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    [Tutorial] The Ultimate Emulation Guide Part 1 - The Consoles


    In this series of guides I will show you all of the emulation possibilities for the Wii. Starting with the grandfathers like the 2600 going up to fifth gen like the N64 and then some. Part one will cover consoles, part two will cover handhelds and arcade, part three will cover PC, and part four will cover anything else like ScummVM. If there are multiple emulators for a platform I will only be covering my favorite one.

    Whenever possible I will be using the Linux version of the incredible emulator Dolphin for screen shots. It will be a lot neater than than taking pics of my TV. I also like the irony of an emulator running on an emulator. The only drawback is that not all homebrew will run on it. If it doesn't run on Dolphin then I will fall back on pics of the TV. I will be using a 2GB PNY SD for all demonstrations and all SD images I use with Dolphin. Please try to refrain from asking me questions about Dolphin. If there is enough interest I might make a Dolphin guide but that would be separate from this series.

    I will only be covering basic SD/SDHC/USB install. I will not be covering things like channel installs or forwarders. I'm not covering all of the controls and options because that can all be found on the emulators WiiBrew page and Readme. Also I will only be covering the original versions of the emulators and no unofficial forks. As a reminder most if not all emulators can be downloaded via The Homebrew Browser.

    Please do not ask me where to obtain ROMs, BIOS, or disc images or I will ignore you. Also please don't ask questions that do not pertain to the guide like how to format your SD card or once again I will ignore you. Otherwise I will support my guides to the best of my abilities.

    If you want to save a little room you can either delete or move the Readme files to your PC for safe keeping after you read them. I stress the after you read them part...Read them or fail! You can also leave them if you choose to because they wont hurt anything. I'll mention which files you need and don't need with every emulator.

    Part 1 of the guide will cover thirteen emulators in all:
    Chapter 1 : Enter The Grandfathers - JzintvWii, O2em, Wii2600, and WiiColEm
    Chapter 2 : Movin' On Up - FCE Ultra GX, SMSPlus, and Wii7800
    Chapter 3 : The Golden Age - Hugo-Wii, Genesis Plus GX, and SNES9x GX
    Chapter 4 : The Developers Cruel Joke - Yabause Wii, Wii64, and WiiSX.


    Chapter 1 : Enter The Grandfathers

    In this chapter I will cover how to install JzintvWii, O2em, Wii2600, and WiiColEm.



    JzintvWii



    O2em



    Wii2600



    WiiColEm




    Chapter 2 : Movin' On Up

    In this chapter I will cover how to install FCE Ultra GX, SMSPlus, and Wii7800.



    FCE Ultra GX



    SMSPlus



    Wii7800




    Chapter 3 : The Golden Age

    In this chapter I will cover how to install Hugo-Wii, Genesis Plus GX, and SNES9x GX.



    Hugo-Wii



    Genesis Plus GX



    SNES9x GX




    Chapter 4 : The Developers Cruel Joke

    In this chapter I will cover how to install Yabause Wii, Wii64, and WiiSX.



    I need to add a big note here and let everyone know fifth gen emulation is mad buggy. Some games can be playable or even run fairly well but don't expect to enter fifth gen emulation without tons of problematic and non-working games. You just have to accept it if you want to play Saturn, PSX, or N64 on your Wii because it is what it is.

    Yabause Wii



    Wii64



    WiiSX








    Changelog

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    Hey, nice guide. You really cover a lot of stuff. I especially love the category names.
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    Awesome work Darkcide666. Something like this has been very needed here. Stickied.

    On the intellivision emulator, I'm not sure why Wiibrew says ecs.bin is required. I'm running it just fine on my Wii with only exec.bin and grom.bin, same as the PC emulators. Maybe particular games? Anyways, good work.
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    Thanks guys. I needed a short break from my MAME compatibility list and I figured we could use a proper and thorough emulator setup guide...Most of the other good stuff has been covered already and I love emulation so why not. Plus it gives me a chance to try out some of the emulators for the Wii that I had little or no experience with such as WiiSX. Hopefully it won't take me that long to complete and post the other three parts of my guide.

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    On the intellivision emulator, I'm not sure why Wiibrew says ecs.bin is required. I'm running it just fine on my Wii with only exec.bin and grom.bin, same as the PC emulators. Maybe particular games?
    Correct. You would only need it for ECS games like Scooby-Doo's Maze Chase for example.
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    Great guide Darkcide, I just recently added Wii64 to my list of emulators. You may want to add that if people want to run their Wii64 from the HDD they may need the fix for USB 2.0. I could not get the emulator to see the drive til I did this. Post for the fix is here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dadi40 View Post
    Great guide Darkcide, I just recently added Wii64 to my list of emulators. You may want to add that if people want to run their Wii64 from the HDD they may need the fix for USB 2.0. I could not get the emulator to see the drive til I did this. Post for the fix is here.
    Thanks but I can't do it. I decide to only cover the official versions of each emulator and no unofficial forks or mods. It would get too confusing if I started to add multiple versions of an emulator, mods, and so forth. That's also why I didn't cover channel installs and forwarders. I wanted simple with lots of pics. That way anybody that can read and follow instruction shouldn't have a problem. If features or functions get added by the official developer / development team then I will modify my guide if need be. Hopefully anybody needing the fix you posted will see your post and follow it.

    Maybe once I wrap everything up in this series I'll do an advanced guide covering unofficial versions of emulators and other random emulation stuff. Or even if the demand is great enough I might consider users guides for the emulators even though I think they are kind of unnecessary.
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    I blogged your guide (since you had permissions issues) --- look here (tags included).
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    Awesome! Thank you sir!
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    superb mate this is real nice and you put aload of work into this there should be a super thanks button for this one

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    Really helpful since I was putting off setting up emulation on my wii, thanks for making the guide.
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