higan

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higan is a multi-system emulator that began development on 15 years ago! It currently supports the following systems:

  • Nintendo Famicom

  • Nintendo Super Famicom

    • Super Game Boy / BS-X Satellaview / Sufami Turbo

  • Nintendo Game Boy / Color / Advance

  • Sega Master System / Game Gear / Mega Drive

  • NEC PC Engine / NEC SuperGrafx

  • Bandai WonderSwan / Bandai WonderSwan Color

Last Stable Release:

110

Dated:

20-03-2020

Windows: 7+ 

Linux: 3.2+

MacOS: 10.7+ 

FreeBSD: 10.0+

bsnes

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bsnes is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom) emulator that began development in 2004 and is currently a fork of higan which focuses on performance, features, and ease of use.

Last Stable Release:

115

Dated:

03-03-2020

Windows: 7+

Linux: 3.2+

MacOS: 10.7+

FreeBSD: 10.0+

Snes9x

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Snes9x is a portable, freeware Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator. It's coded in C++, with three assembler CPU emulation cores on the i386 Linux and Windows ports. It is also available as a libretro core for RetroArch. There also a French version available here.

Last Stable Release:

1.6

Dated:

23-04-2019

Windows: XP+

Linux: 3.2+

MacOS: 10.7+ 

Retroarch

BSNES cores (Performance/Balanced/Accuracy)

Snes9X core (less accurate & demanding than BNES)

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RetroArch is a frontend for emulators, game engines and media players. ​It enables you to run classic games on a wide range of computers and consoles through its unified graphical interface. Settings are also unified so configuration can be done once and applied and applied to all. It has advanced features like shaders, netplay, rewinding, next-frame response times, and more.

It can run on the usual platforms like Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, but it stands alone in that it can support far more platforms beyond just that.

  • Lakka - lightweight Linux distribution for small computers like Raspberry Pi

Last Stable Release:

1.8.5

Dated:

21-03-2020

Windows: Vista+ 

Linux: Please follow their instructions

Mac: Apple macOS High Sierra+ with Metal2

Mesen-S is a cross-platform SNES emulator for Windows & Linux built in C++ and C#. It's very early in development and some features are still missing compared to its NES sibling.

0.3 / 27-10-2019

Mesen-S