Atari pulled the plug on the release of Marble Madness II almost exactly 31 years ago after the follow up to their hit game failed to perform well in location tests.
For decades the only way to play this now sought after rarity has been on one of a handful of known surviving units when it was exhibited by a private collector at annual events.
That has all changed after the ROM mysteriously appeared on The Internet Archive and was subsequently emulated by MAME developer David Haywood.
Ars Technica provides background information on this story, and talks with a number of the digital archaeologists involved. They discuss the events that unfolded, speculate as to why the game may have failed, and look at what it means to the community.
Running Retroarch has long been possible on the PS4, but it’s been done through unofficial ports so far. That was until now, as the Retroarch team have added the PS4 ports to their official github today, thanks to the work of frangar, bigboss, and fjtrujy among others.
PS4 support on Retroarch, what’s that? O_o
Just to be crystal clear, we’re talking here about the possibility to run the Retroarch emulator suite on PS4, not the other way around!
Retroarch does not let you play PS4 games on your PC yet (but there are other emulators in progress for that: Spine and Kyty).
Again, it’s something that’s been possible for a while, but not “officially” supported by the Retroarch team until now.
I recently sat down with Bob from RetroRGB.com for an interview podcast for the first time since returning to the community.
Check it out here: https://www.retrorgb.com/interview-with-zophar.html
DeSmuME has been updated to version 0.9.13.
- SourceForge Code
DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator. DeSmuME supports DS homebrew nds roms and demo programs, including a handful of wireless multi-boot nds roms. It is available for the Windows 32 and 64 bits platform. It is open source under the GNU GPL V2 license.
Amiberry version 5.2 had been released
"Amiberry is an optimized Amiga emulator, for ARM-based boards (like the Raspberry Pi, ASUS Tinkerboard, Odroid XU4, etc). The core emulation comes from WinUAE, but stripped down somewhat in order to achieve good performance in underpowered boards."
Gopher2600 version 0.18.0 had been released:
"Gopher2600 is an emulator for the Atari 2600 written in the Go language.
The accuracy of the emulation is very high and there are no known outstanding problems with the 6507, TIA and RIOT chip emulation. Emulation of the ARM chip is limited to the Thumb subset of instructions but it does include reasonably accurate cycle counting and performance monitoring."
Wine version 7.9 for Linux has been released:
Here it is the official announcement:
"Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD.
It is open source software under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.
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