DOSBox emulates an Intel x86 PC, complete with sound, graphics, mouse, joystick, modem, etc., necessary for running many old MS-DOS games that simply cannot be run on modern PCs and operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux and FreeBSD. However, it is not restricted to running only games. In theory, any MS-DOS or PC-DOS (referred to commonly as “DOS”) application should run in DOSBox, but the emphasis has been on getting DOS games to run smoothly, which means that communication, networking and printer support are still in early development.
DOSBox also comes with its own DOS-like command prompt. It is still quite rudimentary and lacks many of the features found in MS-DOS, but it is sufficient for installing and running most DOS games.
DOSBox has a lively, user-supported community forum hosted at VOGONS (Very Old Games On New Systems). Feel very very free to drop by if you have questions about DOSBox!
PCSX ReARMed is yet another PCSX fork based on the PCSX-Reloaded project, which itself contains code from PCSX, PCSX-df and PCSX-Revolution. This version is ARM architecture oriented and features MIPS->ARM recompiler by Ari64, NEON GTE code and more performance improvements. It was created for Pandora handheld, but should be usable on other devices after some code adjustments (N900, GPH Wiz/Caanoo, PlayBook versions are also available).
PCSX ReARMed features ARM NEON GPU by Exophase, that in many cases produces pixel perfect graphics at very high performance. There is also Una-i’s GPU plugin from PCSX4ALL project, and traditional P.E.Op.S. one.
Atari800 is the emulator of Atari 8-bit computer systems and 5200 game console for Unix, Linux, Amiga, MS-DOS, Atari TT/Falcon, MS-Windows, MS WinCE, Sega Dreamcast, Android and other systems supported by the SDL library. Our main objective is to create a freely distributable portable emulator (i.e. with source code available). It can be configured to run in the following ways :
- “simple” version (many platforms) – uses only the standard C library
- curses (many platforms)
- X Window + Optional XVIEW or MOTIF User Interface
- CBM Amiga
- MS-DOS (DJGPP)
- Atari Falcon/TT and compatible machines
- MS Windows (DirectX)
- SDL (running on _many_ platforms)
- Sega Dreamcast
- JVM (Java applet)
Atari800 emulator was written by David Firth in 1995 and released under the GPL. So it was available with full source code in C. The code was written with portability in mind and that allowed various people to create ports of Atari800 for PC, Amiga, Atari, Mac and machines running UNIX-like operating systems.
As there were no new versions of Atari800 since spring of 1997 several people (Perry McFarlane, Rich Lawrence, Thomas Richter, Radek Sterba, Robert Golias and me) started updating the last available v0.8.0 source code independently. Later we all got in touch and started working together. I also contacted the original Atari800 author, David Firth, who basically agreed with me maintaining the source code and putting out source and binary releases.
Since then many new talented programmers joined the Atari800 development team and helped improving the emulator.
Atari800 is a portable emulator that runs on many different platforms ranging from handhelds to desktop computers to graphics workstations. Since some of these machines can run several different operating systems here is the (incomplete) list of operating systems where Atari800 runs:
- All 11 Debian GNU/Linux platforms
- MS DOS
- MS Windows
- MS WinCE
- MacOS X/PPC
Nestopia is the current king of the NES emulation hill. It uses highly optimized cycle exact emulation, allowing it to run titles that rely on precise timing, many of which break under inferior emulators. This accurate emulation does come at a cost; Nestopia requires a minimum of a 600MHz machine for full speed; but if you have one, this the best available NES emulation for Mac.
- Support for 201 different mappers.
- Famicom Disk System (FDS) emulation.
- Support for the Zapper Light Gun.
- Support for the five most common additional sound chips.
This software can be used with Emulator Enhancer, a shareware add-on that includes:
- Support for USB joysticks and gamepads.
- Support for full screen mode.
- Support for audio effects.
- Support for opening recent games quickly.
- Much much more.
Nestopia is an open-source NES/Famicom emulator designed to emulate the NES hardware as accurately as possible, and is considered the most advanced NES emulator. Originally for Windows only, Nestopia has been ported to the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems by Richard Bannister and R. Belmont.
DeSmuME (formerly named YopYop DS) is a free and open-source Nintendo DS emulator for Linux, OS X, Wii, AmigaOS 4, and Windows. Its name is derived from emu (which is short for emulator), DS and ME.
DeSmuME places responsibility on the developers of each port to expose emulation features in a way that is tuned to the needs of that platform. As a consequence, some ports are able to move well ahead of the others. Conversely, some ports are far behind some others. As a consequence, some behaviours and menu structures are different in each port. Therefore, the decision was made to create separate manuals for each port as well: when a specific port is changed, only the manual for that specific port needs to be altered.
DeSmuME is a small application that allows you to emulate a Nintendo DS system. It has been designed to give you access to numerous tools that allow you to test DS features, from viewing ROM properties to managing Action Replay cheats.
DeSmuME can play Nintendo DS homebrew and commercial NDS ROMs. The emulator itself is in French (with user translations to English and other languages). But even French version of DeSmuME is easy to navigate through menus, as it has a similar user interface to DSemu.
All in all, it’s not a bad tool to emulate Nintendo’s iconic hand-held machine. It has a basic user interface, that should prove no problems for most users, a few useful tools, the ability to customize screnn resoltion etc, and it can also emulate some of the commercial NDS ROM titles, which other DS Emulators are not able to do.
- Title: DeSmuME 0.9.11
- Filename: desmume-0.9.11-mac.dmg
- File size: 7.48MB (7,842,806 bytes)
- Requirements: Mac OS X
- Languages: Multiple languages
- License: Open Source
The original emulator was in French, with user translations to English and other languages.