EmuDeck Guide

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Last Update: 10/16/2022

Video: Steam Deck EmuDeck Setup & Guide

*NOTICE: EmuDeck may evolve over time, as such some of the instructions below may evolve as well. I recommend bookmarking this page on your Steam Deck to assist in the future. You may also check the Change Log for any new updates.

If you want to be able to run classic games from various systems on your Steam Deck, this guide will make the process much easier. I decided to connect the Steam Deck to a USB-C dock (such as the one mentioned here). This way, you can easily attach a keyboard and mouse to perform the steps below. If you don’t have a dock, you can use the Steam Deck shortcuts described here to use the on-board touchpad and buttons as a mouse and keyboard.

So what is EmuDeck? EmuDeck is a tool (more precisely, a script) that you can download/install which greatly simplifies the installation of 160 emulators and supporting utilities to your Steam Deck. It also pre-configures all the controls, aspect ratio settings, etc. so really there is very little configuration required on your part to get up and running. That said, many will prefer to have step-by-step instructions, additional tips, assistance with a few stubborn features and commentary.

Below you’ll find additional information to help guide you through the process. This guide will continue to be enhanced, so please check back from time-to-time. Huge thank you to the EmuDeck developers that made this process very easy!

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Jon

ps. There is much more Steam Deck-related information on the main Steam Deck Guide.

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Q&A

This section will help answer some of the common questions you may have about this guide/process:

  • What is EmuDeck? EmuDeck is a tool (more precisely, a script) that you can download/install which greatly simplifies the installation of 160 emulators and supporting utilities to your Steam Deck. It also pre-configures all the controls, aspect ratio settings, etc. so really there is very little configuration required on your part to get up and running.
  • How easy is it to install EmuDeck? I recommend having a microSD installed and properly prepared (if you’ve not done that already, please see here). You can install EmuDeck to the internal SSD, but space is precious there and microSD’s are relatively cheap and a good fit for emulation. Using the steps below, you’ll be able to install EmuDeck fairly quickly (typically ~20-30min), but dependent on the number of games you add (I recommend, being picky –at least initially).
  • What kind of microSD card should I get? For best performance you’ll want to consider a U3 A2 card. A2 represents the Application Performance Class and a class of 2 will provide better performance over A1 cards. A U3 card provides faster write speeds over that of U1 cards, 30MB/s vs 10MB/s. I went with the Lexar 1TB microSD for use on the Steam Deck while in SteamOS, but pick a capacity right for your needs. Other great brands include: Samsung, SanDisk and Gigastone.
  • I’m trying to play game abc on emulator xyz and it’s not working, what should I do? There are 160 emulators installed with EmuDeck. While this guide will assist with the installation, setup and a handful of emulator-specific tips, these type of questions will receive the most efficient assistance on the EmuDeck Discord here. You may already find an answer there by searching previous posts also.
  • I went through these steps and having issues, where can I go for help? Please see the Common Issues section. As I receive feedback and issues arise, I add them to this section to help the next person. There is a good chance your issues has already been discussed. If not, comment in the video and I’ll help as best I can.
  • You don’t show where to download games and BIOS files, why? Please read this section carefully. I can’t provide direct links to copyrighted material, but you may find some helpful tips, if you read closely.
  • I’m completely new to the Steam Deck, where should I start? A more general Steam Deck guide may be found here. It covers a bit of information that will be helpful for new Steam Deck owners, including:  Resourceshow-to’sTips and accessories. After taking a look around and getting more familiar with your Steam Deck, you’ll find a link on that page to bring you back here –when you’re ready.

EmuDeck Resources

Below are a number of links/resources that you may find useful related to EmuDeck.

  • EmuDeck on Github – lots of great information including emulators supported, Hotkeys, emulator file type support (+BIOS) and more.
  • EmuDeck on Discord [where to go for Emulator-specific assistance and questions not answered here]- Learn more from the EmuDeck community on the EmuDeck Discord and get answers to emulator-specific questions.
  • EmuDeck Github Wiki – Additional information from the developers of EmuDeck may be found here.
  • EmuDeck – The main EmuDeck website. If you enjoy emulation and want to play Retro Games on the Steam Deck EmuDeck has you covered.
  • SteamGridDB – Great place for locating missing artwork when using the Steam ROM Manager.
  • Steam Rom Manager on Github – More details and of course source code for the Steam Rom Manager may be found here.
  • Steam Deck Thread (Reddit) – Original Steam Deck subreddit thread announcing this guide.

Other Resources


Installation

In the section below, we will install EmuDeck to the Steam Deck.

Video: See how

  • First, enter Desktop mode on your Steam Deck.
  • (Optional Tip) Launch the Firefox browser if you want to browse to this guide ( https://wagnerstechtalk.com/sd-emudeck ) so that the links/info below will be available to you on the Steam Deck during setup.
  • I recommend adjusting the Power Savings (while on AC) to 30-160 min. to allow copying your bios/rom files and the Steam Rom Manager to download the artwork without shutting off after 5 min.
  • If you will be installing EmuDeck to your microSD card (recommended), you’ll need to have already formatted it within SteamUI. If you have already done this when initially setting up your Steam Deck, you’re good (don’t do it a 2nd time).
  • Browse to the EmuDeck website.
  • Click the Download app button, select Save File and save the file to a location on your Steam Deck. Then drag-drop the installation file to the Desktop.
  • Right-click on the Install EmuDeck icon and select properties. Under the Permissions tab, click the checkbox besides Is executable and click the OK button.
  • Double-click the Install EmuDeck icon to launch the installer. The installer will launch and begin downloading needed files.
  • The Changelog will appear which shows what has been updated in the recent build, you can close this window.
  • Next you’ll be prompted if you want to run EmuDeck on Easy Mode or Expert mode. If this is your first time running it, select Easy Mode.
  • You will then be prompted for the Install Location. I recommend selecting SD Card, rather than consuming valuable internal storage. Then, click the OK button. Additional files will be installed to the selected location. This process may take several minutes.
  • During the installation process, you’ll see two dialogs (as shown below). For the first, click the OK button. For the 2nd dialog, notice the folders /Emulation/roms and /Emulation/bios. This is where you’ll copy the bios and rom files respectively for the emulators/games you want to install. For the 2nd dialog, tap the Exit button for now. We’ll launch the Rom Manager in a separate step.
Dialogs which appear after installation

BIOS and ROMs

Video: See how

There are two types files typically needed to play many of the games with an emulator, these are:

  • BIOS File(s) – BIOS Stands for Basic Input/Output System. A BIOS is the firmware used to provide runtime services for a given operating system/console and to perform hardware initialization during the boot process. For example, this is the code within a gaming console that tells it how to be a Playstation, Dreamcast or any other system.
  • ROMs – ROM stands for Read-Only Memory and is the game or program dumped to a file. These may have originated from classic cartridges, CD/DVD’s, etc. Essentially, it is the game-specific code.

Due to the fact that both BIOS (system firmware or system files) and ROMs (the games themselves) are copyrighted material, I’m unable to provide direct links to any such files. If you’re unsure what I mean, you can read a bit more about my take on the subject here. I can say, that both BIOS and some games can be found organized in archived packs. Using your favorite search engine, you may be able to find something by searching “bios archive” or “[game/system] pack archive” or something similar using some of these terms.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for and have downloaded/extracted those files, they are likely on your primary computer and not on your Steam Deck. If that’s the case, below are a few tips to help you copy them to your Steam Deck. I’ll cover two different methods below, copying from a USB connected drive and from a NAS.

I recommend not copying everything you downloaded to your Steam Deck. You’ll likely want a nice curated list of games that you love to play, not a full rom dump of every SNES, NES, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, etc. game ever created. Why? Primarily, because for each system you’ve downloaded you’ll want to select the appropriate artwork, etc. which can be time consuming. Also, it can become overwhelming and take a lot more time than picking specific games you want to play. EmuDeck will go out to the internet and attempt to download artwork for you, but in some cases it won’t be able to find it or find artwork that you don’t prefer. Concentrate only on those games you really want to play on the Steam Deck. You can always come back and add more later!

NOTE: Games shown in this video, I personally own copies of

Copy from a USB Connected Drive

VideoSee how

If you’ve copied your BIOS and Games to an external storage device such as a USB thumb drive, external SSD/HDD then you can connect that device to your Steam Deck and copy the files to the appropriate sub folders on your Steam Deck. The Steam Deck only has a single USB-C port, not a USB-A port. However, you can use a Dock like this one, which has 3 USB-A ports or use a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

  • Assuming you installed EmuDeck to the microSD, open the Dolphin File Manager (icon on the left-side on the taskbar) and under Removable Devices, you should see primary. This is your microSD card installed at the bottom of the Steam Deck.
  • Click on primary, you should see a subfolder called Emulation. Double-clicking on Emulation will then show five folders as shown below.
Subfolders under primary Emulation
  • The bios sub folder is where you will copy all of your BIOS files that you downloaded earlier.

*NOTE: Most will typically download a collection/archive of BIOS files. You will typically extract the archive, select the contents of the extracted folder and copy them as-is into the /Emulation/bios sub folder on the Steam Deck.

  • The roms subfolder will contain the games. Under the roms subfolder, you’ll find a number of additional subfolders organized by the game system/emulator (160 as of the time of this writing).
  • Open a separate instance of the Dolphin File Manager (right-click the icon to open a new instance) and navigate to this drive under Removable Devices.
  • You will copy the game roms (contents) from your external storage device (USB Thumb drive, SSD/HDD, etc.) into the corresponding folders. Locate the bios/roms and copy them to the /Emulation/roms/[system name] and /Emulation/bios sub folders on the primary microSD card installed in the Steam Deck.

Copy from a NAS

Video: See how

Using a NAS (or Network Attached Storage) device can be very handy for setting up games on a new device.

  • Assuming you installed EmuDeck to the microSD, open the Dolphin File Manager (icon on the left-side on the taskbar) and under Removable Devices, you should see primary. This is your microSD card installed at the bottom of the Steam Deck.
  • Click on primary, you should see a subfolder called Emulation. Double-clicking on Emulation will then show five folders as shown below.
Subfolders under primary Emulation
  • The bios sub folder is where you will copy all of your BIOS files that you downloaded earlier.

*NOTE: Most will typically download a collection/archive of BIOS files. You will typically extract the archive, select the contents of the extracted folder and copy them as-is into the /Emulation/bios sub folder on the Steam Deck.

  • The roms subfolder will contain the games. Under the roms subfolder, you’ll find a number of additional subfolders organized by the game system/emulator (160 as of the time of this writing).
  • Open a separate instance of the Dolphin File Manager (right-click the icon to open a new instance) and navigate to this drive under Removable Devices.
  • You will copy the game roms from your external storage device (USB Thumb drive, SSD/HDD, etc.) into the appropriate folder within the roms subfolder.
  • At the top address bar, enter smb: [your NAS IP address]. You should be prompted to authenticate with an account name and password.
  • After authenticating, locate the bios/roms and copy them to the appropriate /Emulation/roms/[system name] and /Emulation/bios sub folders on the primary microSD card installed in the Steam Deck.

Steam ROM Manager

Video: See how

Steam ROM Manager

*NOTE: If you later add any additional games, re-run this tool so they will show up in the Steam Deck Collections tab. Your artwork assignments from any prior session should be preserved.

The Steam ROM Manager is a tool that is installed by the main EmuDeck installer. During installation, an icon is created on the desktop, which allows you to easily Generate a list of games that then becomes available in the Steam Collections tab. It is also used for downloading and managing the artwork associated with each game. Below are the steps on how to use the Steam ROM Manager to perform these actions:

  • Double-click the Steam Rom Manager icon on the Desktop.
  • In the most recent version of the Steam Rom Manager, when launched, it will automatically close Steam (if it’s running). However, if you notice the Steam Icon in the lower-right of the taskbar after Steam Rom Manager launches, you will want to close it (the app list can’t be saved with it running).
  • In the upper-left, click Preview.
  • On the bottom middle panel, you will see a small button that states Generate app list. Click this button.
  • You will then see various tiles appear and the Steam Rom Manager will begin to search/download artwork for your games.
  • Click the Event log in the upper-left, once all artwork has been downloaded, you will see All available image urls retrieved.
  • Now again click on Preview.
  • See the Adjusting Artwork section for more details on the type of artwork available for your games.
  • Once all artwork has been adjusted, click the Save app list button.
  • Check the Event Log once again to make sure that you see Done adding/removing entries.
  • You may now close out of the Steam ROM Manager application.
  • From the Desktop icon, click the Return to Gaming Mode icon.
  • You may now navigate to Library Collections, select a system and launch your games!

Adjusting Artwork

VideoSee how

Adjusting Posters and Grid Images

There are two different types of artwork types that you will want to have assigned within Steam Rom Manager. They may be found by clicking the drop-down in the upper right and they are Grids and Posters.

  • Grids – are the banner images that appear when you select a game or in the most recently played game list.
  • Posters – are the images which appear when navigating your game list.

Changing Found Artwork

You may find that some of the chosen artwork isn’t ideal for the game. Below is how to change the found artwork to something more appropriate:

  • In the upper-right of each image, you may see a 1/n text and two arrows overlaid on top of the image.
  • Click the left/right arrows to select the appropriate image you want displayed for the game.
  • That’s it!

Artwork Not available

In some cases, your rom files may not be named in a way that the Steam Rom Manager is able to locate the artwork. In those cases, you can download images from SteamGridDB.

  • Enter the name of the game, from SteamGridDB and press Enter.
  • Below you’ll find images matching the game you searched for.
  • Right-click the image and select Save Image As to save it to the Steam Deck.
  • Then click the small image in the lower-left of the empty image in Steam Rom Manager. Then, navigate to the downloaded artwork, select it and click Open.
  • Now the artwork will be assigned.

Other Adjustments

If you need to rename a game after having generated/saved your game list, you can do so within Desktop Mode. Here’s how:

  • Enter Desktop Mode.
  • Launch Steam, if it’s not already running.
  • On the left panel, navigate to the game you want to change. Right-click and select Properties.
  • Under Shortcut, you can rename the game. You can also click the tile to the left of the game name to add Poster artwork.
  • Close out of the Properties dialog and right-click the background above the game name and select Set Custom Background to change the grid artwork.
  • There are additional options under the Manage option if you want to hide the game, etc.

Steam Deck Accessories

If you enjoyed this guide, there is much more to explore on the main Steam Deck guide including these Steam Deck Accessories that I think you’ll enjoy!


Update EmuDeck

If you’d like to update your EmuDeck installation with the latest versions, the following should help. This does assume you’ve already installed EmuDeck. If you haven’t, start here.

  • First, enter Desktop mode on your Steam Deck.
  • Locate the EmuDeck Tool Updater icon on your Desktop and launch it.
  • You should see a dialog that states What tools do you want to get the latest version of? Leave all of them checked with the exception of the Xbox 360 Emu and tap the OK button.
  • Any updates will be downloaded and applied.
  • You’ll be prompted to Choose your Cemu version, I selected the one ending in 1.26.2.zip and tap OK (either will likely be fine).
  • Now tap the Exit button.
  • You can now tap the Return to Gaming Mode icon to return back to the Steam client.
  • That’s it, EmuDeck has been updated!

Common Issues

Based on the feedback I’ve received, here are the most common issues that others have encountered:

  • Problem I have isn’t listed below, now what? Answer: Visit the EmuDeck discord here. You’ll find far more answers to issues/questions there. However, please see below for the most common issues that others have mentioned in the video comments.
  • Games aren’t being picked up by Steam ROM Manager?
    • Answer 1: Could be the save hadn’t completed by the time you exited Steam Rom Manager, please follow along here and you should be good. Make sure to check the Event log and that you see Done adding/removing entries.
    • Answer 2: Make sure the games aren’t in their own subdirectories. Steam Rom Manager may be happy with some cores zipped and others not. Saturn cores seem to work best zipped or as .chd files within the Saturn subfolder. Tip: R. Cooke
  • Where can I find the BIOS and ROM files? I can’t provide links, please don’t ask. However, read this section carefully for recommendations.
  • After clicking preview no games coming out in the list? Answer: You likely didn’t click the Generate app list button. Please follow along closely here.
  • How do I enter [name of emulator] through EmuDec? Answer: Enter Desktop Mode, then Steam Games [name of emulator].
  • I selected the option to install to the microSD but nothing happens, why? Answer: When you first installed the microSD in your Steam Deck, make sure that you formatted it on the Steam Deck. If you haven’t, see here. If you already have, NO NEED to do it again.
  • How do I Save/Load Game States? Answer: See the Hotkeys section on the EmuDeck GitHub (Select+R1=Save/Select+L1 Load).
  • When I click Download app, it downloads as a text document -Why? Answer: The installer is a script (text file) that is run. Right-click on the Install EmuDeck icon and select properties. Under the Permissions tab, click the checkbox besides Is executable and click the OK button. Re-try the installer. Not sure how to right-click, see the Steam Deck Reference.

Usage Tips

Now that you have EmuDeck installed, below are a few usage tips to make things a little easier.

  • Exit a Game (Recommended) – Press SELECT + START at the same exact time to Exit a game (in most cases).
  • Exit a Game (Forced) – For some games/emulators, you may need to press the Steam button and select Exit game to exit the game if the above method doesn’t work. Also, I have noticed in some cases this method doesn’t always work either.
  • Enter RetroArch Menu – Many of the emulators/cores utilize RetroArch. To enter the RetroArch menu press L3 + R3 (push in on both Joysticks).
  • Insert Arcade Credit – In an Arcade game, press SELECT to insert a credit.
  • Start Arcade Game – In an Arcade game, press START to start a 1 player game.

Clear App Entries

In the case where you’ve added a bunch of roms to your Steam Deck and later decide to start fresh, you can. To do that, perform the following:

  • Open Steam ROM Manager from the icon on the Desktop.
  • Select the Settings option on the left panel.
  • Under General settings (at the right), click the Remove (all added app entries).
  • This will remove the app entries/configuration from your Steam Deck. At this point, you can add/remove your roms from the Steam Deck, then re-run the Steam ROM Manager to re-build the list of games.

Wii U Games Not Showing Up

Wii U Game Play on the Steam Deck

*NOTE: These steps assume you have previously installed EmuDeck and are wanting to get Wii U games working. If you haven’t, please start here.

After copying my roms for the Wii U, EmuDeck didn’t pick them up. I suspected there may be something wrong in the configuration files. I played around with the settings and the steps below worked for me. I now have the Wii U games playable from the Collections tab on the Steam Deck. Please don’t ask where to the the game files themselves, I can’t help with that (read more here). Now, let’s get the Wii U games you own working on the Steam Deck!

Cemu Setup

*NOTE: The following instructions assume you installed EmuDeck to the microSD card. If not, the paths will differ.

The following will setup the Cemu emulator for the Wii U to know where to find the games.

  • First, enter Desktop Mode.
  • Copy your Wii U games to the /run/media/mmcblk0p1/Emulation/roms/wiiu folder (or simply Emulation/roms/wiiu folder).
  • Using Dolphin File Manager, navigate to /run/media/mmcblk0p1/Emulation/roms/wiiu .
  • Right-click and create a New Folder called mic
  • Launch Steam from the icon on the Desktop.
  • On the left-hand side under Library, locate Cemu under Emulation, and launch it.
  • Click the Browse button for the prompt for the Custom mic01 path.
  • Browse to the following path “/” (root), then /run/media/mmcblk0p1/Emulation/roms/wiiu/mic (*NOTE: there is an existing mic01 folder, however I used the one I created. You may be able to use the existing folder). After selecting, the UI in Cemu will show E:\Emulation\roms\wiiu\mic
  • For the Game path, click the Browse button.
  • Browse to the following path “/” (root), then /run/media/mmcblk0p1/Emulation/roms/wiiu . After selecting, the UI in Cemu will show E:\Emulation\roms\wiiu
  • Click Next.
  • Under Additional options, check the box for Start games with fullscreen.
  • Click the Close button.
  • You’ll see a list of games, they are playable at this point. However, they won’t show up in your Library Collections just yet, we’ll fix that in the next section.

Add Games to Steam ROM Manager

In this section, we’ll add our Wii U games to the Steam ROM Manager. This will allow the games to get picked up when the Steam ROM Manager scans all roms and begins downloading the artwork.

  • Close out of Steam.
  • Open Steam Rom Manager from the Desktop icon.
  • On the left panel, repeat steps 1-3 (below) for Nintendo WiiU – Cemu (.wud, .wux, .wua) AND Nintendo WiiU – Cemu (.rpx).
May need to click back to get to the root level as shown here
  1. Click the Browse button associated with the Executable.
  2. Browse to /run/media/mmcblk0p1/Emulation/tools/launchers and select cemu.sh . Click the Save button.
  3. Similarly, for the ROMs directory, click the Browse button and select /run/media/mmcblk0p1/Emulation/roms/wiiu . Click the Save button.
  • Click the Preview option (upper-right), select Generate app list. You should now see your Wii U games in the list. If you don’t, double check the steps above for the Executable path and roms (steps 1-3). TIP: You can simply type a name of a Wii U game in the upper-right search bar to filter that the the Wii U game(s) appears in the generated list.
  • Click the Event Log and be sure you see All available image urls retrieved is at the bottom of the log.
  • Adjust any artwork as-needed.
  • Click the Save app list button on the Preview tab.
  • Once you see the toast message stating Done adding/removing entries, double-check the event log to make sure the save completed.
  • You can now exit the Steam ROM Manager.
  • Double-click the Return to Gaming Mode icon on the Desktop.
  • Navigate to your Library Collections Wii U and you should see your game list, similar to the image below.
  • That’s it, have fun!
Collections now showing Wii U Games

Other Notes about Wii U

Below are some observations regarding Cemu Wii U emulation:

  • You will, from time to time, see Compiled n new shaders, etc. appear in the upper left while playing the game. When this happens, the game will slow down while compiling. The next time you play the game, those shaders will have been compiled and performance will be better the next time around. Not sure of a way to pre-compile all shaders for a game.
  • To Exit a game, press the Steam button and select Exit game.

Switch

Here are some very brief instructions for running Switch games on the Steam Deck. EmuDeck pre-configures the yuzu emulator for you. However, you’ll need the games and key from your Nintendo Switch to play Switch games. Copy your key file in the /Emulation/bios/yuzu/keys sub folder. The games will go in the /Emulation/roms/switch subfolder. After doing this, be sure you’ve run the Steam Rom Manager with the newly added games and you should be good to go. I’ve only tried a handful of games that I own.


MAME Aspect Ratio

One of the reasons why I was interested in installing EmuDeck was to play classic arcade games like Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, Asteroids, 1943, etc. However, EmuDeck doesn’t properly configure the MAME 2003+ aspect ratio out of the box. Below are some steps that should help you fix this issue, if you encounter the same.

  • Start up an Arcade Game that looks similar to the image above (vertical arcade game or similar resolution).
  • Press the L3+R3 buttons (push to the two Joystick buttons down at the same time) to enter the RetroArch configuration.
  • Press B to go back and select SettingsVideo Scaling Aspect Ratio. By default, it’s likely set for 1:1 PAR (8:7 DAR).
  • Change the setting to Core provided and press A.
  • Press B a few times to get back to the Main Menu, select Main MenuQuick MenuOverrides and press A.
  • Here you can choose how to override, if you want it to save for all games loaded from the directory you can choose Save Content Directory Overrides (what I used). For the current game only, select Save Game Overrides. Then, press A.
  • Press B a few times until you get to the Quick Menu, press A on Quick Menu and select Resume.
  • Now when you exit the game and come back in, the aspect ratio will be correct for the game!

Emulation Station

After EmuDeck has been installed, you will also find that Emulation Station was also installed. Many users are familiar with Emulation Station as it is used by many popular distributions on various devices such as RetroPie, Batocera and many other builds. For that reason, it makes sense to include it on the Steam Deck. Having it provides an alternative way of accessing all your games within a single interface. Which one you prefer to use is totally up to you.

Below is how to launch it:

  • Press the Steam button and select Library.
  • Navigate to the COLLECTIONS category.
  • Locate the EMULATION tile, press A.
  • Locate the Emulation Station tile and press A.
  • Press the Play button.
  • Emulation Station will now start up!

Usage Tips

Here are some usage tips for Emulation Station that you may find helpful. If you’ve used Emulation Station on other devices, such as a Raspberry Pi, Retro Gaming handheld or similar device, it operates similarly on the Steam Deck.

  • Exit Emulation Station – Press the Start button, move down to QUIT EMULATIONSTATION and press A.
  • Scrape Artwork – The artwork that was downloaded by the Steam ROM Manager isn’t available in Emulation Station. To scrape artwork:
    • Press the START button.
    • Select SCRAPER.
    • Under SCRAPE THESE SYSTEMS, place a check mark beside each of the systems you wish to scrape (recommended: select just a few if you have a large list, also may want to see the Energy Saving section to prevent the Steam Deck from sleeping during this process).
    • Select the BACK option.
    • Press START. The image scraping will then begin.
    • Once done, you’ll see a dialog indicating n GAMES SUCCESSFULLY SRAPED.
  • Locate a game in a large list – Select the emulator, then press the Select button. For the JUMP TO.. option, select the first letter of the name of the game you are looking for. You will now see those games that begin with the selected letter.

Change Log

  • 2022-10-16 – Minor edits.
  • 2022-09-15 – Added new Q&A section.
  • 2022-09-09 – Minor edits.
  • 2022-08-20 – Added a section on updating EmuDeck.
  • 2022-08-13 – Added an additional solution under the Rufus Common Issues section based on feedback received.
  • 2022-08-11 – Added Common Issues section to assist with the issues/solutions that I’m aware of.
  • 2022-08-09 – Minor edits.
  • 2022-07-31 – Added Other Resources section. Added Video See How in the appropriate sections for reference which will fast-forward the video for you.
  • 2022-07-30 – Minor updates, added Other Adjustments section.
  • 2022-07-26 – Added a new section, Wii U Games Not Showing Up.
  • 2022-07-24 – This guide is publicly accessible, however it is being refined. Additional cleanup and improvements made.
  • 2022-07-15 – Start to this guide, extracted from the main Steam Deck guide as it was getting too large to be added there.