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    higan is described as 'was formerly known as bsnes. The project was renamed after becoming a multi-system emulator' and is a Game Emulator in the Gaming Software category. There are more than 25 alternatives to higan for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Android, Linux, Mac and iPhone. The best alternative is RetroArch, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like higan are Snes9x (Free, Open Source), VisualBoyAdvance (Free, Open Source), ZSNES (Free, Open Source) and OpenEmu (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 20, 2022

    1. What is RetroArch? RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight, and portable. It has features lacking in some emulators frontends, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading. What systems does it play?
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Snes9x is a portable, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. It allows you to play most games designed for the SNES and Super Famicom Nintendo game systems on your PC.

      Main Snes9x mirror: http://snes9x.ipherswipsite.com
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Haiku
      • AmigaOS
      • MorphOS
      VisualBoyAdvance (VBA) is a free software (GNU GPL) emulator targeted for the Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.8.0 beta 3, released in October 2005, can be still downloaded from FileHippo

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      ZSNES is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator. Aside from emulation accuracy, many interface features first introduced in ZSNES have been adopted by other emulators.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.51, released in January 2007, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    2. Open Emu is an open source project to bring game emulation to OS X as a first class citizen, leveraging modern OS X technologies such as Cocoa, Core Animation and Quartz, and 3rd party libraries like Sparkle for auto-updating.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      mGBA is an open source emulator of the Game Boy Advance. The goals are speed and accuracy.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Ludo is an Emulator Frontend able to run retro video games. Ludo does not emulate the consoles itself, but does it through emulator plugins called libretro cores. Libretro cores are well known emulators (like Snes9x or Genesis Plus GX or PCSX) stripped from their user interface.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Snes9x EX is an SNES/Super Famicom emulator written in C++ for Android, iOS, WebOS and Linux. It uses the emulation backend from Snes9x and is built on top of the Imagine engine.
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    3. NO$GBA is a Nintendo DS emulator for Microsoft Windows. It is capable of running commercial and homebrew Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS games, such as Pokémon Diamond which the latest version is able to run at full speed with no graphical glitches.
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    4. A front-end or user interface (UI) is the presentation and interaction layer of an app or website. Most modern emulator apps have basic game list UIs that you can interact with using a mouse/keyboard but not a game controller.
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