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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.

  1. A revamped version of Gens32. It has a smoother frame rate and an advanced sound configuration system.
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    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows Mobile
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    PSX emulator on Windows Mobile or Windows Phone Device and Android. The name means First PlayStation Emulator.

    Discontinued

    no official update to download!



    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
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    Jnes is a NES emulator for win32 platforms that uses DirectX for its hardware interface. Its emulation capabilities include graphics, sound, input devices, and emulating quite a few memory mapping boards found in most USA games and a few popular japanese ones.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    Z26 is one of the best emulators for the Atari 2600. The author reports that the graphics part of the emulator is nearing perfection to a point that there's little more to fix.
  2. Nintendulator is an open source Win32 NES emulator written in C++ (plus some assembly optimization).
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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    Ages is a SEGA Genesis, SEGA 32X, and Sega CD emulator. Compare it to your favorite SEGA Genesis emulator and send your thoughts to the authors. This emulator has full sound, and has been built from scratch.

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, v0.30a, released on July 2002, can be still downloaded from Zophar.net

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    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • AmigaOS
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    DGen is a Genesis/Megadrive emulator, which currently

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, v1.21, released on January 2000, can be still downloaded from Zophar.net

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
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    GenEm95 is a SEGA Genesis/SEGA Mega Drive Emulator.

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, 0.19, released on February 2010, can be still downloaded from Sega Retro.

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    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
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    Generator is a Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) emulator.
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  3. Genesis Plus is a freeware, open-source, portable emulator for the Genesis and MegaDrive consoles.
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  4. Apollo is a N64 emulator for Windows by Azimer. Also has a version of the HLE Audio plugin but no progress has been published in several years. In this year of idle activity in the N64 scene Azimer promises soon "something out the door".

    Discontinued

    This emulator hasn't been updated since 2002. See dev log at http://www.apollo64.com/

  5. Boxer plays all the MS-DOS games of your misspent youth, right here on your Mac.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.4.0, released in February 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
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    Javatari is a multiplayer Atari 2600 emulator written in pure Java with no external libs. Just open it! Needs Java 6 or greater and Atari ROMs.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
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    Hataroid is an Atari ST emulator for Android based on Hatari .
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    Chankast is a open source Sega Dreamcast emulator for x86 platforms. It was the first Dreamcast emulator to successfully run commercial games.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, Alpha 0.25, released in July 2004, can be still downloaded from the official website.