You can see from spending a little time around here that we
play A LOT of games. Emulators feed our gaming hunger by letting us
connect with many different systems without ever getting out of our seat (except
for a beer, now and then). You can "emulate" just about every
console and many arcade systems off of your current PC! Here are the
emulators we currently provide:
A WORD ABOUT ROMs: All ROMs found at this site are copyrighted by their
respective authors and/or manufacturers. Do not download any ROM files unless
you are legally entitled to do so. Multiple ROMs must never be packaged
together, nor may they be "bundled" with emulators. ROMs are
never to be provided to anyone for profit. Therefore they must not be sold as
part of CD or disk collections (or via any other means of distribution).
"Legally entitled" means that you must actually own the arcade game of
the ROM images you are downloading, or a commercially released emulator package,
such as the Namco Museum series.
As dated as this console may be, it's still VERY popular. Maybe it's the
sense of nostalgia we all get when we flick the power on and see no more
than sixteen colors at a time... maybe it's the blocky graphics or mono
sound effects... or maybe, just maybe it's because the Atari system
represented gaming simplicity, and made gaming fun. Whatever the reason,
rejoice in knowing that you can play 'em all again right at your PC.
Atari 5200 SuperSystem
This behemoth of a console also packed a powerful wallop in the mid '80s,
Atari's "next wave" proved to be quite "super" indeed!
Now you can play the great games without the misery of the 5200
controllers and see what all the fuss was about.
Atari 7800 ProSystem
No way was this thing ever going to overtake the NES, but in retrospect,
Atari's last respectable console system (sorry, Jag fans). Loaded with
updated classics, where else ya gonna play Asteroids or Centipede 2-player
MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine
MAME is the big daddy of arcade emulators. It supports hundreds of
arcade games and hundreds more bootlegs and variants! Check here for
updates, as the programming team is always hard at work to improve this
spectacular (and free!) software.
The GAME MACHINE that they called a computer undoubtedly has the largest
selection of software for any emulator available. That's mainly because
the C-64 had hordes of games, many produced in Europe. Not only could this
baby push some decent graphics, but it has the best sound of any of the
8-bit consoles... in fact, it rivals many of today's systems in terms of
audio quality (move over, N64).
There are several emulators for the venerable "third wave" game
system from Coleco. It was such a kick for me to see the familiar C
O L E C O V I S I O N opening screen here on my PC, but it's been even
more of a kick to boot up some of the games - certainly more convenient
than hooking up the whole system to the entertainment center!
Sega Master System
Sega's 8-bit venture took Europe by storm but didn't quite capture the US
marketplace. The Ninendo Entertainment System stole the show in the US and
Japan, and though the Sega system looked better "on paper", it
ultimately lost the 8-bit war. Sega came back strong with their 16-bit
machine, the Genesis... but that is a story for another day.
Intellivision George Plimpton would be proud to know that there are STILL a few
people out there that love their Mattel system, but to date there hasn't
been a revolutionary emulator. Lucky for some of us that a
commercial Intellivision software package is available... and we have some
ROMs that weren't included there!
You either loved it or you hated it... most people I know owned one just
to "be different" from the kids that had an Atari 2600. Truth
is, this systems games were quite inferior even to what the Atari 2600 was
doing at the same time. Still, it is is a "period piece", and it
certainly has its own personality! There are a few gems on the system,
like KC Munchkin, Monkeyshines, and Quest for the Rings. Have a look-see.
A game system few of us owned "back in the day," which may
pleasantly surprise modern day retro-gamers. We now know this was supposed
to compete favorably with the 2600 and Intellivision, but it was released
a hardware generation too late. It quickly ended up in bargain bins. The
earliest games are often appallingly bad, but later games such as Jumpbug,
Hobo, and Astro Invader may pique your interest.
This little "portable" console pleased early-80's gamers with
its unique vector-based graphics. At the time, vector games were the
rage, and only Vectrex owners could play games like Star Castle, Star
Hawk, and Cosmic Chasm the way they were meant to be played. They're
pretty hard to find these days, but you can enjoy the experience now on
16 bit, eh? That's an argument that will go on for as long as there are
fans of this, the NEC HUcard playing console who's games look a heck of a
lot like 8-bit games but rarely flicker or slow down. A great shooter
system but with enough variety in its library to please the ornery'est of
What should have been a great competitor to the Atari 2600 was ultimately
a disappointment. Another story of "better on paper" than it's
adversary, the Astrocade quickly faded into obscurity in the early 80's.
The console itself was a bit pricey too, but quite expandable and
forward-thinking for its time. Could this have been the greatest 8-bit
console ever? Check out the games for this system and decide for yourself.