Newbie Emulation Guide
Things to know:
What is an emulator? A software emulator allows computer programs to run on a platform (computer architecture and/or operating system) other than the one for which they were originally written. Emulation refers to the ability of a program or device to imitate another program or device. Emulation tricks the software into believing that a device is really some other device.
What is required to start emulating consoles?
BIOS: Depending on the console, a BIOS may be needed. The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is the software the console runs when it is first turned on. An example of an emulator that needs a BIOS is the Playstation. Obtaining this BIOS is illegal and will not be discussed on MiiTalk.
Plug-ins: Plugins are responsible for different functions other than the core of the some emulators. For example, the N64 emulator, Project64, requires a video, sound, input, and (optionally) a netplay plug-in. Often you'll also have to configure them to run at the best balance of compatibility and performance.
How fast does my computer need to be? Emulation is slow, so you will need a very fast computer to play modern (or some-what modern) games at perfect or reasonable speeds. Any computer nowadays can run SNES games and the like. A PS2 emulator will require a high-end computer.
What about the games?
There are two different types of files:
ROMS: These are dumps of cartridge-based games such as NES, SNES, and N64 and their extensions are .nes, .smc, and .z64, respectively.
ISOs: These are rips of discs such as Playstation, Playstation 2, Neo-Geo CD, and Gamecube. Their extensions may vary. Some examples are .iso, .bin, .mdf, and .ccd.
Note: Since these programs are obviously not developed by the makers of the console, not all games will run as they should. Emulators, after all, are not perfect.
These emulators have been personally tested and recommended by me. If you'd like to suggest an emulator for another console, don't hesitate to tell us!
What are the best/most developed emulators?
Project64 [Homepage] - Plugins included.
Visual Boy Advance [Homepage]
ePSXe [Homepage] - BIOS and plug-ins required.
PCSX2 [Homepage] - Requires a high-end computer; compatibility far from perfect at this point; BIOS and plug-ins required.
Playing the games:
If the emulator doesn't require plug-ins, you're almost set to go! There should be minimal configuration required and all you need to do is download a ROM or ISO.
If the emulator do require plug-ins, then you should visit their respective forum for guidance.
View this thread for ROM sites: Rom sites - Wiihacks - Nintendo Wii Hacks Community
What about Wii?
If you are looking for Wii emulators for your PC, sorry, you are out of luck as there is no such thing yet.
However, there are emulators for some of the aforementioned consoles for the Wii. You'll need a prepackaged disc with roms and emulators, a GameCube controller, a GC memory card, and a modded Wii. To get the ISO, check your local torrent site
If you'd like to see more information, visit The Emulator Zone or Zophar's Domain.
If you've found something inaccurate or you'd like to add more information, feel free to let me know.
Last edited by Krank; 07-16-2010 at 09:15 PM.
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EDIT: Ok I found NES and SNES emulators and games for the wii... Now i am on to N64 emulator and games for the WII.. Excellent site cannot thank everyone here for the help..
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Last edited by stimpy2300; 08-07-2009 at 09:38 AM.
Its been here for a while, and it lives here. Its name is Dolphin, and it lets emulate a Wii on your PC. It features usage of your Wiimotes, nunchuck, classic controller, or your GC pad (all via BlueTooth). It allows you to use a NAND from a Wii, to turn on a REAL wii, or else you could just emulate single games (those that does not require a NAND present).
Just wanted to mention Have fun everyone.
It is mentioned elsewhere, ofcourse
Last edited by TwinA; 08-26-2009 at 11:08 AM.
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keep getting: error cannot open sd:/fecugx/apps/roms
how can i fix this?
i have hbc for my wii 4.1 with mceplayer and all and i have roms in that folder...
also same error on my snes9x
Last edited by westsideknicks; 10-19-2009 at 03:22 PM.
your emulator application must be in SD/apps/whateveryoucallit and your roms are in SD/applicationspecificfolder/roms as far as I know.
Ok how do I get my nes/snes/genesis/ps1 emulators and roms to work with the HOMEBREW Channel?