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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.
Windows Video Game Emulators
Intro & Multi-system
An article listing the best video game emulators for each system. They're recommended in a variety of categories.Read Article
Supports over 40 systems: NES, SNES, Genesis, GBA, Saturn, PSX, and more! It offers tons of features.Read Tutorial
Supports nearly 20 systems: NES, SNES, Genesis, GBA, Saturn, PSX, and more! Even boots TurboGrafx-CD images!Read Tutorial
The #1 emulator for GameCube and Wii. It offers excellent game compatibility and many helpful features.
A once top 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.
Focused on being fast enough to run on lower end hardware than other emulators support, without sacrificing accuracy or portability.
Visual Boy Adv
A classic Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulator that was once super popular. It offers lots of features and games run great.
A top emulator with near perfect compatibility, high-quality performance, and a nice selection of features.
A classic emulator that's still a great option if you want something simple. It's friendly on older devices as well.
The best emulator for Game Boy and Game Boy Color, offering high accuracy. It's easy to use and offers the standard features.
An excellent Saturn emulator with great game compatibility. 3D graphics render in higher resolution. Offers good features.Read Tutorial
Some prefer SSF over uoYabause. Game compatibility is high. It runs well on older/slower machines. Getting started can be confusing.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
Currently the best PSP emulator. It's open source and has ports for every system! Has the usual assortment of features.Read Tutorial
The current #1 PS1 emulator. It comes with all the hottest features including PGXP corrections for 3D graphics.Read Tutorial
A famous emulator that's been wildly popular for decades. It uses a plug-in system to control its core functions.Read Tutorial
This emulator has multiple 'cores' for MAME and FinalBurn, both the latest versions and legacy versions by year.Read Tutorial
Everyone knows about MAME. It's a powerhouse that supports ALL arcade games. MAMEUI is an old Windows build of MAME.Read Tutorial
FinalBurn Alpha is a top arcade emulator. It only supports Capcom, NeoGeo, Konami, and Cave games.Read Tutorial