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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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    NES emulator for Android devices.
  1. The CD-i emulator program (cdiemu) provides a fairly complete emulation of the hardware of an actual physical CD-i player.


  2. One of the few emulators for the original Gameboy handheld systems, gnuboy is written in ANSI C and supports a wide range of systems from MS-DOS to Windows and Linux.
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    JSSpeccy is an open-source ZX Spectrum emulator written in JavaScript for the browser. Games can be played online for free at the demo site or by embedding the scripts in a web page.
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    N-GAGE COOL! gives you the ability to compare the two mobile game decks side-by-side having the very different and unique gameplay experience of both N-GAGE QD and N-GAGE.

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  3. Painlessly manage and enjoy your retro game collection.
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    GBA emulator for android powered devices.
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    Spectaculator is the world's premier Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator for PCs running Microsoft® Windows® 7, XP & Vista.
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    QAOP lets you play ZX Spectrum games right through your browser. Choose from a large selection of classic games or select 'Open' from the emulator's menu system to load a game from your computer.
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    GBC emulator for android powered devices.
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    SuperRetro16 the Super Nintendo emulator that delivers the full console experience.
  4. Vizzed is an online community with 1000s of free classic retro games.
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    GameEx is a graphical DirectX based front-end for MAME, GameBase, Daphne, PC Games, and all command line based game emulators, along with being a complete Home Theatre PC solution or plug in for Windows Media Center.
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    A Java-based Commodore 64 emulator. Runs most of C64 games and many demos. Emulates CPU (6510), VIC-II (on a cycle level), SID (including filters, combined waveforms and bugs) and CIA. Easy to add to any web-page using Java/Javascript.
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    RetroX is an Android application that will help you organize and play your own Retro Games with the less possible effort. Put your collection in your device and RetroX will take care of the rest.