Super Nintendo – How to play the SNES on your PC!

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How to play Super Nintendo games on your PC!

Do you miss playing those old Super Nintendo games? My wife and I use to have a Super Nintendo game system console (SNES). We bought it a long time ago when we were dating and engaged, and kept it at my house to play on those evenings when we really couldn’t afford to go out somewhere. Sometimes, it was just as much fun as going out.

We liked to play Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and a few other games together, and then one I played by myself was Tecmo Super Bowl (she didn’t care for the sports games). But I guess we wore the thing out, because one day it just stopped working. So we trashed it but we kept the games and still have them somewhere in a box in our storage. I don’t know why we kept them, because you couldn’t play them without a console. I think I planned to buy another console, but I think by the time I wanted to, they stopped making new ones, and the only ones you could get were at the pawn shops and garage sales. But, good luck on getting one that still worked in good shape. I have seen where you can buy a console on Amazon or ebay! And yes, you can now download and play them on the Nintendo Wii and Wii U! And also on a PC!

To play them on a PC though you will need an emulator program and some ROMS, downloaded to your computer. I am not going to go into details on how all that works, but in a nut shell, an emulator and a ROM is the software version of the game console and game, that will run on your PC. There are several SNES emulators online you can download and install that work well. You can do a google search for Super Nintendo Emulators and a bunch of sites will pop up. But be careful, there are some sites with downloads that can contain viruses, and spyware. Be sure and use your antivirus to scan the file 1st before opening or installing. WARNING!!! There is a legal gray area with the downloading and playing of ROMS. Many sites say it’s legal if you already own the game cartridge.

super nintendoI actually found a Super Nintendo app that is easy to install and use on the google chrome webstore that will run the ROMS, called snes9x. You then have to download the ROMS to your computer and extract them from a zipped file, for them to work in the app. Most newer operating systems for Windows (like Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10), Mac and even Ubuntu (and it’s many Linux flavors), have programs built in, that will extract the zipped archive file, by right clicking on the file and choosing “extract” in the list. If for some reason your Windows PC or Mac doesn’t have the program installed, google Winzip or 7-Zip (I recommend 7-zip) and install it. For Ubuntu, you can probably find one through the software center. But all the newer updated versions usually already an archive manager installed. But, you will need the Chrome browser with flash or other browser with flash, to run the chrome app.

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Then once you have installed the snes8x app, launch it, then click “choose file” at the top and find your unzipped ROM file where you extracted it on your computer, to load it and play the game. If you did it right, you should see the game start up. You can use the keyboard, or plug in a USB game pad to your computer, to move around in the game (there is a key map below the output screen). I actually created a separate folder in my downloads folder to extract the ROMS to, so they would be easy to find.

Anyway! Enjoy! It’s a fun way to pass the time, just don’t do it while cooking or you will burn the food, like I did the other night!

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