Emulation Roundup

I downloaded the VisualBoyAdvance Gameboy Advance emulator last night and was pleasantly surprised to see near-perfect emulation, even with brand new GBA games like Sonic Advance 2 and Tony Hawk 4. (You can find ROMs in alt.binaries.emulators.gameboy.advance or on the web, if you look hard enough.)

Likewise, I tested out the Nemu Nintendo 64 emulator with Mario 64 and Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Zelda was playable despite display bugs, and Mario looked nearly perfect. (Try alt.binaries.emulators.nintendo-64 for ROMs.) Update: Apparently, Project64 is the most popular and compatible N64 emulator to date, but I haven’t tested it yet. These compatibility lists are very useful.

The NSX2 Playstation 2 emulation project managed to get the loading screens from Mortal Kombat 5 and Blade 2 to display. As far as I know, it’s the first PS2 emulator to partially load a commercial game.

Finally, gCubix is an amazing Gamecube emulator that’s been ported to a number of platforms, including Windows, Mac, BeOS, AmigaOS, Apple II GS, Commodore 64, Atari ST, PDP-1, and Babbage’s analytical engine.


    Dude, THANK YOU! I have been having a real bitch of a time getting games for my BAE! I thought it was due to some of the springs being stretched out, but maybe not.

    Ironic, since you found this page by searching for “gamecube emulator for mac” in Google.

    There are perfectly valid reasons to want future game systems emulated that have nothing to do with playing commercial games for free. It’s about preserving our electronic heritage, because some day, the physical games and the consoles they’re played on will be rare and unavailable. The majority of the systems listed here are difficult to find now, but they live on in emulation.

    Emulators are fine but it can not be compared to the feeling you get when you can play the Video Games and GBA roms in this case on the original hardware they were designed for. Better yet if you can do it for free – using roms and gba flash linkers!

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