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Game Emulators

Old dedicated video game platforms from childhood can often be disproportionately expensive for what is oftentimes just a desire for a nostalgic escape from the moment. That’s where emulation comes into play. From multi-system emulation systems such as RetroArch to specialized and high performance emulators such as higan, there are many modern methods to play the games of your childhood without having to break the bank in order to get old hardware.

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    Fuse (the Free Unix Spectrum Emulator) was originally, and somewhat unsurprisingly, a ZX Spectrum emulator for Unix. However, it has now also been ported to Mac OS X, which may or may not count as a Unix variant depending on your advocacy position.
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    Advanced open-source Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega CD, and Master System/Mark III emulator based on portions of Genesis Plus/Gens/Picodrive/Mednafen, designed and tested on the original Droid/Milestone, Xoom, Galaxy S2, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, NVidia Shield, Xperia Tablet Z, and...


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    nds4droid is a free, open source Nintendo DS emulator written for Android smartphones. It is based off of the excellent emulator DeSmuME. The source code can be found on sourceforge.
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    Information and downloads for classic system emulators.
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    Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator.
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    Skyline is an experimental emulator that runs on ARMv8 Android™ devices and emulates the functionality of a Nintendo Switch™ system, licensed under Mozilla Public License 2.
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    Gens is a Win9x based emulator for the SEGA Genesis/Mega-Drive/Sega-CD/
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    zBoy is a multi-platform, open-source GameBoy Classic ("DMG") emulator that provides a load/save feature, can perform PCX screenshots and emulates an internal battery for ROMs that were designed to use one.
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    Frodo is a robust Commodore 64 Emulator for the Macintosh.
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    MESS emulates portable and console gaming systems, computer platforms and calculators. The project strives for accuracy and portability and therefore is not always the fastest emulator for any one particular system.
  1. D-Fend Reloaded is a graphical environment for DOSBox . DOSBox emulates a complete computer including the DOS commandline and allows to run nearly all old DOS based games on modern hardware with any of the newer Windows versions.

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    Seems to be no longer in development as the last version 1.4.4 was released in 2015-07-31.

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    nemulator is a NES emulator. nemulator uses DirectX 10, therefore Windows Vista or Windows 7 is required.
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    The ProSystem Emulator is an Atari 7800 emulator for the PC and Windows OS. The emulator was written in C++ using the Windows API and DirectX. It emulates the Atari 7800 NTSC and PAL TV standards.