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How to Start Playing Nintendo Games on Windows PC

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How to Start Playing Nintendo Games on Windows PC

Times, they are a-changing… Video games consoles, which once were terrifically popular, gave way to sophisticated Android devices and computers. Still, does it mean that good old Nintendo games have been irreversibly forgotten? Have so many legendary games become a history? No, not yet! Classic games will live as long as there remain true connoisseurs of retrogaming, the authentic and inimitable phenomenon that is gaining momentum today. If you want to join the army of retro gamers currently playing old Nintendo classics on their Windows computers, go read our tutorial till the end.

The Thing You Will Need

Let us tell you about emulators. Those useful programs are something you’re going to need to dive into retrogaming. Emulators mimic old consoles’ hardware and make it possible for you to run classic games on your machine.

  • To avoid any misunderstanding, it’s necessary to stress that using emulators is not considered illegal. Lots of reputable companies, including Google, create special platforms when they share emulators (which implies that users from different corners of our planet are free to use these programs as they see fit).

Finding the Necessary Software

When you start looking for a good emulator to run classic Nintendo Games, you’ll find out that there is a wide selection of emulation software you can download from the Internet. Make sure to familiarize yourself with other users’ feedback on the emulator you’re going to get.

Among the most popular and reliable emulators that can emulate different Nintendo games are Zsnes, Visual Boy Advance, MAME, Gameboid, RertoArch, SNESoid, N64oid, Project64 and others.

Still, some users prefer installing several different emulators on their computers to be able to run the games of different Nintendo systems. It is also a good idea to try a cross-platform emulator. By doing so, you’ll be able to play different systems on one and the same emulator. One more thing! Prior to downloading and installing a new program, familiarize yourself with the minimum system requirements to make certain that you computer is capable of supporting the emulator of your choice.

Downloading and Installing the Emulator

Once you have selected the emulator supporting your favorite Nintendo games, you’ll need to download it from the online source offering it. You’ll see a download link, or the “Download” button, next to the chosen emulator. Click on it and wait for the file to download to your folder.

  • Most emulators are archived files which need to be unpacked before installation. Your program may decompress the new files automatically after you click on them. If not, you’ll need to unpack the necessary file manually.

  • In other cases, you may be asked to leave your files as they are. Double-click on them to launch the process of self-extraction. After that, the files will install automatically on your comp.

Getting Games to Play

Next step you’ll need to take is getting your favorite retro games compatible with your new emulator. The games for emulators are called ROMs, images based on read-only memory chips from video game cartridges or an arcade game’s main board.

There are plenty of ROMs on the Internet. So, fire up your browser and navigate different online sources offering retro games until something worthy catches your eye. You may use abandonware websites that offer classic games that are currently unsupported or discontinued.

Select the name of the retro system and navigate through the available games.

You can also make use of the search engine presented on most websites dedicated to ROMs and emulators. Download the desired game. Then, unpack it to the appropriate folder (you can either place the file to the new folder or put it into the same folder that contains your emulator file).

Load the emulation program and get to the “ROMs” or “Games” section. Choose a cool game you’d like to try out and have fun!

Hope Nintendo cult game will present you with lots of exciting and tremendously fun moments!

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