Super Nintendo Emulators

Super Nintendo


The SNES is a console known by a lot of names. In North America, it was officially called the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, though this was often shortened to SNES or Super Nintendo. In Japan, the console was known as the Super Famicom, and in Korea, it was the Super Comboy.

But the name wasn’t the only thing that differed. In Japan, the console had a grey design with colorful red, green, yellow, and blue buttons; whereas in America, the console was grey with purple accents. The cartridges were different as well, with the North American ones being more boxy and square, and the Japanese ones being more rounded. Region locks on top of all this meant that games couldn’t be taken from one region to another.

However, today, in an age where you can download a SNES emulator and ROM within minutes, those region restrictions are gone. Now anyone can take part in the Super Nintendo fun with just a few clicks. And thanks to the age and relative simplicity of the 16-bit game console, the SNES is able to be emulated on a wide variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo DS, and even Symbian (Nokia’s old mobile operating system).

When it comes to emulation, SNES games are usually some of the easiest to play. The simple controls of the SNES — namely, the lack of any thumbsticks — makes it easy to play on a mobile device, and developers have had so long to tweak the emulators that nearly every game is playable in extremely high quality.

And when it comes to games, the SNES has an abundance. Nintendo excelled at weeding out low-quality games and ensuring that only the best made it on to their system. That, coupled with exclusive deals with game developers meant that the SNES had much more success, particularly in North America, than its rival, the Sega Genesis.

Sega marketed the Genesis as the cooler, more adult game console, while the SNES was seen as more of a family system. This was especially evident when Mortal Kombat was released for both systems because the game only showed blood and gore in the Sega Genesis version. This caused the Genesis version to sell much better, but it didn’t stop Nintendo from dominating the market. After the establishment of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board in the wake of the Mortal Kombat controversy, Nintendo began to get more comfortable releasing more mature titles.

Today, gamers have a wide range of SNES emulators to choose from, depending on what platform they’re on. Snes9x is one of the most popular, with versions for Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, and PSP. Ports of Snes9X have even made it onto Android, notably with SNESDroid, and onto Symbian with AntSnes.

The other major player is ZSNES, which has emulators for both Windows and Linux. This monster of an emulator was originally released way back in 1997 and continues to be used today due to its reliability.

If you’re looking for the most accurate gameplay experience possible — that is, no cheat codes or other fancy features like other emulators have — then you’ll want to go with Bsnes for Mac OS X, which emphasizes making the experience exactly like you were playing a real SNES.

Android users have another option too, and that’s SuperRetro16. With over 10 million installs and 113,000 5-star Google Play Store reviews, this emulator really is the one to beat. Take your SNES gaming experience mobile without any problems.

Additionally, users can snag SNES Station for the PlayStation 2 or SNEmulDS for the Nintendo DS. Really, you could be playing SNES on your mobile device, your game console, and your desktop computer if you wanted.

So give one of these SNES emulators a shot; more likely than not, you’ll come away with a positive and nostalgic experience.