Playing Old Games on a New Computer

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Playing Old Games on a New Computer

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Admit it – you still crave a good game of scrolling Super Mario or Dig Dug just like you did “back in the day.” We all do because playing them brings back some of the fondest memories.  But it isn’t easy to play these games the way we used to. Unless we’ve kept the systems and cartridges of the past in good working condition, our only trip down this jagged pixel lane is through a little known gem called emulation.

Through emulation, you can play some of your favorite games from the past including games made for Commodore, Atari, and Nintendo. Emulation refers to the ability of a program or device to imitate another program or device and it tricks the software into believing that a device is really some other device. It is also possible for a computer to emulate another type of computer. For example, there are programs that enable an Apple Macintosh to emulate a PC.

All that gobbledy gook doesn’t really mean too much until you discover that with the right emulator, your computer can play all your old favorite games. And the news gets even better. You can download emulators from the Internet – free. You can download Amiga, Commodore, GameBoy, Playstation 1, and Nintendo emulators plus you can download the games (ROMs) that these machines play.

Our favorite emulator is the ZSNES Emulator. This particular program emulates the old Super Nintendo console and you can learn more about it yourself by visiting This program comes with an extensive help file and walks you through the process of setting up a copy on your own PC. At the very least, your system needs a 486/100 processor, 14.5MB of RAM, a VGA card, and a Sound Blaster or 100% compatible sound card. However a system with a fast P200 or higher Pentium processor,  32MB of RAM, VGA card, and Sound Blaster 16 or 100% compatible sound card yields the most realistic results.

But don’t think that just because a console is on the computer – you can’t enjoy your favorite gaming accessories. The ZSNES Emulator let’s users maneuver around games with the keyboard and a joystick. But enough about the emulator – You probably want to know what kind of games you can play, right?

Called ROMs, you can play any game on your PC that you played on the Super Nintendo System including:

  1. Bomberman 5
  2. Super Battleship
  3. Beavis n’ Butthead
  4. Bustamove
  5. Clue
  6. Dragonballz
  7. DreamTV
  8. Final Fantasy 4
  9. Frogger
  10. The Great Waldo Search
  11. Inspector Gadget
  12. Jeopardy Deluxee
  13. John Madden Football
  14. Mariokart
  15. Marvel Superheroes
  16. Megamans Soccer
  17. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
  18. Monopoly
  19. Mortal Kombat 2
  20. Pinocchio
  21. Power Rangers
  22. Race Driving
  23. Carmen San Diego
  24. SimAnt
  25. SimCity
  26. SimCity 2000
  27. Super Mario RPG
  28. Sonic
  29. Space Football
  30. Starfox
  31. Streetfighter 2
  32. Super Black Bass
  33. Super Ninja Boy
  34. Super Punch-Out!!
  35. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  36. Themepark
  37. Troddlers
  38. Utopia
  39. Vortex
  40. Wacky Race
  41. Wheel of Fortune
  42. Wings 2
  43. Wordtris
  44. World Soccer 94
  45. Yoshis Island
  46. Zelda 3

Downloading these games is a simple matter of finding them online and there are plenty of websites that host them. Try for starters.

Be aware that there’s an issue with downloading these games and it’s a legal one. Basically, you’re not allowed to download and play any game that you don’t already own on a cartridge. If can abide by this law, you can revisit the past, in the present, on your brand new PC. Ok that’s how to Play Old Games on a New Computer, if you consider this article interesting share this article

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