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    Snes9x Alternatives

    Snes9x is described as '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' and is a very popular Game Emulator in the Gaming Software category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Snes9x for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Android, Linux, iPhone and Mac. The best alternative is RetroArch, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Snes9x are ZSNES (Free, Open Source), higan (Free, Open Source), Kosmi (Free) and Ludo (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 24, 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
      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      The program is no longer updated.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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      The accuracy emulation of ZSNES is very bad, because it was discontinued, not recommended for fan games.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    2. higan was formerly known as bsnes. The project was renamed after becoming a multi-system emulator. higan is a Nintendo multi-system emulator that began development on 2004-10-14.
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    3. Kosmi is a free real time application and communication platform that offers voice, text and video calls along with games and applications such as SNES Party, NES Party, OpenArena, Poker, Virtual Cardtables, Synced YouTube and Cowatch Video.
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      • 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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    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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Windows Mobile
      • Windows Phone
      • Xbox
      RetriX is an emulator front end for UWP, on all the hardware platforms it supports: it serves the same purpose as RetroArch but is built from the ground up to integrate as well as possible with Windows.
    5. With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, gain access to a large collection of Super NES games that are great to play anytime, anywhere! For the first time ever, you can play these classic games online and use voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.
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    6. 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.
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