Name Links Last Updated OS Description
ESNES v0.14a 08/05/97
Discontinued DOS Lord ESNES and Ishmair made a great SNES emulator.
It is written in assembly and has sound support, thanks to Ishmair's
efforts. It was one of the best. Now, it has merged with NLKSNES
to become NLKE.
NLKE v0.05b 01/01/00
Discontinued DOS ESNES and NLKSNES joined forces so the authors
could work on one emulator together. NLKE was born. This emulator
has all the features of ESNES along with the speed of NLKSNES.
Transparencies are also available, although unoptimized rather
slow. There's also a simple GUI as well. NLKE is better than many
but ZSNES is faster and more compatibible.
NLKSNES v0.15d 09/16/97
Discontinued DOS This emulator was one of the fastest SNES emulators
there was, and it even featured Mode7. There's no sound support,
though. It merged with ESNES to because NLKE.
SNEeSe v0.80 (DOS)
v0.80 (Win) Source v0.80
This emulator can play many commercial games, and also has Mode7 scaling effects,
along with HiROM support, decent sound, and more. It is written in a mix of C,
C++ and assembly. Most emulation routines are done in assembly. It's quite slow,
so brace yourself. It was discontinued by Savoury SnaX, but TRAC never stopped
working on it, so private betas were still being released. This is one of only
five active SNES emulators and is in 3rd place for best emulator overall.
This brand new SNES emulator is very incomplete, only runs a few games and
is for DOS. It's just above the level of USNES and is one of the few active
SNES emulators. It's also open source. One to watch for progress.
SNEmul v0.9 08/02/99
Discontinued DOS SNEmul hasn't been updated in a long time now and is assumed
to be discontinued. It has sound, decent compatibility, doesn't require VESA2
and has one of the best GUIs ever. This is a good emulator but nowhere near
the quality of newer emulators.
Discontinued DOS This emulator has been discontinued. It has some useful features,
such as automatic state saving and cheat searching and a good GUI. However,
it has medium compatibility and lacks sound, 16-bit color mode and other advanced
features found in more popular emulators. The source code is available for
anyone to look at and play around with.
Snes9x's cpu is written in assembly, and its graphics engine and SPC700 engine
are well optimized. Both versions sport very nice GUIs. Snes9x supports graphics
modes 0-7, 2 joysticks, transparencies, Super FX support and has real time
save/loading. This is now one of the best SNES emulators around, and it stands
only second to ZSNES in terms of compatibility.
Snes9xGL v1.29 Beta 1 05/15/00 Windows Kreed has made a version of Snes9X which
uses OpenGL instead of Glide to do fullscreen bilinear filtering. It looks
nice, but there's no GUI.
Snes9x (Unofficial) Beta 9.9.7
Source Beta 9.9.4
Windows This is a unofficial version which is based on the sources from Snes9X
Windows SNESGT is a fairly new emulator from GIGO and Hii (who also made G-NES
and TGB Dual). It's fairly advanced now and the GUI has been translated to
SNEShout v3.2 04/02/01
Discontinued Windows Based on the Snes9x (1.37) core, this emulator features
a few few minor tweaks and one major improvment; SNES games cna be played using
the Japanese version of ViaVoice. It comes with voice mappings for Street Fighter
2 and Puyo Puyo 2 but more can always be made. This version comes with the
option of making the interface in Japanese, Chinese (BIG5), or English.
Super Pasofami v1.3a
Discontinued Windows Little is known about this emulator, except that it's
in Japanese, it's crippleware (black and white video only until registered),
it has no sound, and it's very unstable. It also hasn't been updated since
1996. Don't waste your time with this one.
TheSE v0.14b 07/31/98
Discontinued DOS TheSE, which stands for The SNES Emulator, is an emulator
from the same team that created the now dead USNES. It hasn't been updated
in a long time, the website is down and it's probably discontinued.
USNES v0.1b 04/27/97
Discontinued DOS If there is a more useless SNES emulator than VSMC this has
to be it. It only had two releases, both which were slow and buggy. The USNES
team is now programming the emulator TheSE, but progress on it seems to be
stalled. This one is simply here for nostalgic reasons, as it only runs a few
VSMC v9702d 10/21/96
Discontinued DOS VSMC was pretty good for its time, but many emulators cam
out after it that were far better and free too. Now ZSNES and SNES 9x are in
a completely different generation than this. Don't bother with it.
DOS 9/01/03 WIP
Windows 9/01/03 WIP
Source 9/01/03 WIP
This is the current WIP of ZSNES by ipher, pagefault, and the
rest of the WIP team.