Apr 27 2009
Who wants free games? We all do. How many of you remember Super Nintendo? I’m sure that most, if not all, of you do. Well, today I’ll show how to legally play your favorite Super Nintendo games and add about 300 games to your library.
First, the legal stuff. Yes, it is currently illegal to emulate and play high-tech games that are still being sold on the market. This would include Nintendo 64, Playstation 1 and 2, X Box, and MAME (arcade). However, you can legally play these games up to 24 hours. After which, you must delete the game. Notice, Super Nintendo is no longer sold on the open market and is considered a “classic”. This means that most SNES games are freely available to download, however, games that currently have their own legal protection are blocked by the IDSA. If you currently own the IDSA protected game, however, you can legally have the ROM on your computer.
Now for the emulator. I highly suggest that you use SNES9X Custom HQ. This is based off of SNES9X, of course, but features at least one thing that the original Mac version left out. If you said C4 chip emulation, you’re right. The C4 chip is the base of Mega Man X2 and 3 among other popular SNES games. If you played Mega Man X3 with the original SNES 9X, you’ll notice that the game “plays” as a black screen. However, the game runs normally under SNES9X Custom. Please note that emulation isn’t perfect. Some games still have odd bugs.
And, of course, you’ll need ROMs. The only site that we’ll be endorsing in this article is CherryROMs, due to their high legal standards. All you have to do is sign up (it’s free and they don’t SPAM) and you’re on your way to downloading all the games you ever wanted. While you’re searching for games, you’ll want to notice that “[!]” means the ROM is a “good dump”, which means that it’s “perfect”.
Now, get out there and have some fun!
Note: CherryROMs is the only site that we are endorsing in this article. Any other sites posted in the comments are subject to review and possible deletion.
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