How to Add ROMs to Launchbox – Import Game Collections


Launchbox is in my opinion the top emulator frontend application. It puts all of your games for different systems all in one place and makes them look great. You by now want to start gaming but before you can start playing your titles you must first add them to the software. In our last post we looked at how to add emulators to Launchbox and this must be completed first. In this post we will show you how to add ROMs to Launchbox and import all of your game titles into the software.

How to Add ROMs to Launchbox – Import Game Collections

If you are yet to install any emulators into Launchbox then start with our previous post: How to Add Emulators to Launchbox & Big Box. This guide post makes the assumption that you have Launchbox installed, emulators setup and game collections on your computer ready to import. We will add games to Launchbox 7.1 (latest version at time of posting) but the method is the same on all versions. Please note that you do not need to add ROMs to Big Box. The Big Box (premium version of the application) will pull in it’s configuration from Launchbox. In this post we will add a collection of SNES ROMs to our Launchbox installation. [Read: LaunchBox & Big Box Emulator Frontend Review]

Add Games to Launchbox & Big Box

So, lets get started. Open up your Launchbox application and expand the Tools option on the top menu. Hover your mouse over the Import option and this will expand to the right. The sub menu you will see contains a number of options. With Launchbox MSDOS games can easily be imported which has it’s own wizard. You can even import Steam games to Launch box and play modern PC titles. Select ROM files as shown in the screenshot below. [Read: How to Integrate Launchbox on Kodi and get the Best of Both]

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Select Manage Platforms

The first screen you will see is an information page about the import wizard. Hit next and you will be taken to “Import ROMs from Files” screen shown below. You are given two simple choices here. You can either add individual ROM files or folders containing multiple ROMs. We have created a folder to contain all SNES ROMs on our system so we will click Add Folder. This option will open up a browser and you must navigate to the game folder that you want to add. Once selected click Next.

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Import ROMs to Launchbox

Match a ROM Collection with an Emulator

The next part of the add ROMs to Launchbox process is to select an emulator to play the files in your new ROM folder. Launchbox will ask you which system the ROMs are for that are contained within the folder you have specified. Click on the drop down menu and select the appropriate system. In our case we have selected the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Click on Next. [Read: Best CPU for Emulation – Computers, Consoles & Arcades]

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Select Launchbox Platform

If you have correctly setup your emulators within Launchbox it will automatically select one to be used with the system type that you have just selected. In our last post we configured the SNES emulator SNES9X and you can see in the image below that Launchbox is recommending it for this ROM collection. If you have multiple emulators configured for one system you can select between them using the drop down menu shown. [Read: Best PC Game Controllers for HTPC – Emulators & Steam]

Select Emulator


Configure Art Work & Movies for Game Collections

We have now looked at how to add games to Launchbox and how to pair them with an Emulator. You will now be on the first screen that controls how they will look. You are presented with many different image types that you can pull down onto your system and use with your collections. The image below shows all of the available options. Select the ones you would like and click Next. [Read: Xenia Project – The Working XBOX 360 Emulator for PC]

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Select Launchbox Art Work

Following the art work selection screen you will be asked if you would like to configure a connection to Emumovies. Emumovies is a great resource for obtaining sample movies for each game title in your collection. When Launchbox is running and you cycle through your game libraries these movies will be displayed. Emumovies requires a subscription. We will not be covering movies in this post but if you would like to include them then follow the simple instructions on screen and then hit Next. [Read: RPCS3 – The Working Playstation 3 (PS3) Emulator]

Launchbox Custom Game Options

Finally Launchbox will present you with a number of custom options you can configure for this ROM or game folder. This is the final step to add games to Launchbox. These are all rather self explanatory. Launchbox has two of these options selected by default and these can be seen below. I suggest that unless you have good reason to change these you take the default configuration and hit the Next button. [Read: Best Motherboard for Gaming]

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Select Launchbox Custom Options

Launchbox will now run through all of the files in you chosen folder and get them ready for import. You will see on screen a full list of games it has detected including file extensions. Click on Next to begin the add ROMs to Launchbox process. Depending on how many games are in your specified folder this may take some time. Launchbox will now cycle through each and download any art work available. Once complete your games will be ready for use. [Read: Dolphin – The Nintendo Gamecube / Wii Emulator]

Add Games to Launchbox – Final Thoughts

It is very simple to add ROMs to Launchbox. Its intuitive wizard will guide you through each step and tell you exactly what input it requires. Remember that you must configure emulators in Launchbox first so that they can be paired with your game files. If you make a mistake Launchbox makes it extremely simply to go back and change your setup when compared with other emulator frontends. Simply repeat this process and Launchbox will re-scan your selected folders. Remember that you don’t need to add games to Big Box. The Big Box application will pick up this configuration from Launchbox.