The Essential Emulators
- Callus (Capcom System 1 Arcade Emulator)
- Bloodlust software have amazed many in the pats with NESticle and
Genecyst, but their third lightning fast and easy to use emulator showed
that Bloodlust still has some tricks up their sleeves! Emulating complicated
Capcom classics such as Street Fighter II, Final Fight, the Punisher, Willow,
UN Squadron, along with 52 others, Bloodlust software has outdone themselves
- KGen '98 (Incredible Genesis Emulator)
- Steve Snake's second Genesis emulator, loosely based off of the original
KGen, has taken the lead in Genesis emulators. SEGA of America must have
been impressed also since their 1999 Sega Smash Hits release for the PC
can be identified as a commissioned KGen '98 packaged with a GUI and ROMs when
viewed with a HEX editor. KGen is one of those projects that bridges the
gap between the commercial market and free distribution on the Internet.
- MEKA (Sega Master System Emulator)
- Omar Cornut's (Zoop) creation of many hours of hard work and testing by
many individuals in emulation. MEKA is by far the most advanced Master System
emulator offering support for many of the SMS periphials such as the SG1000,
SC3000, and Game Gear. The support for these systems plus the SMS has made this
definately something to look out for. With the beautiful GUI and user-friendly
operations, it's no wonder as to why so many people have already decided MEKA is
one emulator which will succeed above the others in due time.
- NESticle (Nintendo Emulator)
- While newer emulators such as fwNES and LoopyNES are currently making
progress past NESticle, no other Nintendo emulator has been so widely used
and popular as NESticle. Bloodlust Software's amazingly smooth menu systems
combined with great compatibility and a wide range of options surpasses any
other Nintendo emulator in it's ease of use.
- PSEmuPro (Playstation Emulator)
- Archaic Ruins was one of the first web sites to carry PSEmu back in the
days when it was an MS-DOS based non-graphical emulator. From the very
beginning, we took Duddie seriously and promoted his emulator; today,
Duddie's PSEmuPro is one of the most incredible emulators out there! With
the ability to play many popular Playstation games with the addition of
3DFX enhancement, PSEmuPro has taken emulation one step furthur than the
original system could have!
- SNES9x (Multi-Platform Super Nintendo Emulator)
- SNES9x and ZSNES are currently the two most widely used Super Nintendo
emulators. While SNES9x pales in comparison to ZSNES for speed, SNES9x does
have the benefit of numerous ports to other platforms, greater compatibility,
and a legacy of research and brain bashing.
- Stella (Multi-Platform 2600 Emulator)
- Stella has truly become an institute since emulation exploded in 1996.
Stella is a silent warrior in the way that it has progressed through the
years, been maintained for all platforms for all users, and without being
forceful or flashy, became known as the most accurate and reliable emulator
for the Atari 2600.
- Retrocade (Multi-Game Arcade Emulator)
- For those fans of MAME who tired of seeing arcade games slapped into
the emulator by the truckload, Retrocade will be a breath of fresh air.
Unlike MAME, Retrocade has focused on bringing the true experience of the
arcade to users by providing them with an incredible simple interface,
a wide range of support for hardware devices, and best yet -- Retrocade doesn't
require the creation of loads of directories. Many add-ons have been
released for Retrocade including game history information, interface updates,
and enhanced sound... forget MAME -- isn't emulation supposed to feel like
the real thing?
- UltraHLE (Incredible Nintendo 64 Emulator)
- UltraHLE arrived, caused havoc, was threatened, and disappeared. Now
on the verge of a return, users can look forward to the continuation of this
incredible emulator. Incase I forgot to mention it -- UltraHLE plays many
of the top N64 games perfectly and incredible speeds on a Pentium II or
- Virtual Gameboy (Multi-Platform Gameboy Emulator)
- Marat Fayzullin's Virtual Gameboy was the emulator that started the
console emulation scene. After its release, chat channels appeared, emulation
web site boomed, each carrying little bits of information, and other authors
began to realize what they could achieve. Virtual Gameboy is still a major
competitor and has proven to be the most reliable Gameboy emulator with
support for Color Gameboy, Super Gameboy, and the large library of available
- ZSNES (ASM Based Super Nintendo Emulator)
- With Super Nintendo emulation, speed has always been a limiting factor.
Unlike Playstation or N64 emulators, the Super Nintendo's instruction codes
are very unlike those of a 3D Accelerator. ZSNES has managed to achieve quite
a lot of speed due to it's lightning fast ASM core and wonderfully optimized
coding. ZSNES features a small, simple, and fast GUI, support for many
hardware devices, and support for many Super Nintendo peripherals including
the mouse and Super Scope.
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