


Hardware Needed:






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OTG Converter Cable – $5

USB – $6 –

Software Needed:

Retro Arch –

7zIP –


This tutorial will show you how to access and run thousands of Retro Games from a Firestick, Fire TV, Android TV Box, NVIDIA SHIELD, and more with RetroArch.

RetroArch is a free application that can be side-loaded onto the Firestick, Fire TV, or any Android-powered device.

IMPORTANT: The Amazon App Store prohibits side-loading unverified apps into your device without using the official app-distribution method. Click this link to learn how to install a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube so you can install such apps.

RetroArch includes emulators for all popular gaming systems including PlayStation, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega, GameBoy, Atari, Commodore, and more.

The great thing about RetroArch is the ability to play all games in one user interface.  Most applications will only allow for us to play one gaming system but RetroArch give us everything under one “roof”.

Yes, there are many different ways that you could skin this cat  This is one of many ways that you can setup retro-gaming on an Android-powered device and I will be covering more in the future so stay tuned.

How to Play Retro Games on Firestick / Fire TV with RetroArch



– Prepare USB drive

– Install RetroArch

– Pair Bluetooth Game Pad with Fire TV Stick 4K

 – Configure initial settings for RetroArch

– Setup Game Pad button mapping

– Setup RetroArch Cores (emulators)

– Add ROMs (games) to RetroArch

– Download thumbnails for games

– Add games as favorites

– In-game options and features

– A few tips I learned along the way


Note: If you are having problems downloading the Thumbnails through the Online updater or you want to save space on your device, you may Download them onto your USB Drive instead.

  1. Create a new directory on your USB Drive named “Thumbnails”.
  2. Download your respective game system thumbnails to this directory by using this site on GitHub –
  3. Unzip the zip file into same directory.
  4. Rename the folder to the matching name of the Game System that you see on the GitHub page.

Example: Super Nintendo Thumbnails folder should be renamed to “Nintendo – Super Nintendo Entertainment System” because this is how the name of the file is listed on the GitHub page.

  1. In RetroArch, change the directory of where Thumbnails are stored under Settings / Directory.

And dont worry guys we are working on the video tutorial as we speak!


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