Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Alistair

Best SNES emulator?

Recommended Posts

Yeah, what's the best SNES emulator for laptops? I figured this would be the best place to ask but I understand if it needs to get moved?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I prefer Snes9x but honestly you shouldn't have any trouble with stuff like ZSNES or RetroArch. If you think about patching games you should check to see if the patch works with the emulator you're using.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The best emulator partially depends on your needs. There are a few games that will not play on ZSNES as well as Snes9x, often not playing well on one and fine on the other. Based on my experiences I would suggest you use Snes9x, here is a breakdown of the various iterations of it:

- Snes 9x 2002; highest compatibility, least accurate (poor audio)
- Snes 9x 2005; high compatibility, accurate (average audio)
- Snes 9x 2005+; compatible, high accuracy (good audio)
- Snes 9x 2010; least compatibility, highest accuracy

Edited by gjuptonv

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

zsnes is ancient, and is no longer updated. It is not at all accurate. That being said, some patches and romhacks were coded using zsnes or some other emulator, and only work on that emulator because they require an emulation inaccuracy to run. one notable issue with zsnes it the fact that it does not handle large ROM sizes. This includes the new fe4 translation patch, which simply will not run on zsnes, or any other emulator missing this feature. Given that this is an FE forum, and the new translation is the only one where the ending is translated, that is kind of important. Good alternatives i have personally used are SNES9x (which I use due to the wide variety of features, and which ran on a five year old laptop with no issues) and HIGAN (which is also a good choice, and actualy includes three exicutables, which each have  ). Retroarch allows you to emulate different systems from the same program (by being a wrapper for versions of most other emulaters), but i heard it requires more set up (i have not used the pc version, but i was unable to set up the android version). I had no issues setting up snes9s, HIGAN, or zsnes. Other emulaters exist, like bizhawk (which is perfered for tool asisted speedruns), but they tend to be more niche in application, or not support features like large ROM sizes. I also don't know which version of snes9x added large ROM size support. I would say try the latest version of each emulater. If it runs slowly, there are usualy settings that you can change that help it run on slower computers at the expense of accuracy.

Edited by sirmola

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whenever I see ZSNES seriously mentioned as a good emulator, I have to pop in and say heck no.

ZSNES is wildly inaccurate at the moment, its interface is dated (which might be appealing but definitely turns me off) and its future is very unsure. ZSNES is coded in x86 assembly, which made it insanely fast when it came out over 10 years ago, but it also makes it hard to maintain and stuck to x86 platform.

Snes9x is my recommendation for regular players, being the best balance of optimisation and accuracy for laptops. If you want to develop for SNES or play a niche title then using an accurate emulator such as higan is the best choice.

Edited by dpc

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...