I’ve been really getting into emulators and ROMs lately. So I figured I’d make a thread about it. There is an online-play feature for Super Nintendo games where you can play any 2 player game across the internet. It would be something to try out. Considering SNES has such a gigantic selection of games, I could see there being a large variety of games to play co-op.
I’m going to give a brief tutorial on Emulators, ROMs, and hooking up your Xbox controller to your computer to play these games like they should be played, with a controller.
Let me explain what an emulator is. An emulator is virtual software on your computer to make your computer actually think it’s has the hardware capabilities to play a console game. You can download the good ol Super Mario’s from Super Nintendo and play them from your machine. These are freely downloadable programs that are pretty accessible across the internet.
http://www.emulator-zone.com/ Here is a good site to pretty much get any emulator you want. I want to note one thing, if you want to have online functionality, the newer versions of ZSNES do not support that. You must download an older version. So go to: http://www.zsnes.com/ Go to Files, then click on either 1.42 or 1.36, or even both of them.
ROMs(Read Only Memory) are the games for the consoles. ROMs are pretty much just image files that the emulators can run and manage. So for ex: Zsnes would be a Super Nintendo emulator, Donkey Kong Country would be the rom.
ROMs are a bit tougher to find. The sites are usually filled with ads, dead links, and fake directories. I personally download all of my roms through torrent search engines, as they are almost always legit. If you type in SNES roms in www.btjunkie.com for instance, it will give you a torrent with every snes game ever made. The files are only about 1-3MB, so it doesn’t take long.
http://www.romnation.net Romnation is a good site for ROMs. There are several titles that are unavailable due to ESA regulations. Otherwise it’s pretty solid to get your roms.
Using Online-Play with ZSNES
The best software to date is the Zbattle software. This is located at www.zbattle.net. It does require some configuration with your firewall to allow some ports through and forwarded. All of that information is on the sites FAQ. Once you’re online using the ZBattle software, it’s important to know that in order to play co-op someone; you must have the same version of Zsnes. This is why I recommended 1.36 or 1.42 for these are the most played versions.
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