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This is the BEST site for help with video game emulation. Here you will find a thorough introduction to emulation and tutorials for the most popular emulators.
Intro to Emulation
Everything a newcomer needs to know about video game emulation: what it is, the cool things it offers, and the legality.
Download & Setup
I review a few details pertaining to downloading ROMs. I also walk you through some basic Windows tasks such as how to work with zip files.
The emulation experience isn't complete without a gamepad! Here I list the best ones and review every category of gamepads.
The #1 emulator for N64. It has good game compatibility, and conveniently comes bundled with the best plug-ins.
An excellent emulator. Offers good options for handling the DS's dual display. Game compatibility is good and getting better.
Visual Boy Adv
Visual Boy Advance is the #1 Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulator! Offers lots of features and games run great.
Focused on being fast enough to run on lower end hardware than other emulators support, without sacrificing accuracy or portability.
A top emulator with near perfect compatibility, high quality performance, and a nice selection of features.
The original SNES emulator! Although old, it still has some cool features that other emulators don't have.
A top NES emulator. People tend to favor Nestopia over FCE Ultra. Nestopia has more features such as better screen filters.
Versus Nestopia, FCEUX seems to be friendlier with computer compatibility. If Nestopia is acting up then try this emulator.
SSF is (unfortunately) the #1 Saturn emulator. It's frustrating to use. Game compatibility is poor, but this is all we've got.Read Tutorial
An excellent, powerhouse emulator that supports Genesis, Sega CD, 32X, Sega CD+32X, Game Gear, and SMS!Read Tutorial
This emulator is a build based on Gens, a legendary Genesis emulator. It also supports Sega CD and 32X.Read Tutorial
The first and best PlayStation 2 emulator! Offers good game compatibility. Its speed hacks really help for slower systems.Read Tutorial
The #1 PlayStation 1 emulator! Its strength is its awesome and flexible plug-ins system, but it can be tricky to setup for newbies.Read Tutorial
Not as awesome as ePSXe or PCSX-R, but it's easier to use (no fussy plug-in system) and works better on older/slower systems.Read Tutorial
Currently the best PSP emulator. It's open source and has ports for every system! Has the usual assortment of features.Read Tutorial
NEC & Multi-system
The #1 emulator for TurboGrafx16/PC Engine. However, it costs $20 US and does not support booting CD images.Read Tutorial
This is a free alternative if you don't want to pay for MagicEngine. Like MagicEngine, Ootake also does not support CD images.Read Tutorial
Supports 14 systems: NES, SNES, Genesis, GBA, and more! Even boots TurboGrafx16 CD images! But usability is awful.Read Tutorial
Everyone knows about MAME. It's a powerhouse that supports ALL arcade games. However, it can be confusing for new users.Read Tutorial
FinalBurn Alpha is a top arcade emulator. It only supports Capcom, NeoGeo, Konami, and Cave games.Read Tutorial
Similar to FinalBurn Alpha, but offers more and cooler features. It only supports Capcom and NeoGeo games.Read Tutorial