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Thursday, November 15, 2012

[Software] The Best Linux Emulators 2012

Do you got an itch to play some of those games that you so fondly remember as a child knee high to a grasshopper? Emulators is where it's at.  With emulators you can turn your Linux desktop into a Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Atari 2600, or almost any other console, DOS environment, or arcade cabinet you can think of.  Below I compiled what I think is worth your time for each of the main system and linked you to the website.

I chose each of these emulators based on popularity.  Why popularity?  Because the more popular it is in the open source community, the better your chances of getting updates, fixes, and support.  Also there's a good chance that it will be a packaged version ready to download for the different Ubuntu / Debian desktops out there.  I would recommend that you start with your software center or package manager before googling.  If you can't find it then head over to the PlayDeb website and add it from there.  (You will have to add the PlayDeb repository once, but after that everything on playdeb should show up in your software center.)  Quick disclaimer from my legal department, lol.  Emulators aren't an exact science yet.  That means while these should work in theory but not all games and roms will run the way they're supposed to.  Google my friends.  Happy gaming!

Playstation 2
pcsx2

Playstation 1
pcsx

Nintendo 64
mupen64plus

Super Nintendo
zsnes

Gameboy Color
gngb

Nintendo DS
desmume

Gameboy Advance:
vba-m

Gamecube / Wii / Triforce
dolphin

Sega Genesis / MegaDrive
gens/gs

Sega Saturn
yabause

Atari 2600
stella

Arcade
mame

** UPDATE **
I couldn't get bsnes to recognize most of my Super Nintendo roms and zsnes is only available for 32bit Linux.  So here's a ling to install snes9x-gtk.  This will work on 64bit Linux.

https://launchpad.net/~bearoso/+arch...ric1_amd64.deb

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