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wolf_the_wiccan 05-30-2009 02:47 PM

What NES Emulators and Tool(s) should I get?
 
Greeting all, I am new to emulators and roms and am curious to see if anyone would grant me the favor of listing what programs I need to hunt down to obtain a full library of correct and working NES roms. I am currently using NEStopia for an emulator and have a decent supply of ROMs, just nowhere near the amount that I actually had physical cartridge copies of.

I am looking for...
1.any better Emu than Nestopia?
2.any quick, complete ROM downloads?
3.most importantly, what tool should I get to fix/maintain my ROMs?

Thanks in advance for an suggestions!
-Wolf-

Lillymon 05-30-2009 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by wolf_the_wiccan (Post 89507)
I am looking for...
1.any better Emu than Nestopia?

In terms of accuracy, nope. Nintendulator is a pretty good competitor, and Mednafen is an excellent all-rounder, but Nestopia is generally considered to be the best.

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Originally Posted by wolf_the_wiccan (Post 89507)
2.any quick, complete ROM downloads?

Read the stickies, * * * No Rom Or Iso Requests * * *.

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Originally Posted by wolf_the_wiccan (Post 89507)
3.most importantly, what tool should I get to fix/maintain my ROMs?

I don't use any myself.

Reaper man 05-30-2009 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by wolf_the_wiccan (Post 89507)
2.any quick, complete ROM downloads?

Be glad Lillymon got to you first. I might not have been so nice. If you know how to use torrents, you'll be fine.

Gil 05-30-2009 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by wolf_the_wiccan (Post 89507)
Greeting all, I am new to emulators and roms and am curious to see if anyone would grant me the favor of listing what programs I need to hunt down to obtain a full library of correct and working NES roms. I am currently using NEStopia for an emulator and have a decent supply of ROMs, just nowhere near the amount that I actually had physical cartridge copies of.

I am looking for...
1.any better Emu than Nestopia?
2.any quick, complete ROM downloads?
3.most importantly, what tool should I get to fix/maintain my ROMs?

Thanks in advance for an suggestions!
-Wolf-

1: nestopia is one of the very best, but if you must, there is also fceux-2.1 which actually lets you force game genie codes into the ROM itself so they're permanant (that is if you plan on using a specific cheat forever whenever you play a game).

2: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=f&oq=&aqi=g10
That link leads to a search in GOOGLE.COM for "NES ROMS", I think that's the best you're going to get, considering that requesting links to roms, or roms themselfs, is against the rules. google for it, there's lots of rom sites, plus torrents that have tons of roms in them. When searching for something, it's best to use a SEARCH ENGINE, and not an EMULATOR/TOOL SITE where it's against the rules to ask.
After all, there's no rule against using google to look for anything. What you do afterwards is up to you.

3: ...fix? ...maintain? ..your roms?
do you even know what a ROM is? a ROM is a datafile, usually *.NES if it's an NES rom. It's like a program or a picture, you download it, it's not a physical object. Granted it was originally ripped out of a physical object (cart game), but now it's like a jpeg or something, you just need the proper program to view and play it, and there you go. You should never need to "fix" or "maintain" your roms this way. Do you fix or maintain an image you download off an art site? Nope.
If your rom is corrupted or outright broken, download a better working copy and delete the original.

Welcome to Zophar's Message Board by the way, if I was you, I'd read them links the admins posted before replying further. :)
That is, if you wish to continue posting, and not get the wrath of the BAN HAMMER upon you from one of them lol.

PS: there's reason there's "sticky" topics, it's like a sign in the front yard with a warning symbol on it, you should really read the text before progressing. :p

Master Chaz 06-01-2009 03:42 PM

in case you are interested znes v1.42 is a great snes emmulator and it works on xp and vista (yeeah!). as for roms try to look for torrents in piratesbay, there are quite a few and they are usually 1+gigs so that means lots of games in them.

Reaper man 06-01-2009 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Master Chaz (Post 89667)
in case you are interested znes v1.42 is a great snes emmulator and it works on xp and vista (yeeah!). as for roms try to look for torrents in piratesbay, there are quite a few and they are usually 1+gigs so that means lots of games in them.


You do realize that ZSNES is at 1.51 now, right?

Adremalech The Wroth 06-01-2009 09:35 PM

I personally prefer and suggest Virtua NES.
Works great for all the games I've played on it.(Mostly RPGs >.>)

Gil 06-01-2009 11:15 PM

For me, nothing beats NEStopia for gameplay. But for editing my ROM while I play it, fceux 2.1.0 is the emulator of choice.

Anyhow, there's lots of emulators out there, and they're all fairly small, so downloading all of them isn't too much of a problem, and then trying each one out till you find one you like best.

Master Chaz 06-02-2009 04:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Reaper man (Post 89672)
You do realize that ZSNES is at 1.51 now, right?

yes i am aware of that and i have tried it. i had some compatibility problems with it. and that was on xp pro. i would hate to have to hassle with it on vista. v1.42 runs great on vista with compatablity set to xp sp2 and always run as administrator.

Gil 06-03-2009 04:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Master Chaz (Post 89720)
yes i am aware of that and i have tried it. i had some compatibility problems with it. and that was on xp pro. i would hate to have to hassle with it on vista. v1.42 runs great on vista with compatablity set to xp sp2 and always run as administrator.

If your machine can handle it (and most vista machines can easily), I might suggest you download a torrent of VMWARE virtual machine.
VMWARE is a computer-within-computer emulator. (it emulates PC functions).
Then, on your emulated computer (it's going to have a blank "harddrive"), you can install WINDOWS XP (I would suggest win xp pro sp2 or sp3)
Then, you can run any emulator that only runs on XP and not vista in that.

PS: I'm running vista, and I'm telling you, NEStopia has zero issues with running in vista, and it runs smoothly and has almost every little bell and whistle option you could want from an NES emulator. That's your best bet, if you insist on emulating games using vista.

I hope I could help out with that issue, I hate it when compatibility is an issue.

PPS: you don't have to install XP on your virtual computer, you could even install windows 98 or something for true compatibility blending.

Master Chaz 06-04-2009 05:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Gil (Post 89750)
If your machine can handle it (and most vista machines can easily), I might suggest you download a torrent of VMWARE virtual machine.
VMWARE is a computer-within-computer emulator. (it emulates PC functions).
Then, on your emulated computer (it's going to have a blank "harddrive"), you can install WINDOWS XP (I would suggest win xp pro sp2 or sp3)
Then, you can run any emulator that only runs on XP and not vista in that.

PS: I'm running vista, and I'm telling you, NEStopia has zero issues with running in vista, and it runs smoothly and has almost every little bell and whistle option you could want from an NES emulator. That's your best bet, if you insist on emulating games using vista.

I hope I could help out with that issue, I hate it when compatibility is an issue.

Question since it takes so long to load xp or other windows onto a machine does the emulated machine make a record of it and load it every time the emmulation is started?

PPS: you don't have to install XP on your virtual computer, you could even install windows 98 or something for true compatibility blending.


Cool I have been having problems with dosbox. The problem as I see it is that dos does not allow special characters (space is the problem) and even my "program file" will not load in it. getting into my users\documents\my games\dos programs is impossible since i have 6 or 7 folders in documents that start with my so the * (any that follows command) does not work! dos is such a pain to change directories in. but having a emulated computer that i can load dosbox and my dos games onto may just work.

Question: Does the emulated machine record the operating system you put on it so it loads every time you start the emulation? It takes too long to load an operating system if you have to keep reinstalling every time you start up the program.

wolf_the_wiccan 06-08-2009 11:28 AM

Duly noted Lilymon, my apologies. I Have since read the sticky.

Well, your advice on NES was fantastic! Thanxsomuch!
What would you suggest for Sega emulators/Tools?

Lillymon 06-09-2009 03:47 AM

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Originally Posted by wolf_the_wiccan (Post 89987)
Duly noted Lilymon, my apologies. I Have since read the sticky.

Well, your advice on NES was fantastic! Thanxsomuch!

I'm glad about both.

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Originally Posted by wolf_the_wiccan (Post 89987)
What would you suggest for Sega emulators/Tools?

While it really depends on what system you're talking about, Kega Fusion emulates just about every Sega console with excellent accuracy.

The 9th Sage 06-09-2009 04:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Lillymon (Post 90020)
I'm glad about both.


While it really depends on what system you're talking about, Kega Fusion emulates just about every Sega console with excellent accuracy.

I too would vote for Kega Fusion.

wolf_the_wiccan 06-11-2009 05:53 PM

Thank you much. I now have emulators for NES, SNES and Sega. My next question would be: Would/Do/Can you suggest any "tools"? A friends says tools are the way to keep an orderly (O.C.D. much? a much much... ...a much too much) collection of well named and "hack free" ROMs!? Know anything about this or is my friend crying...uh, ...wolf?

InVerse 06-12-2009 12:50 AM

The Good tools are the most popular auditing tools. (GoodNES for NES, GoodSNES for SNES, etc.) Unfortunately, the guy who makes them is an idiot. They won't necessarily keep your collection bad/hack free, but they will label the ROMs as such so you can manually remove them. (The GoodTools actually insist your collection is incomplete if you don't have every known bad ROM.)

TOSEC is supposed to be good, but I've never actually managed to get it to work properly, so I can't vouch for that myself.

If you look in the utilities section on the main page, you'll see a link for Auditing utilities. That's what you're looking for.

The 9th Sage 06-12-2009 01:47 AM

For SNES games I personally would recommend NSRT. It's made by Nach, one of the folks who has done a lot of work on Zsnes.


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