ROM stands for “Read-Only Memory”, in the game console industry, it means the file containing game emulator data. A game ROM is a copy of an official console game, and allows you to play the game on a computer or other device without owning the original console.
ROM games (ROM files) can be played on a variety of operating systems, such as Windows, MacOS, Linux, or Android, depending on the type of emulator you use. The emulator will emulate the original console’s gaming environment to allow you to play ROM games on your computer
There are many types of game ROMs, depending on different platforms and consoles. Here are some popular types of game ROMs:
NES ROMs: ROMs for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), were released in the 1980s and were Nintendo’s first game console platform.
SNES ROMs: ROMs for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), released in 1990. The SNES is an upgraded version of the NES and one of the classic game consoles of the 90s.
N64 ROMs: ROMs for the Nintendo 64 (N64) system, released in 1996. The N64 was Nintendo’s first 64-bit console.
Game Boy Color ROMs: ROMs for the Game Boy system, were released in 1998. The Game Boy Color was Nintendo’s next mobile console.
Game Boy Advance ROMs: ROMs for the Game Boy Advance system, released in 2001. The Game Boy Advance was Nintendo’s next mobile console.
Sega Genesis ROMs: ROMs of the Sega Genesis, released in 1989. Sega Genesis is one of the classic consoles of the 90s.
PlayStation ROMs: ROMs of the first PlayStation, released in 1994. PlayStation was Sony’s first console.
Nintendo DS ROMs: ROMs for the Nintendo DS system, released in 2004. The Nintendo DS is one of Nintendo’s most popular mobile systems.
Wii ROMs: ROMs for the Nintendo Wii, released in 2006. The Nintendo Wii is one of Nintendo’s most popular consoles.
Switch ROMs: ROMs for the Nintendo Switch system, released in 2017. The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo’s newest mobile console.