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    Nintendo Entertainment System

    We're recommending these fine NES emulators :
    in alphabetical order
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    FCE Ultra by Xodnizel

    A portable NES/Famicom emulator for Win9x, Linux SVGAlib and DOS based on Bero's original FCE source code. FCE Ultra needs DirectX 6.0 or higher to run properly. You can use it to run FDS (needs the FDS BIOS ROM image in the base FCE Ultra directory) and VS Unisystem (iNES format only) games. The overall compatibility is more than average and the sound is decent !

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 85, 86, 87, 89, 90, 93, 94, 95, 97, 99, 112, 113, 118, 119, 151, 180, 182, 184, 225, 226, 228, 229, 240, 246 !

    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1 and #2, Zapper and the VS Unisystem's light gun

    --- Extras ---
    Game Genie, Save states, Screenshot function (F9), TCP/IP network play, runs FDS and VS Unisystem (iNES format) games.

    Download the most recent versions :
    Windows v0.52 - 02/19/2001
    DOS v0.40 - 12/30/2000
    Linux SVGAlib v0.52 - 02/19/2001

    Source Code v0.42 - 12/27/2000



    - - - - - - Visit the FCE Ultra Homepage - - - - - -


    Port to PocketPC
    - - - - - - Visit the NesCE for the Pocket PC Homepage - - - - - -
    Port to Compaq's IPAQ
    - - - - - - Visit the Pocket FC Homepage - - - - - -
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    fwNES by Fan Wen Yang

    fwNES is the best NES/Famicom emulator for DOS, it's very fast and has the highest compatibility of all known NES emus - the sound is good (FDS sound channel supported). Here's a good hint for starters : "Press F9 in the emulator to lock it at 60fps" !!!

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 48, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 100, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 122, 225, 226, 227, 228

    --- Peripherals ---
    2 Button Joystick/GamePad x2, 4 through 8 button Gamepads, SideWinder x4, SNES Pads x4 are Supported and Zapper via mouse

    --- Extras ---
    FDS support, an awesome GUI (English, Japanese, and Chinese), Cheat Finder, great Screenshot function (PCX, all shots are named "game name"+001, 002 ...) and many more nice things :)

    Download the most recent version :
    DOS v0.302 - 16/11/1998
    Linux v0.151 - 03/30/1998



    - - - - - - Visit the fwNES Homepage (US mirror) - - - - - -
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    G-NES by GIGO

    G-NES is a japanese NES/Famicom emulator for Windows 95/98 (DirectX 5.0) with a good campatibility. It has support for Nintendo's Disk add-on (FDS) and the arcade VS-Unisystem. You can choose between 8/16/24/32 bit color graphics engines and maybe you'll notice the excellent sound emulation with support for all 5 sound channels and the VRC6, VRC7 (only frequency), NAMCO106, FDS and FME-7 custom sound channels.

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 73, 75, 85, 85 and 93

    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1, #2 and Family Trainer

    --- Extras ---
    Save states (10 slots), Screenshot function (BMP), runs FDS and VS Unisystem games.

    Download the most recent versions :
    English G-NES v0.473a - 01/14/2001
    Japanese G-NES v0.475 - 01/28/2001



    - - - - - - Visit the G-NES Homepage - - - - - -
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    Jnes by Jabo

    A great, easy to use Win9x emulator with a nice GUI that requires DirectX 5 to run properly. It has a great compatibility for USA NES games, Zapper support and excellent sound !

    --- Mappers ---
    Nintendo; MMC1, MMC2, MMC3, MMC4, MMC5 (partial)
    iNES 0, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 21, 23, 24, 25, 34, 66, 69

    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1 and #2

    --- Extras ---
    GameGenie support, Screenshot function (BMP), Record Audio Output (WAV), Save/Load NES state from file (11 slots), configurable buttons, NSF player, sound output graphs.

    Download the most recent version :
    v0.40 beta 2 - 01/27/2001



    - - - - - - Read our interview with Jabo - - - - - -
    - - - - - - Visit the Jnes Homepage - - - - - -
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    loopynes by loopy

    loopynes was once a very promising DOS emulator, for some unknow reasons he left the "scene" after he released a final beta of loopynes.

    --- Mappers ---
    1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 15, 64, VS(99?)

    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1 and #2

    --- Extras ---
    Save/Load NES state, basic GUI

    Download the most recent version :
    Latest beta - 10/19/1999
    v0.40 beta 1 - 24/08/1998


    - - - - - - Is there a loopy shrine anywhere ? - - - - - -
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    NESten by TNSe

    NESten is a NES emulator for Windows (Win9x, Win2K RC2 - works partially under WinNT 4.0 SP3 with sound disabled) completely written in Delphi. TNSe's emu is very fast, has a good compatibility and fine sound and it also includes a cool palette editor.

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 32, 33, 34 and 40


    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1, #2, #3 and #4

    --- Extras ---
    Save States, Movie recording (NESten's own format: SM?), 4 player support, WAV logging, Cheat finder, Mapper plugins, NSF player

    Download the most recent version :
    0.6 Beta Final - 04/23/00



    - - - - - - Visit the NESten Homepage - - - - - -
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    nester by Darren Ranalli

    nester is a free open source emulator for Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT with installed DirectX 3.0 or higher (Service Pack 3 required for NT). It uitlizes the fast 6502 core by Matthew Conte and the Nosefart/Nofrendo APU core again by Matthew Conte and a nice GUI. You'll need DirectX 5 if you wanna use a joypad. nester is the base for at least two other emulators : nesterJ and unofficial nester.

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 24, 40

    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1 and #2

    --- Extras ---
    Save States, black & white mode, shell integration - associate .NES files with nester!

    Download the most recent version :
    public beta 4 - 01/28/2001
    public beta 4 source - 01/28/2001




    - - - - - - Visit the nester homepage - - - - - -
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    nesterJ by Screw and Mikami Kana

    nesterJ = nester + Unofficial nester + some new stuff (short description) nesterJ is a japanese emulator for Windows 95/98/2000/NT4 and ME(?) with DirectX 7.0a or higher (should work with earlier versions), (Service Pack 3 or higher required in NT). The nesterJ authors compiled a new emu from the source code by Darren Ranalli and the best things of unofficial nester and some new unique own ideas. nesterJ is probably the most advanced, flexible and compatible of all currently available Windows emulators.

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19*, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 40, 41, 42, (43), 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, (49), 50, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91**, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 112, 113, (114), 117, 118, 122, 151, 160, 180, 182, 184, 185, (187), 188, 189*, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, (232), 233, 234**, 235, 240, 242, 241, 243, 246, 255

    ? not tested.
    * it has problem that sometimes screen is not correct.
    ** it has serious problem that ALWAYS screen is not correct.
    () not work.

    Mappers developed by Darren Ranalli (some) and Toshiya Takeda (many)

    --- Peripherals ---
    Refer to the Unofficial nester peripherals list ! Almost everything is included in nesterJ

    --- Extras ---
    Save States, Support for ARJ, LHA, ZIP, RAR, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, CAB, GZA and BZA compressed files (need some dll's), WAVE Recording, Screen Shot (F12), TV scanlines + almost all special features from Unofficial nester (extra sound channels supported, FDS, NSF player)

    Download the most recent version :
    nesterJ v0.51 English - 02/05/2001
    nesterJ v0.50 Japanese - 01/31/2001
    nesterJ v0.50 source - 01/31/2001




    - - - - - - Visit the nesterJ Homepage - - - - - -
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    NESticle by Sardu

    NESticle is the speed king of all NES emulators, it has a great looking, easy to use GUI and is still the favourite emulator of many NES fans. A fast 486 or early Pentium PC is enough to run it at a pleasant speed ! The DOS version (x.xx) requires
    DOS4GW and the Windows binary (v0.43) DirectX 3.0 to run.

    --- Mappers ---
    fully/partially supported :
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 32, 33, 34 and 40

    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1 and #2

    --- Extras ---
    Save States, GameGenie support, WAV logging, Screenshot function (PCX), Wave output loggable, Joystick/"GrIP" support, Network play (Win95 exe only) and a nice GUI

    Download the most recent version :
    DOS only last version x.xx - xx/xx/xx
    DOS/Win95 v0.43 - 01/01/98



    - - - - - - Visit the Bloodlust NESticle shrine - - - - - -
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    RockNES by Fx3
    Windows port by Alexandre da Veiga
    Mac port by Richard Bannister

    RockNES is a real "oldie", Fx3 started it back in '98 as a complete rewrite of xNES made by ??. Fx3 created an stable emulator with great compatibility, good sound and a lot of extra features ! The Windows port needs at least DirectX 7 to run and has more extras than the DOS version :) Better gui, better joystick support, scanlines and a stretched video mode to name a few. The Mac version of RockNES also supports Net Play, 2x/3x/4x/5x video modes, Mapper Editing ... and much more neat stuff :-) I like RockNES although both versions lacks support for my beloved Sidewinder (but the readme claims it's supported) !

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 40, 41, 42, 43, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 78, 79, 83, 85, 88, 90, 91, 92, 94, 97, 99, 100, 101, 110, 113, 117, 118, 151, 160, 180, 184, 187, 189, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 240, 246 and 255. Most of these 81 mappers have full support.

    --- Peripherals ---
    Controller #1 and #2

    --- Extras ---
    Screenshot function (PCX - F12), runs FDS and VS Unisystem (iNES format) games, NES Movie, Save/load state (10 slots), NESticle saved states, basic GUI, EAGLE effects, ZIP support

    Download the most recent version :
    DOS v1.810 - 02/28/2001
    Windows v1.61 - 12/07/2000
    RockNES/MacOS v1.702 - 01/23/2001



    - - - - - - Visit the RockNES Homepage - - - - - -
    - - - - - Visit the RockNES/MacOS homepage - - - - -
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    Unofficial nester by Toshiya TAKEDA

    Toshiya TAKEDA used Darren Ranalli's open source NES emulator Nester as base for his own emu "Unofficial nester" - which is in fact a patched version of Nester "public beta 3". This emu - with its incredible amount of supported mappers, even more controllers and a great sound core by Matthew Conte - is without doubt the most advanced and compatible Windows emulator !
    BTW: Unofficial nester updates are currently not a rare event - they appear several times in a week !

    --- Mappers ---
    0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91*, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 112, 113, 117, 118, 119, 122, 151, 160, 180, 182, 184, 185, 188, 189*, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234*, 235, 240, 242, 243, 246, 255.
    (* is partial support)

    --- Peripherals ---
    controller #1 and #2 (with mic device), insert coins in VS-Unisystem games, Arkanoid Paddle, Crazy Climber Controller, Datach Barcode Battler, Exciting Boxing Controller, Family Basic Keyboard (with Data Recorder), Family Trainer, Hyper Shot, * Mahjong Controller, Oeka Kids Tablet, Optical Gun (Zapper), Pokkun Moguraa Controller. Power Pad, Space Shadow Gun and Turbo File (with automatical bank switch)

    --- Extras ---
    Game Genie, TCP/IP network play, runs FSD, VS Unisystem and PlayChoice-10 games, NSF Player (partial), Movie Recorder/Player, ROM Database for "header correcting" and "external device selecting" !

    Download the most recent version :
    Patch 02/21/2001 - 02/21/2001




    - - - - - - Visit the Nester homepage - - - - - -
    - - - - - - Visit the nesterJ Homepage - - - - - -
    - - - - - Visit the Emulation 9 for the latest Unofficial nester news - - - - -
    There's also a japanese message board located, dedicated to Unofficial nester
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