Author Topic: A Guide To Emulation  (Read 7585 times)


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« on: December 01, 2005, 04:54:51 AM »
This is just something I thought I would type up for people who wish to play some of their old favourites. I have gotten an incredible amount of pleasure from playing some of my old console/arcade favourites from when I was a kid and thought I would make a small guide for those wishing to do the same.

PLEASE REFER TO THE INDIVIDUAL README'S FOR EACH EMULATOR TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO OPERATE IT. If there is something you can't figure out, by all means, ask, but make sure to RTFM first if there is one. (and there usually is)

Nintendo (NES) Emulation:[/u][/color]

In my opinion, the best emulator for this system is Virtuanes. You can download the emulator here: (the top link)

Where to get roms (games)

Some of the places I get my nes roms (games) at:  -pretty much every game that there is, except some of the IDSA protected ones such as mario bros, donkey kong, etc.  -I have a soft spot for this site, since I was a moderator at their forums for a good 2 years, before I got sick of doing it and bowed out. They offer the IDSA protected ones that you might want, such as the Mario bros. series, and donkey Kong, etc. You have to sign up at the site (free) to download the roms there.  -click "The Vault" -tons of roms, manuals, everything you need for your nes, snes, genesis emulation needs. - 10 downloads per 24 hrs You must register to download (free)  -pretty much every rom that exists for the nes

Super Nintendo (SNES) Emulation:[/b]

In my opinion, the best emulator for the snes is ZSNES. You can get it here:  Click your appropriate OS  in the upper left under ZNES Blip, latest version, to go to a sourceforge page where you can choose a download location closest to you.

Where to get roms (games)

Some of the places I get my SNES roms at:  -Again, pretty much every game that there is except for some of the protected ones.  -Same site I listed above, IDSA protected games available, must sign up.   -click "The Vault" -tons of roms, manuals, everything you need for your nes, snes, genesis emulation needs.  -piles of roms

Game Boy/Colour/Advance (GB/GBC/GBA) Emulation:[/b]

Hands down, without question, the best emulator for Gameboy handhelds of all types is Visual Boy Advance. You can get the emulator here:

Getting roms for gameboy color and original gameboy is usually not too much of a problem. Getting ones for Gameboy Advance can be a little more tricky, due to the fact that it's still being sold along with the games. here are a few sites that I get my roms at:  -You can get 5 downloads per 24 hours here for gameboy advance. You must register to download (free)  -Frigging awesome GBA site. It's german, but easy to navigate regardless.  -Not a rom site, but rather a site that indexes GBA rom sites you can go to for your roms. I found many good sites because of this site.

Sega genesis Emulation[/b]

The best Sega Genesis emulator in my opinion is GENS. You can download it here:

Where to get roms (games) must register (free) to download roms. -click "The Vault"

Arcade Emulation[/b]

Ready for thousands of free games? The ones you used to play when you were a kid with a pocket full of quarters? Alrighty. Go here and get yourself some MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulation) goodness:

First off, the best site I will list here is not a game download site, but rather a site where you can search for mame roms, and what the actual zip name is for them: -type the game name in the upper left search field and look at the info given for that game. The reason I list this here is that Mame can be a little confusing when it comes to what roms you actually need in order t play some of the games. An example: you want to play Gradius, which is a classic side scrolling shoot em up game. In order to play this game you must have the parent rom. In the case of gradius, the parent rom is called Nemesis. You will see this if you go to the MAWS site I listed and search for "gradius". Under the picture of the game, you will see: parent:Nemesis. You MUST have the parent rom for that game series in order to play that game.

Arcade Emulation - Needed Bios Files[/b][/u]

To make your life easier, download all the files from this site, under the Mame 0.101u1+ Bioses heading, and put them all in your ROMS folder, within your mame folder. Some of these files are needed by certain games in order for them to run properly in MAME. I find it's easier to just grab them all so you have them in case some of the games you want to play need them to work right.

Where to get roms (games)

IMPORTANT: Do NOT unzip these files! Mame needs them to be zipped in order to read them properly! -stupid ridiculous amounts of games for mame. -must register (free) to download games. -click on MAME to go to their rom section for Mame (or another section for roms for the MANY other roms they have for emulators here. Their mame rom section i down at the moment due to them running into bandwidth problems since it's near the end of the month. It should be back at the start of the next month.


Well, that's about it for now. I will probably add more later for Playstaton emulation, Nintendo 64 emulation, Dreamcast emulation etc at a later time, but I'm tired of typing at the moment. Have fun!

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2005, 05:01:29 AM »
Awesome post Sigil, which I'm stickying right now. I'll be able to give a hand on PSX, as well as Neo Geo and specific arcade formats (CPS-2) if needed.


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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2005, 05:10:30 AM »
Thanks much Godji. =)

Good on mentioning the neogeo and cps-1/2 thing as well. I forgot about mentioning the needed bios zips for neogeo etc for some of the mame games, so extra info provided by you for such things would be supacool. :)

EDIT: Added a link for mame bios files such as

EDIT2: Added the fact that Mame roms should be left zipped in order for Mame to recognize the files.

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2005, 05:49:55 PM »
Holy cow!
Awesome post mate.
Thanks for your effort.

I plan to dig into this as soon as I have a chance. There are some old arcade games I would love to play again.

Thanks again Sigil.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2006, 09:54:55 AM »
Fixed the emureactor link since the site changed ownership.

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2006, 12:21:12 PM »
Seen anything in your travels about emulating the old Acorn BBC computers?  The school I went to used them and so my first gaming experiences were on them (the original Elite!) and I have always had a soft spot for them.  They had some of the most actively protected copyrights on their ROMs though from memory :(
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