Emulate A NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) On A PC
NES Emulator Windows 7
Emulate A NES On A Windows 7 PC
Anybody who grew up in the 1980s can probably recall playing the original Super Mario, Zelda and Final Fantasy games on the Nintendo Entertainment System console. Brings back memories huh? I have fond memories of playing Duck Hunt with my dad and playing Mario Bros. taking turns and having fun seeing who could get the furthest before dying. Of course, wouldn’t it be great to play all those old games again? Oh, your NES console bit the dust? Well, there’s another option for you rather than shelling out cash for a used console from eBay.
You could buy a combo system that plays NES, SNES and Sega Genesis games as an all-in-one unit, but computers can do anything these days right? Right! You could just download an emulator for your desktop or laptop computer, a cheap USB controller, keep your cartridges and not have to fuss with the blowing in the cartridge or slot and pray the games still work. So long as you have a physical copy of a game, you're legally free to download ROM images of your games and play them on a PC or Mac.
Final Fantasy In A NES Emulator
Play NES Games On Windows
These days, there are emulators for just about any game console ever produced. They are available for free from many sources online. All one needs to do is simply download an emulator and some ROM files, of course, legally you can and should download only the ROM files of games that you actually own.
Most cases, all you have to do is extract the .zip file that the emulator is contained in to some folder on your desktop or other folder of your choice. Then, extract any downloaded ROMs into the same folder. Open your NES emulator of choice and then open your desired ROM file for the game you want to play.
When first playing a NES emulator, or any game console emulator for that matter, it would be beneficial to open the Input settings to discover what keyboard keys are mapped to represent the buttons on a game controller. You might even wish to change them so that you can find a more comfortable arrangement of the keys, rather than having the majority of them cramped into one area on the keyboard.
Have you ever used an NES emulator?
Do you use an emulator for other game consoles?
Legend of Zelda In A NES Emulator
Why Use A NES Emulator?
Why is it better to use a NES emulator than a real console? Because NES emulators work! Who knows if the NES console sitting in your grandmother’s basement is even in working condition? Besides, with an emulator and some ROMs of your favorite games, you aren’t tied to a tv; you can take your games (and emulator) with you on a pocket sized thumb drive and play NES console games anytime on any PC.
Besides the aforementioned benefits, you can finally get closer to actually beating some of those old games you fondly remember. The majority of emulators support save states, which are basically snapshots of your progress in any game. These can be used to restart exactly where you left off last time, in the middle of a level or just before entering a boss battle (assuming you saved the game state before you died!).
In addition, most emulators also support the use of cheat codes. So, theres no need for items like Game Genies as the support for cheat codes is built into the emulator software.
Of course, playing old video games like those for the NES on a PC is always good for getting a few kicks, giggles and funny stares from people who missed out on this wonderful generation of video games. You could also introduce your kids to retro games like these to show them what video games were like "back in your days."
Now if you'll excuse me, I must get back to Zelda II. That's next on my list of my old games that I have to beat and cross off my bucket list.