Can't work out how to get Mame arcade roms to work with RetroPie

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    Hi Guys
    I can get various other console game roms working by simply adding them into the correct folder on my USB Stick.
    For instance putting the .bin file in

    But I cant see which files or which types of files I’m supposed to use for arcade mames?

    So Ive got a folder called
    within it are a load of .bin files
    .2e file
    .14k file

    What exactly am I supposed to put in the

    The gng folder?
    all the .bin and .2e and .14k files?


    I also have a game with a bunch of .rom and .prm files.

    I also have a game with files called
    and then various number/letter combination file types.

    Whatever file structure I’m trying it doesnt seem to be bringing up a Arcade/Mame option on my Raspberry Pi 2 to play them.

    Can someone please advise?

    Thanks in advance.



    All MAME / FBA roms should be in a .zip file – it sounds like you have extracted the files.

    This should help:

    RetroPie help guides -->
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    I have the .zip files yes (I did unzip them, but I thought that was what I had to do).

    Seems incredibly complicated.

    Is there not just a copy/paste onto USB stick way of doing this like with SNES, Megadrive, Atari 2600?

    Sorry I’m really new to all this and I’m still learning.




    Mame is incredibly complicated: its an emulator that emulates thousands of pieces of hardware with thousands of different versions of games.

    There is a linked video on the link floob posted that walks you through the tutorial. As floob said, mame And fba are the exception and need to stay zipped in order to work (provided you have the correct version of rom for the emulator you are using)

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