what allows you to play your favorite console games right on your
computer! Almost every console system can be emulated, such as SNES,
NES, Gameboy, Genesis, and Turbo Grafx 16; if you own a higher-end PC
you can even emulate the Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation!
There are two parts pertaining to emulation. There is the emulator,
and there is the ROM. The emulator is a program that copies [emulates]
the way a console system works, allowing you to play games on your PC.
The ROM is the game that was taken from cartridge form and put into
digital form. To play a game, load the emulator for the system you
want to emulate, and load the rom from inside the emulator.
Emulators are not perfect however, they do have their limits. Certain
games don't work because of the way that they were programed. A good
example of this would be the Super-FX chip that certain SNES games
used. To learn the specifics of any given emulator, download the
emulator, and view the readme files. They will give you a broad
understanding of the way emulation works.
is a program that emulates a console (or sometimes even computer/calculator)
system. It basically does what a gaming machine does, but instead, it
runs on the computer -- hence the word "emulate".
emulation are known as ROMs because of the ROM chips they are stored
on inside the cartridges.
for Read Only Memory. ROMs are the files that
store the game data in a cartridge/cd. In short, they're the games you
download to play.
|A ROM can be
found many places. On Usenet newsgroups, on FTP sites, on IRC,
and most importantly on web sites.
devices are a widely used form of backup that you plug into your game
system and your computer. You stick the game into the device like
normal, and it copies the ROM from the catridge to your computer. This
does no damage of any sort to the actual game.
|yes and no.
emulators cause no damage of any kind and violate no copyrights, so
therefore they are legal. roms can be legal and illegal. it's kind of
a long explanation, we will get into detail with it later.
symbols used to help us further identify the specific type of ROM the
game is. If you've looked at our archives, you know there's more than
one (usually two or three) copies of the same game. However, they are
all different and we use these symbols to clarify what is what.
Here's a definition of what all those symbols are:
[a] - Alternate
[b] - Bad Dump
[BF] - Bung Fix
[c] - Cracked
[f] - Other Fix
[h] - Hack
[o] - Overdump
[p] - Pirate
[t] - Trained
[T] - Translation
(Unl) - Unlicensed
[x] - Bad Checksum
ZZZ_ - Unclassified
[!] - Verified Good Dump
(???k) - ROM Size
[C] - Color GameBoy
[S] - Super GameBoy
(M#) - Multilanguage (# of Languages)
[M] - Mono Only (NeoGeo Pocket)
(PC10) - PlayChoice 10 (NES)
(1) - Japan (Genesis)
(4) - USA (Genesis)
(5) - NTSC Only (Genesis)
(8) - PAL Only (Genesis)
(BS) - BS ROMS (SNES)
(ST) - Sufami Turbo (SNES)
(NP) - Nintendo Power (SNES)
(Adam) - ADAM Version (Coleco)
(PAL) - PAL Video
(A) - Australian
(C) - Chinese
(E) - Europe
(F) - French
(FN) - Finland
(G) - German
(GR) - Greece
(HK) - Hong Kong
(I) - Italian
(J) - Japan
(K) - Korean
(NL) - Dutch
(PD) - Public Domain
(S) - Spanish
(SW) - Sweden
(U) - USA
(UK) - England
(Unk) - Unknown Country
(-) - Unknown Country
end in .zip are compressed in zip format. Zip is the most common
compression format. But you may see .rar, .ace, and a few others.
Winzip is a shareware utility that
you can use to uncompress .zip files. Another good program is pkzip/unzip
|If you don't
know how to download a file, you should ask someone who can sit down
with you and personally show you what to do. Basically, you
click on the link, save it to your desktop or whatever directory you
choose, then unzip the file. Make sure you pay attention to the
folder that you saved the downloaded file into.
several programs out there that lets you resume dropped downloads. One
we recommend is Download
Accelerator. Most recent servers do support resuming, and if
you use Download
Accelerator, even if your computer restarts while the song is
being downloaded, you will be able to resume from where you left off.
Also, Download Accelerator speeds up your downloads by up to 300%! If
you download a lot of stuff, you should seriously look into getting
one of these programs as they do make your life somewhat easier.
for File Transfer Protocol, and is one of the main ways to get the
file gets transferred over the internet. Think of it as a way for
people to share their files with others. Although Netscape and
Internet Explorer has built-in support for FTP, their they are not
quite powerful enough for anything other than simple downloading, so
if you think you'd be using FTP a lot, you should get a FTP client.
There are hundreds of FTP clients out there, and most of them are
freewares, or sharewares that you can try out for free.
|If you are on
a dial-up account, there isn't much you can do but wait. If the
download is really slow, or if you are on ADSL or Cable, it
might mean that the server is swamped, or there is conjestions on the
Internet. You might try downloading from another server or downloading
at some other time.
|In short, you
download the files to your computer, then you must rename the files to
one of the applicable extensions (zip, rar, ace or
some extension accepted for your emulator like .gb, .rom, .dsk, ...).
You must rename the files into .zip (use Winzip)
from whatever file extention you had before and see if you can unzip
it. If .zip does not work, you should then try renaming the file to .rar
and see if you can unrar it.
If it still doesn't work, rename it to .ace (use Winrar
or Winace) . If it still doesn't
work, rename it to some extension accepted for your emulator.
have the password either.
Because of number of links our scripts process each day, and because
the process is fully automated, it is impossible for us to know the
password of those zipped files. If the files have password, and the
link-gathering script picked it up, a "Unzip Password" field
will be shown in the Download page that tells you the password.
|If you have
any other questions, please email email@example.com
and we'll try to get back as soon as we can. Please do know that
any repeated email or email requesting Roms will be ignored,
and that we may not be able to reply to every question we get.
|You'll can download
all games and emulators, use our forum and