Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Snes9x - almost perfect SNES emulation for Mac OS X

Snes9x one of the best SNES emulators available recently got updated to version 1.53. Reason enough to play "Legend of Zelda, a Link to the Past" again and review the OS X port.

Snes9x is around for many years now, started in 1996 as Snes96 and renamed to Snes9x after merging with Snes97. After becoming open source in 1999 Snes9x has been unofficially ported to more platforms than any other emulator.

After you start the application you get no visible window until you open a rom from the menu bar.
Some "Welcome" window like in Boxer would be great but guess its just a 1:1 port of the Windows version.
After loading a rom the game starts and you are ready to play, if you click in the game window the game pauses which was confusing. You are supposed to just click on the window bar or resume the game once you clicked inside with ⌘+R. 

Clicking the green maximize button in the window bar cycles through the available resolutions which is quite nice, but to switch to fullscreen you have to go to the preferences. A shortcut would be really handy.
The emulator supports all kind of filters to "improve" the graphics or add some effects to be nostalgic about like, scanlines :)
The keyboard config is pretty clever, you can drag'n'drop the gamepad buttons to the keys you want to use.
The emulator has all kind of features you would expect nowadays like save stats, recording, cheat finder and netplay (crossplattform). Speed and compatibility are excellent as well. A slightly better Mac integration would be great but even with some lacks in the gui it is still the best Super Nintendo emulator for the Mac.



29 comments:

Heather said...

That's awesome!! I'm downloading it now..thanks for posting!!

R.C said...

I have every game for SNES on my computer right now. Sometimes when I can't think of what I can write about, I just pick a random game from the list and just play!

Colin Biano said...

oh, memories..

Dejch said...

i had one of these at home back in the days :)

Vav said...

Nice find :] I'm afraid there's not that many people left who enjoy retro games though :S

CPH said...

This is excellent!

las3R said...

Cool o_O Another reason why I wish I had a mac..

Jay said...

mmmm...emulator goodness...

Lucky13 said...

excellent find! My friend was looking for an emulator recently for his mac, so this will cheer him up!

Heather said...

This is awesome! Totally downloading this, thanks for the info!

retrak said...

remember finding this when i was like 10, great memories playing games on my computer! brb redownloading!

ApocTV said...

oh this brings back memories lol, nice post ;)

Patti D. said...

Love this emulator, can you play games with the FX chip? can you use cheat codes?

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Insider33 said...

Snes9x is awesome, I have it on iPhone

Noises said...

mac is going to be more exciting for me than earlier

phthalo. said...

Fantastic. I've always found emulators a bit of a pain.

ReMs said...

Zelda, lovely :) and nice keyboard config tool

Gifz said...

Looks like a great emulator! Gotta try it!

logo mess said...

nice :D
i just installed snes9x a few days ago on my linux machine - super mario world 2: yoshis island ran like a charm
though i think on mac it would do no other since its unix based ;)

Zach said...

Might have to bust out some ROMs again. Haven't messed with my emulators in quite some time :D

hirou said...

I recommend ZSNES, it's more accurate in some games

hyyypz said...

really awesome emulator dude :)

SweetShop said...

I enjoy retro games, but I'm playing on my Windows machine cause I don't have Mac. Anyway - it's hell of an emulator.

emosniper said...

to bad if you had a pc you would have had one 5 years ago.

Flodström said...

Awesome! I didn't get a snes when I was younger, going to compensate by trying it now :D

G said...

that is so cool!

JCF said...

I loved to play Super Nintendo in the good ol 90s. Yoshis Island <3

ZeTo said...

Unfortunately, the latest version of Snes9x does not work with OSX Lion. If you try to start Snes9x you get the following error message:
"You can not open the program "Snes9x" because the PowerPC programs will no longer be supported."

If you upgrade to OSX Lion you should keep that in mind.

Hento the loony repairman :D said...

YES, finally a way to enjoy the nostalgia of nes in the mac XD... my freinds gonna love this :3