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Emulate and play classic SNES games on PC with ZSNES

In my opinion, the Super Nintendo was the biggest game console that ever existed. With titles like Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, EarthBound, Final Fantasy III, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Land, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Super Punch-Out, F. -Zero, Star Fox, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Combat, Super Castlevania IV, Secret of Mana, NBA Jam, Mega Man X, Harvest Moon and more, is it really hard to see why?

We covered a little bit about ZSNES, how to play old school console games on the computer. How To Play Old School Console Games On Computer. Read more in other articles but here I want to give you a complete walkthrough emulation solution and make sure you are able to understand and enjoy SNES games on your PC.

Download ZSNES

ZSNES has not (and does not have to) been updated in over five years. I would still recommend the link above which will take you to the latest news in case there is a random update.

Otherwise, here are hotlinks for each platform directly to the latest version (1.51):

Configure ZSNES

Start the application after downloading and unzipping the archive.

My immediate suggestion then is that you go miscellaneous and then GUI options and you bet BG effects to None. It just looks better (in my opinion) and stays a little less without snow.

After that, I would recommend going Config then Video and set a better resolution. Look for the legend scale on the right. Most of us are using widescreen monitors in 2012. I therefore recommend that you choose a window resolution that works well for widescreen monitors. Widescreen didn't exist back then, so you'll also want a resolution that maintains the 8: 7 ratio.

Remember, the higher your resolution, the more pixelated your games will be. Some notice that, others don't.

Last but not least Config then Entrance. I highly recommend tweaking the controls here and saving the keyboard versus SNES controller comparisons. If you're using a keyboard, I don't have to worry about turbo and diagonal keys.

Get roms

While ROMs are freely available online, MakeUseOf cannot help you find them. Downloading ROMs for games you don't own is piracy and that is your choice.

Extract ROMs to a folder for easy tracking. Otherwise it will get messy and confusing. SNES ROM files have the “.smc” extension.

Load ROMs

After you've downloaded the ROMs that interest you, go to game then burden. Here you want to navigate to the folder where you saved your ROMs.

After highlighting the game you want, just click on burden. Your game should appear and be ready to play!

Save states

In contrast to SNES, the ZSNES emulator supports status save operations, which basically means a built-in memory card. To save your status, simply press the ESC key while in-game (which will take you to the home screen menu overlay) and select game then Safe state. To reload your saved game, simply reload your game and go to game then Open state.

That's it. Isn't the technology great? Don't turn off the TV anymore and keep the console on while you go to school so you don't lose your progress. After reading this article, I feel pretty nostalgic. I think it's time to play some suikoden.

We have made many other articles on emulation as well. Here are 3 of them:

  • 10 retro emulators for the early 80s home consoles on your PC (1981-1986) 10 retro emulators for the early 80s home consoles on your PC (1981-1986) 10 retro emulators for the early 80s for home consoles on your PC (1981-1986) Read more
  • 10+ emulators to play old 16- and 32-bit consoles on your PC (1987-1993) 10+ emulators to play old 16- and 32-bit consoles on your PC (1987-1993) 10+ emulators Play old ones 16- and 32-bit consoles on your PC (1987-1993) Read on
  • 8 large emulators for modern home consoles on your PC (1994-2001) 8 large emulators for modern home consoles on your PC (1994-2001) 8 large emulators for modern home consoles on your PC (1994-2001) Read on

If you need any help getting your ZSNES and / or ROMs to work as described, let me know in the comments.

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