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The best console emulators (NES, SNES, Genesis, and more)

The best emulators allow you to replay classic games from systems like the Super Nintendo and PlayStation 2 on modern hardware — and usually with some enhancements to boot. Because emulators often meddle in a legal gray area, it can be hard to find emulators that run classic games consistently.

Thankfully, there’s one go-to emulator for most platforms. In addition to RetroArch, which covers a large range of retro consoles, there are also several stand-alone emulators that can fake more recent hardware — even the Nintendo Switch.

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One to rule them all: RetroArch

logo for the retro arch emulator

In the past, emulation was, more often than not, something of a juggling act. To play games that appeared on different consoles, you had to install and configure multiple programs — one for each console you wished to emulate. That could be a headache. These days, things have become streamlined and easier overall, thanks to a program known as RetroArch.

RetroArch is a program that acts as a hub for all your emulation needs. With it, you can download and install various emulation “cores” to the system, organize your ROMs and game files, and configure your experience through a single front end that makes emulation a breeze … once it’s set up. RetroArch’s open-ended flexibility gives the user a ton of control with which to customize and fine-tune their emulation experience, and for the most part, it’s easy to use.

From the download directory on the RetroArch, select your operating system and download the appropriate compressed files. Extract it into an empty folder, and launch the program by clicking the RetroArch executable or application file. If you don’t have a controller plugged in, use the arrow keys to navigate about the menu, with the X key taking the role of the A button and the Z key taking the role of the B button by default.

Once inside, you’ll need to install some cores. You can actually install them from directly within RetroArch via the Online Updater. Once there, select Core Updater and scroll through the list of available systems.

The breadth of options available for RetroArch can make it overwhelming to use, however, and some emulators require extra steps for installation. Because there are often multiple cores available for each system supported by RetroArch, we’ve selected our top picks to save you some guesswork and allow you to get straight to your nostalgic waxing. If you’re planning on using any of the systems below, this is by far the easiest way to emulate.

ConsoleRetroArch Core
Nintendo Entertainment SystemNestopia UE
Super Nintendo Entertainment SystemSNES-mercury
Nintendo 64Mupen64Plus
Nintendo DSDeSmuME
SegaGenesis X Plus

You’ll still need the ROM files for the games you want to play, but because of their varying legal status, we won’t be sharing any links here. Suffice to say, they aren’t hard to find, but remember that you’re likely only allowed to use ROMs for games you already own, depending on where you live. Save your ROMs in a folder that’s separated into subfolders by console. In RetroArch, navigate to Settings, select Directory, and choose File Browser Dir. Select the folder with your ROMs in it, and you should be ready to load them up.

A stand-alone emulator is likely the right choice if you’re looking to emulate just a single system, though, or if you’re put off by RetroArch for whatever reason. Luckily, we’ve included stand-alone picks for consoles and operating systems that are not currently supported by RetroArch. Check out each selection below for further details.

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES): FCEUX

Super Mario Bros. 2 on NES.

The NES was revolutionary and spawned several of the most iconic video game franchises of all time, including Super Mario Bros, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and TheLegend of Zelda. And even though it is far less powerful than most smartphones today, it’s still just as awesome for playing the best NES games.

The FCEUX emulator is the go-to emulator of choice for most of the NES community, and it couldn’t be easier to install and use. Simply download FCEUX from the Downloads page, use Ctrl + O or Open from the File menu, and select the ROM you want to play. There’s no need to extract them; like a lot of older ROMs, FCEUX can play them straight from the zip or 7zip package.

The all-in-one application offers features for both the casual and more advanced gamer, providing user-friendly tools for debugging, video recording, ROM-hacking, and creating speedruns. It’s essentially a merger of various forks — when developers take the source code of one piece of software and use it to develop something else — of FCE Ultra, a previous NES emulator. This means that it combines different elements from the assorted forks to create more advanced emulation software. Current ports include Windows, MacOS, and Linux, among others.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES): SNES9X

Mario Kart on SNES.

SNES9X is the clear victor in the battle for the ultimate SNES emulator. It’s among the most compatible of any SNES emulator — it’s capable of running even the later Super Famicom releases — and also comes equipped with a ton of great features that have been continually honed and refined over the years, such as image upscaling, video filters, cheats, and online multiplayer. The Turbo Mode is another awesome feature for power leveling and fast-forwarding through games that seem to move along at a snail’s pace. Ports include everything from Windows and MacOS to mobile versions for iOS and Android. SNES9X is also available as a core for RetroArch, should you choose to use it over bsnes-mercury.

Some of the best SNES games included Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Donkey Kong Country, and dozens of others, and you can play them all on SNES9X.

Nintendo 64: Project 64

Paper Mario on N64.

Project 64 is one of the most compatible Nintendo 64 emulators out there and doesn’t require any sort of BIOS image like its PlayStation counterpart. The default plugins, though rather low-level in nature, work surprisingly well, closely mimicking the 64’s original audio and video components. The emulator isn’t too heavy on features, though there is multiplayer support, cheat functionality, and an intuitive tool for altering the aspect ratio without any unnecessary cropping or stretching that would compromise the original viewing experience. The emulator does a nice job of recreating the experience if you have a decent graphics card and RAM. It’s a straightforward emulator that allows you to play some of the best N64 games.

Nintendo GameCube and Wii: Dolphin

Samus in Metroid Prime.

Dolphin is the one-and-only GameCube and Wii emulation software you should consider, supporting some of the best GameCube games and Wii games of all time. The software performs just as well, if not better than the original consoles ever did, and comes loaded with some great features.

The trick here is that emulating Gamecube and Wii hardware requires a lot of computing horsepower. Only those with already impressive gaming machines will be able to achieve consistent performance. The FAQ page on the Dolphin Emulator site should help you navigate any issues that arise, as well as determine hardware compatibility.

In addition to anti-aliasing and quick-save functionality, you can also play games in 1080p high definition, a feature the actual Gamecube and Wii lacked. Even syncing your Nunchuck is a simple two-click process, assuming your computer is equipped with a cheap Bluetooth receiver. Sure, it has a few bugs here and there, but the open-source software is constantly being updated and enhanced to address various flaws and compatibility issues. It may be your only choice for a GameCube and Wii emulator, but it’s also a terrific one, available for RetroArch, Windows, MacOS, Android, and Linux.

Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and Gameboy Advance: VBA-M

Advance Wars on Gameboy Advance.

There may be a plethora of Game Boy systems out there, but one emulator seems to fit the bill better than any other: VBA-M. Like the FCEUX emulator, VBA-M merges the best elements of multiple Game Boy forks into an all-in-one emulator (both as a core for RetroArch and stand-alone), featuring both grayscale and color options. VBA-M is available from SourceForge, and at the time of publishing, it’s being updated frequently, though the project has moved to GitHub.

Other noteworthy tools include various graphic filters, debugging tools, screenshot utilities, real-time IPS patching, a full-screen mode, auto-fire support, and a fast-forward button akin to some of the other more popular emulators on our list. Despite being spearheaded by multiple people at different times, and a general lack of updates in the past several years, the software has been ported to Windows, MacOS, and Linux systems as well as the GameCube and Wii. The stand-alone emulator requires the latest version of Microsoft DirectX to run properly, so be sure to update the software if you haven’t already.

Nintendo DS (and DSi): DeSmuME

Super Mario 64 on Nintendo DS.

DeSmuME is the best DS core for RetroArch, but it does have a few limitations, especially when compared to stand-alone emulators. Most notably, its DSi compatibility is lackluster, and the RetroArch core version doesn’t support BIOS files. However, those minor limitations aside, DeSmuME is one of the best emulators for DS emulation. It’s simple to set up and use, has a handful of graphical and audio options to tweak, and even supports GBA emulation.

Citra (3DS)

Mario Kart on Nintendo 3DS.

Citra is a work in progress, but it’s come along surprisingly fast. You won’t be able to run any games at full speed, and even if you did, it’s likely they will be full of errors or glitches, or even completely lack any sound playback. It’s not unreasonable to think that you’ll be playing 3DS games on your PC at full speed and compatibility in the relatively near future, however. Now, this is of course very exciting, but it bears a massive caveat: The 3DS is still an active console. Nintendo is developing and releasing games for the system. This makes obtaining ROMs to run on the emulator even more precarious.

Wii U: CEMU

Super Mario Bros. U on Wii U.

Like the 3DS, Wii U emulation is in the early stages, with around 50% of the Wii U library playable, and requiring extremely powerful PC hardware due to the high resource needs. However, Wii U emulation does exist, and it’s actually coming along at a surprisingly quick pace, even faster than 3DS emulation in some respects, despite the more complex hardware. The sole Wii U emulator is CEMU.

A few months ago, programmers could barely get games to load; now, with the latest version of CEMU on particularly beefy systems with a fair amount of configuration, some users have gotten games like Mario Kart 8 and Twilight Princess HD to run relatively smoothly. Other games, like Mario 3D World or Splatoon, can at least be started and might even load into the game, but are currently unplayable. We wouldn’t expect to find many of these games all that easily either, since they are still being made and sold by Nintendo, meaning the company is more likely to actively stop any attempts to pirate their software. That said, given the speed at which development seems to be moving, within the next year or two, a decently equipped PC may be a feasible Wii U emulation machine.

Nintendo Switch: Yuzu

Nintendo Switch emulator.

Yuzu comes from the same makers as Citra, and unsurprisingly, development on the platform is moving at a brisk pace. The vast majority of the Switch library is either unplayable or nearly unplayable, but there are a few games you can give a shot. Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate work, but not well, while some indie titles like Super Meat Boy and Shovel Knight run with little to no issues. The bigger issue is finding ROMs for Switch. The console is only a few years old, and Nintendo shows no signs of slowing down development for it. If you want ROMs right now, you’ll need to resort to piracy, which we don’t recommend, even if you own the physical game.

Sega Genesis: Kega Fusion

Sonic on Sega Genesis.

Kega Fusion is the premier choice when it comes to emulating Sega games on your computer. Although it doesn’t have emulation options for the Saturn and Dreamcast, sadly, the comprehensive emulator still can run games fairly accurately from any other mainstream Sega console (i.e., Genesis, Game Gear, Sega CD, etc.). That being said, Fusion is compatible with almost every Sega game ever made for those systems and features all of the basic features we come to expect from a rock-solid emulator, including save states, cheat support, audio and video capture, online play, and various gamepad support.

The audio may sound a little off from time to time (the Yamaha YM2612 sound chip isn’t the easiest thing to accurately emulate), but the video is still as pixel-like as we remember it. Full-screen mode, upscaling, and various rendering filters are also at your disposal, and ports are available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux systems.

PlayStation and PlayStation 2: PCSX and PCSX 2

PCSX and PCSX 2 emulators.

Truth be told, there is no perfect PlayStation emulator out there, but the PCSX-Reloaded does a decent job of mimicking the original console. The emulator touts a nice set of standard features and robust compatibility that work accurately with most games, but also requires a few video plugins and an official PlayStation BIOS image in order to function properly — something that is technically illegal to download and distribute online. The stand-alone emulator supports Windows, MacOS, and Linux, and a core for RetroArch known as PCSX-Rearmed. Although your graphics card doesn’t need to be top of the line, you’re going to need a bit more power under the hood when you make the jump to emulating fully-fledged 3D games. Emulating PS games and games for subsequent consoles is not as straightforward as the earlier systems, but it can still be done.

The PCSX2 is basically your only option when it comes to emulating classic PS2 games on your computer. The software is compatible with most PS2 titles and is still being actively developed by the good folks who built the original PCSX. You will need to snag a BIOS file and a few plugins before you can play (which is just as legally suspect as downloading ROMs/ISOs), but the game does a decent job of capturing the proper speed given that the software is trying to replicate the PS2’s multiple-core processor.

PlayStation Portable: PPSSPP

PPSSPP emulator.

When it comes to PSP emulation, PPSSPP is really your only option, and for good reason: The software runs incredibly well. On decent PC hardware, PSP games look and run better. The emulator has the capability of running games at twice their original resolution, effectively removing the “jaggies” on polygonal models that were caused by the PSP’s lower-resolution screen. In addition to that, the software is able to boost the resolution on certain textures that may have appeared blurry on the handheld’s screen. Unlike emulators for Sony’s home consoles, the PPSSPP doesn’t require any legally questionable BIOS files to run. It’s also available on the Google Play Store for Android.

It also has a number of fine-tuning options, as well as an impressive JIT (“just-in-time recompiler,” software that simulates PSP machine code). In some ways, the PPSSPP might be the better way to enjoy the PSP’s best games (if you’re willing to sacrifice the mobility of the original system, that is). That said, PSP emulation is tricky, and not every game is fully compatible, so keep that in mind. PPSSPP is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and a vast array of other operating systems and devices, and is also available as a core for RetroArch.

Arcade: Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME)

Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.

MAME is a great option for emulating classic arcade games without the quarters. The software is supposedly intended strictly for preservation and historical purposes, but that can’t be properly done without actually playing the games in all their glory. Features are pretty minimal — aside from a full-screen mode — and stay true to their arcade roots despite technological advancements and the increased ROM compatibility over the years. MAME also supports Neo-Geo games that are difficult to emulate anywhere else, but unfortunately, the software hasn’t received an overhaul in a good while. You can also use MAME to emulate and create your own in-home arcade machines. It is available on Windows, MacOS, and Linux, and as a core for RetroArch.

Questions about the best emulators

Where can you find the best emulators?

If you want to play retro console, arcade, or PC games, you can find the best emulators through RetroArch. It includes dozens of “cores” that allow you to play a large swatch of retro games. If you want to play games on more recent hardware, you’ll need to seek out a list of the best stand-alone console emulators.

Why do people use emulators?

Emulators help with video game preservation. As hardware and games get older and more difficult to find, they become more expensive. Emulation offers a way to play these games without a massive investment, as well as the option to play with updated visuals on modern hardware.

What game systems can you find emulators for?

You can find emulators for most retro consoles and all Nintendo consoles. That includes the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, Game Boy, Nintendo DS and 3DS, and the Nintendo Switch. There are also emulators for the PS1, PS2, and PS3, as well as the Sega Genesis and arcade machines.

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The Retro Emulator is the perfect device for any consumer looking to recapture their childhood by playing some of their favorite games from yesteryear. With this console, users can play games such as Mario Kart 64 and Super Smash Bros. Players can also add new features such as a multiplayer mode, making it easier than ever to get together with friends and family to enjoy your favorite classic video game titles.

This retro console comes in four different colors: red, blue, green and pink so that you can choose whichever one suits your personality best! The only question left for you is which color should I buy?

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Short Reviews 6 Best Retro Emulator Consoles

1. Sonicon Preloaded NES Classic Edition Mini Retro Console Compatible

Sonicon Preloaded NES Classic Edition Mini Retro Console Compatible

Do you miss the days of sitting on the couch, surrounded by your friends and family, playing video games? The Sonicon Retro Mini Console promises to bring back all of those great memories. At about 18 inches in length it has the same original look and feel as an NES or SNES Classic Edition Mini system but is much more sleek than its predecessors.

If you need to connect it to a television don’t fret – we’ve got you covered! Featuring an HDMI output that connects instantly to any TV at 1080p resolution for easy gameplay on a big screen. Become immersed in nostalgia with this fun and amazing product from Sonicon today!

Things We Liked

  • The controller cord is very long
  • It has all the old games from Nintendo’s Super Nintendo
  • Real games and not knockoffs

Things We Didn’t Like

  • The power and HDMI cords are quite short
  • A search bar would be awesome

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2. Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio HD Plus 720P 3 in 1 Console System

Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio HD Plus 720P 3 in 1 Console System

The Retro-Bit Super Sy retro Trio HD Plus 720P console gives old classics new life on the living room TV. Experience games in crisp 720p resolution with either an NES, SNES cartridge or Sega Genesis game cart.

With six controller ports for each system you can play against your friends while seated next to one another (and closer than ever) on the couch! A HDMI cable is also included which conveniently plugs into an HDMI port on many TVs and standard definition compatible Blu-Ray players.

And don’t forget about all of these bonuses: 2 10 feet long wired 6 button controllers, 1 set of USB cables to charge both controllers at once, and a cool carrying case so it’ll be easy to take your Retro Duo anywhere!

Things We Liked

  • The console has virtually no lag and is similar to the NES Classic or SNES Mini
  • The picture quality and colors for the systems look good

Things We Didn’t Like

  • Some NES games have audio that is a little off

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3. Super Console X PRO 256GB Retro Game Console

Super Console X PRO 256GB Retro Game Console

This gaming console is the perfect gift for your best friend this Christmas! With built-in 50,000+ games, dual systems, and support for 8 different game consoles including NES/N64/PS1 PSP you’re bound to have a great time. Not only can you play games on it but also watch TV with over 500 channels of live streaming entertainment available through the WebTV service.

Think about how impressed he’ll be when he sees all these features included! Order today at 11pm Standard Time so that shipping arrives before December 24th if possible. Hurry before they are gone!

Things We Liked

  • The product is easy to set up, just plug in the appropriate connections and power on
  • The RetroArch emulator is pre-configured for you
  • It’s easy to add games

Things We Didn’t Like

  • There are no analog buttons on the controller

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4. Wireless Retro Game Console, Handheld Classic Game Consoles

Wireless Retro Game Console, Handheld Classic Game Consoles

The one-of-a kind wireless retro game console is perfect for any person who loves old school games. Built-in 41,000+ classic games cover every genre, from arcade classics to puzzle favorites, sports simulations and mega hits of the 80s and 90s. Plus play 4 different ways including single player mode, multiplayer mode with friends or family or even battle other players one on one.

With integrated OS compatibility for Gameboy Advance(GBA), Nintendo 64(N64) cartridges as well as plugging in an external game controller (this product comes with 2 controllers so you can enjoy it right out of the box). You can also watch your favorite movies by connecting to modern TV displays via HDMI cable output at up to 1080P.

Things We Liked

  • This device worked well after I connected to wifi
  • The controllers are a little cheap
  • Compact, portable, convenient

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5. CrispConcept Retro Games Video Console

CrispConcept Retro Games Video Console

Committing yourself to re-live the nostalgia of days gone by, for hours for years on end, with CrispConcept’s Retro Console. With 135,000 amazing games available and a Raspberry Pi 4 capable of outputting in ultra HD resolution up to 60FPS, your childhood memories have never been so crisp before.

Perhaps looking at those images from long ago is not quite enough. That’s okay! We’ve thought ahead and included TWO controllers so you can play all those beloved titles right out of the box! Two players? Better yet!

Things We Liked

  • The setup is easy, plug it in and play
  • The package came with a print out of helpful tips

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6. Classic Mini Retro Handheld Game Console

Classic Mini Retro Game Console

Classic Mini Retro Handheld Game Console is the perfect gift of nostalgic for your children. This includes many classic games that you have played in your childhood, including puzzles, fighting, shooting. All these games are easy to play and there is no need for cards or downloading games too! Classic Mini Handheld Game Console let your kids experience all of your funs when you were little with them!

The Classic Mini Retro Handheld Game Console is an interactive game device great for people of all ages! It is very user-friendly, featuring easy gameplay and no need for inserting games.

This retro console has some repetitive games, but the image quality will be better than modern consoles. If you are not satisfied with our product, please contact us to replace it or refund your order. We want you to love this console!

Things We Liked

  • Great old fashion retro gaming
  • It’s pretty cheap
  • The graphics are good

Things We Didn’t Like

  • The cords are short for the wired controllers

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What is Retro Emulator Console?

Retro Emulator Console is a device that emulates retro old video game consoles. It can be played on modern TVs and it’s built to be compatible with many retro systems, such as: NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), SNES (Super Nintendo), Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance, etc. Retro consoles typically came out in the 1980s-1990s and they were very popular back then due to their high quality graphics and portability.

Retro emulator consoles are amazing because they allow you to play retro games without using the original retro consoles. They also have better graphics than the original ones, so you can experience classic games in a whole new way! For example, you want to play Super Mario Bros., but you don’t have the retro console needed to play the game. Retro emulator consoles will allow you to play those retro games even if your main retro console is broken.

Features and Functions of Retro Emulator Console

Retro consoles are breeding grounds for retro games of the past. This retro console, however, comes with some features and functions that defy retro consoles of the past. A retro emulator console typically consists of standard retro features like audio/video output jacks to hook into a television or monitor. These retro consoles typically include these standard retro features on top of various input/output options on their external devices for ease in compatibility across multiple platform types.

Since this article focuses on listing out some retro emulator console exclusive functionalities, it is vital to mention that there are no controllers bundled along with this system’s purchase. This is because these controllers can either be bundled separately or come packaged together with different platforms of choice. If you have an Xbox 360 controller lying around, it can be used with this retro emulator console.

This retro emulator console is moddable, which means that you could potentially modify the retro emulator to serve other purposes. Enabling OpenGL rendering on retro consoles is typically done via mods because it requires additional processing power for its implementation. The retro emulator in question is particularly compatible with the Citra 3DS emulator to achieve an exceptional gaming experience.

There are also active communities behind these so-called retro consoles where members actively contribute their own findings regularly toward improving the overall quality of emulation across multiple platforms.

Themes are another plus tied to retro emulation consoles made available by dedicated teams and indie artists who create unique themes for specific games, such as Pokemon and Zelda theme packs specifically designed for emulators.

A retro emulator console typically consists of a retro operating system, retro OS, which functions as the primary software platform required to run retro games on retro consoles. Retro OS is optimized for retro gaming purposes and convenient to use by retro gamers who have been long-time fanatics of retro gaming culture to begin with. This efficient design makes retro emulation consoles functional for not only running retro games but other traditional computer programs as well.

For this particular retro emulator console in question, it has the ability to emulate GameCube video output via its HDMI connection. Most modern TVs lack proper support for older analog TVs through converters to overcome compatibility issues between these two platforms because most do not come with VCR/composite input jacks anymore. This retro emulator console is capable of overcoming this hurdle by reducing the upscaling process which results in a lower image quality output.

One drawback to retro games is that they are not always compatible with retro consoles. The retro emulator in question has the ability to emulate GameCube video output via an HDMI port so there should be no compatibility issues when running retro games on this particular retro console.

Retro consoles typically come pre-packaged with an array of emulators, so retro gamers can have access to multiple platforms for potential compatibilities across gaming systems without having to separately download them from third-party sources online. However, retro console community members actively contribute their own findings and improvements toward improving emulation across multiple platforms as mentioned earlier.

Although some retro consoles do not come with a power adapter, this retro emulator console comes with the AC power adapter to plug in and start playing retro games right away. One retro feature that is bundled within this retro emulator console is that it has the ability to emulate GameCube video output via an HDMI connection for a better display quality over a standard analog TV.

Although retro consoles do not typically bundle any USB-based controllers, there are certain retro consoles out there where they have the ability to support top-selling platforms such as Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers, Wii U Pro Controller and PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 controller.

Retro gamers can take advantage of these versatile input/output options upon purchase because they can use their preferred choice of the controller from their existing collection to go retro with this retro emulator console for a truly authentic retro gaming experience.

How to Choose the Best Retro Emulator Console

In order to enjoy retro gaming on a big screen, gamers may opt for retro video game consoles that can connect to modern TVs. Moreover, these retro systems might be used as plug and play boxes where the user just needs to drop in an old cartridge and they’re ready to go.

This type of retro gaming isn’t fancy but it’s popular because of its ease-of-use and low price tag. Even so, not all retro consoles are created equal. In fact, some retro systems offer better emulation than others. This article will show you how to choose the best retro emulator console for your needs.

Compatibility

As mentioned earlier, retro gaming means connecting a cartridge based system to a flat panel television. This may entail getting an adapter so you can plug in your retro game cartridges. Fortunately, retro consoles like the Retro-Bit Generations (see current price here) come with retro cartridge connectors so you can simply plug in your old cartridges and play immediately.

Compatibility is important when buying retro systems because it’s nearly impossible to find games that are compatible with two different retro consoles. Some retro systems like the Retron 5 offer compatibility with over 800 retro games (click here for details). The RetroN 1 works with NES games only but you can get other variations depending on what console you prefer. Just remember that not all retro boxes are compatible with every retro console, so be sure to check before buying!

Features

Retro video game consoles should have at least one or more retro ports so you can plug retro games in and play them. But, they should also offer other features like retro compatibility (as mentioned earlier) and the ability to add more retro ports so you don’t have to unplug one retro system just to add another.

For instance, the Hyperkin Retron 5 comes with three different retro gaming ports: cartridge slot, Game Boy Advance port and a SNES controller input (click here for current price). This means that if you own all of these retro consoles, then it’s possible to plug in all of them into this retro console and play immediately!

However, some retro systems like the RetroN 1 lack cartridge slots which is why it may only cost $30 compared to the $140 Retron 5. The RetroN 1 does offer retro compatibility through software emulation but not retro ports. Thus, retro consoles are all about finding what you want.

Durability

Retro game consoles like retroKD are super cheap and extremely durable because they don’t have any moving parts. But retro systems with cartridge slots can get damaged when retro games are inserted in wrong ways or removed when the connector is not aligned with the console. For this reason, it’s important to look for a retro console that features sturdy retro ports so you’re less likely to damage them.

Price

Retro consoles are sold on the market for anywhere between $30 to $149. But, you get what you pay for so don’t expect retro games to run on something super cheap.

The Hyperkin Retron 5 is an example of a high-end retro console that costs around $140 (click here to check current price). The Retron 5 can play cartridges from NES, SNES, Game Boy Advance, Genesis and more (it also has built-in emulators). There’s no need to plug in cartridges into the console either because its slot system does everything automatically.

However, retro systems like the PS2 (a retro game emulator) only cost about $30 (click here to see prices). While they may not support as many retro games as systems that cost more, they’re an excellent entry level retro console.

Choosing a retro console is largely a matter of four things: price, what it can emulate (and how well), the number of retro ports and your personal preferences.

Brand

When it comes to retro video game consoles, Hyperkin and Analogue tend to be the best brands. They both make high-end retro console systems that can play retro games in their original form (without any conversion).

Brand isn’t everything though. Some retro systems like the retroKD plugs into a TV using an HDMI cable and emulate retro games using software emulation (similar to what’s used on PC emulators). Thus, while these retro boxes don’t have brand appeal because they’re not slick, they do boast great compatibility with old cartridges and work just as well as costly units.

Warranty and Product Support

There’s no point in buying retro games if you’re going to end up with a retro console that doesn’t work, right? So it’s important to look for retro consoles (especially the pricey ones) and retro game systems that offer warranty and product support. Some retro consoles like the Retro-Bit Generations even come with a one-year manufacturer warranty so you can get an exchange or refund if your retro console doesn’t work properly.

Customer Reviews

Finally, retro consoles are so popular these days that there’s no shortage of customer reviews online. It’s important to go through the customer reviews before buying retro games because you can often find out what people actually think about retro consoles. For instance, the RetroN 1 is one of the most highly rated retro game consoles on Amazon with 4/5 stars by more than 200 customers (click here for more information).

So which retro console should you get? And how do you know it will work properly without having to try it out yourself? These are all legitimate questions when it comes to retro gaming systems and emulator boxes. Fortunately, customer reviews can tell you everything you need to know about whether a particular retro console works well or if it doesn’t.

FAQs about the Retro Emulator Console

Q: Is there a safety script installed on this product?

A: Yes, it does have one but you will need to activate the activation code before using. It only takes 15 seconds though so don’t worry!

Q: The cords and power cables are all included?

A: Yes, that’s right. You won’t have to worry about anything but getting started immediately with your system!

Q: Can you plug a keyboard?

Yes, I plugged a keyboard into one of the interfaces. One with three USB ports on it too! Now you can use this as hub for all your other devices that need to be connected when they’re not being used by their owners – like phones or Kindles.

Q: Do you need WiFi for the initial setup of the system?

You don’t need it! The system is so easy to set up, even if there’s no internet connection. Just plug in and go with the included Wi-Fi remote control for ultimate convenience on your end as well.

Q: Does it have a power button?

The power button for this device is conveniently integrated into the cord, which means it’s always there when you need it.

Conclusion

The retro emulator console is perfect for gamers. That’s because it allows them to play all of their favorite classic games from the past on a single system that can be hooked up to any TV or monitor with an HDMI input. It has features like save states, cheats, and more which make playing these old-school video games even easier than before!

And if you’re not sure what game you want to try out first, we’ve got lists available at our site for both NES and SNES era consoles. So take your pick today and start gaming in style!

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Most of us grew up playing with one video game or another. Super Mario, Tetris, Pacman – whatever floats your boat – are part of our childhood and sometimes we want to revisit that childhood but alas, these games are hard to come by.

An alternative is to play these golden games with an emulator, right on your personal computer. There are a variety of video game emulators that are dedicated to emulating various consoles from the past.

In this post we will be listing 10 emulators that can help you play your favorite childhood games all over again. Before we begin, it should be noted that while emulation software is legal, downloading the ROM images (a copy of the game in software form) from the internet is not. Emulators are intended to play the games you already own and you will have to dump the ROM images from the cartridges yourself.

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1. RetroArch

Retroarch

Availability: Windows, macOS, Linux, mobile devices

RetroArch is an all-in-one emulator that is able to run games from pretty much every retro console out there. On the home console front, you will be able to run Playstation 1 games and older, while for handheld game consoles, it supports Game Boy Advance games and older.

RetroArch is actually based on cores, with each core emulating a console, i.e. GBA will have its own core as well as the NES. This means that as new emulators get created, it is possible to turn them to cores to run on RetroArch. In fact, it is also possible to run it on various modern consoles.

2. OpenEmu

OpenEmu

Availability:macOS

OpenEmu is partially based off Retroarch but with the aim of providing a Mac-like experience. It includes a gallery view of games similar to that of iTunes, helping you organize your collection. The default download of the software won’t emulate the same amount of consoles as Retroarch can but there is an experimental version that will, note that it may not be as stable.

If you have a Mac and a lot of old video games lying around, OpenEmu is most definitely the one to get. With it, you can manage your collection with a beautiful front-end, as OpenEmu can help you name the games and get the box art online automatically.

3. Dolphin

Dolphin

Availability: Windows, macOS, Linux

Dolphin is a GameCube/Wii emulator and is currently the only emulator that can emulate a console of the 7th generation (PS3/XBox 360/Wii) and emulate it well, due to the internals being similar to the GameCube. The emulator boast a high compatibility rating so it is very likely that your favorite games will be able to run on it.

The emulator will also allow you to run your GameCube games on a HD wide screen, even if the game doesn’t support it. It is under constant development, with their latest being able to tap into Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, so expect continuous improvements and updates.

4. PCSX2

PCSX2

Availability: Windows, Linux

There’s no denying that the Playstation 2 is one of the highest-selling console to date and with PCSX2 you will be able to play its large backlog of games. The one disadvantage is that this emulator requires a fairly powerful computer due to the structure of the PS2 internals but if you’ve got that covered, it can run most of the games available on the platform.

PCSX2 is based on a plug-in system and with the proper configurations, you can upscale your games to HD quality. Note that a Mac version exists but is outdated with no signs of updates.

5. PPSSPP

PPSSPP

Availability: Windows, macOS, Linux, mobile devices

Playstation Portable Simulator Suitable For Playing Portably (PPSSPP) is a fairly new emulator with the purpose of running PSP games. It was created by one of the cofounders of Dolphin and just like Dolphin, is easy to set up and can play a large number of PSP games.

You can even transfer your PSP saves into it and continue where you left off. PPSSPP is still a work in progress with new features and fixes constantly being added.

6. DeSmuME

DeSmuME

Availability: Windows, macOS, Linux

Nintendo’s dual screen console can be played on your computer using DeSmuME, with both screens simulated on your computer monitor. Your mouse is used as a stylus for the touch input. It even supports games that require you to play your device sideways.

It’s been in constant development with the developers improving and adding new features into it to make it run smoothly. And it has been on the scene long, so most games should be able to run on it without problems. Note that the Linux version has to be self-compiled.

7.DOSBox

DOSBox

Availability: Windows, macOS, Linux

DOSBox specializes in emulating an environment where MS-DOS programs can run as intended. So if you have some old DOS games lying around that won’t run on your modern PC, give it a try on DOSBox. It should emulate the game accurately and at native speed.

In fact, it runs so well that game companies use it to repackage their old DOS games so that they can be played on modern computers. As a side note, it is entirely possible to run Windows 9x and DOS-based operating systems on DOSBox if you want to.

8. ScummVM

ScummVM

Availability: Windows, macOS, Linux, various other systems

If you’re a fan of the old style click-and-point adventures, you’re sure to enjoy ScummVM. This program was design to run games that uses the SCUMM scripting language, which was used in many click-and-point games made by LucasArts as well as other companies.

Because of this, it can run games on systems other than the one originally intended. So games that were made for Windows can now run on Mac or Linux. Same as DOSBox, game companies use this emulator to repackage their games to run on moderns systems, so you know it is well worth a look.

. 9ePSXe

ePSXe

Availability: Windows, Linux

Considered by many to be the best Playstation 1 emulator for the PC, this program will allow you to run nearly all your PS1 games flawlessly, so long as your machine has the juice and is configured correctly. The emulator uses a plug-in system where nearly everything is handled using plug-ins, so you might want to research on the best way to configure it to your computer.

Same as PCSX2, with the proper plugins and configuration, and assuming a powerful computer, your old PS1 games can run in glorious HD, bringing your nostalgic memory in high resolution.

10. Mupen64plus

Mupen64plus

Availability: Windows, macOS, Linux

Mupen64plus is an N64 emulator. The program itself doesn’t come with a GUI so downloading a front-end may be required for ease of use, with the developers providing links to some recommended ones. Similar to many programs emulating its generation of consoles, it uses a plug-in system and you would definitely want to try a few to enhance your performance.

N64 emulation is a bit hit-or-miss, due to how the console was designed so it might not hurt to have an alternate emulator in case your game doesn’t run on it. But if it does, this is one of the best N64 emulators to get due to the plugin system.

If you know of more emulators that should be on this list, let us know in the comments.

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The 11 best console emulators for Windows PC

Even with so many incredible games being released lately, sometimes nostalgia hits and we are caught thinking about a much simpler and colorful time. Suddenly, we are looking for something retro. Luckly, a lot of these old games can be acquired digitally through contemporary console stores, but a good number of them are still only playable on their original cartridges and original CDs.

At least we can still count with emulators that make the lives of nostalgic players that much easier. If you want a few tip on how to play your old favorite games on PC, just check out this list with the 11 best console emulators for PC!

Read also: The best PC RPG games available right now: a top 20!

1. ePSXe (PlayStation)

ePSXe

The very first PlayStation has a library full of classics and, through ePSXe, we can finally play them on our PCs! This emulators runs almost every game available for the Ps1 with ease and no slow downs, something very hard to find.

The best part is that the developers did their best to make it so the ePSXe emulator is compatible with a lot of games, including the most popular ones. You can play with your keyboard and mouse or you can connect your own controller to make your life easier. To download this entry on this list of console emulators, just click on this link right here.

2. PCSX2 (PlayStation 2)

Of course, we couldn’t leave the popular PlayStation 2 out of this list! To play the classics on the PC, we have the PCSX2, which offers compatibility and support for most games released for the console.

It is very simple to use, unlike so many emulators of modern consoles, and works without any problems or crashes. It is an excellent opportunity for you to revisit your favorite games or even to discover more obscure titles. The emulator can be downloaded through this link.

3. PPSSPP (PSP)

Despite failing to compete with Nintendo portables, the PlayStation Portable (or just PSP) was fairly successful and popular in its day, gathering a large enough following. Of course, with this much success, great games came along. A lot of these are considered classics today, and console emulators can help you revisit them!

With the PPSSPP emulator, you can play almost all of these classics, as the compatibility list is quite big these days. It is easy to use and offers a seamless experience on computers. You can download it through this link.

4. FCEUX (NES)

ZSNES

If we are going to talk about classics, the Nintendo Entertainment System (also known as NES) cannot be missing, after all, it popularized home consoles at a time that no one else wanted to know about video games. It is also interesting to mention that many of the best known franchises today, started out as simple 8-bit games on the NES.

Whether to remember the great classics, such as Mario, Zelda, Mega Man and Final Fantasy, or to witness the origins of your favorite franchise, the FCEUX emulator is your best option. You can even set up a controller to make things easier, as we all know how challenging these games could be back in their day. The emulator can be downloaded through this link.

5. ZSNES (Super Nintendo)

The Super Nintendo is another true video game treasure, being the first and favorite console for many people who are currently gaming today. The visuals in 16 bits and the beginning of exciting plots marked this generation, which showed us that games could be more than a mere competition for points.

To play these Super Nintendo gems, you can count on ZSNES, one of the best console emulators on our list. Its interface is very simple to use and the gaming experience is perfect, without slowdowns and with a huge list of compatible titles. The emulator can be downloaded through this link.

6. VisualBoy Advance (Game Boy Color/Advance)

The several versions of the Game Boy have always been extremely popular worldwide. After all, who didn’t want to take their favorite characters and adventures with them anywhere? If you don’t have your portable in hands anymore, you can count on VisualBoy to revisit some classics.

The good thing about this one and similar console emulators is that they allow you to play games from any version of the Game Boy, be it the original, Color or even Advance. With this, you get a library of thousands of games available, and they work perfectly on VisualBoy. The software can be downloaded through this link.

7. Project64 (Nintendo 64)

Mario Kart 64

Although having not sold as much as the PlayStation 1 in its days, the Nintendo 64 has established itself as one of the best consoles in history, having even been responsible for one of the most acclaimed games in the industry to date: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

But the library of classics goes much further than that. After all, it was the N64 that popularized many of the gameplay conventions, mechanics and structures that we see in virtually every 3D game today. All of this can be thoroughly enjoyed with Project64, one of the most popular emulators on the internet, compatible with most of the console’s games. You can download it through this link.

8. No$GBA (Nintendo DS)

Since we are talking about Nintendo portables, we also have to talk about the most popular and successful that the company has developed to date: the DS. The two-screen mobile platform was so successful that it took a long time to shut down production and is on the run for the best selling console of all time with the PS2.

But, if you prefer to enjoy your games on the PC, you can count on the No$GBA emulator. It is compatible with most of the system’s most popular games and works very well most of the time, the best you can ask for from most console emulators. It can be downloaded through this link.

9. Dolphin (GameCube/Wii)

Dolphin is another excellent emulator that is capable of running games from two different Nintendo consoles: the powerful GameCube and the more humble Wii. While one offers exclusive and high quality games, the other brings the fun of motion controls and more casual and fun games.

Whatever you prefer, this is the perfect emulator to enjoy some of the best games ever released for Nintendo platforms. Because it is a more modern program, the emulator will have a better performance according to your computer. You can download it through this link.

10. Kega (Genesis/Mega Drive)

Sonic the Hedgehog

Whoever grew up during the 1990s knows that the dispute between Nintendo and Sega was very fierce, with the Sega Mega Drive being the main competitor of the Super Nintendo. Fortunately, nowadays the Mario and Sonic companies are friendly towards each other and are always collaborating, but you can still check out the main console war classics with Kega.

It allows you to play almost every game released for the Mega Drive in a very smooth way and without crashes, something essential to enjoy Sonic games, don’t you think? The emulator can be downloaded through this link.

11. MAME (Arcade)

If you are feeling really nostalgic, our last recommendation might cheer you up. MAME is simply the perfect emulator for playing the great arcade classics. It offers one of the most incredible emulation experiences and many people even use it to build their own Arcade machines at home.

The only downside is that it hasn’t received a good update in a while, but it still works perfectly and offers great compatibility with arcade games. Click here to download it and start going back to the real old classic games!

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Some great options here to revisit your old favorites, don’t you think? Don’t forget to leave us a comment down below telling us which of these console emulators you’ll be trying out! Don’t forget to check out list of best console emulators for Android!

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The Very Best Retro Game Consoles

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Modern video games and consoles offer a narrative experience that rivals Hollywood blockbusters, but today’s games also require a hefty commitment of your time to play through. Sometimes you just want to dive into the action, and your favorite 8- and 16-bit games of yesteryear are perfect for that. Retro gaming is more popular than ever, and finding the perfect retro gaming gear can be overwhelming, so we’ve done the hard work for you.

Whether you’re a child of the ‘80s who’s been playing classic titles for decades and has a mountain of old cartridges (and a hard drive full of ROMs) or a teenager curious why so many people still love the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis, this guide will help you figure out the best way to dive into retro gaming.

Buying forecast for the rest of 2021: Pandemic-related manufacturing and shipping delays continue to plague consumer electronics, but the long-awaited Analogue Pocket is expected to finally arrive sometime this fall, as is Panic’s Playdate portable, which has been promised to ship by late 2021. The next generation of handheld emulators, many originating from China, are also expected later this year, with more powerful processors that will deliver better performance for Sega Dreamcast and N64 games. Rumors continue to swirl about a Nintendo Switch Pro, but it’s looking less and less likely that it will actually arrive in 2021. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be new Nintendo hardware available this Christmas. At E3 the company revealed a follow-up to its Super Mario Bros.Game & Watch revival with a new Legend of Zelda version featuring four games in total, including the magnificent Game Boy game, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.


The Best Portable Console for Experienced Retro Gamers

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Who Are You?

You’re a child of the ‘80s who cut their video game teeth on consoles like the Atari, the NES, the Super Nintendo, the Sega Master System, and the Genesis. You still have your original consoles and game carts, and over the years have amassed a sizable collection of ROMs for your favorite games, and would love to be able to play them wherever you go, but you find the challenges of running emulators on a smartphone outweigh the convenience, and would rather have a dedicated portable with excellent physical controls built right in.

Our Pick: Anbernic RG350P ($80)

Just a few years ago, the handheld emulators created by Chinese retro gaming enthusiasts were good, but not great, and lacked the quality you’d find with hardware from large companies. That’s no longer the case. The Anbernic RG350P feels as solid as the Nintendo Switch, but instead of cartridges it plays games using ROM files stored on microSD cards for consoles including the various Game Boys, the NES and SNES, the Sega Master System and the Genesis, the original Sony PlayStation, and even retro computers like the Commodore 64. At around $88, it’s also well priced for its capabilities, but just be prepared for some forum and tutorial searches when it comes to installing new emulators or performing software updates, as the RG350P is tailored towards those who are more technologically proficient.

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The RK2020 is similarly priced to the RG350P, includes a screen with a noticeable bump in resolution, and offers decent controls and a faster processor that allow it to play a large number of games from more powerful 3D retro consoles including the N64 and the Sega Dreamcast. A single analog stick makes playing PS1 games challenging (but not impossible), but the level of technical proficiency needed to just copy ROM files to its memory card, which is formatted for the Linux OS, makes the RK2020 more of a challenge to get working.

The Game Boy-inspired Anbernic RG280V is extremely pocket-friendly but capable of playing thousands of retro games.

Instead of giving gamers a Classic Edition version of the Game Boy, Nintendo celebrated Mario’s 35th birthday this year with a revival of its old-school Game & Watch handhelds that defined portable gaming in the ‘80s. The new Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. includes the original NES version of Super Mario Bros. and its sequel, as well as a classic G&W game called Ball that puts Mario and Luigi’s juggling skills to the test. It’s only available in limited quantities, however, and $50 is kind of expensive for just three retro games. As an alternative, consider Anbernic’s new Retro Game 280V. It stuffs the RG350P’s electronics into a smaller handheld that’s easier to slip into a pocket. The RG350P’s dual analog joysticks are sacrificed in the process, however, meaning the RG280V is better suited for playing games from the 16-bit era and older. At around $85, it’s pricier than Nintendo’s new Game & Watch, but it can also play thousands of retro games—not just three.

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The Best Portable Console for Casual Retro Gamers

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Who Are You?

Even though you grew up playing retro consoles like the SNES and Genesis, you left them all behind to collect dust in your parents’ basement and replaced them with the latest and greatest console of the day. Now that you’re all grown up, you’re interested in reliving your favorite childhood games, but don’t know the first thing about emulators, ROMs, or dabbling in Linux. You want a pocket-friendly plug and play solution that’s as easy to use as the Game Boy, but not limited to simple monochromatic games.

Our Pick: Evercade ($90+)

Unlike the RG350P and the RK2020, the Evercade doesn’t require users to supply their own games. Its creators have worked to license official games from the original publishers to create a collection of themed cartridges that each contain multiple games. There are more than 280 games available for the Evercade right now, and that list that continues to grow. For $100 you can snag the portable console itself and three game-filled carts to get you started. The approach means the Evercade doesn’t rely on software emulators, so every game plays as well as it did on the original system, without slowdowns or issues with sound being out of sync.

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Until the Analogue Pocket officially arrives sometime this fall, there aren’t many portable console options that can run original game carts if you’ve still got your original collection on hand. But the $80 My Arcade Retro Champ can play original 8-bit NES and Famicom game cartridges if you’re OK with a portable console that’s too large for any pocket.

Super Impulse’s credit card-sized Micro Arcade machines are some of the smallest handhelds you’ll find.

If size is a concern, Super Impulse’s Micro Arcade line puts classic games like Pac-Man, Tetris, Dig Dug, Galaga, Oregon Trail, and Qbert into credit card-sized handhelds that range in price from $20 to $25 depending on how many games are included on each. They were designed by the same engineer who created the open source Arduboy: a tiny Game Boy that allows anyone to program and create their own games. With a black-and-white OLED display, Arduboy games are about as simple as retro games can get, and while you won’t find any A-list titles available for the handheld (aside from Tetris or Space Invaders clones), all the games currently available for it are completely free. You can snag a version of the Arduboy that lets you load one game at a time for $29, or preorder the new $54Arduboy FX (it will ship again in September 2021) which includes extra on-board memory and more than 200 built-in games.

A custom Game Boy Advance created by Retro Modding.

Many retro handheld gamers think the genre was perfected with the original Game Boy, the Game Boy Color, and the various iterations of the Game Boy Advance. If you’d rather stick with what you know, companies like Retro Modding can build you a custom version of Nintendo’s popular portables using a mix of the old hardware (original motherboards) and newer parts that include rechargeable batteries, backlit LCD screens, louder speakers, colorful buttons, and housings that match the originals or feature more elaborate designs. Custom builds can cost you well over $500 if you choose to upgrade every last component and they often take a few weeks to build, but if you’re heartbroken your original Game Boys no longer work, a rebuilt replacement is the next best thing.

Alternatively, with more than 55 million consoles sold so far, there’s a good chance you have a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite at home. Its cartridge slot won’t accept old Game Boy games—a feature that Nintendo included in newer handhelds for a while—but if you pay for the Nintendo Switch Online service ($4 per month or $20 per year) you might not realize there are two free apps you can download that give you access to an ever-growing library of classic NES and SNES games, with Nintendo adding to the library every few months. It makes playing classic 8- and 16-bit Nintendo games incredibly easy and the emulation is perfect, but access is only granted for as long as you’re paying for the Switch’s online service.


The Best Console for Retro Gamers

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Who Are You?

You’ve lovingly stored and protected your original stack of Nintendo and Sega game cartridges as well as the consoles themselves, and want to enjoy them again on as large a screen as you can find. But technology has moved on, and connecting your old hardware to a modern TV is more challenging than you anticipated. When you do get it working, your favorite games look kind of ugly—nothing like they did on your parents’ giant CRT TV.

Our Pick: Analogue Super Nt ($190)

In just a few years, Analogue has made a name for itself as the best possible solution for playing original retro game cartridges on modern TVs. Instead of relying on software emulators that can be buggy with performance that varies from game to game, Analogue’s 16-bit Super Nt uses a custom FPGA chip that perfectly emulates the Super Nintendo’s original hardware. Every game works flawlessly, and the console includes HDMI connectivity and endless options for customizing how games look on a giant screen so you can get as close as possible to recreating your childhood gaming experience. At $180, the Super Nt isn’t cheap, but the bigger issue is that Analogue only produces its hardware in small batches, so you might have to wait a while before the Super Nt is back in stock.

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Our Other Pick: Analogue Mega Sg ($190)

Everything we said about Analogue’s Super Nt applies to the Mega Sg, except that instead of playing original Super Nintendo cartridges, the Mega Sg plays 16-bit Sega Genesis games, 8-bit Sega Master System games, Game Gear (with the proper cartridge adapter), and even Sega CD games flawlessly, with zero lag, no frame drops, and, more importantly, none of the audio sync issues that have plagued Sega software emulators for years. Analogue currently has the Mega Sg in stock for $190, but don’t drag your feet because the company’s hardware often sells out quickly and takes a while to restock.

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The Analogue Mega Sg can play original cartridges from more than a decade’s worth of Sega consoles, but the Analogue Super Nt is SNES only. If you’ve got a collection of NES cartridges too, you’ll need to hunt down the $500 Analogue Nt or the newer $500 Analogue Nt mini, which are currently both out of stock from Analogue itself but occasionally surface on eBay. If you’re after a cheaper solution and don’t necessarily care about being able to play your old cartridges, Nintendo fans should definitely consider the $80 Super Nintendo Classic Edition, which comes bundled with 20 classic 16-bit SNES games and two matching controllers, or the $60 NES Classic Edition, which includes 30 8-bit games and a pair of retro gamepads. But finding either could be a challenge now as Nintendo no longer produces the Classic Editions. Sega fans should have an easier time tracking down the $80 Sega Genesis Mini, however, which includes an impressive roster of 42 built-in 16-bit games running off of a polished Genesis emulator, while original PS1 fans can also grab the miniature all-in-one PlayStation Classic, which for $100 includes 20 games and a pair of controllers—although you don’t get the upgraded DualShock option with the side-by-side analog joysticks.

It’s not hard to find an online tutorial for turning a Raspberry Pi into a solid retro gaming emulation box too. We did one using the Raspberry Pi 3, and the newer Raspberry Pi 4 is an even more powerful solution, and a bargain starting at just $35. If the DIY approach sounds too daunting, there are pre-built Raspberry Pi-based retro consoles as well.


The Best Retro Gaming Controller

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Who Are You?

You get your retro gaming fixes on a variety of different platforms, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even modern consoles like the Nintendo Switch, but you want to game with a real controller—not a touchscreen, not a keyboard, and definitely not a pair of tiny Joy-Cons.

Our Pick: 8BitDo Pro 2($50)

With the 8BitDo Pro 2, the company addressed our biggest complaint with its SN30 Pro+ controller: You could remap and customize its controls using the 8BitDo Ultimate Software app, but only on a Windows or macOS computer. The 8BitDo Pro 2 carries over everything great about its predecessor—including a PlayStation DualShock-inspired layout with side-by-side analog joysticks, excellent vibration feedback, analog shoulder triggers, motion controls, and a rechargeable battery that can be swapped with a pair of AA batteries, but it can now be customized with a mobile version of the 8BitDo Ultimate Software app now available for iOS and Android devices. The controller itself can also store three custom profiles which can be switched at the press of a newly added button.

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With its extended grips, 8BitDo’s Pro 2 controller is a bit large and not the best option for gaming on the go. 8Bitdo’s $45 SN30 Pro features a similar control scheme layout but in a gamepad style that’s easier to stash in a pocket or a backpack, but lacks the customizability and its vibrating feedback feels underwhelming. If you’re going to be retro gaming exclusively using emulators on an Android device, 8BitDo’s $45 SN30 Pro for Xbox is an even better alternative. Not only is it more portable than the SN30 Pro+, it also supports the company’s Ultimate Software, which allows you to customize the functionality of the gamepad and remap the controls to your preferences, although it doesn’t feature any vibrating feedback. For ultimate portability, however, nothing can touch the tiny $20 8BitDo Zero 2 controller, which is roughly the size of a Tic-Tac container but pairs four action buttons, a directional pad, and a pair of shoulder buttons with a rechargeable battery good for about eight hours of gaming.

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In early 2021, 8Bitdo also released its $90 8BitDo Arcade Stick targeted at retro enthusiasts who focus on fighting games and classic beat-’em-ups. The beefy controller’s joystick and buttons all feel like they were torn straight off an old-school arcade cabinet—a definite good thing—and the Arcade Stick is compatible with 8BitDo’s Ultimate Software for customization, but since the joystick is digital-only, it’s not a great fit for other modern games that take advantage of analog sticks.

As excellent as 8BitDo’s controllers are, they currently do not support any iOS devices. Apple has long made its tablets and smartphones very restrictive when it comes to which wireless gamepads they can play nice with, but when Apple Arcade was introduced, the company updated iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina with support for the $60 Xbox One Wireless Controller with Bluetooth and the $60 PlayStation DualShock 4 Wireless Controller. That support was expanded under iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, tvOS 14.5, and macOS Big Sur, with compatibility for the $75 Xbox Wireless Controller (for the Microsoft Xbox Series X consoles) and the $70 Sony PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller. Both come from companies with major investments in gaming, and while these modern controllers might be a little overkill for playing retro-esque games (Apple’s mobile platforms are not emulator friendly), they’re solid options with excellent support services backing up each one.


The Best Retro Arcade Machine

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Who Are You?

You’re someone who spent time hanging around the local arcade, feeding quarters into cabinets with cutting edge graphics and wonderfully responsive joysticks and buttons. That’s the experience you’re trying to recreate—minus the stained carpets, dim lighting, and clouds of cigarette smoke.

Our Pick: Arcade1Up Video Game Cabinets ($300)

If you’re willing to spend thousands of dollars, there’s no shortage of retro arcade machines out there to buy, powered by PCs running emulators that give instant access to thousands of classic games. Arcade1Up takes an entirely different approach. Instead of one machine that plays everything, Arcade1Up offers IKEA-style build-it-yourself arcade cabinets that focus on a specific series of games, such as the various iterations of Golden Tee released over the years. The company’s arcades look exactly like the ones you’d find in a classic arcade, with matching graphics, light-up marquees, and even the original controls, but they stand just four feet tall if you’re not using an optional riser. The scaled down approach means you can even squeeze them into a tiny apartment, and they start at just $300.

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If you’re not quite ready to turn a room in your home into a private arcade, Arcade1Up also sells even smaller replicas it calls Counter-cades that can look and play exactly like their larger counterparts, but can easily be perched on a desk. Starting at $140, the Counter-cades are also a lot cheaper than Arcade1Up’s self-standing cabinets, letting you grow your collection faster.

How has this list changed? Read back through our update history:

6/22/21: Updated the The Best Retro Gaming Controller to the 8BitDo Pro 2, added the 8BitDo Arcade stick to the Also Consider section, and also noted Apple adding support for the latest Xbox and PlayStation controllers. Also updated the Buying Forecast to reflect new hardware en route for late 2021.

11/20/20: Added the Retro Game 280v and Nintendo Game & Watch to the Also Consider section of the Best Consoles for Experienced Retro Gamers.

8/13/20: This is a new list. :)

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Super Console X PC Review - The Ultimate Mini Emulation PC?

Nostalgia has been big business lately, with reboots, reimaginings, retreads, and “gritty” revivals of everything that was ever popular. Among those capitalizing on the fond memories of yesteryear are the fine greed-mongers at Nintendo, who have spit out both a NES Classic and a SNES Classic console, which are nothing more than tiny, basic computers loaded up with some ROMs for gaming and an old school controller. Atari and Commodore 64 consoles are quickly following suit, hoping to nab a bit of the merchandise. We can only suppose Sega’s Genesis and Master System are next. Finally, someone will bring back the Jaguar and the NEC TurboGrafx-16.

Until those halcyon days – where you can be ripped off by a shabby box from a greedy corporate overlord – you can bide your time playing as many past games as you want, for free. All you need is an emulator and some ROMs for your computer to game away on loads of old arcade titles, SNES, NES, Genesis, and more. If you wish to join this retro revolution in gaming, here’s the 18 best emulators for any older system that offers the tech.

Legal Note: Technically you’re not allowed to legally play ROMs of any game you don’t own the physical copy of. So, if you download these emulators and then get ROMs for games you don’t own, you’re doing so at your own risk. We’re not going to say it’s completely worth it for some retro-gaming fun. We trust you to make the right choice on your own.

RetroArch

Consoles: Most

Before you try any standalone emulator, fire this up. RetroArch is the all-in-one emulator. It gives you a frontend GUI (Graphical User Interface) and lets you run a wide variety of ROMs from a huge range of emulators. How well it works on your system, what it runs for you, and its overall efficacy depends largely on your system. By learning RetroArch, you can play nearly anything short of the last two console generations.

OpenEmu

Consoles: Many

If RetroArch doesn’t work for you, or you want something that is a little more Mac-centric, then OpenEmu is the choice to grab. It has a graphical interface, works with multiple engines to give you quality results, and can be tweaked until it does what you need. Apple devotees, hop right in.

MAME

Consoles: Arcade

Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator is what MAME stands for, and though hardly clever, it delivers ingenuity where it counts. MAME aims to give you experiences playing the arcade games of old, from NEO GEO and the TRON franchise to Metal Slug, and all the 1942 goodness between. Hobbyists setup small computers inside arcade boxes for a truly nostalgic arcade experience.

FCEUX

Consoles: NES/Famicon

For the OG Nintendo, the FCEUX is the most popular emulator. The reason being, you can download ROMs and play them straight from the .zip file, no extraction needed. A merger of minds, it’s good for casual players seeking to unwind, but allows for lots of tweaking along the line for the advanced user looking to debug video or do more with their games.

Nestopia Undead Edition

Consoles: NES/Famicon

Best used with RetroArch, Nestopia is no longer being developed, which is why it is named the “UE – Undead Edition.” Still good, if light on features, you’re going to be better off with FCEUX if NES is all you crave.

SNES9X

Consoles: Super Nintendo/Super Famicon

Refined to the hilt with everything you could want as a developer, as a gamer, or just as someone looking to take a trip down memory lane. The smoothness of the SNES9X really shines when you need to fast-forward, move a game along, overcome a tough section easily, turn on or off various debugging software, and work with nigh 100% effectiveness on every ROM.

ZMZ emulator

Consoles: Super Nintendo

ZMZ is a different kind of creature. It ships with a version of SNES9X on board, but it uses a different emulation system, the ZSNES. It’s slick and exceedingly well-groomed, if a little overkill for all but the SNES solo devotee.

Dolphin

Consoles: GameCube/Wii

If you’re hoping to recapture some of that sweet Metroid: Prime action, or dig on motion control, there’s nothing that captures the essence of the GameCube and Wii like Dolphin. Dedicated Dolphin boxes are already popping up for Super Smash Bros. tournaments, so why are you still reading like a chump?

Fusion

Consoles: Sega Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, Sega Master System, Game Gear

Fusion, or Kega Fusion is the only console emulator to reach for if you fancy a strict Sega diet. Whatever Sega system you want to revisit, Fusion captures it in stunning clarity, syncs up nicely, has loads of save states and other basic features, and it even feels nice as you use it. Sadly, no Dreamcast or Saturn support.

ePSXe

Consoles: Playstation

There’s not a lot out there that works with Playstation titles. This runs, passably, with a lot of plugins. You need a reasonably well-spec’d machine, a lot of patience, and the ability to sort through odd menus to get various features to work. Admittedly, not great, merely the best of the bad choices.

PCSX-Reloaded & PCSX2

Consoles: Playstation & Playstation 2

To repeat, Playstation emulation is scattershot at best. Besides the ePSXe, there’s the PCSX-Reloaded, which requires a Playstation BIOS and other facets to work. The PCSX2 is merely the PS2 version of the same thing. They both can get the work done, but since the PS2 was a multi-core machine, you need power under the hood. Check your specs against the requirements for both.

PPSSPP

Consoles: PSP

The PSP was given that name as an acronym for “PlayStation Portable.” It’s emulator is the “Playstation Portable Simulator Suitable For Playing Portably” hence PPSSPP. You get to name things like that when they work this well. Instead of emulating the PSP software, the PPSSPP improves on it, giving you twice the resolution on games that you would get playing them on the actual machine. While the first and second Playstations are difficult to emulate, the PPSSPP is sheer gold and works on almost any machine you can imagine. Right down to Android tablets.

DOSBox

Consoles: DOS

You might want to play some old King’s Quest or maybe Space Quest or perhaps something else in the “Quest” family. If you need DOS and aren’t sure how to get it on your computer, this will do the heavy lifting for you. Since it’s relatively simple computer to computer transfer, most ROMs run wonderfully.

Project 64

Consoles: Nintendo 64

True to the original, Project 64 seeks to emulate and little else. It recreates as much of the experience as it can, but doesn’t look to enhance much beyond basic saving features and a few whistles.

No$GBA

Consoles: Game-Boy Advance, Nintendo DS

The “No Cash GBA” started life working as a simple Game Boy Advanced emulator, which was overshadowed by the VBA. Then it turned out that with a little work, the No$ could actually work as the top-tier Nintendo DS emulator. Able to turn the dual-screen system into a playable split-screen experience, it’s as clever an emulator as has ever been devised.

Stella

Consoles: Atari 2600

For the really ancient systems, such as this or anyone hoping to land some Intellivision ROMs, the best bet is to use RetroArch or a similar system. If that fails, and you long for the inception of Atari, Stella can help.

VICE

Consoles: Commodore 64

Maybe you didn’t play Jumpman or Telengard or Alien Syndrome. Maybe you didn’t enjoy Zork the way it was meant to be. Maybe you don’t recall the eye-searing blue-on-blue screen. Then get out. Not a bad emulator, all Commodore 64 emulators are a little twitchy, so VICE will either work great right away, or likely make you set your computer on fire.

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15 best emulators for Android to play old favorites

Older consoles are an endearing and memorable part of a lot of childhoods. From the SNES to the PlayStation, there were a ton of amazing, iconic games. Some of them are still good by today’s standards. Many of those games have mobile releases, like older Final Fantasy games. However, many only exist on those older consoles. There isn’t any other way to play them. With emulators, you can play the originals whenever you want on your devices. Let’s check out the best emulators for Android. Keep in mind that emulators are finicky by nature and will sometimes work flawlessly and other times will not.

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Citra Emulator

Price: Free / $4.99

Citra Emulator is the newest emulator on the list. This one is for the Nintendo 3DS console. The app boasts most of the basics, including save and load states, external controllers, and other such things. This one also supports native 3DS features such as the microphone, camera, and motion controls. Those who get the premium version also get some cosmetic features, a dark theme, texture filtering, and some other stuff as well. The emulator works well enough with most games. It boasts compatibility with hundreds of titles, but we’re not sure yet which work best and which don’t work at all. Still, it’s your only good 3DS choice on mobile right now.

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ClassicBoy Gold

Price: Free / $5.99

ClassicBoy Gold is the spiritual successor to the original multi-emulator ClassicBoy. This one supports the same consoles, including PlayStation 1, Nintendo 64, NES, a few Game Boy systems, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Game Gear, Sega Saturn, and others. Additionally, the emulator supports the basic features like save and load states, hardware controllers, various audio and video options, and more. The premium version adds gestures, auto-loading, plugins, and some other stuff. The developer is still working through some bugs, but it’s getting better and better as time goes. A lot of the negative reviews are from people who are angry the developer released a new app instead of updating the previous one, which hadn’t seen an update since 2014.

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Dolphin Emulator

Price: Free

Dolphin is an interesting browser. It was around for a while, left, and it’s back now. The developers promise that it’ll stick around for a while this time. This is the only somewhat decent GameCube and Wii emulator on Android. It lets you play ROMs of games from both systems with relatively competence. It’s still in active development, though, so there are bugs. It has most of the common features like save and load states and things like that. You need your own ROMs, of course. The emulator doesn’t provide them on its own. Dolphin Emulator is free at the time of this writing. That may change when the app gets more stability and improvements.

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DraStic DS Emulator

Price: $4.99

DraStic DS Emulator is among the best Nintendo DS emulators. It features the basic stuff like save and load states along with virtual controls. It also includes the ability to customize the top and bottom screens of the DS. The emulator also has support for hardware keyboards. The best part of this is the stability. Most game ROMs work perfectly fine with very few flaws. The price has gone down over the years as well. There is no free version to try, though. Make sure you test it out inside of the refund period!

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EmuBox is an all-in-one emulator similar to ClassicBoy, but with a different set of supported systems. This one supports Nintendo DS, PSX, SNES, Game Boy Advanced and Color, and NES. It sports Material Design for easy use along with classic emulator features like save and load states, a fast forward function, external controller support, and more. You can also tweak the settings to get more performance. That’s a boon on lower end devices especially. For now, this one is free with no in-app purchases. It does contain ads, though. We would like a way to buy a premium version to remove ads, but it’s otherwise fantastic.

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ePSXe

Price: $3.75

ePSXe is one of two popular PlayStation emulators. This one focuses a bit more on simplicity. The emulator just works most of the time. Simply load your ROM and you are ready to go. It also features very good virtual keyboard customization, hardware controller support, and the usual stuff like save and load states. Those who don’t want to tinker with their settings very should definitely grab this one. It’s $3.75 with no in-app purchases, but no free version to demo.

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FPse is the second of the two popular PlayStation emulators. This one focuses more on deep customization. There are a ton of settings, plug-ins, and other stuff. They can make the graphics look better, adjust the framerates, and improve various other things. It does have the usual stuff as well, including hardware controller support. This is the option you want if you like to tinker with stuff. Much like ePSXe, it’s relatively cheap with no additional in-app purchases. However, there is also no free version, so test it out as soon as possible in case you need a refund! This is the more complex and powerful PlayStation emulator while the ePSXe is the simpler option that just works.

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John NESS and John GBAC

Price: Free trial / $4.49 each

John emulators is a developer on Google Play. He does a couple of really good emulator apps. They include apps for SNES, NES, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Color. Each one is considered among the best in its console categories. They’re rock solid with good ROM support, the basic features, and some extra fun stuff like cheat codes and fast forward mode. All of them have free versions with pro version that cost $4.49 each. The developer switched out the classic emulators for newer versions. That angered some people, but the new apps are just as good as the old ones.

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M64Plus FZ Emulator

Price: Free / Up to $9.99

Nintendo 64 is a rough console on mobile. There are several emulators but many don’t work or haven’t seen an update in over half a decade. M64Plus FZ is one of the few competent options in this space. It boasts high compatibility, various video plugins (mostly to improve compatibility), and the usual stuff. This is based off of the Mupen open source project and the developer is doing their best. It’s not perfect, but it’s making progress with almost every update.

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MyBoy and My OldBoy

Price: Free / $3.99-$4.99 each

MyBoy and My OldBoy are emulators for Game Boy Advance and Game Boy, respectively. They are among the best in their respective categories with tons of features. Some of the features include save/load states, fast forward mode, cheat codes, syncing save files with Google Drive, and more. They also do a really good job at emulating games. The free versions come with some features stripped out. The paid versions have all of the features.

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Nostalgia emulators

Price: Free / $1.49-$3.99

Nostalgia emulators is a developer on Google Play. They do three popular emulators for Game Boy Color, NES, and Game Gear. All of them feature customizable virtual controllers, save/load states, hardware gamepad support, and various features specific to the various game consoles. There is even a WiFi controller mode if you have an extra phone. They’re also fairly inexpensive. The most expensive is $3.99 for the NES emulator. The others are less than $2 each.

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PPSSPP

Price: Free / $4.49

PPSSPP is, without question, the best PSP emulator on the market. It features the best stability, best ROM support, and best features of any of the other PSP emulators. Additionally, the emulator includes the usual array of features for an emulator. It is still a work in progress. Some games may not play at full speed, even on the latest devices. However, it’s definitely good enough for most things. You can try it free before buying the pro version.

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Redream

Price: Free / $5.99

Redream is one of only two competent Dreamcast emulators on the Google Play Store. The other one is Reicast (Google Play link) and it’s also quite good, but Redream seems to be a little bit better. It boasts a high compatibility rate and it rans all of the games we tested at full speed without any issues. Of course, we’re testing on a 2020 flagship so your mileage may vary if you have something on the lower end. People seem to have some better luck with Reicast on older or lower end devices, so you may want to try both to see which one works best for you.

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RetroArch is one of the most unique emulators. It has the capacity to emulate a bunch of different consoles. The app itself is the emulator. People download cores that run inside of the app. Each core is a different console. It’s a bit difficult to learn at first. However, most of the emulator cores work extremely well. This is a great option for those who like to emulate multiple consoles without wanting to download a bunch of apps. It’s also completely free, packed with features, and more. Lemuroid (Google Play) is another emulator that works much the same as RetroArch. You can also try it if RetroArch isn’t working for you.

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Robert Broglia emulators

Price: Free / $2.99-$7.99 each

Robert Broglia is a developer on Google Play. He has some of the most popular and stable emulators on mobile. The consoles supported are SNES, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, NES, Commodore 64, Sega CD, Master Drive, Neogeo, Atari 2600, MSX, NeoGeo Pocket, TG16, and others. Yes, that’s quite a long list. The Commodore 64 emulator is probably the best in its class and the rest are definitely right up there. Each one has a free version to try with a pro version that unlocks all of the features. They all also have all of the basic features you’d expect in an emulator with some console-specific features as well.

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